Jeffco school board director John Newkirk deflates some myths surrounding the new board majority’s work to raise student achievement, reward new and high-quality teachers, increase transparency, and fund students fairly.
Judy Bauernschmidt from the Colorado eLearning Collaborative talks about the unfolding project in Greeley Public Schools that will bring blended learning school models across the district over the next several years.
Matt Samelson from the Donnell-Kay Foundation talks about a legislative-backed commission’s new policy recommendations to help improve online learning experiences for Colorado’s K-12 students.
Tim Farmer from the Professional Association of Colorado Educators talks about how the state and schools can help ensure having the best teachers in classrooms through an effective licensure process.
Luke Ragland from Colorado Succeeds unpacks two big bills in the current legislative session: the teachers union’s push to save tenure protections, and the fight over how to spend extra education dollars (aka the Student Success Act).
Kevin Larsen, president of the Douglas County school board, discusses the rationale behind his district’s push for more flexibility around state testing requirements. House Bill 1202 was proposed to give the state authority to waive certain student assessments for high-performing school districts, though the bill since has been changed to call for a study of the situation.
Tom Kaesemeyer talks about the Foundations for Great Schools’ fourth annual awards to Denver-area schools that are getting great results with challenging student populations.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Prof. Joshua Dunn talks about the Colorado Education Association’s lawsuit to protect teacher tenure, contrasted with a California court case brought in the name of students to force reforms of teacher tenure.
Elizabeth Davis, principal of Colorado Calvert Academy, discusses the role of a new online education task force she’s serving on and shares thoughts on how digital learning opportunities can help serve students.
Robert Rumfelt of Liberty Watch explains how opponents of reform in Thompson School District have manufactured a controversy against the new conservative school board majority, making it as far as the pages of the Denver Post.