Six Things You Should Know About The Succeeds Prize Winners

This week, the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators took place, and lots of us in the ed community are still buzzing about it. (Psssst! We’re talking about The Succeeds Prize!) If you didn’t attend the event at Ellie Caulkins Opera House, you may have caught the livestream or a recap on 9News, given…

What I learned from Brandon about culturally responsive teaching

On the first day of Spanish for Heritage Speakers class, Brandon greeted me and Señorita Firman with more presence than most students. It was clear he was particularly kind, charismatic, and just cool. Despite having struggled in previous years with school, we didn’t let that inform our view of him. Both of us understand the impact of systemic racism in…

We shouldn’t be surprised by the power of parents

Just as women led the suffrage movement, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta led the farm workers and Dr. King and African Americans led the fight for civil rights, low income families and families of color are leading a revolution to eradicate educational inequity in Aurora. Less than a year ago they initiated the battle for language equity—and this year, they’re…

Meet Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Finalists

We hope these six teachers are rolling into the week feeling extra special, having just been named as finalists for Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year competition. Kelly Cvanciger (Bear Creek High School, Jefferson County) Margaret Cypress (Bradley International School, Denver Public Schools) Katie Goldsberry (Longmont Estates Elementary, St. Vrain Valley School District) Amy Jones (Sunset Elementary, Moffat County RE-1)…

What do you want to see in Denver’s next superintendent?

It’s been more than a month since Superintendent Tom Boasberg announced he would step down as leader of Denver Public Schools (DPS). With nearly 10 years as superintendent behind him, Boasberg leaves a district that looks markedly different from the district he began leading in 2009. Since then DPS has improved graduation rates, held the title of the fastest growing large…