When it comes to online courses, trust me. It’s nothing personal.

Online courses that claim to offer personalized learning experiences are ineffective unless you add a little common sense.   Students cannot meet course goals unless relationships are established between the student and the online instructor. Online courses should provide flexible interaction with the instructor. Another essential is purposeful and immediate feedback. It is vital for the student, to know how…

When the numbers didn’t add up, this Denver principal came up with her own solutions to the problem

When Jessica Valsechi first arrived to teach in Denver, she saw one word problem written on the face of every kindergartner who entered her classroom: If you have ten kindergartners, and five of them graduate high school, how many go on to earn a college degree? When Valsechi found that the answer was one, she spent two years helping University…

What consequences are we willing to accept in Denver’s school board race?

Elections have consequences, as our Twitter feeds wincingly remind us almost daily. School board elections don’t get as much participation or attention. But they have consequences, too, which my Twitter feed reminded me this month when I saw news about DPS having a record number of top-rated schools on its annual performance scorecards. Combined with the news of Nate Easley stepping down from his…

Top 10 Reasons to Pay Attention to School Board Races in the State’s Largest Districts

This week Jimmy Kimmel took “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to Brooklyn, New York to tape before a live audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. He brought with him former late night king, David Letterman, whose famous “Top 10 List” still resonates with me in a way that Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” and Fallon’s “Thank You Notes” don’t…

Lifting as she climbs. By opening her own school, families wouldn’t be faced with the same choice her parents were forced to make for her

Growing up in Northwest Houston, Lindsey Lorehn had access to strong public schools. Her parents wanted a school where they felt welcome, where their voices could be heard and where they could actively contribute to Lorehn’s education. Not unlike most parents, they wanted a school that had a reputation for academic excellence. With degrees from Xavier, Tulane and even med…