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 Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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