Education

Karen Grey

 

Ten years ago, when this program was recorded, Karen Grey created an outdoor preschool where children were given an opportunity to find a part of themselves that our fear culture and push for academic excellence, even at the preschool age, does not allow. Karen is moving onto a new phase of her life. We thank her, wish her well, and celebrate the continuation of Carbondale Waldkinder.

Most of the offices inside the state Capitol are locked and dark this time of year as lawmakers enjoy some time off. But there was recently a flurry of activity in Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet's office as she prepared to lead a new committee of lawmakers who will try to make classrooms safer in the wake of the deadly shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Lyn Bair

Roaring Fork High School's new principal is known locally for her leadership at Bridges High School. For Everything Under the Sun, Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois interviews Lyn Bair.

When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

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Diana Alcantara teaches Spanish at Carbondale Community School and runs the school's garden program. Sara Tymczyszyn is the market manager for Carbondale's Farmers' Market and aspires to start a youth gardening project for teens in the Roaring Fork Valley. Host Bill Kight talks to them about the importance of connecting youth with the land through local agriculture.

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Illene Pevec, PhD created award winning school garden projects to bring the wisdom and healing of the Earth to children. She is the author of Growing a Life and is a specialist in educational reform centered on experiential garden-based learning. This is part 2 of her conversation with Gwen, for Part 1 click here

Patty Fox

 

On this month's edition of Radio Physics, we hear from Smitha Vishveshwara, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Smitha is bringing physics and the arts together with a focus on her two favorite subjects, the quantum world and the cosmos.

Psychologist John Van Dreal has spent almost 30 years working with troubled kids. Still, it's always unsettling to get the kind of phone call he received one morning eight years ago as he was on his way to a meeting.

"I got a call from the assistant principal at North [Salem] High, reporting that a student had made some threats on the Internet," remembers Van Dreal, the director of safety and risk management for Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Salem, Ore.

Threats of violence in a Facebook post

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After a long night of bargaining, teachers in Denver who were on strike over wages and bonuses have reached a tentative agreement with school district officials to end their walkout. The strike began Monday, after 15 months of negotiations ended without a deal.

The teachers are expected to be back in most classes today.

More than 10,000 special education students will be "extremely impacted" by the Denver teacher strike, a new class action lawsuit alleges. The suit, brought on behalf of the students against the school district — on the first day of the strike — argues that without trained teachers and caregivers, the students will be put in jeopardy.

Denver schoolteachers are going on strike over how their base pay is calculated. The teachers union and the school district failed to reach an agreement after more than a year of negotiations.

It is the first teachers strike for the city in a quarter-century, and it affects about 71,000 students across 147 schools, Colorado Public Radio reports.

Mark Duggan

Recently, a group of about 30 parents and educators met in the lunchroom at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs to plot out the future of the school. The "Future of SES" initiative, as it's known, is meant to build on the school's existing merits. Mark Duggan reports.

Seth Goddard

On the latest installment of CMC Community Stories, host Seth Goddard talks to Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Hauser about her background and the school's new four-year strategic plan. Also joining the show is actor Mike Monroney talking about his upcoming Sopris Theatre Company show at The Wheeler. CMC Community Stories airs periodically on KDNK and is hosted by the college's Director of Development Seth Goddard. He invites guests who share a common connection with CMC. Hear archived episodes here.

Roaring Fork Schools

Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, November 7th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine inviting you to visit their newly renovated and expanded 12,000 square foot space on the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale.  For a list of today's events like Roaring Fork Schools Community Visioning Forum at Crystal River Elementary School follow the headline...

Cathy Kipp was at a recent back-to-school night at Kruse Elementary School in Fort Collins. She was handing out flyers and printed information about Amendment 73.

"This is game changing," said Kipp, a member of the Poudre School District Board of Education. "This would be the best increase in public school funding that we've been able to get in decades in Colorado."

Nyibol Bior

Before she was 10 years old, Nyibol Bior had walked over 1,000 miles between three countries as a Sudanese refugee. In the most difficult of times she has consistenly found a voice of encouragement helping her to overcome each trial. Nyibol now lives in Colorado and stopped by KDNK to tell her story while teaching summer school in Carbondale.

CMC Leadville

CMC’s teacher education program is expanding to the college’s campuses at Leadville, Breckenridge and Dillon. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with former director of education Barbara Johnson, who retired shortly after the interview, to learn more. An information session is scheduled at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on Monday, July 30, from 5 to 6pm.

Raleigh Burleigh

Governor John Hickenlooper was in Glenwood Springs on Friday, May 25, to sign two bills that will benefit Colorado Mountain College and local student teachers.  

Thousands of Colorado teachers spent two days rallying at the state Capitol for higher salaries and more money for schools. They highlighted long-standing funding problems and potential changes to the state’s public employee pension program currently being debated by the legislature.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of The Associated Press and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the rallies.

5point Film Festival

 


At tonight’s 5Point Film Festival screening, seven high school students will each be awarded a $1500 scholarship towards pursuing a personal dream. Dream project director Tracy Wilson explains the program. Scholarship recipient William Lucket comments on his plans to attend NYU's Tisch School of Arts camp this summer.

 


Valley Settlement focuses on education for children as well as their parents to improve lives in the Roaring Fork Valley. Raleigh Burleigh reports.

Logan Hood


Aspen Community Foundation is providing preschool on wheels to the Re-2 School District. News director Raleigh Burleigh hopped aboard to learn more from program manager Logan Hood.

Valery Kelly

The local Waldorf School is starting a forest kindergarten program, holding class outdoors, rain or shine. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with two Waldorf educators to find out more. More information about early childhood education with Waldorf is available here.

Journalism students at Grand Valley High School in Parachute discuss the T.H.I.N.K Campaign that was implemented at their school.

Grand Valley High School Journalism Students talk with their peers about the impact of the advanced placement program (AP for All) at their school.  

Roaring Fork Valley students thank a teacher who makes an impact during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Roaring Fork Valley students thank a teacher who makes an impact during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Roaring Fork Valley students thank a teacher who makes an impact during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Roaring Fork Valley students thank a teacher who makes an impact during Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Roaring Fork Valley students thank a teacher who makes an impact during Teacher Appreciation Week.

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