Students in Colorado's fastest growing school district heading back to the classroom

Posted at 2:00 PM, Aug 20, 2017

DENVER -- More than 90,000 kids will return to Denver Public Schools classrooms on Monday, August 21.  Superintendent Tom Boasberg says DPS is the fastest growing school district in the country and with that comes a lot of enthusiasm, especially about the district’s early literacy programs.

“We’re really invested in helping our teachers develop the very complex skills to teach reading to all the students in their classroom because each kid learns to read in a somewhat different way,” Boasberg told Nicole Brady on this weekend’s Politics Unplugged. “We’ve really invested in giving teachers that time, that professional learning. More time for kids in smaller groups. More one-on-one for teachers and tutors and this last year we saw our biggest jump ever in our early literacy."

Boasberg says the commitment extends far beyond the early years. The district is also doing more to make sure high school students have access to college level courses

“Many of our kids will be the first in their families to go to college and for them in high school to take college level courses and succeed is a tremendous boost to their confidence,” Boasberg said. “They know that they can go on to college and succeed.

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