Rise & Shine: Is Denver’s innovative approach to school choice improving equity?

CONNECTING WITH KIDS A fourth-grade teacher from Granby shares her tips for building relationships with students. Chalkbeat

THE MILE HIGH PROMISE Denver’s innovative approach to school choice gets high marks from many parents and pundits. The program also raises questions about the limitations of choice in narrowing access and equity gaps. NPR

BLENDED LEARNING The state is creating a plan that will focus on increasing student access and equity through blended learning — a combination of classroom instruction and online lessons. 9News

OUT OF A JOB The Ellicott School District board voted to part ways with its superintendent last week — asking him to turn in his keys and clean out his office immediately. The Gazette

TOP HONOR Tobey Bassoff, principal at Lafayette’s Ryan Elementary School, was  named the 2017 National Distinguished Principal for Colorado by the Colorado Association of School Executives. Daily Camera

GROWTH MINDSET A recent report from the nonprofit A+ Colorado cited the Steamboat Springs district for its rapid student growth and helping certain subgroups make big academic gains. Steamboat Today

DISPLACED The teachers union in the Roaring Fork school district says the district is not doing enough to protect teachers displaced or facing non-renewal of contracts associated with the opening in the fall of a new school south of Glenwood Springs. Post Independent