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Sign up for Stand’s Summer Reading Challenge

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Stand for Children has launched a Summer Reading Challenge and YOU should sign up here.

It is critical that children spend time reading over the summer to help combat what is known as summer learning loss. Children can lose as much as 2 – 3 months of reading skills over the summer while they are not in school. Over the course of elementary school, this can put them the equivalent of nearly 3 grade levels behind.

About Stand for Children’s Summer Reading Challenge:

Our Annual Report is here!

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Last year was full of big accomplishments for our organization and I’m proud to share with you our 2014 Annual Report. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado.

I’m not a stranger to Stand’s work because I’ve served as an extension of the team at the Capitol for the past several years, fighting for Colorado’s students and better education policies and working closely with Stand Colorado.

Introducing Alex Sánchez, our new Denver Director and Director of Strategic District Initiatives!

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I grew up in a small farming community near the town of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico’s Pacific coast. When I was 10 years old, just as I was finishing primary school, my family moved to Basalt, Colorado. I didn’t speak English and I remember having a hard time transitioning to my new environment. My first experience in an American school seemed confusing and awkward at times, especially as my teachers and the school administrators tried to figure out how to best teach me English as well as the core subjects.

Introducing Jeani Frickey Saito, our new Executive Director!

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My name is Jeani Frickey Saito and I’m the new Executive Director of Stand Colorado. I grew up in Lakewood and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. I’m the daughter and sister of teachers and the parent of three school-age children. I’m no stranger to the challenges and opportunities that our students, parents, and educators have in our schools. It’s an incredible privilege to lead an organization that fights each day to make sure every student has access to a high-quality education – no matter what family or background they come from.

In remembrance of Education Champion, Representative John Buckner

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Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director, Kirsta Spurgin, in response to the news that Colorado Representative John Buckner passed away.

"We were saddened to hear of Representative Buckner's passing. He was a true education champion in the legislature and his work as an educator impacted thousands of lives. We thank him for his dedication to ensuring every child in Colorado receives an education that prepares them for success after high school. Our thoughts are with his family now."

Less is more: Testing in Colorado

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On the heels of Governor John Hickenlooper signing into law House Bill 1323, legislation that reduces the overall amount of testing for Colorado students, an announcement today from Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), the consortium of states that created the improved state assessments in math and English language arts, will mean a further reduction in the amount of testing time in the state. 

And your favorite teacher was...

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In Colorado, we have about 50,000 public school teachers. There are roughly 900,000 public school students in our state whose lives are touched by those teachers. Every day, I work with and organize teachers who are focused on just one thing: the success of Colorado’s kids. This month is National Teacher Appreciation Month and we’ve asked our staff to share how their favorite teachers impacted their lives.

Stand for Children Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Signing H.B. 1323 into Law

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Stand for Children Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Signing H.B. 1323 into Law

Bipartisan legislation reduces student testing while maintaining CO’s new smarter tests

May 20, 2015, Denver, CO – Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today as Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 1323, bipartisan legislation reducing the overall amount of testing for Colorado students, while keeping in place the state’s improved tests aligned to the updated Colorado Academic Standards. 

What does it mean to appreciate teachers?

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I am lucky because through my work with Stand Colorado I have the privilege of meeting with teachers from all over metro Denver and throughout the state. Regardless of the difficulties of the profession, I have yet to meet a teacher who does not demonstrate a clear love for their work.

Stand for Children Colorado Responds to “Honesty Gap” Report

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Denver, CO - Stand for Children Colorado issued the following statement today from interim Executive Director Krista Spurgin in response to a national report issued by Achieve, Inc. that shows discrepancies between student proficiency rates as reported by Colorado state tests and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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