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Monday Churn: Teacher induction review

What’s churning:

A new study from the California-based New Teacher Center bills itself as the first national look at induction for new teachers.

Among the findings: 27 states, including Colorado, require some form of induction; 29 have at least minimum requirements for mentor teachers – Colorado leaves it up to local districts; 17 state, Colorado not included, provide funding for induction; and only nine states specify contact hours between teachers and mentors, collection of standards-based data and classroom observation – Colorado not included.

Learn more about the report from our partners at Education Week, see the full report and read the center’s report on Colorado here.

Related: New study will review methods for evaluating teacher prep programs

The University of Colorado Foundation has named Richard W. Lawrence as new president and chief executive officer. Lawrence most recently has served as chief operating officer and executive vice president of the foundation. He replaces retiring CEO J. Wayne Hutchens. With the decline of state support, outside fundraising has become increasingly important for state colleges and universities, and CU is conducting a $1.5 billion campaign. Lawrence also is board president at the Peak to Peak Charter School. Release

What’s on tap:

Check here for a full calendar of education-related legislative hearings this week. Highlights of the week include committee consideration of House Bill 12-1238, the third-grade literacy bill; House Bill 12-1091, the measure to reduce statewide testing, and Senate Bill 12-046, the overhaul of zero-tolerance school discipline laws.


Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will speak at the kick-off of Colorado Literacy Week and announce new partners in the Colorado Early Literacy Initiative. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. at Crawford Elementary School, 1600 Florence St., Aurora.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will appear with local officials and educators at two events. The first is a town hall at 9:10 a.m. at the Denver School of Science and Technology-Green Valley Ranch Campus, and the second is a roundtable starting at 12:50 p.m. at Aurora’s Vista PEAK Preparatory School, 24500 East 6th Ave. In between the two, Duncan will speak at the Green Schools National Network Conference at the Colorado Convention Center on the importance of green schools and environmental literacy.

Denver school board members have a legislative oversight lunch scheduled at noon. Agenda not yet posted.

Aurora Public Schools is co-hosting an America’s Promise Parent Institute to help the parents of middle and high school students learn more about paying for college. It begins at 5:30 p.m. Details


Gov. John Hickenlooper and Garcia will announce “Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative,” and Mile High United Way will announce Social Innovation Fund award recipients at noon in the west foyer of the Capitol.


Jefferson County school board members meet in study session at 5 p.m. and begin their regular board meeting at 6 p.m. at district headquarters, 1829 Denver West Drive in Golden. The agenda includes a discussion of a budget proposal from the recent employee summit. Related budget story.


Hickenlooper, Garcia and other officials will read to students in schools as part of National Read Across America Day.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is scheduled to meet starting at 1 p.m. in the Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Good reads from elsewhere:

CU-Boulder’s top jobs: CU filled three key administrative posts with retirees limited to working 140 days a year, but who receive nearly a full salary from the university plus pension payments from the state retirement fund, according to the Daily Camera.

NYC teacher quality: The New York City schools on Friday released effectiveness ratings for some 18,000 teachers, a long-awaited and controversial move. Get analysis from our partners at EdWeek and coverage from The New York Times.

College graduation data: Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau provides new details on the 61 million Americans aged 25 and older who have bachelor’s or higher degrees. The Chronicle of Higher Education has the details.

The EdNews’ Churn is a daily roundup of briefs, notes and meetings in the world of Colorado education. To submit an item for consideration in this listing, please email us at

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