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Most of Colorado’s largest districts are now only offering remote instruction

Most of Colorado’s students now must learn from home — a stark contrast to just weeks earlier. In November many school districts switched to entirely virtual learning. A Chalkbeat analysis of the 30 largest districts in the state shows 22 are now fully remote. Of the remaining eight that still provide some in-person instruction, only three […]

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“Stretched thin”: Colorado superintendent survey highlights concerns with teacher burnout, learning loss

Young students are struggling to learn to read, and teachers are burning out as Colorado schools slog through the ninth month of the pandemic. Those issues emerged as top concerns in a survey of 140 superintendents conducted by the nonprofit Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Department of Education. The needs assessment updates a similar survey […]

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

The Colorado State Board of Education appears poised to allow early elementary teachers a six-month extension to satisfy a new requirement for training on reading instruction. During a meeting Wednesday, most board members said they support giving teachers more time to take the training given the pressure they’re under because of the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

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Thousands of kids in Colorado’s largest school districts didn’t show up for spring remote learning. The race is on to find them.

Colorado’s largest schools lost contact with thousands of students during spring remote learning prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Colorado Sun survey of the state’s largest districts, and are now rewriting attendance protocols and scrambling to acquire technology to make sure it doesn’t happen again.   Districts fell out of touch with students’ families […]

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

Becky McLean, the head of a small charter school in northeast Denver, is anticipating an important delivery around Labor Day: three 700-pound shade structures. The new semi-permanent canopies are a key part of the school’s plan to keep students outside for a good chunk of the day once in-person learning starts Sept. 8. Preschoolers and […]