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blue ribbon schools
October 1, 2018
These five Colorado schools won the nation’s top education honor
The U.S. Department of Education recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
September 11, 2018
As 4-year-old preschool programs become the norm, Denver looks to reach 3-year-olds next
The Denver Preschool Program's new spending on 3-year-old classrooms fits with a growing recognition that such investments amplify the impact of 4-year-old preschool programs.
September 6, 2018
Meet Colorado’s six finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year
Six teachers have been chosen as finalists for Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year award, with the winner set to be announced by Nov. 1.
August 24, 2018
Higher teacher pay and more school safety are up for a vote with November tax requests
Voters will have to decide on a statewide tax proposal, and in several communities, also on local measures.
July 25, 2018
Seeking to broaden its support base, Jeffco looks at building bridges to community
Among many benefits schools can get from an engaged community, Jeffco is looking ahead at a possible ballot question for new funding.
July 5, 2018
Jeffco takes collaborative approach as it considers later school start times
The group crafting recommendations, which is still open to new members, is seeking public input.
June 22, 2018
When Denver stopped lunch-shaming, debt from unpaid meals skyrocketed
After the Denver school district outlawed lunch-shaming last fall, debt from unpaid lunches ballooned.
How I Teach
June 12, 2018
How the acting aspirations of a student with Down syndrome changed this theater teacher’s approach
This Colorado theater teacher talks about why she aims to reach a diverse set of students, how she builds rapport with students and what it means to be a “cookie person.”
May 18, 2018
A growing Jeffco program trains future early childhood workers while they’re still in high school
A new training program at a Jefferson County high school seeks to help cultivate the early childhood workforce of the future.
May 11, 2018
A new guide aims to help Colorado school districts offer mental health support to students
A Colorado nonprofit group released a new tool kit to help teachers, parents, and administrators infuse mental health support into schools.
May 9, 2018
Colorado schools gave out nearly 1,800 suspensions to young students with disabilities last year
A Chalkbeat analysis shows that in Colorado last year, special education students in kindergarten through second grade received a disproportionate number of suspensions.
May 8, 2018
Jeffco district giving charter school district status and district building, while letting it maintain autonomy
Jeffco's school board approved the innovation plan for for charter Free Horizon Montessori, moving the plan forward.
April 3, 2018
7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students
As educators debate harsh school discipline nationwide, here's a look at which Colorado districts are suspending young children at the highest rates.
outside the box
March 23, 2018
Program to bring back dropout students is one of 10 new ideas Jeffco is investing in
The district announced the winners of the innovation fund competition this month.
February 20, 2018
School leaders in one Jeffco community are looking at demographic shifts as an opportunity to rebrand
Edgewater schools, plus Molholm Elementary in Lakewood, are seeing changes in demographics that might facilitate changes to existing language programs.
January 12, 2018
Despite concerns, Jeffco school board agrees to spend $1 million to start funding school innovations
Employees in Jeffco Public Schools can now pitch an idea as part of a new application process for small grants to fund innovative programs that might improve education.
year in review
December 21, 2017
A new superintendent and a new vision for Jeffco schools in 2017
Jeffco Public Schools story lines of 2107 were centered around the new superintendent and his new vision.
year in review
December 21, 2017
Early childhood discipline, child care deserts and funding challenges in the spotlight during 2017
Amid national debate on the disproportionate number of suspensions given out to young boys of color, Colorado lawmakers grappled with discipline policy in 2017.
December 8, 2017
Victorious Jeffco school board incumbents spent six times more than challengers in campaign’s last days
Union-backed school board incumbents running for re-election for Jeffco Public Schools outspent challengers in the days leading up to election.
more sleeping time
December 6, 2017
Jeffco schools will study pushing back high school start times
Officials in Jeffco Public Schools plan to bring together a group of people to study the possibility of changing the start time for district high schools.
choice and competition
November 30, 2017
School choice, Jeffco style: District considering new school models, centralized enrollment
Jeffco Public Schools is moving toward more choice with proposals for new district-run school options and with plans for a centralized online school choice system.
How I Teach
November 13, 2017
‘All our dreams are on his shoulders.’ The stories that motivate a bilingual teacher
A bilingual teacher talks about how kids naturally merge two languages, why she uses drama to teach writing and what she learned from a parent-teacher conference.
Unity prevails: Jeffco incumbents easily beat back challengers
Jefferson County voters are deciding Tuesday on the need for unified or dissenting voices on the school board for Jeffco Public Schools.
November 4, 2017
Jeffco school board incumbents swamping opponents in campaign contributions
School board candidates updated their campaign finance reports Friday, in the last filings before Tuesday's election.
Colorado Votes 2017
November 4, 2017
A one stop guide to the 2017 Jefferson County school board race
Many people wait to vote, so we thought it’d be helpful to put our most essential coverage of races in Jefferson County all in one place.
