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February 2, 2018
The four-day week, once a tool of rural districts, is coming to a Denver metro school district
The School District 27J, which covers Brighton and some surrounding areas, will make a final decision before spring break about moving to a four-day school week.
Updated November 4, 2015
Voters approve bond issue for overcrowded District 27J
A proposed bond issue for Brighton-based District 27J passed Tuesday, just a year after voters narrowly rejected a similar plan.
October 29, 2015
How PE classes are working to get kids with disabilities off the sidelines
More teacher training and modified equipment have helped teachers in Denver and other Colorado districts better include students with disabilities in P.E. classes.
October 23, 2015
Landmark study sparks question: Do preschool effects stick in Colorado but not in Tennessee?
Early childhood leaders here say a major study that raised doubts about preschool's effectiveness quality but doesn't match Colorado data on the topic.
October 22, 2015
Brighton district crosses its fingers and hopes a few voters change their minds
The fast growing Brighton schools hope voters are more receptive this year to a $248 million bond issue than they were in 2014, when a $148 million plan failed narrowly.
October 7, 2015
Coalition: Aurora could do more to improve chronically failing schools
“I hope this report helps the district,” an Aurora parent said. “I hope the district takes this seriously and does something. I really hope so.”
October 2, 2015
Changes embraced at Jeffco schools that serve low-income students
But it’s still too early to know whether an emphasis to improve students’ vocabularies will be enough to boost achievement for those who are chronically behind.
September 25, 2015
Opening a new chapter, a Denver elementary school on the rebound changes its look and feel
As part of an ongoing effort to lift student achievement, Trevista at Horace Mann in Denver is changing its look and feel as it starts a new era as an elementary school.
September 16, 2015
At Aurora’s newest school, students taught life skills to become better learners and writers
Writing is hard. But at this new school in Aurora, students will be taught the social and emotional skills to over come pesky writer's block.
up close and personal
September 14, 2015
Northeast Denver charter puts a new spin on teaching and learning
At a new elementary charter school in Northeast Denver, students follow personalized schedules programmed into iPads they carry with them throughout the school day.
in the zone
September 8, 2015
Aurora officials moves forward with innovation plans, school board cautions for consensus
The idea is the Aurora schools will work together to boost student achievement at some of the district’s lowest performing schools.
September 2, 2015
Report: Early absenteeism leads to achievement gaps later
Colorado has slightly higher absenteeism rates in the fourth and eighth grades than the nation, according to a study that ties chronic absences to achievement gaps.
August 24, 2015
Five issues to watch as Denver Public Schools students return to the classroom
Denver Public Schools faces questions about equity, the makeup of its school board, the fate of a storied high school and more as the 2015-16 school year begins.
August 14, 2015
Call for later high school start times falls flat in Denver Public Schools
A top administrator asked Denver high schools and sixth-12th grade campuses to institute a start time of 8 a.m. or later this year, but most students won't see any changes.
August 12, 2015
At academically-challenged schools in Jeffco, a push for stronger vocabulary skills
The challenge of incorporating higher-level language skills is a new test for a historically middle class suburban school district adapting to a changing student body.
August 10, 2015
Amid pomp and circumstance, Northfield High School opens its doors to first freshman class
Ninth-graders at Denver's Northfield High School, the district's first new comprehensive high school in 35 years, started the school year Monday with welcome speeches in the school's gym.
August 7, 2015
The not-so-secret ELL summer slide problem that no one has quantified
English learners may have a deeper learning loss during the summer than their native-English speaking peers. But there’s no broad data that proves this.
July 28, 2015
Homework for preschoolers? Aurora parents make the case
Last spring, a group of Aurora parents banded together to make a surprising request. They wanted homework for their preschoolers. District officials have agreed to put out a homework calendar and establish a new homework policy.
July 27, 2015
Students in college readiness program say they find more than academic support
Local students participated in the AVID Summer Institute, a national conference for educators who teach college-readiness skills, in Denver this month.
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July 24, 2015
Aurora Central’s new principal: ‘I want to help this community’
Gerardo De La Garza replaces Mark Roberts as principal at Aurora Central High School, one of Colorado's lowest performing high schools.
July 9, 2015
Early literacy effort having impact, advocacy group reports
The early-literacy programs created by a 2012 law have reduced the percentages of young students reading below grade level, according to a study by an advocacy group.
a matter of time
July 2, 2015
One challenge in expanding student learning time: giving teachers time to plan
Research suggests that more time in school boosts students’ skills, but adding productive time to students’ days often means cutting time from their teachers’.
July 1, 2015
Game-based learning give students a challenge outside of textbooks
Game-based learning might soon make its most substantial debut in Colorado in the fall of 2016 as the basis of a new school in the Aurora Public Schools system.
January 15, 2014
Rise & Shine: Fariña’s tough love approach with teachers
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