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In the age of social media, a new app aims to help Colorado teens make friends off their phones

Barely out of bed and still waiting for the fog of sleep to lift, Ameera Sierra used to start her mornings staring at an endless stream of selfies, tweets and Snapchat stories. It was almost a ritual for the 17-year-old: Roll over, turn off the alarm, grab the phone and begin scrolling, the glow from […]

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Some Denver-area schools are closing, going remote this week due to staff shortages

 Some Denver area schools are switching to remote learning or canceling classes this week because of staffing shortages. Schools in the Adams 14, Boulder Valley, and Adams 12 Five Star districts will be closed Thursday for Veterans Day and will remain closed Friday because they cannot find enough substitute teachers and other staff, The Denver Post […]

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“Surrounded by toxicity”: As Colorado schools reopen, pandemic-fueled politics overwhelm classrooms

The faces of parents riled up by mask mandates in schools feels all too familiar to Mark Sass. It reminds him of the fury outside of schools during desegregation. And at schools like Legacy High School in Broomfield, he says, all the rancor over the coronavirus is keeping teachers from what counts: figuring out how […]

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Adams 14 will have no online option for elementary students next year and limited online spots for older kids

By Yesenia Robles, Chalkbeat Colorado Citing costs and logistical problems, and after seeing the slow student progress online learners made compared with their peers, Adams 14 officials will limit remote learning next year. Elementary students all will have to return to full-time in-person learning.  Students in middle and high school may sign up for one […]

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“Finding out that we are all human”: COVID-19 brought Colorado teachers back to the basics of connecting with kids

Teachers across Colorado are winding down a school year that revved up their stress levels in ways most hadn’t experienced before. Many veteran educators in the state refer to the 2020-21 school year as the most challenging one they’ve encountered, but one that’s also forced them to learn new ways to command their classrooms and […]

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“Not waiting until summer”: Adams 14 leaders try to get ninth graders back on track after more than half fail two or more classes

Across the country, most students struggled with remote learning, but among high school freshmen in the Adams 14 district, more than half failed two or more of their classes last fall.  “Once they fail a class, they fall behind for four years,” said Ron Peterson, the high school turnaround specialist for MGT Consulting, the management […]

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Opinion: Despite COVID-19 challenges, educators are doing their best to serve students

Together with our fellow educators in local associations across Adams County, and the country, we are continuing to do what we do best: Educating and caring for the children of our communities.  Over the course of the last 11 months, educators have been innovative, creative and dedicated to finding the best ways to provide high […]

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Colorado’s vaccine schedule won’t salvage a school year upended by coronavirus

The coronavirus vaccine that began arriving in Colorado this month will have zero direct effect on this year’s school year, according to current state plans for its rollout. The first doses of the coveted vaccine are going to nurses and doctors who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Nursing home residents […]

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When even books are “quarantined,” reading progress in Colorado’s early grades is challenging

In the same way that many teachers and students had to quarantine this fall following possible exposure to COVID-19, so did books in Colorado school libraries. At Stevens Elementary School in Wheat Ridge, teachers would temporarily set aside a book after a student paged through it, said first grade teacher Emily Cowles. Cowles hid her […]