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Tens of thousands of Colorado kids still lack internet access. State stimulus dollars will only offer a short-term fix.

The Colorado Sun

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Meet TIME's First-Ever Kid of the Year

TIME

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To test or not to test? Colorado educators and advocates divided on CMAS in a pandemic

Chalkbeat

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Learning during COVID-19: Initial findings on students’ reading and math achievement and growth

NWEA

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Cordova’s departure is a warning

The Denver Post

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News Release: Statewide survey shows districts struggle with critical workforce shortages

Dec. 3, 2020
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CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

News Release

Statewide survey shows districts struggle with critical workforce shortages

Top priorities are K-3 reading loss, mental health of students and teachers 

DENVER – Critical staff shortages -- from bus drivers and janitors to special education and classroom teachers -- are presenting significant challenges for school districts as they struggle to maintain operations for both in-person and remote learning during the pandemic. 

The vast majority of districts responding to the survey of needs conducted in October by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Education Initiative said they do not have enough substitute teachers and bus drivers. Shortages in special education teachers, classroom teachers and janitorial staff are also impacting many areas of the state. 


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NSBA Transition Recommendations

NSBA Transition Recommendations

December 07, 2020

NSBA provided the Biden/Harris transition team with several nonpartisan recommendations to guide the incoming administration’s policy platform.

Our recommendations address the ongoing national emergency while setting a vision for the future of public schools across the nation. The first set of recommendations is for immediate steps during the first 30 days after the inauguration. The second set of recommendations is focused on the sustained work over the first year and beyond to improve and transform public schools, which is tied to the success of the nation.

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Dwight Jones named interim superintendent of Denver Public Schools

Chalkbeat

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Did students fall behind this spring? Yes, but not as much as feared, new data shows

Chalkbeat

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CDE News Release: Education stakeholders do not reach consensus on administration of CMAS math, English language arts tests for this spring

Dec. 2, 2020
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CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

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Education stakeholders do not reach consensus on administration of CMAS math, English language arts tests for this spring

Group supports PSAT, SAT tests for high school students 

DENVER – The final report by the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group released today recommends some statewide assessments should continue as planned this spring while others should not occur. No decision was reached on whether the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests in mathematics and English language arts should be administered to the state’s third through eighth graders.

The Colorado General Assembly last spring called for the creation of a stakeholder group of Colorado education leaders to advise policymakers on what, if any, changes should be made to state law around testing and accountability because of the COVID-19 crisis. Final decisions are up to the legislature since these matters are tied to state law. 

On assessments, the group said schools should administer the PSAT and SAT to the extent that local health orders allow and that CMAS tests in science and social studies should be canceled in the spring. The group did not reach a consensus agreement on administering the CMAS mathematics and English language arts tests to third through eighth graders for a range of conflicting reasons. Some stakeholders wanted to administer the tests to be able to measure student learning loss and others did not want the tests to be conducted out of concern over the misinterpretation of the results within the context of COVID-19.




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How to build relationships with students in remote learning environments

Education Dive

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Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

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Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

Edutopia

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The empty gradebook: As students struggle with remote learning, teachers grapple with Fs

Chalkbeat

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Schools are going back and forth on in-person learning

The Denver Post

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CHSAA postpones start date for winter high school sports in Colorado due to coronavirus

The Denver Post

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‘Stretched thin’: Superintendent survey highlights concerns with teacher burnout, learning loss

Chalkbeat

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Denver Public Schools chooses interim superintendent

9 News

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Shortened Quarantine Time Receives Mixed Reaction In Colorado

CBS Denver

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Internet connectivity bill passes special legislative session

9 News

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