Education

Mary Houchin

Five people are vying for two open seats on the Aspen School District’s Board of Education. Issues being discussed this campaign season include district funding, teacher housing and school culture. All of the candidates support ballot question 3A, which seeks school funding through property taxes.

Elise Thatcher

One of the newest, biggest buildings in Carbondale is a school. Administrators, teachers and parents at Ross Montessori have been working for years to make the new location a reality. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour of the new building, which is slated to open in a matter of months.

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  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

Enrollment up at Colorado Mountain College

Sep 21, 2015
Colorado Mountain College

The number of students taking courses at Colorado Mountain College is up. The biggest jump in enrollment is in Rifle.

The Rifle campus saw double-digit growth compared to last year’s enrollment. Campus officials point to more courses, a new downtown location and an increased number of high school students taking courses.

Campus-wide, enrollment grew by 3.4 percent. In the Roaring Fork Valley, campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs also saw growth. Lin Stickler oversees enrollment for CMC.

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The Aspen School District is holding a candidate forum Tuesday (9/15) to introduce the public to five people running for the school board. 

Two incumbents and three newcomers are vying for two open seats in the November election. The school board approves the district’s budget, helps establish an academic vision and aids in assessing student progress. 

Superintendent of Schools John Maloy says voters within school district boundaries can vote.

Back to school and making up for the "summer slide"

Aug 30, 2015
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Now that kids are back to school, some teachers are making up ground lost over the summer. Students can lose about a month’s worth of reading, language and math skills when they’re not in school. The setback can be especially acute for students learning English. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Susan Gonzalez, who wrote about this “summer slide” for Chalkbeat Colorado, an education news website.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork School District will have a bond measure on the fall ballot. The District is asking voters to fund a 122 million bond measure to pay for a long list of capital improvements. If passed, it would come out an average about $22 a month for homes worth $500,000. 

  The Buddy Program is expanding into Carbondale. The mostly Aspen-based nonprofit has served 3100 kids, mainly in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Now it’s opened an office in Carbondale. The Buddy Program matches high school or adult mentors with youth aged 6 through 18 years old. The nonprofit has been working with kids in Carbondale since 2010, but only this summer did the the Buddy Program move into the 3rd Street Center.

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Staff at the Aspen Community School in Woody Creek are moving into their renovated campus this week ahead of classes starting next month. The public charter school raised millions to replace its outdated school building and gymnasium. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke to Skye Skinner of Compass, which operates the community school.

Skye Skinner is Executive Director of Compass, which operates the Aspen Community School. The school still has plans to build a new music and science building.

Renee Solari is the Program Manager for Education Services at SunPower, a solar company that designs and manufactures high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and solar panels out of California. The company has a mission to provide tools and promote education to students around the country. Energetics Education, based in Carbondale, is a recipient of donated solar panels from SunPower. These panels are used by high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley to design and build solar-powered cars, or Solar Rollers. 

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen’s High School has a new principal.  45-year-old Tharyn Mulberry has been described as dramatically improving academics at the Pueblo high school where he’s principal now. Mulberry says he’s inspired to continue the already high achievement in Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

Jon Fox-Rubin is on the board of Energetics Education, a non-profit focused on inspiring kids to study, learn, and develop new methods of clean energy today and in the future. Fox-Rubin shares his personal history in engineering and his passion for Energetics Education.

Visit www.EnergeticsEd.org to learn more about Energetics Education and the Solar Rollers program.   

Noah Davis is the Executive Director of Energetics Education, a non-profit organization that brings energy education to high school students through the Solar Rollers program. High school teams comprising of six students sign up to participate in Solar Rollers. The teams are given a solar-powered car kit which they must design and build, and eventually race against other teams. The third annual race was held in the Big Horn Toyota parking lot in Glenwood Springs in May 2015. 

Energetics Education is a young non-profit organization based in Carbondale that works to bring energy education programs into high schools. Established in 2014, the organization has one program - Solar Rollers - that gives solar car kits to high schoolers and hosts a competitive race for the school teams in the spring.   

Noah Davis is the executive director of Energetics Education and shares his personal history in energy and education, and what inspired him to start the organization.

    

Speakers: Goldie Hawn, Michael Eisner

Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Goldie Hawn joins Michael Eisner over lunch for a discussion about her career and the work she continues to support through the Hawn Foundation, which takes up as its mission the needs of children. Learn how the Foundation uses mindfulness to help young people develop social and emotional intelligence, and, in turn, reduce the distress and distraction within their educations that leads to increased rates of dropout.

Elizabeth Ferrill is the new artistic director of painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. She discusses her goals in her new position, as well as her personal work and inspiration. Ferrill recently did a study of fences along the U.S. / Mexico border. 

Mike Simmons, Chairman of the Aspen Science Center board, and Jackie Francis, Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center, share their vision for the future of the center. The organization hopes to build a science museum where visitors (both locals and tourists) can explore, interact, and discover. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center and their summer programs at www.AspenScienceCenter.org

This summer the Aspen Science Center is offering a new program in conjunction with the Aspen Music Festival and School. The Science of Music is a four-part series of lectures and demonstrations. Alan Fletcher, President of the Aspen Music Festival and a board member of the science center, is leading the project. He gives listeners a sneak-peak into this exciting new series.   

Mike Simmons is the Chairman of the Aspen Science Center Board. He explains why hands-on experiments are the best way to educate and inspire people who are interested in science and learning about the world around them. Joining Simmons is Jackie Francis, the center's Executive Director. This week, we discuss the center's multitude of summer events for all ages and interests. 

Learn more about the Aspen Science Center's summer programs and events at www.AspenScienceCenter.org

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