Tom Boasberg

Posted Aug. 1, 2018

Collaboration and Equity: How Tom Boasberg Changed Denver Public Schools

Four members of Chiefs for Change recently participated in a panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National Alliance for Public…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 15, 2018

Coffee Break: Check Out Nate Easley’s New Plan for Creating More Great Public Schools in Denver

Blue School Partners are doing great things in the Denver area. I recently had a chance to speak with their CEO, Nate Easley, about their mission…

By Ethan Gray

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Posted Sep. 15, 2017

DeVos Has a ‘Heart’ for DREAMers. But That’s About It.

While President Trump took to his usual 140-characters Thursday to tip-toe around his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program his administration…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to an American public that’s choice-friendly,…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 9, 2016

What’s the Measure of a Good School?

What makes a good school? That seemingly simple question is going through the education-policy wringer right now. And the answer (not surprisingly if you’ve ever…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 3, 2016

Coffee Break: Denver’s Mary Seawell on How to Wrangle a School Board and What Bloomberg Does in a Slacker Coffeehouse

There has been no education leader more critical to the progress and stability of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) than Mary Seawell. She was a…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 6, 2016

Coffee Break: Denver’s Tom Boasberg on Leadership, Equity and…Cuneiform

It’s been 10 years since the Denver Public Schools (DPS) started its reform efforts. Under then-Superintendent Michael Bennet, DPS launched its original Denver Plan—the district’s…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 5, 2015

Actually, It Was a Good Night for Reformers in Colorado

Thanks to a Kansas City Royals-esque late-inning comeback in the middle of the night, reform candidates in Denver extended their winning streak in Board of Education…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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