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On the brink of quitting, this Colorado special education teacher helped fix staffing gaps

This special education teacher talked about how she discovered a non-verbal student’s passion for wrestling and what happened after a wildfire traumatized the community. → Read More

New preschool seeks to fill child care gap in north Denver neighborhoods facing disruptive change

A new preschool in north Denver will eventually provide up to 60 preschool seats in a community long considered a child care desert. → Read More

There’s an app for that: How two rural counties reached more kids with developmental delays

Two rural counties in northern Colorado came up with a software app to reach more young children with developmental delays. → Read More

‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How one high school saved lives with a 34-question survey

Leaders in a southern Colorado school district rolled out an online mental health screening to help high-school students in crisis. → Read More

‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How one high school saved lives with a 34-question survey

Leaders in a southern Colorado school district rolled out an online mental health screening to help high-school students in crisis. → Read More

How a wrongly accused moose inspired a third-grade teacher’s social studies lesson

A story about a moose wrongly accused of stealing a pie gave Yesenia Perez-Mercado the idea for a unique third-grade social studies unit on the judicial system. → Read More

Think teacher pay is low in Colorado? Try teaching preschool.

Preschool teachers who work in Colorado's district-run schools make far less on average than other public elementary teachers. → Read More

Special education paraprofessionals like Wendy McSwain help students in the classroom. Here's how.

Thousands of special education paraprofessionals work directly with Colorado students every day. Wendy McSwain is one of them. → Read More

It’s good to be a baby in Colorado, new report shows

Colorado received top marks in a new state-by-state report on the best and worst places to be a baby or toddler. → Read More

No school for district preschool students if Denver teachers strike

If Denver teachers strike next week, classes will be canceled for about 5,000 preschoolers who attend district schools. → Read More

This Air Force veteran switched to teaching, but his military mindset still comes in handy

An Air Force-veteran-turned-Colorado-high-school-teacher incorporates lessons from the military into the classroom. → Read More

This Colorado history teacher sees the effects of immigration policy every day — in her worried students

Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in the series here. Some of Kelly Cvanciger’s students at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood live with constant worry — about the possibility of deportation, arrest, or → Read More

Power to the kids: A preschool approach imported from Italy comes to public schools in Denver

The Reggio Emilia approach to early learning is often confined to pricey private programs, but soon up to four public preschools in Denver will adopt the approach. → Read More

Paper dolls, magic portals, and Twitter: How this rural teacher connects her students to the world

Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can see other pieces in the series here. Amy Jones’ favorite lesson will make you want to be in kindergarten again. After decorating paper dolls, the youngsters in her class at Sunset → Read More

Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!

Lately, lots of people are talking about reading. Specifically, how it’s taught (or not) in America’s schools. Much of the credit is due to American Public Media reporter Emily Hanford. In September, she took an in-depth look at what’s wrong with reading instruction in the nation’s classrooms and how explicit, → Read More

Welcome to The Starting Line, Chalkbeat’s early childhood newsletter

Hello and welcome to the first issue of The Starting Line! At Chalkbeat, we’re stepping up our coverage of early childhood education in all seven of our bureaus and on our growing national desk. Each month, The Starting Line will feature this coverage along with key early childhood stories from other news outlets. The goal … → Read More

Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.

As the Chalkbeat team has grown, so has early childhood coverage. Now, we’re making a bigger investment in the topic with a monthly newsletter called The Starting Line. → Read More

Chalkbeat’s launching a newsletter all about early childhood. Sign up here.

As the Chalkbeat team has grown, so has early childhood coverage. Now, we’re making a bigger investment in the topic with a monthly newsletter called The Starting Line. → Read More

Lawyer in landmark Endrew F. special education case wins national honor

The Denver lawyer who argued the landmark Endrew F. special education case will be honored by a national disability rights group. → Read More

Colorado startups vie to become the Uber and Lyft of child care

Over the long haul, MyVyllage has ambitious plans: minting more than 100,000 new licensed home-based child care providers and a million new child care slots nationwide over the next decade. It’s a lofty goal in an industry marked by low pay, long hours, a maze of regulation, and a steady decline in the number of licensed home-based providers. → Read More