Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Peg with Pen: A Parent Speaks Up at a “Turnaround” School in Aurora, Colorado; Un Padre Da su Opinión en una Escuela de “Voltear” en Aurora, Colorado

Peg with Pen: A Parent Speaks Up at a “Turnaround” School in Aurora, Colorado; Un Padre Da su Opinión en una Escuela de “Voltear” en Aurora, Colorado:

A Parent Speaks Up at a “Turnaround” School in Aurora, Colorado; Un Padre Da su Opinión en una Escuela de “Voltear” en Aurora, Colorado



The following is an interview I conducted with a parent from my school. The parent chose to remain anonymous.

Thanks for doing this interview. As a teacher at Jewell I think it's important that all parents understand changes that are occurring in public education, so I really appreciate you sharing your experiences and your children's experiences this year at our school.  As a teacher, I also believe it's my responsibility to keep children's well-being and learning at the forefront of all my decisions, which is why I reached out to you for this blog post. The parent perspective has been missing from my recent blogs about my experience in a school labeled as "turnaround."  Hopefully we can help the Colorado Dept. of Ed., the Colorado State Board of Education, and the Aurora Public Schools to think carefully about the decisions they are making and how these decisions impact our children, teachers, schools and communities.

So let's get started!

Gracias por hacer esta entrevista.  Como una maestra en Jewell yo creo que es importante que todos los padres entienden los cambios que están ocurriendo en la educación pública.  De verdad aprecio que está compartiendo sus experiencias y las experiencias de sus hijos, este año en nuestra escuela. Como una maestra, también creo que es mi responsabilidad a considerar en mis decisiones el bienestar y el aprendizaje de los niños. Este es porque extiendo el brazo a usted en este blog.  Falta la perspectiva de los padres en mis blogsrecientes sobre mi experiencia en una escuela etiquetada de “turnaround” o “voltear” en español (son escuelas cuyos bajos rendimientos requieren la ayuda de fondos federales).   Con suerte, podemos ayudar a el Departamento de Educación en Colorado, el Directorio Estatal de Educación y las Escuelas Públicas de Aurora pensar cuidadosamente en las decisiones que están haciendo, y como estas decisiones impactan nuestros hijos, maestros, escuelas y comunidades. 

¡Vamos a comenzar!

Can you talk a little bit about your children's experience at Jewell last year?
¿Pudiera platicar un poco acerca de las experiencias de sus hijos en la escuela Jewell el año pasado?

Well, in general, our kids have always been happy at Jewell. They looked forward to school days and often told me excitedly about what they were learning. Fun seemed to be a part of the classroom life and homework mostly involved reading and review of things they learned during school time. They seemed to connect more with their teachers in other years, coming home and telling me about something funny the teacher said or did.

Pues, en general, nuestros hijos siempre estuvieron contentos en Jewell. Les gustaba ir a la escuela y me decían con emoción lo que aprendían. La diversión era parte del salón de 


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