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Youngest Students Show Strong Gains in Reading

  Denver Public Schools (DPS) students in kindergarten through grade 3 posted double-digit gains on early literacy exams, as seen by the most recent Colorado READ Act assessments. On Aug. 14, Superintendent Tom Boasberg celebrated this growth with Schmitt Elementary educators, returning for their first day of the new school year. Schmitt educators’ commitment led

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EDUCA TV: An Interview with DPS Early Education Director Dr. Lisa Roy

The “Birth to Eight Roadmap” initiative is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Denver Public Schools and numerous community partners.  The initiative will support early childhood development, language and literacy.  To explain in detail this initiative we have invited Lisa Roy, Executive Director of Early Education in Denver Public Schools. Watch the

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Chalkbeat: Denver’s citywide effort to help poor children read better

By Ann Schimke Before coming to DPS, Roy was executive director of the Denver-based Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation and did consulting for Grantmakers for Education, a national network of education grant-makers. She’s also worked for two other Denver-based foundations: the Piton Foundation and the Daniels Fund. We sat down with Roy this week to

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Introducing the Birth to Eight Roadmap

To close our educational and societal gaps, we know there are no easy answers, no magic solutions. But there are some critical investments that we do know will pay off. One of them is early literacy. Research has shown that children who are proficient readers in third grade are four times more likely to graduate

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