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How the schools that children attend contribute to their overall well-being.
more sleeping time
December 6, 2017
Jeffco schools will study pushing back high school start times
Officials in Jeffco Public Schools plan to bring together a group of people to study the possibility of changing the start time for district high schools.
December 1, 2017
After another Colorado child commits suicide, the search for solutions intensifies at schools and the statehouse
A growing rate of suicides among Coloradans kids have parents, educators, activists and lawmakers wrestling with complex questions about bullying and suicide.
raising the curtain
November 14, 2017
Aurora high school students started rehearsing a musical about an earlier time — and discovered ‘harsh truths’ about today
Performing arts students at Hinkley High School in Aurora found a place to discuss issues of race in America as they came together to prepare a performance of Ragtime.
November 7, 2017
Want to make middle school admissions more fair? Stop looking at this measure, parents say
A group of Manhattan parents wants middle schools to stop looking at applicants' attendance rates, saying it puts poor students at a disadvantage.
November 6, 2017
Stolen trucks, younger siblings and Halloween worries: A social worker tackles student absences one at a time
In a bid to get kids to come to school regularly and avoid the drop-out track, some Denver schools use lots of carrots and a few sticks.
call for help
October 27, 2017
Some Bronx students in crisis more likely to be sent to the hospital than a school social worker, advocates say
On a recent visit to a Bronx emergency room, Dejohn Jones witnessed something shocking: a young child who had apparently been removed from his…
October 26, 2017
Communicating with Spanish-speaking parents is a challenge in Memphis. Meet the former teacher who’s taking it on.
Talia Palacio is transforming how Shelby County Schools interacts with Hispanic families.
Fall into the gap
October 25, 2017
Coalition: Colorado making progress to close racial gaps in health, education but more work remains
The Race for Results report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights state-level disparities between different racial and ethnic groups based on a variety of factors.
How I Help
October 16, 2017
Why this high school counselor asks students, ‘What do you wish your parents knew?’
A Colorado high school counselor talks about what students wish their parents knew and why peer mentoring is better than a social-emotional curriculum taught by adults.
October 12, 2017
Millions in grant dollars will bring more counselors to Indiana’s underserved students
The $26.4 million in grants, decided last month, include six for Marion County districts and charter schools.
October 12, 2017
New program aims to make advocates out of Memphis high schoolers
Ten schools in Shelby County are participating in the program, which tries to get students involved in education policy issues.
October 11, 2017
New superintendent’s vision for Jeffco: It’s not just what happens in school that matters
Jeffco Public Schools is unveiling a new vision document that will be turned into a strategy plan to lead the district for the next several years.
Not long for this world
September 18, 2017
Denver teen pregnancy prevention organization to close its doors at the end of the year
A Denver-based nonprofit focused on teen pregnancy prevention and youth sexual health will close its doors at the end of 2017 after losing two major grants.
Wanna go outside?
September 15, 2017
Less plastic, more trees: New effort seeks to reinvent preschool playgrounds and capture kids’ imaginations
The idea behind a new early childhood grant program is to create outdoor spaces that capture kids’ imagination, connect them with nature and keep them active.
September 15, 2017
Denver’s ambitious home visit program works to build bridges between parents and teachers
“It really changes the dynamic at school,” one teacher said.
August 25, 2017
South High School student attacked and subjected to racial slurs on public transit bus, Denver Public Schools says
“We are outraged and deeply concerned about this apparently racially motivated attack on one of our students,” Superintendent Tom Boasberg said.
How are you feeling?
August 7, 2017
With plan to focus on teen health, Adams 12 school district opens new clinic
The Adams 12 school district, Colorado’s sixth-largest, will open its first school-based health clinic this fall at Thornton High School.
August 4, 2017
No more cheese sandwiches: Denver restores hot lunches for students in debt
This year, DPS students in debt will still have access to hot lunches as the district resolves payment issues.
July 28, 2017
A new study helps explain why parents who were once in prison are less involved in their kids’ schools — and what could make a difference
The new study finds that the effects of incarceration can extend long after parents are released.
July 21, 2017
Two Colorado districts shift to later high school start times — for very different reasons
The Greeley-Evans school district in northern Colorado will join the Cherry Creek district in suburban Denver in adopting later high school start times this fall.
July 12, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs unlikely to open soon in Memphis schools as SCS funding plan collapses
County commissioners balk at Shelby County Schools' request for $1.6 million to open clubs inside of three schools.
Detroit Journalism Cooperative
June 21, 2017
Restrictions on teacher pay in Detroit schools can scare away applicants — and make it hard to fill 260 classroom positions
In Detroit, as many as 260 classroom teacher positions are unfilled in the state’s largest district, prompting a shortage so severe that substitutes last year were the full-time solution in more than 100 classrooms.
June 15, 2017
I had an anxiety attack in school, and a social worker saved me. What about the students without one?
Right now, somewhere in the Bronx, there is a young girl like me, having her first anxiety attack, a Brooklyn junior writes. Is there a social worker for her?
June 13, 2017
Which Colorado school districts have the lowest vaccination rates? (Hint: They’re not on the Front Range.)
