Ann Schimke, The Denver Post

Ann Schimke

The Denver Post

Denver, CO, United States

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Past:
  • The Denver Post
  • Chalkbeat
  • The Gazette
  • Chalkbeat Colorado

Past articles by Ann:

Some Colorado child care centers followed schools in closing. Now the state wants them to stay open.

Citing the needs of working parents, especially frontline health care workers, state agencies called on Colorado child care centers to stay open even after dozens of Colorado school districts announced closures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. → Read More

Coronavirus has arrived in Colorado. One school district has lessons from its battle with another highly contagious illness.

With coronavirus now present in Colorado, leaders of the 22,000-student Mesa County Valley District 51 aren’t letting their recent experience with a contagious stomach bug go to waste. → Read More

Here’s why cold toes and hungry bellies matter to this Colorado STEM teacher

This fourth grade teacher talked about her decision to pursue education instead of architecture and how she got to the bottom of a student's language struggles. → Read More

In the pursuit of universal preschool, can Colorado catch up to Oklahoma?

Matching Oklahoma's state-funded preschool program will be no small feat, especially given Colorado’s constant struggles to fully fund K-12 schools. → Read More

What happened to free? Colorado Gov. Polis has changed how he talks about preschool

The shift in rhetoric from "free preschool" to "universal access" is happening around the country. → Read More

Five takeaways from Colorado’s 2019-20 student census

Enrollment this year grew by less than 0.2%, with 913,223 students enrolled this year — 1,687 more than in 2018-19. It’s a slightly bigger increase than last year. → Read More

EDITORIAL: Schools and states are suing Big Vape

Colorado imports a lot of bad ideas from California, such as the “zero-emissions vehicle” standard designed to sell battery cars. Maybe it’s time to import a good idea from the → Read More

Could a vaping and tobacco tax pay for free preschool in Colorado? Advocates want to ask voters

Colorado voters could decide this November whether to fund free preschool for 4-year-olds statewide by taxing tobacco and vaping products. → Read More

$34 million grant buoys Colorado’s early childhood efforts

Colorado won a $34 million federal grant intended to give more young children access to quality early childhood services. → Read More

$34 million grant buoys Colorado’s early childhood efforts

Colorado won a $34 million federal grant intended to give more young children and their families access to quality early childhood services. → Read More

Helping kids by texting their parents? Here’s what experts say about this exploding strategy.

Text message programs that target parents of young children are a popular strategy for boosting early learning and health. Here's a look at how and when it's effective. → Read More

Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help

School shootings seemed to be forever in the headlines. There was only one counselor at the high school. And there were whispers about a student who had a panic attack → 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