Rise & Shine: Pilot school emphasizing real-world learning leading the way in Aurora

GIVING VOICE None of the seven current board members in Aurora live in the northwest part of the city, home of the district’s lowest performing schools and most-watched reform efforts. Chalkbeat

MOVING FORWARD Acknowledging “we may never have a conclusive picture of what happened,” two Colorado school districts are seeking to move past a controversy over whether a Confederate flag was displayed at a football game. Chalkbeat, Denver Post, Westword

EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING Aurora Public Schools may be launching a comeback of sorts, and a pilot school that emphasizes real-world learning is leading the way. Denver Post

COLLEGE BOUND Aurora’s Elkhart Elementary School has worked for the past three years to take parents who don’t have personal experience with college on tours of campuses to help bridge the knowledge gap. Aurora Sentinel

LATE START While Cherry Creek Schools adjusts to a later bell for high school students, its neighbor to the west, Littleton Public Schools, is mulling its own options. The Villager

Q&A An interview with the director of the documentary film Backpack Full of Cash: “Schools are not a consumer good like restaurants or supermarkets; they’re civic institutions.” Westword

LAWSUIT A Delta High School graduate is suing the school district, claiming teachers and counselors retaliated against her when she spoke her mind. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Fox31

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS Continuing to work without a new contract in place, and with the impasse once again headed to mediation, disgruntled and dissatisfied Pueblo educators spoke up at a school board meeting. Pueblo Chieftain

TEACHER SHORTAGE Fifteen first-year teachers are part of a northwest Colorado program that allows teaching candidates with college degrees but not certifications to earn them while leading a classroom. Steamboat Pilot

SCHOOL EXPANSION Summit Middle School, founded 21 years ago as Boulder Valley’s first charter school, is looking to start a high school. Daily Camera