Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding laws that protect our most disenfranchised students. First it was rescissions to the civil rights regulations that protect students with disabilities. Now it’s the 2014 Obama administration’s school discipline guidance, also based on civil rights law, that requires districts to address…

Investing in quality preschool today will make all the difference for students tomorrow

Choosing to become a preschool teacher is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging career decisions. Despite the growing demand for quality child care in this country, early childhood education (ECE) continues to be one of the lowest paying employment fields. So low, in fact, that it’s not uncommon for preschool staff to have second jobs to support their families,…

Six Things You Should Know About The Succeeds Prize Winners

This week, the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators took place, and lots of us in the ed community are still buzzing about it. (Psssst! We’re talking about The Succeeds Prize!) If you didn’t attend the event at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, you may have caught the livestream or a recap on 9News, given…

What I learned from Brandon about culturally responsive teaching

On the first day of Spanish for Heritage Speakers class, Brandon greeted me and Señorita Firman with more presence than most students. It was clear he was particularly kind, charismatic, and just cool. Despite having struggled in previous years with school, we didn’t let that inform our view of him. Both of us understand the impact of systemic racism in…