Category: Students

I may be a student, but I know about the achievement gap

Have you ever heard of the achievement gap? Many minority students such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans usually fall lower in test scores and grades compared to their white and Asian counterparts. Every column, blog, or article that I’ve read on this topic has information that has never come from a African-American, let alone an African-American male teen standpoint.…

Coffee Break: Denver Board of Education President Anne Rowe on how innovation zones are empowering schools to reach new levels of student achievement

For several months, ed reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Washington DC are successfully Reinventing America’s Schools. As a Denverite, who has worked in Denver Public Schools as well as the district’s charter sector, it’s been nice to see the Mile High…

Ashawnty Davis deserved to walk the same halls as me and live to achieve her own dreams

When I think back on my time as a student at Sunrise Elementary School, I think of musical performances, getting my first “A,” and meeting my best friend Haley, whose kids are my godchildren today. These are the kinds of things that 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis will never get the chance to look back on and remember. She’ll never realize her…

School Nutrition Matters. Here’s How Our Schools Can Do Better.

The reason we still serve hot lunch in school cafeterias is because districts nationwide recognize that well-nourished kids are better equipped to learn. The science is simple. Glucose—also known as blood sugar—is the brain’s basic fuel. Consistent and balanced meals help students do all sorts of academic tasks, like concentrate, listen and keep behavior in check, according to registered dietitian…