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Ann Schimke

Senior reporter — Chalkbeat Colorado.

In bid to boost Colorado reading scores, small program shows promise where larger efforts failed

From Englewood to Lamar, other school leaders agree, and many have sought additional grant funding or district dollars to preserve initiatives

Education

Colorado may shift to a more in-depth reading exam for some new teachers

Around 20 states already require teacher candidates to take in-depth exams on reading instruction

Education

Finding out how Colorado schools teach reading can be a wild goose chase. This bill could make it easier.

The transparency legislation comes out of an ongoing push by parents of students with dyslexia and other advocates to shine a light on the black box that is reading instruction at many Colorado schools

Education

Colorado’s dyslexia screening pilot program is off to a shaky start

The pilot program comes amid ongoing state efforts to improve reading instruction and keep struggling readers from slipping through the cracks

Education

Colorado got $119 million in early childhood funding from the second federal stimulus bill. Here’s where it’s going.

Overall, state officials estimated that at least 60% percent of the $119 million will go directly to child care providers across the state

Education

Colorado’s rules on reading curriculum apply to Aurora, but that was news to district officials

One-third of Aurora’s district-run elementary and K-8 schools, enrolling more than 5,000 students, use unacceptable reading curriculum and are out of compliance with the law.

Education

Jeffco to adopt new reading curriculum, push more uniform approach

The switch will consume as much as 2% of Jeffco Schools' $806 million budget. And it's not the only large metro district out of compliance with state curriculum quality laws.

Education

Colorado joins multistate effort to improve how teacher prep programs cover reading

The project is the latest in a series of steps by state education officials meant to get more Colorado children reading at grade level after years of stagnant scores

Education

Yes, in-person learning is still possible with “red” COVID numbers. Here’s how it looks in one Colorado district

One bright spot this year? Discipline referrals are down 90% because kids who are in the classroom really want to be there, one principal says.

Education

After flood of concerns, Colorado Board of Education poised to relax deadline for teacher training on reading

The situation encompasses the larger debate about whether state leaders and educators are doing enough to help the more-than-50% of Colorado students who struggle to read well

Education

Colorado child care centers see rise in coronavirus outbreaks as disease spreads across Denver area

Unlike schools, many child care centers have been open during most or all of the pandemic

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Many Jeffco schools use discredited curriculum to teach students how to read

The list of reading curriculums illustrates not only the stark differences between Jeffco schools, but also the large number of district schools that are out of compliance with a 2019 state law

Education

“We were overlooked”: Colorado’s child care providers face a rough road to coronavirus recovery

About 10% of Colorado child care centers and child care homes were still closed at the end of July because of the pandemic, according to a survey by the nonprofit Early Milestones Colorado

Education

Here’s how Colorado schools are tackling outdoor learning during the pandemic

Educators say that even if outdoor learning doesn’t last — either because of bad weather or COVID-19 outbreaks that send students home — it can give teachers a chance to build face-to-face relationships with students early on.

Education

Are you a Colorado child care provider who’s open for business? The state has money for you.

The goal is “to create somewhat of a support system around these small businesses as much as we can.”

Education

Up next in Colorado’s bid to help struggling readers: New training for thousands of teachers

The new teacher training requirement is among a raft of recent state changes meant to ensure teachers know and use approaches to reading instruction backed by science

Education

Colorado’s public preschool program was poised for growth. Will coronavirus derail everything?

In Colorado, where lawmakers are preparing for a budget hit of as much as $3 billion, the potential impact on recent early childhood gains is unclear.

Education

Colorado is about to get $41 million for early childhood. Here’s where the money could go.

One thing everyone agrees on is that $41 million, no matter how it’s divvied up, won’t get the job done

Education

She closed her Colorado child care center because of coronavirus. Now, she’s wondering if she’ll ever reopen.

Bill Jaeger, vice president of early childhood and policy initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, said he’s concerned the industry — where providers already operate on the thinnest of margins — could collapse

Coronavirus

Colorado expands emergency child care coverage to include grocery, construction workers

The announcement came after two groups representing grocery and food processing workers urged Gov. Jared Polis and other state officials to give such workers the same kinds of protections available to frontline health workers

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