The Business/Education Connection

It is because of business and industry that we have a system of public education. While the founding fathers wrote and spoke about the importance of a public education system to ensure a lasting and stable democratic republic, widely available public education did not become a reality until business and industry leaders demanded a workforce […]

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#500c

August 16th, 2018 will mark the start of another great  year in Jeffco Public Schools. It has been fun visiting schools and different teams to see their preparations for tomorrow. There is an air of excitement and a palpable sense of positive energy in our schools and across the organization. One might even characterize it […]

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Taking the Next Steps on School Safety

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, […]

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Keeping Jeffco Kids Safe

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 […]

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Autonomy or Empowerment?

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 […]

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