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Topics in History: Five Points: The Heart and Soul of Denver

In recent decades, the city of Denver has undergone a drastic transformation both aesthetically and demographically. As young professionals flock back to the city’s center, neighborhoods that have existed as cultural centers for many of Denver’s deep-rooted and diverse communities are undergoing dramatic changes. One of the most significant of these cultural epicenters is Denver’s […]

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Starting a Charter School

This is the time of year when those interested in establishing a new charter school need to begin the application process. Charter school establishment is overseen by the Colorado Department of Education’s Charter School Institute (CSI). They require a letter of intent to be filed by March 1, and the completed application is due March […]

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New Report on Youth Suicide Prevention

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office just released a new report, Community Conversations to Inform Youth Suicide Prevention: A Study of Youth Suicide in Four Colorado Counties, which is now available to view online from our library. The report examines the growing rates of youth suicide in El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, which […]

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Colorado's Beginnings

“Father” John Lewis Dyer: The Snowshoe Itinerant

When: 1812-1901 Where: Central Colorado Mountains Why important: Beloved circuit-riding Methodist preacher Biography John Lewis Dyer was born in Franklin County, Ohio in 1812, but spent most of his early years in Illinois. He received little formal education and, after his marriage to Harriet Foster in 1833, Dyer moved his young family to Wisconsin in […]

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Colorado State Publications Blog Lifelong Literacy

Family Literacy Resources

Winter break is a great time to read with your kids! Learning doesn’t just happen at school; it happens at home, too. The Colorado Department of Education defines family literacy as the following: Family Literacy Integrates all the following activities: Parent or family adult education and literacy activities that lead to readiness for postsecondary education […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Penmanship Lessons

Many schools are no longer prioritizing the teaching of cursive penmanship. Yet a century ago, it was a different story. In the days before computers – when even typewriters were something that not everybody had access to – handwriting was of vital importance. The 1912 Course of Study for the Public Schools of Colorado demonstrates […]

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Identifying Students with Learning Disabilities

One of the most frequently-accessed publications in our library is the Colorado Department of Education’s Guidelines for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities. This publication helps teachers and parents understand the processes of identification and how they work with state and federal laws. The guidebook discusses an approach that “provides interventions as part of a […]

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The Colorado READ Act

The Colorado READ Act (Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act) is a law passed by the State Legislature in 2012 (House Bill 12-1238). “The READ Act creates a system to identify students experiencing challenges with reading, to engage parents in the development of reading improvement plans and to provide quality support for those most at […]

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Video Resources from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) not only provides services to students enrolled at the school, but also provides “outreach programs [that] serve students, staff, and families in communities throughout Colorado.” One of the ways CSDB reaches out to the community is through the many video resources they offer. Some of […]

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Dual and Concurrent Enrollment

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) recently released its annual report on concurrent enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year.  The report shows that nearly a third of 11th and 12th graders participate in dual/concurrent enrollment programs, which allow them to earn college credit while still in high school, with the courses also counting towards […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Teaching In Colorado

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, a day for thanking the educators who made differences in our lives and for appreciating the hard work they put into it!  With new technologies and other cultural changes, teaching is quite different today from what it was a century ago.  Yet one thing hasn’t changed…teachers’ dedication and desire […]

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Open Educational Resources

Good news for students and professors! On Monday Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB18-1331, a bi-partisan bill that encourages “expanding the use of open educational resources at public institutions of higher education.”  Open educational resources, or OERs, are “high-quality teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual […]

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School Finance in Colorado

This week’s teacher walkouts have highlighted the issue of school finance in Colorado. Last week the Colorado Legislative Council issued a new booklet entitled School Finance in Colorado. This booklet is intended to help readers understand the complexities of Colorado’s school funding formulas, especially the Public School Finance Act of 1994 and its 2015 amendments. […]

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Four-Day School Weeks

District 60 in Pueblo has announced that in August it will transition to a four-day school week.  Many Colorado school districts have already made the transition; in fact, according to the Colorado Department of Education, ninety-eight school districts and several charter schools have adopted four-day schedules.  It should be noted that even though they’re attending […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Springtime!!

Hooray for the first day of Spring!  Coloradans have always enjoyed springtime, with our mild and sunny weather.  A century ago, however, Coloradans celebrated more springtime holidays than we do today.  The State of Colorado Spring Holiday Book 1913 is a fun look back at some springtime holidays we still celebrate, like Mother’s Day, and […]

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Colorado Digital Learning Day

Governor Hickenlooper has declared today, Friday, February, 16, as Colorado Digital Learning Day.  This day highlights the important role of technology in today’s learning landscape.  The proclamation states in part that “Digital Learning Day will encourage teachers, students, schools, parents, policymakers, and the public to participate in activities that promote discussion about innovative learning practices.” […]

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School Safety Resources

Sadly, there has been another school shooting, and our thoughts are with Florida during this difficult time.  The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and other state agencies have many resources on school safety available to students, schools, and parents, such as CDE’s Safety & Security Facility Information webpage The State Publications Library’s Quick Guide to […]

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National School Counseling Week

“School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success,” says the American School Counselor Association, whether they’re helping a student find a good college or making sure the school is a safe learning environment.  Colorado has a grant program called School Counselor Corps that awards funds to schools and districts to “increase the availability […]

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Understanding Colorado School Finance

As one of the largest portions of our state budget, school finance is something that the Legislature keeps close tabs on.  There have already been a number of school finance bills introduced in the first month of the 2018 session. Because of the number of laws that govern school finance in Colorado, such as the […]

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Colorado Public School Enrollment

You might be surprised to find out that in spite of the recent population boom in our state, the number of public school enrollments in 2017 showed the smallest increase since 1989!  According to figures just released by the Colorado Department of Education, public school enrollment only grew by 5,261 students in 2017 over the […]

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Fact Sheets from the Colorado Department of Education

Are you a parent interested in learning more about Colorado’s education system?  An educator seeking to familiarize yourself with a new program?  Or a researcher or reporter looking for quick facts?  Then be sure to check out the Colorado Department of Education’s series of Fact Sheets and FAQs for quick answers on a variety of […]