Keeping the peace
October 31, 2017
Jeffco voters to decide whether school board will remain united or include dissenting voices
The campaign for this year's school board in Jeffco is much different than two years ago, but still centered on the memories of the past chaos.
How I Teach
October 31, 2017
No hiding: This Colorado teacher doesn’t hold back his feelings about how music moves him
A high school choir director talks about how vulnerability helps him teach, why he decided to switch his college major and what he does to encourage peer mentorship.
moving on up
October 23, 2017
Jeffco on track to move most of next year’s sixth-graders into middle school buildings
Most Jeffco middle schools are preparing to teach sixth through eighth graders starting next year.
21st century schools
October 20, 2017
Five takeaways from a panel with author David Osborne, champion of giving schools autonomy and holding them accountable
Osborne, an author and consultant who specializes in documenting public sector reforms, is an advocate of charter schools and giving schools greater autonomy.
October 18, 2017
Jeffco school board incumbents raise big money, challengers falling behind
Compared with two years ago, the election in the state's second largest school district is a sleepy affair.
October 13, 2017
Jason Glass’s inner circle: Meet the team seeing through the Jeffco superintendent’s vision
A look at the salary and duties of Jeffco's leadership team.
October 11, 2017
New superintendent’s vision for Jeffco: It’s not just what happens in school that matters
Jeffco Public Schools is unveiling a new vision document that will be turned into a strategy plan to lead the district for the next several years.
Colorado Votes 2017
October 5, 2017
We asked the 2017 Jeffco school board candidates seven questions. Here are their responses.
Two years after a high-profile recall election that saw the Jeffco school board completely turn over, only two seats up for election this year have a challenger.
September 18, 2017
Jeffco superintendent extends listening tour through event targeting multilingual community
Superintendent Jason Glass said he heard more questions about equity and language issues than he had on previous stops on his tour through the Jeffco district.
September 8, 2017
From passionate to politics-free, here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision
The response shows how school districts view their responsibilities when a divisive national policy change carries implications for many Colorado students and families.
September 1, 2017
Two last-minute challengers emerge to two Jeffco school board incumbents
Board president Ron Mitchell does not have an opponent.
August 29, 2017
Many parents praise — and some criticize — Jeffco superintendent’s statement on Charlottesville
Dozens of Jeffco parents praised the superintendent’s statement on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., while a handful of others criticized it.
August 28, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent calls a timeout on any more school closures
The new superintendent for Jeffco Public Schools wants to change the process for considering school closures to something that would take more factors into account.
August 18, 2017
These seventh-graders started the school year talking about Charlottesville and what they can do about racism
Mirroring conversations happening nationwide, a group of Denver seventh-graders this week delved into a discussion about the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SCHOOL DAY
August 15, 2017
Colorado schools make plans to view — and teach — the solar eclipse
Schools throughout Colorado are setting aside time for students to view the eclipse, which is expected to reach 92.3 percent totality over Denver.
Talking it through
August 11, 2017
A gentler approach: Jeffco Public Schools emphasizing restorative practices as part of discipline changes
Jeffco Public Schools is increasing the priority on a roll out of restorative justice.
August 10, 2017
One Jeffco program is taking on a big problem: Many low-income students accepted to college never attend
This mentorship program hopes to address a problem that often flies under the radar: 40 percent of low-income students who have been accepted to college don’t show up.
How are you feeling?
August 7, 2017
With plan to focus on teen health, Adams 12 school district opens new clinic
The Adams 12 school district, Colorado’s sixth-largest, will open its first school-based health clinic this fall at Thornton High School.
August 4, 2017
A high-poverty Jeffco school is about to adopt a “community school” model. What does that mean?
The Jeffco school will be a hub for community organizations to provide services such as English language classes, job training and medical care.
July 11, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools diverging from state law on timeline for evaluating teachers
Although Jeffco is not following the timeline of the law, district leaders said it’s following the intent.
getting to know you
July 10, 2017
New Jeffco superintendent has more questions than answers in tour of district
Jason Glass, Jeffco's new superintendent, visited eight sites throughout the district to gather community feedback as he starts his new position.
digging into discipline
May 19, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools suspended an average of four young students a day last year — and district officials are paying attention
Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's second largest school district, hands out many more suspensions to early elementary students than most other large districts.
May 16, 2017
Jeffco board unanimously approves three-year contract for new superintendent
Jason Glass will earn a salary of $265,000 a year, plus benefits.
May 15, 2017
How Jeffco’s pick for superintendent changed his mind about education reform
Jason Glass says his perspective on education changed while in Iowa when he was looking at international benchmarks.
The pick is in
May 1, 2017
Head of Eagle County schools named finalist for Jeffco superintendent post
Jason Glass has been outspoken on issues ranging from school finance to testing and recognizing bilingual students.
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