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Colorado joins multistate effort to improve how teacher prep programs cover reading

Colorado joins multistate effort to improve how teacher prep programs cover reading

Colorado is one of six states selected for a yearlong effort focused on strengthening how the state’s teacher preparation programs train future educators to teach reading. The project is the latest in a series of steps by state education officials meant to get more children reading at grade level after years of stagnant scores.
‘Still alive and thriving’: how SVVSD drama programs have endured the COVID storm

‘Still alive and thriving’: how SVVSD drama programs have endured the COVID storm

“The arts have still continued to be there for everyone during this crazy time. Creating it looks differently, but it’s definitely still alive and thriving,” said Janay Bird, St. Vrain Valley's fine arts coordinator..“For everyone, not just the students, art provides different things for everyone, may that be on the social emotional side, to help us grieve or celebrate, all of those real life emotions we feel all the time, art is what gets us through that.”
SVVSD on ‘solid and stable ground’ in spite of changes to budget brought on by the pandemic

SVVSD on ‘solid and stable ground’ in spite of changes to budget brought on by the pandemic

"The system and the day-to-day diligence that we've got in this district over years and years and years of strong leadership and I think it’s allowed us to to really ride through some extremely bumpy times with a modicum of control,” said Paula Peairs, SVVSD school board vice president, about the proposed budget amendments during Wednesday’s school board meeting.
Colorado moves teacher vaccines up to early February

Colorado moves teacher vaccines up to early February

Those eligible include preschool through 12th grade classroom teachers, child care workers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, safety workers, and others who provide services in public schools. About 120,000 people are in this group, state officials said.
Cybersecurity might not be fun and games, but it makes for exciting competition for St. Vrain students

Cybersecurity might not be fun and games, but it makes for exciting competition for St. Vrain students

Nine district teams competed in this year's CyberPatriot competition, with two ranking in the top 20% in the third round on Jan. 22.
State next week will launch new at-home COVID testing program for educators

State next week will launch new at-home COVID testing program for educators

Colorado, one of three states chosen to expand the use of Abbot BinaxNOW Ag Card rapid testing, has purchased 2 million test kits and has partnered with Amazon and eMed for home delivery and telehealth appointments for administration.
Local advocacy group joining in nationwide rally to urge schools to fully reopen for in-person learning

Local advocacy group joining in nationwide rally to urge schools to fully reopen for in-person learning

Groundhog Day Nationwide Rally will be Tuesday in Denver, as well as New York, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. 
St. Vrain students could be back in schools full time as early as end of March

St. Vrain students could be back in schools full time as early as end of March

Whether the district can bring students back to schools five days a week after spring break, which is  March 22-26, “is always just a little tenuous because we don’t have control of the vaccines,” Superintendent Don Haddad told the school board Wednesday.
Carbon Valley Academy charter renewed for a two-year term as enrollment concerns loom large

Carbon Valley Academy charter renewed for a two-year term as enrollment concerns loom large

Carbon Valley Academy's enrollment has declined over the last five years.
Vaccinated Colorado teachers won’t have to quarantine, governor says

Vaccinated Colorado teachers won’t have to quarantine, governor says

Not requiring vaccinated teachers to quarantine would have limited impact this school year, as most teachers won’t have full immunity until sometime in April and most Colorado schools end the academic year in May.