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January 7, 2011
Week of 1/3/11: Teaching & learning tidbits
Jeffco ponders school closures, Aurora Middle School teacher honored, National School Choice Week, Q&A with Stand for Children organizers, more schools using iPads, new STEM charter school, efforts to rate teachers face hurdles, Boulder teen parenting program turns 30, education level gaps emerge in Colorado districts.
January 5, 2011
Shuttles to ferry parents and kids to new DPS schools
Hundreds of parents and students will explore new school options in Far Northeast Denver Saturday morning by riding the bus between 12 school open houses, also giving families a chance to learn how the region’s new expanded transportation system will work next year.
January 5, 2011
Find your district's education level
Check out this nifty searchable database on our sister site, Education News Colorado. All you have to do is click in the box to pull up the education levels of adults aged 25 and older residing in your school district.
January 4, 2011
Making homework more effective
We've all questioned the benefits of homework. Here are some tangible ways parents can help their kids get more out of a practice many view as daily drudgery.
December 23, 2010
Happy Holidays from EdNews Parent
Happy Holidays from EdNews Parent. We wish you happiness and bravery in the new year as you continue to do whatever needs to be done to be the best parent you can be to your school-aged child. Here's a short video of what makes the journey so good.
December 23, 2010
Week of 12/20/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
The latest on Colorado's grim school funding picture; U.S. boys lagging in reading; Aurora charter school expansion clears hurdles; Aurora's Rebound Program has success with hard-to-serve students.
December 21, 2010
New Montbello early childhood center to serve vital need
Learn more about the state-of-the-art early childhood center coming to Far Northeast Denver, when the $5.5 million facility will open and what needs DPS officials believes it will serve.
December 17, 2010
Week of 12/13/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
The teaching and learning stocking is stuffed to bursting with news of parents successfully fighting the powers that be in schools, views on school taxes and tenure, kudos to several Colorado schools, vouchers and value-added assessments of teachers.
December 14, 2010
VIDEO: Michelle Rhee spurs school parents to action
Controversial school reformer Michelle Rhee spurs parents - and others - to join her fight to save the nation's schools from what she views as entrenched special interests in a talk Monday at the Denver Athletic Club.
December 13, 2010
Ask an Expert: What makes a teacher effective?
Read one list of quality teaching traits and compare those to your own child's classroom. Do they line up? If not, it's probably time to ask some questions.
December 10, 2010
New evaluation for untenured teachers calls for greater detail
City officials are planning to unveil a new evaluation system for un-tenured teachers and have enlisted the help of a prominent educator. The Danielson Group — run by Charlotte Danielson, the creator of a widely-used taxonomy of teaching called the Framework for Teaching — is consulting with the Department of Education to create measures of good teaching tailored for the city. Sources said the new evaluation system will be used for probationary teachers — those who typically have fewer than three years experience — and will guide principals in making tenure decisions. The new evaluation system has yet to be unveiled to teachers and principals, but DOE officials have shown it to network leaders, who will be charged with training principals in its use. Meant to be in place by the time tenure decisions are made this spring, the new framework is part of Mayor Bloomberg's push to make tenure more difficult to attain. In a speech delivered on NBC in September, the mayor said that tenure should not be a "formality" for teachers and vowed that this year, principals would use a new evaluation system.
December 9, 2010
Dennison Elementary earns 2nd Blue Ribbon Award
VIDEO: Dennison Elementary School in Lakewood is the only Colorado school to be named a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education twice. Read this story and watch the video showing what makes Dennison teachers and students tick.
December 7, 2010
Are moms really fed up with volunteering at school?
This New York Times article talks about frazzled moms fighting back against schools' increasing demands for parent hours devoted to fundraising activities and school events. Parents - are you cutting back or increasing the hours you spend helping out at school functions?
December 3, 2010
Week of 11/29/10: Teaching & learning tidbits
Colorado's charter school law gets a B, Rhee heads to Florida, Bill Gates says forget small class sizes, $2 million for educator effectiveness in Colo., more students getting diplomas than ever, Colorado's role in global math/science study.
December 1, 2010
Colorado school district ratings released
Get a look at the latest Colorado school ratings and search for your own district in this nifty Education News Colorado database.
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