Building agile schools in the age of agility

By Maureen Kelleher and Chyrise Harris The key three factors most likely to change the nature of future work are: artificial intelligence/robots, demographic changes and concentration of talent in certain locations, according to a new study from America Succeeds. It’s a good guess that lots of the jobs people currently hold will be drastically changed or eliminated. Estimates of how…

The stakes are high for Colorado kids in November

In less than a month, thousands of Colorado residents, including parents, teachers and even some students, will head to the polls to decide how they want school districts to work at giving every kid a great education. With school board seats up for grabs throughout the state, Chalkbeat asked candidates in Denver, Aurora, Jefferson and Douglas counties some questions to help…

Two Denver elementary schools, two national awards, two different approaches to giving kids the future they deserve

Over the last two weeks, two elementary schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) have received two different, yet well-deserved, national awards. One is a district-run innovation school. One is a charter school. In recognizing Valdez Elementary (a dual-language innovation school) as a National Blue Ribbon School, the federal government basically said, “Congratulations, kids at your school are learning at the…

Are the interventions Denver is using to close achievement gaps actually increasing the success of white students?

The Colorado Department of Education recently released new data on achievement gaps by race. Nic Garcia from Chalkbeat found that in Denver, the gap between white students and students of color is the highest in the state. Even more interesting is that white students, who significantly outperformed students of color in math and English, may also be benefiting from the…

Banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” wouldn’t have stopped the boy down the street from using the N-word

I’ll never forget the morning I left my house to go to school, only to see the N-word written in chalk along my walk to the bus stop. Ironically, it wasn’t the first time that week I’d seen the word, as my English class had been reading “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Harper Lee’s exploration of civil rights and racism in…