I’m a mother of three and I know a good teacher when I see one. My daughter’s 5th grade teacher was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He got the students excited about learning. He checked in with students and did home visits with my daughter because he said: “I want to be there for her.” And he was. He’s a teacher I know my daughter will never forget.
Denver's school board election this year is the most important in a long time. Today, only 54 percent of DPS students are proficient in reading, 46 percent in math, and 42 percent in writing. This isn't good, but it's an improvement from where we've come.
This election, we have an important choice to make on our ballot: do we move forward with building a world-class public education system in Colorado, or do we slip backwards?
Amendment 66 is a huge opportunity for us to move forward. It’s a smart investment in our schools that Colorado can be proud of. But we need more Coloradans to know how important Amendment 66 is for our kids’ futures.
I moved to this country to give my kids a better life than we had in Mexico, which is why I jumped at the chance to enroll my daughter, Tiara, in an early childhood education program. By the time she got to first grade, she was well-adjusted to a new language and school system.
I’m a graduate of Denver Public Schools and when I was in school, I saw first-hand how my education wasn’t as good as it should have been. I started to see differences in high school but it was mainly in college when I started wondering about my classmates: What school did they go to and how did they know more than me? It was painful to realize I was behind, and I had trouble catching up.
This November, you'll have the opportunity to do something really big for our kids, with just one vote. Amendment 66, an investment in Colorado's public education, is your opportunity to shape the future of our state and the 860,000+ students our schools serve.
Last week, Stand for Children’s member-led Endorsement Committee came together and selected the candidates for Denver school board who they believe will stand for students.
Our process began this summer, when the Endorsement Committee sent a comprehensive questionnaire to all candidates running for Denver school board. Members then interviewed the candidates, vetting them on their alignment with the policies that guide our work.
Stand for Children believes that when parents have a seat at the table when important decisions are made about our students and schools, we all win. Stand’s Very Informed Parents (VIP) program, launched in April 2013, allows parents and community members in Denver to learn the skills they need to help shape public education for the next generation.
Today, U.S. News & World Report published rankings of higher educational institutions that train teachers. The ratings were conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality, or NCTQ, a nonprofit that looked at 1,130 teacher preparation programs at 608 schools. The NCTQ evaluated special education, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate teaching preparation programs based on over a dozen different criteria.
Abundant research shows that children who receive quality early childhood education not only start kindergarten more prepared to succeed, but they are also more likely to graduate high school, complete college, and find better paying jobs.