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December 22, 2014
Why taking care of teachers’ (literal) voices matters for student learning
Research shows voice problems can make it hard for students to understand teachers and can lead teachers to miss school. But awareness and preparation can help teachers take care of their vocal health.
December 19, 2014
Goodbye desks, hello pedal tables!
A Denver physical education teacher wants to create Colorado's first "kinesthetic classroom" by replacing traditional classroom furniture with pedal desks and and other furnishings that encourage movement.
Wake up sleepy head!
December 15, 2014
Later school start times slowly gain traction in Colorado
With a growing body of research demonstrating academic and health benefits for teens who start school after 8:30 a.m., some Colorado schools are delaying middle and high school start times.
December 4, 2014
Teachers aren’t the only only ones facing new evaluation system
The same landmark law that ushered in a new system for teacher evaluations this year extends to thousands of school employees who work outside the classroom. This group includes counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other licensed staff.
Taking on toxic stress
November 18, 2014
Q&A: The doctor who’s taking on the impact of childhood trauma
An expert on the link between adverse childhood experiences and lifelong disadvantages, including poor school performance and health problems, talks about her pioneering work on the issue.
Protect the head
November 17, 2014
Falling soccer goal raises questions about how schools handle concussions
Last spring, a soccer goal fell on DPS eighth-grader, leaving her with a bad concussion. The girl's family is pleased that the district is replacing scores of old goals, but believes educators need more information about concussion management in school settings.
Shot in the arm
November 3, 2014
Missing shots means missing school in some districts
Students without up-to-date immunization records in Weld County District 6 aren't allowed to attend school until they turn in the required paperwork. The use of such "exclusion dates" is perfectly legal, but raises questions about lost instructional time.
learning on the move
October 21, 2014
Fresh air, exercise and a dose of learning
A growing program called The Walking Classroom allows Colorado students to listen to podcasts on standards-aligned academic content while taking a walk outside.
October 9, 2014
September start date and universal AC among top options in Poudre survey
A community survey in the Poudre School District about how to handle scorching days at the start of school found that respondents favor air conditioning in all schools, a September start date or 48-hours notice before heat-related early release days.
Out and proud
October 1, 2014
At LGBT conference, a push for student leadership
The daylong workshop at the Auraria Campus, hosted by the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization, aimed to build relationships among the state's various gay-straight alliances.
down with bake sales?
September 24, 2014
New rules may force schools to look at fundraising through a healthier lens
New federal rules put stricter limits on food fundraisers at schools. While there's still some room for cookie dough and frozen pizza sales, advocates are hoping the requirements will raise awareness and help facilitate a move toward healthy fundraising options.
Rated "G" for Green
September 16, 2014
At Denver Green School project-based learning leads to better test scores, sustainability
Teachers and students who have embraced the school's project-based model of "education for sustainability," are seeing better results on the state's standardized tests, which are tied to both school accountability and teacher effectiveness policies, school leaders said.
September 15, 2014
PE that’s more like a health club and less like….well, PE
A high school in Boulder has done away with the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to physical education, giving students a choice about what what kind of exercise to do, with grades based on effort and personal improvement.
Let the sun shine
August 29, 2014
Charter school families in Far Northeast Denver get discounts for going solar
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock visited Academy 360 in the Montbello neighborhood Thursday for an announcement about a unique collaboration between the health and wellness charter school and a local community solar company.
fill out this form pretty please
August 29, 2014
Anxious about loss of funds, schools lend parents a helping hand with paperwork
Many administrator make a big effort to get parents to fill out applications for free or reduced-price meals. Besides ensuring that kids don't go hungry, they want to get their fair share of the funding pie.
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