How My Class Would Benefit From Amendment 73

As a teacher, one of my most difficult tasks is to differentiate for the varying abilities of students in my classes. This year, one of my non-English-speaking students is Asian and deaf. Kanda just moved to the U.S. from Thailand, where she was taught the Asian Sign Language. This is different from the American Sign Language; just ask my interpreter,…

Everyone’s talking about the drag queen who spoke on career day. But can we talk about what she had to say?

What do you get when you put a middle schooler, a third-grader, a teacher and a drag queen in a classroom together? Well, that depends on the school. At The Studio School, where Mr. Stuart teaches 3rd-graders by day and entertains adults (as Shirley Delta Blow) by night, you get glitter with a dash of kindness. But at Rocky Top…

Tom Boasberg: A final farewell from a grateful leader

On Tom Boasberg’s final day as superintendent of Denver Public Schools, we wanted to share his final farewell to the Denver community.  Dear DPS Community, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” observed abolitionist Theodore Parker in the mid-19th century and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a century later — both…

Betsy DeVos on the Verge of Removing Civil Rights Protections for Students of Color

Let’s just call her Betsy DeVoid. Our secretary of education earns a name-change because of her predilection for voiding laws that protect our most disenfranchised students. First it was rescissions to the civil rights regulations that protect students with disabilities. Now it’s the 2014 Obama administration’s school discipline guidance, also based on civil rights law, that requires districts to address…