To become the “State of Education,” we all have a role in improving the state of our education system for all kids to thrive

A group of Colorado leaders known as the Education Leadership Council wants to make Colorado “The State of Education.” To do that, they’re looking at revamping our statewide education system and they want Coloradans to tell them about the most important skills, competencies and learning environments to better prepare all kids for success in the 21st century workforce.    It’s…

What would teachers do if they ran our schools?

Surveys suggest teachers are the most trusted voices in public education and thanks to an excellent new survey from Educators for Excellence, we have some ideas of what teachers would do if they ran our schools. They would pay teachers more money to work in challenging schools and teach challenging subjects instead of today’s system where teachers are largely paid the same…

The Obama guidance on discipline can help us hear what students of color are trying to say

When we talk about school discipline, we leave out an important piece of the conversation: why is it an issue in so many schools? Why are so many students acting out? Behavior is a form of communication; misbehavior is how students ask for something they need. This is true of every student in every school; it’s a normal process of…