In the fight for better schools, too often, we just don’t hear from those who are impacted the most: parents, teachers, school leaders and kids. We need your voices!
Colorado School Talk is a safe place for parents, educators and students to have a say about their schools—having no special interest other than a great future for our kids.
- Is your school doing a great job of helping kids learn?
- Have you seen first-hand how your school is closing the achievement gap between students?
- Has your family benefitted from Colorado’s state-wide school choice system? Or do you have thoughts on how to improve choice?
- Are you a teacher who wants to share what’s working or not working in your school?
- Do you have thoughts about how to provide more equitable schools for all kids?
If so, we want to hear from you! And, this is just a small sample of topics to write about. Your background, perspective and experience matter.
CO School Talk Blog Recommendations
Length: 400-600 words
Audience: Parents, educators, ed policy wonks and education reform advocates
: At Colorado School Talk we want to close the belief gap
that exists for Black, Brown and low-income kids. We want to end the notion that because of the circumstances of their birth, certain kids are never going to make it to college or have a successful career. Bloggers touch on this through topics such as high academic standards
for struggling schools, high-quality public charter schools
, educational equity
, college access
, first-generation students
, and other challenges faced by Blacks
, Native Americans
and traditionally underserved demographics. Look for the natural points of alignment between your blog and the topics above.
Tone of Voice: Avoid jargon, and be conversational not formal. Put yourself into the post and make clear your standing on the issue, whether you’re writing as a parent, teacher, student or a passionate advocate. Our best posts are usually personal narratives, but don’t shy away from using a key data point or two to support the case you’re making (and don’t forget to hyperlink it).
Format: We use Google Docs to share and edit posts before publication, however if you prefer to send over a Word document that will work, just don’t send PDFs. If you have any photos to accompany the piece, please include them as an attachment in your email and make sure to send the highest resolution possible. You’re welcome to suggest a headline for your post when you send it over, but keep in mind that our digital team often rewrites the headline and selects an associated image without consulting the author. Just let us know, though, if you have any concerns about that.
We can’t wait to hear from you! Thanks for your elevating your voice in the education conversation.