Events

Tools of Choice: Dougco’s Press for Informed Parental Decisions

Making choices is tough. Would Spiderman or Batman win in a fight? Should I have ice cream for dessert, or should I have ice cream and candy for dessert? What should I do with my finger after picking my nose? Should I ask for a smaller present on both my birthday and Christmas, or should [...]

Spanish-Speaking Families Celebrate School Choice at Institute

On Thursday, January 30, more than 50 people came to the Independence Institute’s Freedom Embassy for dinner and a special showing of the Spanish-language version of Waiting for Superman. The event was part of the fourth annual National School Choice Week celebration.

Institute for Justice Attorney Touts Scholarship Tax Credit Legality

Institute for Justice senior attorney Dick Komer presented to private school leaders, scholarship organizations, and policymakers on the legal challenges and opportunities associated with establishing a K-12 scholarship tax credit program

DeGrow Moderates Friedman Day School Choice Discussion

On Wednesday, July 31, senior education policy analyst Ben DeGrow moderated discussion for “Choice in Education is Good for Children, Parents, and Teachers,” an event sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Colo. Capitol Room Packed to Talk Student Backpack Funding

On Thursday, December 6, a panel event co-sponsored by the Independence Institute packed a State Capitol committee room with 85 people to advance the discussion about how Colorado can embrace and implement backpack funding in future K-12 policy changes. Addressing an audience of educators, policymakers, and other citizens, four panelists shared some “outside-the-box” ideas on […]

Literacy Champion John Corcoran Shares Inspiring Tale of Triumph

On Thursday, August 2, the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy hosted its second Brown Bag Lunch event with a compelling personal story highlighting the need to improve literacy in Colorado and nationwide. Addressing an audience of more than 50 Colorado educators, officials and other interested citizens, John Corcoran, president and CEO of the John Corcoran Foundation, […]

Teachers Matter Author Headlines First Independence Institute Brown Bag Lunch Event

On Thursday, April 12, the Independence Institute Freedom Embassy hosted its first-ever Brown Bag Lunch event with a presentation on the research that informs educator effectiveness policies. Manhattan Institute senior fellow and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor Dr. Marcus A. Winters shared the findings from his new book Teachers Matter with an audience […]

Independence Institute, Liberty on the Rocks Celebrate School Choice Week with Kids Aren’t Cars Movie

On Thursday, January 26, Liberty on the Rocks and the Independence Institute celebrated National School Choice Week by co-hosting a special event at the Independence Institute’s new Freedom Embassy in Denver. Attendees watched selected portions of the 2011 movie Kids Aren’t Cars. Afterward, the Education Policy Center’s Pam Benigno and Ben DeGrow shared some insights […]

iNACOL’s Susan Patrick Guides Colorado Online Leaders in Crafting Digital Learning Policy Roadmap

On Monday, January 23, nearly 50 Colorado online education leaders and policy experts gathered at the Independence Institute’s new Freedom Embassy to help craft a roadmap of digital learning policy priorities for the state. School district and charter school online program personnel attended alongside representatives of policy organizations. Co-sponsored by the Independence Institute and Donnell-Kay […]

Teacher Reform Message Carried to CU-Boulder Film Event

On November 3, Ben DeGrow participated on a discussion panel at CU-Boulder following the Colorado premiere of the documentary film American Teacher.