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 MSU Denver welcomes David Avalos 
MSU Denver welcomes David Avalos
David Avalos, visual artist, writer and educator, has been named Metropolitan State University of Denver’s 2014 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor. The professorship, which will be celebrated Sept. 15 – 16 (free public events), continues a 17-year history of bringing renowned La....

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Reach Higher: Improving education for Latinos
The future of our nation is strongly linked to the educational success of the Hispanic community. Latinos are the largest, youngest and fastest growing minority group that will represent 70 percent of population growth in our country between 2015 and 2060, and for that reason, it is crucial to inv....
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Freezing the ‘summer melt’
This is the time of year when many high school graduates are agonizing over their college class schedule, or trying to find their way around a new campus. Others are starting technical training so they can get certified in a field and begin their careers. But far too many recent high schools gradu....
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Making higher education affordable President Barack Obama
Over the next couple weeks, schools all across the country will be opening their doors. Students will suit up for fall sports, marching band, and the school play; moms and dads will snap those first-day-of-school pictures – and that includes me and Michelle. And so today, I want to talk directl....
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HOPE puts alumna on track to college
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op loves hearing about the success of our alumni after they graduate. Our graduates go on to do many exciting things, including attending college. HOPE graduates attend college at institutions from the University of Denver to the University of Northern Colorado, Met....
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100,000 strong in the Américas
From students and interns to researchers and teachers, throughout the Western Hemisphere the opportunity to live in each other’s countries, learn each other’s languages, study together, and share knowledge is essential to our connected economies and our relationships. This is the premise of Presi....
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A heart full of HOPE
Since 2012, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op has annually recognized one of their staff members “who enthusiastically brings hope, commitment and a sense of team to every relationship, task and activity.” This year’s recipient of the Heart of HOPE, honored at HOPE’s Graduation Ceremony on May 22....
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Effective teaching is the new measure of equity
The recent ruling on Vergara v. California, in which a Los Angeles Superior Court judge struck down state laws governing the hiring, dismissal, and job security of teachers, generated a flood of responses. Some called the decision historic and have said it will pave the way to get effective teache....
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Helping students become critical thinkers
When Morris Jeff Community School, a charter elementary, reopened its doors in 2010, five years after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, journalists were eager to interview Principal Patricia Perkins about the school’s plan to adopt an international education association’s more r....
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Improve education quality for all students
The Common Core State Standards hold promise for low-income students, students of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities, who traditionally perform significantly worse than their peers. The Common Core helps address inequity in education by ensuring all students are taugh....
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HOPE celebrates end of great school year
On Friday, May 30, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op (HOPE) recognized a special group of individuals who are a key to the success of HOPE’s education model. These individuals are the Directors, Managers and Mentors of HOPE’s 39 Learning Centers across Colorado. Through their roles, this team of ....
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60 years after Brown v. Board Of Education
Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education ended legalized racial segregation in our schools, but the significance of the case extended far beyond the classroom. It was the resounding victory of equality and multiculturalism over disenfranchisement and white hegemony that was felt across the cou....
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Resources for financing a college education
Over the past year I have had the opportunity to meet with students, parents, educators and community leaders across the country to discuss the importance of education. I have seen first-hand the remarkable impact leadership, engagement and a rigorous education can have, not only on a student but ....
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Students prepare for life after HOPE
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op provides students with a challenging academic experience with a focus on developing the whole person. HOPE’s diverse community teaches graduates to appreciate and respect differences both among people and across cultures, while the school’s blended learning appro....
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HOPE students to perform at Denver Art Museum
For many students, learning in a traditional setting can be difficult. HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op’s unique approach to education recognizes that for at-risk students to be successful, establishing a sense of belonging and affiliation is just as critical as providing high-quality curriculum....
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