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Homelessness in Our Backyard

On August 22, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Homelessness in Our Backyard

Today the Denver Post released a sobering look at homeless families titled “Trying to Live, Trying to Learn.” Take the time to read this important story of families within our community who are struggling to survive. Watch the video to see the faces of the children and parents. The families chronicled…

Keeping an Open Mind

On August 18, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Keeping an Open Mind

I stepped into the school and immediately knew something was different. As I walked down the quiet hallway, college banners hung over each doorway. My guide took me into a big meeting room and a few seconds later, excited students rushed into the room led by their teachers. The students…

Confronting the Brutal Facts

On August 13, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Confronting the Brutal Facts

When we moved to Edgewater, we wanted to enroll our daughters in our neighborhood elementary school. But when we looked at the Great Schools website and found that they rated Lumberg Elementary as a 2 out of 10, we honestly thought twice about whether to send our daughters to Lumberg….

Aspen Trees and Collective Impact

On August 12, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Aspen Trees and Collective Impact

Last summer we moved into our home in Edgewater, and thankfully, the backyard landscaping looked beautiful. Four aspen trees were planted in the backyard and seemed to be growing well. After a year of fast growth, we began to realize a problem with the trees. They were planted right below the…

Extra Innings

On August 1, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Extra Innings

We are so close to our $50,000 goal for the end of July that we thought we would extend our drive into extra innings to reach the goal. Our hope is to raise the remaining $4,912 by Friday, August 8. We have already raised $45,088 this year! Thank you so…

Expanding Open World Learning’s Impact in Edgewater

On June 23, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , , With No Comments

All of the children in the Jefferson Articulation Area utilize iPads at school and home through a generous 1:1 program through Jeffco Schools. A piece of our cradle to career pathway is utilizing these iPads and technology to teach children how to code. We are working with Emagineif and Open World Learning to…

Picking Fights in Jeffco

On June 18, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

Thursday night the Jeffco School Board will finalize their budget for 2014-2015. One of the big fights is over whether to equalize funding for charter schools. Though charter schools are public schools, there is unfortunately a growing rift between charter and traditional public school parents. The Denver Post Editorial Board…

Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy

Today we toured the first day of summer classes for the Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy program at Molholm Elementary. This excellent program is in its third year and has already seen amazing results in K-3rd grade literacy rates. Over 600 students are signed up for the program that runs June…

Role of Parents in Collective Impact

On June 11, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With No Comments

What is the role of parents in collective impact? Too often parents are seen as the problem instead of as partners in finding to the solution to student academic success. We make assumptions about parents instead of giving them a voice to explain their hopes and dreams for their children….

Cradle to Career Pathway for Student Success

On June 9, 2014, Posted by , In News, With No Comments

How do we bridge the achievement gap in east central Jefferson County and help kids growing up in poverty succeed in school? How can Jefferson High School in Edgewater compete academically with D’Evelyn High School in the suburbs? We believe the answer lies in bringing together all community stakeholders around…