Category: Teachers & Leaders

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,…

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…

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 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…

“Tough” is the Compliment We Pay White Teachers That Condemns Black and Brown Students

My nine years as a teacher in public schools have been eye-opening. The injustices that students from low-income backgrounds and students of color face in the education system have been common knowledge for years. And yet, it has been astounding to experience firsthand just how deep our biases go and how they cause us to misdiagnosis problems in education and…