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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…

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…