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.
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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
The Denver sky is clear on a Wednesday morning in September, blue except for a few wispy clouds. Normally, this would make for an ideal day for kids to play outdoors, but today, a group of middle-schoolers are waiting restlessly in the parking lot of the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space...
December 29 2015, 9:00 AM
One of Project VOYCE's recent classes. Courtesy of PV.
Most high school valedictorians head to their next academic destination full of confidence that they can handle anything that comes their way. Candi CdeBaca’s experience was considerably more humbling.
After CdeBaca finished at the top of her class at Manual High School in 2004, she moved to...
November 9 2015, 9:30 AM
Students riding a school bus on May 1, 1981. In a federally-mandated effort to desegregate schools, many students were bused to schools outside of their own communities from 1969 to 1995. —Courtesy of Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Long after the last school bell rang, 80-plus people sat in gray and blue plastic chairs at Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch (DSST) on the Evie Garrett Dennis campus, passing around neon-colored notecards. Quietly, the students, parents, teachers, and community members...
October 19 2015, 3:35 PM
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Even though it's Colorado's third-biggest city, Aurora can often seem virtually forgotten compared to its neighbors. And as usual, the children are most in danger of being left behind.
The numbers are grim: Fewer than one in 10 schoolchildren who start kindergarten in Aurora will go on to...
October 7 2015, 9:05 AM
—Courtesy of Wayne Armstrong
For most of us, October is a time to relax after summer road trips and before the holidays begin. For high school seniors, though, it’s time to start sweating. And filling out forms. Those seeking early admissions to some of Colorado’s more than 20 public and private nonprofit campuses face a...