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Reading across Denver

As educators, we’re always involved in literacy-building activities, but it’s especially exciting when our reading time coincides with important initiatives and events!

Last Wednesday, DCTA and CEA members took part in kicking off Colorado Literacy Week, and the beginning of the new Colorado Reads Early Literacy Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to build collaborative partnerships that will help all of Colorado’s children grow up to be successful readers. In addition to announcing the initiative and the winners of Mile High United Way’s Social Innovation Fund grants, the students in attendance were each given a book to take home.

Then on Friday, Denver educators joined millions of people nationwide (including Danny DeVito and Zac Efron!) in observing Read Across America Day, NEA’s celebration of reading that marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday. While DCTA President Henry Roman joined local and state leaders to read to children at Archuleta Elementary School, members of DCTA’s Club 30 started the day by presenting a donation to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado on behalf of the Colorado Education Association. They, too, spent the day reading to children, as well as helping with arts and crafts, and learning more about volunteer opportunities at the hospital through organizations like Gift of Gracie.


DCTA Press Advisory on Read Across America events in Denver
For more information contact DCTA at:
303-831-0590 (DCTA office — ask for Henry Roman or Carolyn Crowder)

DENVER – The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) will celebrate Read Across America Day, Friday, March 2, at 9:00 a.m. at Archuleta Elementary School (16000 Maxwell Place, Denver).

DCTA President Henry Roman, Colorado Education Association Executive Director Tony Salazar, and State Board of Education Representative Elaine Berman will join teachers, parents and community members to share the joy of reading with Archuleta students.

Read Across America is celebrated annually March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The program was founded by the National Education Association in 1998, and is led in Colorado by the Colorado Education Association and its local associations throughout the state.

“We’re excited to take an opportunity to come together and honor both the life and work of Dr. Seuss, as well as the teachers and students working so hard to achieve excellence in the classroom,” Roman said. “We know that nurturing a life-long love of reading is key to promoting student success.”

The event will begin in the library, where Roman will address the Archuleta community, in English and Spanish, about the joy and importance of reading. Afterward, volunteers will read to students in classrooms throughout the building.

Also March 2, Club 30, a leadership and engagement project for young teachers and education professionals in DCTA, will read to children at the Children’s Hospital Anschutz Campus (13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora). Teachers will read in two shifts, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Club 30 members will also present a donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation on behalf of the Colorado Education Association in support of the amazing work and service that Children’s Hospital provides for Colorado families.

Media planning to attend either the Archuleta Elementary or Children’s Hospital event can contact DCTA for more information.

1/19/12 School Board Recap

At DCTA, we believe in shared accountability for all education stakeholders: educators, District officials, parents, students, and community members. That’s why we’re stepping up our efforts to help ensure that everyone is informed about important District issues as they affect our schools and classrooms; we want everyone to have the information they need to help Denver’s students succeed.

As part of those efforts, we’ll be tweeting and sharing information about important Board of Education meetings and votes. These meetings are where most of the major decisions regarding our District are made, so it’s important to know what’s happening. Please feel free to leave questions and opinions in the comments; we’ll do our best to respond to all of them. Read More→

Recent updates

DCTA members mingled at Club 30's kickoff event last Friday.

It’s been a busy few days for DCTA members and staff!

Last Thursday, DCTA President Henry Roman spoke in support of teachers and parents who want something to be done about the dangerously high temperatures in some classrooms and schools last month. He also joined members of the Board and Superintendent Tom Boasberg in recognizing the contributions of Phil Gonring to Denver Public Schools.

On Friday, DCTA’s newest caucus, Club 30, held a social at Funky Buddha to celebrate its launch. Club 30 is a way for younger/newer teachers to meet, socialize, and build connections within the Association, as well as decide what DCTA’s next generation of advocacy will look like.

Then on Saturday, Henry joined local education leaders and others for a discussion of teacher effectiveness on the latest episode of Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado State of Mind. You can watch the episode online here.

Photos of these events are available on our Flickr photostream, located here.  Members: if you’d like to be included, please send any noteworthy photos of yourself, your colleagues, and the great things you do everyday to dcta@coloradoea.org.