Parent engagement has the potential to be a critical lever for success in the movement to provide high-quality education for all children. Because parent engagement manifests in many different ways with a range of distinct, meaningful purposes, the way a school designs their model for parent engagement should reflect the unique needs of their community and the families who live there.
The Donnell-Kay Foundation grantees and programs are frequently highlighted in the news around the state, and even the country. Get the latest information on the wide range of education issues in which the Foundation is involved by reading about our work in the news or in our newsletters and blog articles.
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The Donnell-Kay Foundation grantees and programs are frequently highlighted in the news around the state and even the country.
Click on the links below to read about the wide range of education issues in the news in which the Foundation is involved.
With an eye on expanding K-12 online and blended course offerings as well as the professional development assistance needed to deliver the courses, state Senator Ellen Roberts and state Representative Don Coram brought forward and passed legislation that will increase opportunities for Colorado students, particularly in rural Colorado. Now, what exactly does this legislation do?
I was recently asked if the Donnell-Kay Foundation was pro-charter schools. I am surprised at how often this question is still asked of me, the foundation, and other organizations in the 20th year that charter schools have been educating Colorado students.
Over the past several months, the Donnell-Kay Foundation developed a number of new blended learning resources. The following items are now available on our website: workshop video and materials, a case study, and our new blended learning resources page.
Colorado’s online assessment for Common Core State Standards is about to be derailed by lack of broadband infrastructure. Even worse, broadband deficiency is holding the students back from digital learning opportunities.
For over a decade, the Donnell‐Kay Foundation has been working to improve education through a focus on policy in Colorado. As part of its mission, DK has established a paid fellowship program for smart, passionate, and reform‐minded individuals committed to improving public education in this state. The call for applications for the 2013-2014 Donnell-Kay Foundation Fellowship is now open.
Online learning has been around for nearly two decades in Colorado, and it is due time to ensure that this is a high quality education option. The knowledge and experience we have gained over the years can now inform next steps to improve the quality of this education option.
On February 8th, the Donnell-Kay Foundation welcomed Andy Smarick for a fascinating conversation about re-envisioning the urban school system. Smarick’s powerpoint is now available, as well as a podcast of his talk, and blog on the topic. You can also check out the highlights from our Hot Lunch live tweet #DKhotlunch. Smarick's book is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Click "read more" for links.
Digital learning is diverse in Colorado. From full-time online courses to the “blended” learning that integrates technology and class work, technology in education takes many shapes. It also has the potential to do much more. A new study released by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, “Digital Learning in Colorado: Opportunities and Recommendations,” outlines steps the state could take to expand learning opportunities for all Colorado students.
Over the last two years, enrollment into the Denver public school system has undergone a transformation into a streamlined application process called SchoolChoice. The SchoolChoice application allows families to choose their top five school choices and assigns them based on capacity, availability, neighborhood preference and other factors.