In this episode, Lane and Ikhlas speak with Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of Denver Public Schools. She started working in Denver over 20 years ago as a bilingual language arts teacher. We discuss the current state of education in Denver, what it’s like to push for reform in your hometown, and what makes a quality school.
- Why Susana got into education [16:08]
- How Susana’s experiences as a child influence her work as deputy superintendent [18:50]
- On the current education policy battles being waged in Denver, CO [20:21]
- On the tension in the community between public and charter schools [22:37]
- What it’s like for Susana to push for school reform in her hometown [24:23]
- The real and fake obstacles to school reform [27:40]
- What’s working and what’s not in school reform in Denver [33:15]