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February 12, 2015
Colorado LGBT high school students: validate us
Three LGBT Colorado high school students share their experiences.
February 12, 2015
Use this map to identify schools with high immunization opt-outs
More than 140 schools in the Colorado's 20 largest districts have immunization exemption rates of 10 percent or more. The Boulder Valley School has the most schools with such rates, but five other mostly suburban districts also have a dozen or more schools in that category.
February 11, 2015
Immunization rates a shock to some parents, predictable to public health experts
A Denver father was appalled when he discovered the dismal immunization compliance rate at his daughter's Wheat Ridge charter school on Tuesday. It's not surprising to some public health experts, who anticipated that the public disclosure of immunization rates would factor into some parents' school choice decisions.
February 9, 2015
Colorado, find your school’s immunization compliance and exemption rates
Use Chalkbeat’s database—the first of its kind in Colorado--to look up immunization compliance and exemption rates for individual schools in the 20 largest districts in the state. These districts enroll around three-quarters of the state’s students.
February 5, 2015
CO Health Institute CEO: Political will lacking to tighten immunization law
"It doesn't seem like it's going to have the political will in Colorado to go very far."
February 5, 2015
Report card: Low immunization rates ding state’s health grade
Colorado's low childhood immunization rates pulled down its grade on part of an annual health report card published by the Colorado Health Foundation and Colorado Health Institute.
B is for Bokwa
February 1, 2015
Bok-what? Aurora schools try a new form of fitness
Aurora Public Schools officials say they're the first district in the state to offer Bokwa, a dance workout where participants draw letters and numbers with their feet.
January 13, 2015
How teachers are like opera singers: everything depends on a clear voice
Teacher voice problems not only contribute to teacher absenteeism but can affect student learning. However, a little awareness and training goes a long way toward a healthy voice.
January 12, 2015
Overheated districts trying later start dates
The Poudre School District may push its school start dates back next year to mitigate the problem of hot August days in mostly non-air conditioned…
January 5, 2015
“School Psychologist of the Year” on the changing role of mental health services
A longtime school psychologist in the Boulder Valley School District talks about changes in the field, the importance of universal mental health screenings and how Louisville Middle School staff make sure every student feels a sense of belonging at school.
December 22, 2014
Why taking care of teachers’ (literal) voices matters for student learning
Research shows voice problems can make it hard for students to understand teachers and can lead teachers to miss school. But awareness and preparation can help teachers take care of their vocal health.
December 19, 2014
Goodbye desks, hello pedal tables!
A Denver physical education teacher wants to create Colorado's first "kinesthetic classroom" by replacing traditional classroom furniture with pedal desks and and other furnishings that encourage movement.
Wake up sleepy head!
December 15, 2014
Later school start times slowly gain traction in Colorado
With a growing body of research demonstrating academic and health benefits for teens who start school after 8:30 a.m., some Colorado schools are delaying middle and high school start times.
December 4, 2014
Teachers aren’t the only only ones facing new evaluation system
The same landmark law that ushered in a new system for teacher evaluations this year extends to thousands of school employees who work outside the classroom. This group includes counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other licensed staff.
Taking on toxic stress
November 18, 2014
Q&A: The doctor who’s taking on the impact of childhood trauma
An expert on the link between adverse childhood experiences and lifelong disadvantages, including poor school performance and health problems, talks about her pioneering work on the issue.
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