On March 14, thousands of Jeffco students participated in a national school walkout effort related to the tragic incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As this protest also involved a political perspective associated with the gun-control issue, Jeffco Public Schools did not take a position or formally endorse the walkouts. However, […]Read More Taking the Next Steps on School Safety
Since the terrible school shooting in Florida, many have asked me, “What does Jeffco Public Schools do to keep our students safe?” In the years since Columbine, we have learned a great deal about better securing our schools and Jeffco Public Schools has become a national leader in systems to safeguard students. While I am […]Read More Keeping Jeffco Kids Safe
This Friday, I had the chance to spend 2 hours talking about the Jeffco Generations report with about 125 of Jeffco’s instructional coaches. These folks are typically classroom teachers who have strengths in teaching others about instructional best practices in buildings. The conversation was fast moving and exciting, and it was a real treat for me […]Read More Autonomy or Empowerment?
In my conversations around Jeffco, I have heard a lot of questions about the transition of 6th graders to middle schools. Specifically, the questions have focused on why Jeffco decided to make this shift, what the total cost of the shift will be, and how our students with special needs will be supported in the […]Read More On the Issues – Movin’ On Up! Jeffco 6th Graders head to Middle School!
During my first 100+ days, I have been speaking with many stakeholders in our community. In this new communication, On the Issues, I’ll be working to address questions asked and issues raised during these visits, directly and in a responsive manner. In this first edition, I’ll be talking about Jeffco Public Schools’ budget. Is Jeffco’s […]Read More On the Issues: If I Had a Billion Dollars, and Marijuana Money Saved the Day …