Teacher Shortages: General or Concentrated Issue?

Apr 27th, 2017

In recent years, school districts across the country have been struggling with teacher shortages and have been using unlicensed or substitute teachers to fill the gaps. Shortages are most common in targeted, high-need areas such as special education and STEM…

Tim Taylor | The London Souls

Apr 18th, 2017

Band: The London Souls Venue: Lost Lake Lounge The London Souls are a two-piece rock and roll band from New York City. Back on November 8, 2016 I saw Sturgill Simpson and raved about these guys as an opening act….

Chris Barron & Mary Blanusa | Lynn Drury Band

Apr 10th, 2017

Musical Act: Lynn Drury Band (described as NOLAmericana music) Venue: French Quarter Festival City: New Orleans, Louisiana The Achieve Coalition Support Network Equity & Excellence meeting took place in New Orleans and overlapped with the French Quarter Festival. After two…

Are HS Diplomas Preparing Graduates for Their Future?

Apr 4th, 2017

Although high school graduation rates may be at an all-time high, researchers are saying that the value of a high school diploma is at an all-time low. When measured against factors such as income, college preparedness, jobless rates, and employer…

School Accountability Systems Redesign

Mar 29th, 2017

States across the country are wrestling with how to redesign their school accountability systems under the new federal ESSA law, and hopefully they’re taking advantage of some additional flexibility to get creative and innovative.  

Denver’s Portfolio Approach

Mar 16th, 2017

What factors are helping to make Denver’s approach to a portfolio school system successful? Lots of communication, planning, and collaboration. Partners act transparently, embrace choice and innovation, and problem-solve challenges together. Take a listen: Denver Public School System Exemplifies a…

Patrick Donovan | Donavon Frankenreiter

Mar 10th, 2017

Musical Act: Donavon Frankenreiter Venue: Bluebird Theater City: Denver, Colorado Last night I walked down to the Bluebird to see one of my favorite live performers, Donavon Frankenreiter.  As usual he and his band put on a soulful, rockin’ show. …