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Empowering Parents in Cradle to Career Pathway

On November 13, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Empowering Parents in Cradle to Career Pathway

Parents are an integral part of a child’s success from cradle to career. We are forming a Parent Team for our cradle to career work to empower parents to take an active role in their child’s success. This group will meet quarterly and give insight into how we can effectively communicate with…

Celebrating Our First Year with Gratitude

On October 30, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Celebrating Our First Year with Gratitude

From Executive Director Joel Newton A year ago today, I was packing up my office at Mountair Christian Church and stepping out in faith into the unknown. We left behind a regular paycheck to jump into fundraising for my salary and we jumped without a lot of committed pledges. Now…

Edgewater Eats

On October 13, 2014, Posted by , In Events,News, By ,, , With Comments Off on Edgewater Eats

Supporting education and local businesses Our Edgewater community is rallying around our local schools so that every child in our community has a chance to succeed from cradle to career. Over 90% of the children in our schools are growing up in some form of poverty and it will take…

Pathway Goals Defined

On October 2, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on Pathway Goals Defined

One of our first tasks is making sure that we are all working toward the same goals on this cradle to career pathway. This week our three Working Groups (Kindergarten Readiness, K-12 Academic Success and College and Career Readiness) met to decide upon goals and the results have been exciting!…

Jeffco Schools, Student Protests and Real Concerns

On September 25, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Jeffco Schools, Student Protests and Real Concerns

You have probably already noticed that our local school district has made it onto the national stage. Students are protesting a school board member’s proposal for a curriculum committee and recent changes to how teachers are compensated. Our local high school, Jefferson High, is the last neighborhood high school to…

Finding Common Ground in the Political Firestorm

On September 19, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , , With Comments Off on Finding Common Ground in the Political Firestorm

We are in the midst of some interesting times in Jefferson County Schools. Just this morning teachers, parents and students at two Jeffco high schools rallied against a proposed curriculum review panel. Last night, the school board continued its discussion of a controversial teacher compensation plan. Since the election of…

What is Edgewater Collective?

On September 15, 2014, Posted by , In News, By , With Comments Off on What is Edgewater Collective?

When I meet someone, they usually ask what I do for a living. “I lead a nonprofit called Edgewater Collective…,” I answer. Depending on who I am talking to, describing our work can be complicated and since November it has been developing as we find our niche in the crowded…

Choicing Out of Jefferson High School

On September 4, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,, , With Comments Off on Choicing Out of Jefferson High School

Jefferson High School is the neighborhood high school in Edgewater. It opened in 1955 when two high schools, Edgewater and Mountair, combined into one new high school. Last year 567 students attended Jefferson High School and a high majority of those students received free/reduced lunch rates because of some measure of poverty…

Measuring Success

On September 2, 2014, Posted by , In News, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Measuring Success

How do we measure success in education? Opinions around testing and Common Core abound, but one thing we can agree on is that we need to find a way to measure success in education. Without measures of success, we can’t keep each other accountable and ultimately this won’t help children progress…

The Class of 2018

On August 27, 2014, Posted by , In News, With Comments Off on The Class of 2018

In my role leading Edgewater Collective, I wake up each morning thinking about this education ecosystem and how we can help ALL kids in our area succeed from cradle to career. My role is to connect the dots between communities, organizations, families and schools. A piece of this work is looking…