Category: Equity

Coffee Break: These community organizers believe #10outof10 students can have access to a high-quality school—with parents leading the way

Even before the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2018, the voices of those who have been ignored, drowned out and silenced by the powerful and elite have steadily increased their volume. From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #Enough, underrepresented groups are shaping a new narrative and demanding a space to be heard. If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN)…

Facing the future: Sustainable, equitable schools for Denver Public Schools

In Strengthening Neighborhoods committee meetings—which were filled with dozens of different people representing different perspectives, histories and relationships with Denver Public Schools (DPS)—every person felt the weight of responsibility that the district has to serve students in this challenging, changing city. I felt it as a former math teacher in both district-run and charter high schools in DPS, and now…

When it comes to equity and inclusion, students can teach us a lot

Nearly three hours after the final bell rang throughout the halls of several Denver high schools, class was just beginning for a room full of educators in the Denver Public Schools. Leading the night’s lesson were the students, eleven brave individuals from the Young African-American and Latinx Leaders (YAALL), a group formed in response to a study by Dr. Sharon…

Coffee Break: Check Out Nate Easley’s New Plan for Creating More Great Public Schools in Denver

Blue School Partners are doing great things in the Denver area. I recently had a chance to speak with their CEO, Nate Easley, about their mission and strategy, and the unique challenges they’re seeking to overcome to help grow more high-quality public schools in Denver. What did you find compelling about the opportunity to lead Blue School Partners? I’ve spent my…

Advocating for Equity in Denver Public Schools

Of all of the challenges that the Strengthening Neighborhoods committee was asked to address, there was no doubt in my mind that I would join the working group focused on Equity. The opportunity gap in our system is real, and although there is great diversity within Denver Public Schools (DPS), there is not yet true equity or inclusion. Whenever I…