I had planned on writing about Teacher Appreciation Week today, and taking note of the ways we can and should be sharing the positive stories that come from our schools every single day. Things change. Instead, this week, we are all reeling again from yet another school shooting. This time in Jeffco’s neighboring community of […]Read More Doing Something About School Safety
Over the course of the school year, I have a practice of visiting classrooms frequently to talk with staff and students. While these conversations are brief, they do allow me to stay connected to learning happening in our schools and to hear directly from our teachers and students about what they are working on. Much of the […]Read More Unsung Heroes
Note: A version of this posting appeared in Colorado Politics on January 22, 2019. For over three decades, the debate over education policy in our state and nation has been primarily waged on three fronts: accountability, school choice, and funding. Colorado created an elaborate accountability system of tests and ranking systems in step with federal […]Read More The Education Reform We Have Versus the Education Reform We Need
At the first district all-leadership meeting for 2019, we discussed what is on a lot of people’s minds in our schools right now – budget and construction! While these topics are definitely of great importance, I also wanted to draw the attention of our leaders back to what we call “the main thing” in Jeffco, […]Read More A Challenge for the New Year
The results of the 2018 election have finally been certified and they mean improved opportunities for students, better pay for our educators and staff, and improved buildings in Jeffco. During this election cycle, I talked extensively with people in our community about their choices on the ballot. With ballot questions 5A and 5B as local […]Read More Thank You, Jeffco Voters!