Some Thoughts on Testing

This month, students in our community, across our state, and across the nation will begin the annual rite of passage that is taking standardized assessments. As a public institution, our district is required to administer these assessments under both state and federal law. It can be rightly argued that the nation’s system of standardized assessments […]

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What Makes a Great School?

In October, we released a proposed vision statement for Jeffco Public Schools called Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. Since that time, we’ve had deep and engaging conversations across Jeffco about the ideas in that report to determine if they are the right “fit” for Jeffco going forward. Generations focuses on three main […]

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3 Questions on Jeffco Generations

On October 11, 2017 and to coincide with my 100th day as Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, we released a document called Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools. Since then, we’ve also added translated versions of the document, as well as support materials including a 4-page summary brochure and a poster of the […]

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Jeffco Generations: A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community’s Schools

On this day, October 11, 2017, I’m proud to release this new vision document for Jeffco Public Schools. Please take the time to review and thoughtfully consider the ideas and direction presented, and then feel free to post questions, comments, or suggestions here. As always, I will work to respond personally. Thanks to everyone involved […]

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The Best of (all) Worlds

Regular readers of this blog (and my other writings) know that I am a big fan of international benchmarking – a business-borrowed approach of studying the practices of high performing global systems, and the considering how those can be implemented in our context. This week, I was honored to give the keynote talk at Meiklejohn […]

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