East High School student Josiah Peters reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest book.
—Photo by Ehren Joseph
One late-fall morning, a pink glow from the east shines through our car windows as I drive my kids to school. I’m nervously watching the clock (and the traffic) when my then first-grade daughter murmurs, “For each new morning with its light/ For rest and shelter of the night….” She trails off, then...
October 31 2016, 10:03 AM
—Photography by Ehren Joseph unless otherwise noted
In 1946, Harvard University and the National Education Association battled over the best way to prepare students for the real world. Life magazine tried to settle the argument by investigating their opposing ideas through the lens of Denver’s East High School. Seven decades later, we...
—Photo courtesy of Jimmy Emerson / Flickr via Creative Commons
Coming off a decade where tuition increased by an average of 37 percent across public four-year universities, the University of Colorado Boulder and Adams State University in Alamosa are giving students a break.
Last November, Adams State became the first public Colorado university to...
August 8 2016, 3:40 PM
Principal Amy Bringedahl in front of the Northfield High School students who interviewed her for the job.
—Photo courtesy of Steve Larson/The Front Porch
It came as a shock when the principal of Northfield High School at Paul Sandoval Campus resigned last October—just two months into the Stapleton school’s first year. Northfield represented a unique model for Denver Public Schools: Its “innovation plan” aimed to prepare all students for the rigorous...
Garden Place Academy, a Globeville elementary school serving about 400 students, is in need of an update. The school opened in 1904, and while the building itself has been deemed "structurally sound," temperatures inside the classrooms can rise up to and above 100 degrees during the hot summer...
May 24 2016, 9:00 AM
Julie Knief (left) and James Overberg present their lists to students.
—Photo by Jordyn Siemens
As I pulled up to the Colorado STEM Academy (CSA) in Westminster on a snowy afternoon in March, I was sure Siri had led me astray. The compact, blindingly white building sits on a small parking lot—its only trace of color coming from the American flag in the front lawn and the sign above the...
April 6 2016, 10:00 AM
If Colorado's growth trends persist, we're going to need a bigger piggy bank.
—Courtesy of Shutterstock
The accolades for Denver just keep rolling in. Mere weeks after U.S. News & World Report named us the best place to live in the United States, Forbes has decided that the Denver Metro Area (which for this list also includes Aurora and Lakewood) is the 16th-most...
April 5 2016, 12:25 PM
—Photo courtesy of Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools
Remember when you'd get home from school, sit around the kitchen table, and complain to your parents about school? “Why don’t they just do this?” or “Why does this always happen?” are common questions in public education. With the Imaginarium Design Challenge, students, parents, teachers...
March 2 2016, 4:00 PM