A new database represents Colorado’s first effort to give the public information about how many kids get vaccinated in the state’s schools and child care programs.
it's about relationships
June 8, 2017
Former Denver administrator, now D.C. schools chief, on why connecting with students matters
A former Denver Public Schools administrator talked about the need to create school environments where students feel valued at a Thursday event in Denver.
room to run
June 5, 2017
City announces major push to provide all schools with designated space for gym class
New York City will invest $385 million over the next four years to provide all city schools with a designated space for physical education.
May 25, 2017
Frustrated with high suspension rates, Memphis schools shift to restorative justice
Taking a cue from Nashville, Memphis school leaders are working to change the way their educators discipline students in Shelby County Schools.
May 17, 2017
How ballet is energizing one Memphis school — and helped save it from closing
Ballet lessons bring the art of dance inside the walls of Dunbar Elementary, a school that was almost shuttered this year by Shelby County Schools.
May 15, 2017
Memphis schools have space. Boys & Girls Clubs have programming. Now they just need money to put clubs in three schools.
Grappling with under-enrolled schools and significant neighborhood needs, Memphis school leaders seek to fill some empty space by partnering with the Boys & Girls Club.
top of the morning
May 11, 2017
One way to boost test scores? Make sure students get morning sunshine, new research shows
The study posits a straightforward way to improve student achievement — ensuring that a district’s high schools start the latest.
May 1, 2017
Five Colorado districts get grants to boost student and staff mental health
Five Colorado school districts will receive grants from Kaiser Permanente to fund mental health efforts for students and staff.
hamming it up
April 28, 2017
History has its eyes on them: Watch these New York City students perform ‘Hamilton’-inspired raps
Students from 15 different New York City public high schools performed raps, songs, and spoken word about United States history on the Broadway set of “Hamilton.”
April 4, 2017
Requiring P.E. for Tennessee’s youngest students would help academics, too, advocates say
Research shows that physical education boosts children's brain development and helps to form lifelong exercise habits.
March 27, 2017
Colorado poised to slash funding for controversial student health survey
Two years after a controversial student health survey sparked debate at the State Board of Education, questions about the survey's value have moved to the state legislature.
March 23, 2017
Traffic pollution: an invisible health risk for dozens of Denver schools
Twenty-nine Denver schools — 10 of them charters — sit near high-traffic roads and the invisible air pollution those routes generate daily.
SCOTUS on IDEA
March 22, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court, in landmark decision, strengthens rights for students with disabilities
Students with learning disabilities are due “appropriately ambitious” education plans that ensure they will advance through public schools similarly to other students.
March 13, 2017
Corporal punishment bill goes down in Colorado Senate committee
Sponsors of the bill could not point to a single occurrence of corporal punishment happening in Colorado schools or publicly-funded day care centers today.
Black girls and trauma
March 2, 2017
Here’s how one Memphis school is changing the way it disciplines girls of color
Aspire Coleman responds to research pointing to trauma as a root of disciplinary problems that lead to higher rates of suspension among black girls.
one hurdle down
January 30, 2017
Bill to ban corporal punishment in schools get first approval from Colorado House
Some Republican lawmakers see the bill as unnecessary regulation.
catching some zzzzs
January 19, 2017
One Colorado district moving toward later high school start times — maybe — while another shelves the idea
Of the two large Colorado school districts that were actively exploring later high school start times for the 2017-18 school year, one is moving ahead and one has dropped the idea for now.
January 13, 2017
Diet Nope: Colorado’s large districts still keeping diet soda out of high schools
More than half of Colorado's 10 largest school districts have decided or are poised to decide not to bring back diet soda in high schools after a seven-year ban.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Beyond the three Rs: Schools sharpen focus on social and emotional learning in 2016
Colorado educators are increasingly focusing on social and emotional skills to help improve student achievement and outcomes.
Close your eyes
December 14, 2016
How Colorado schools are helping kids calm down — and learn — through mindfulness
A growing number of schools in Denver and the state are training students in mindfulness with the goal of helping students cope with stress and learn empathy.
December 7, 2016
All work and no play: Colorado kids losing out on P.E., report finds
Colorado students don't get enough physical education in school, a problem that especially hurts low-income students.
November 30, 2016
Fixes underway to remedy high lead levels in Denver, Jeffco and Cherry Creek school water
Three of Colorado's largest school districts are making plumbing fixes in some buildings to address high lead levels in school water.
November 28, 2016
Denver schools with large numbers of English learners get less physical education
District officials will investigate why students at Denver schools with large numbers of English learners are getting less physical education than other students.
November 22, 2016
U.S. education chief wants Tennessee, other states to stop paddling their students
Citing research that corporal punishment is harmful and ineffective, John King asks Tennessee and 21 other states to prohibit it.
November 7, 2016
Five things teachers can do to help kids who’ve endured trauma
In the space of five minutes, you’ll feel like your heart broke then got pieced back together. That’s the impact of a…
mental health matters
October 26, 2016
Why Denver Public Schools wants to raise taxes to hire more psychologists and social workers
“I have to make sure my teachers can teach and students can learn," said a principal at a school where at least one kid in every class has experienced trauma.
Beyond the classroom
October 11, 2016
Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?
The IBO set out to pinpoint exactly which obstacles are holding homeless students back from learning by conducting roughly 100 interviews.
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