We are thrilled to introduce you to our Chief Learning Designer of ReSchool Colorado, Colleen Broderick. For the past two decades, Colleen has been involved in education across the country and internationally. She has been a teacher, instructional coach, school designer, and staff developer. Most recently, Colleen served as Director of Online Professional Development with Expeditionary Learning. Our very own Carmelita Galicia-Munoz recently spent some time with Colleen. During their time together, Carmelita learned about Colleen's background, experiences, and what she will be doing as Chief Learning Designer. We hope you enjoy reading Colleen's interview and learning more about her before she officially joins our team on March 24th.
When you run an organization named UnCollege, not everyone loves you. Especially Deans. Or people who, you know, teach college. But, if there’s any question I think people should be asking themselves, it’s this: why are students going to college? If it seems obvious why kids go, then you haven’t done your homework. And if parents are giving thousands upon thousands of dollars to an institution (re: business), there’s no reason why they shouldn’t do their homework.
Teacher preparation has been a hot topic lately in the education policy world. Much of it stems from a hotly debated and devastating report published a few months ago by the National Council on Teacher Quality. NCTQ’s report revealed that most teacher preparation programs aren’t very selective about the people they admit, and that most aren’t very good at actually giving those prospective teachers the skills they need to do their jobs.
Andrew P. Kelly of AEI joined DK for Hot Lunch on September 12, 2013. Below is a blog to accompany his presentation:
America has always been an innovator in postsecondary education. From the creation of land-grant colleges in the 1860s to the GI Bill of the 1940’s to birth of community colleges, the United States has repeatedly redefined what higher education looks like and who it’s supposed to serve. This commitment to higher education access was unprecedented, and it helped usher in an era of sustained prosperity and economic competitiveness. But the 21st century poses a new set of challenges, and our higher education system must change in order to meet them. Three stand out:
The Donnell-Kay Foundation is pleased to announce that we are releasing the first report of our "School Leadership Pipeline Series." Recognizing the central role that school leadership plays in advancing student achievement gains, the Donnell-Kay Foundation conducted a survey of Colorado's superintendents and leaders of Colorado's charter management organizations (CMOs) to better understand the school leadership landscape in our state. The goal of this series is to inform ongoing state and district efforts to build a robust human capital pipeline to educate our state's students. Based on the results of the survey and subsequent research, the Donnell-Kay Foundation is releasing a series of policy papers examining Colorado's school leadership pipeline.
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.
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.