Category: School Quality

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…

Northeast Denver Charter Schools Show Bright Spots in Student Achievement

The debate over how to best educate kids in Far Northeast Denver has reached one of it’s highest points in nearly a decade. Depending on who you ask, there’s either too many charter schools or not enough. Others argue the innovation schools simply aren’t cutting it. And some say the real problem is the absence of a comprehensive high school.…

To become the “State of Education,” we all have a role in improving the state of our education system for all kids to thrive

A group of Colorado leaders known as the Education Leadership Council wants to make Colorado “The State of Education.” To do that, they’re looking at revamping our statewide education system and they want Coloradans to tell them about the most important skills, competencies and learning environments to better prepare all kids for success in the 21st century workforce.    It’s…

What would teachers do if they ran our schools?

Surveys suggest teachers are the most trusted voices in public education and thanks to an excellent new survey from Educators for Excellence, we have some ideas of what teachers would do if they ran our schools. They would pay teachers more money to work in challenging schools and teach challenging subjects instead of today’s system where teachers are largely paid the same…

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together Around Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned near the top of all the “best of” ed reform articles. But what strikes me as more noteworthy, especially in these times, is what Tom did during his near decade leading Denver’s schools to show…