Thoughts by PACE is a collaborative blog with guest authors and PACE member contributions.  Sometimes we will feature interesting videos, newsflash items and articles from leaders in education innovation.  Our blog is meant to be informative and where opinions are given, they are the opinion of the author and of PACE.

October 19, 2020

In 2019 the new READ act requires that all Colorado school districts use a "K-3 reading curriculum backed by science."  The law was updated due to lackluster reading scores across the State.  For more information check out this article from Chalkbeat.

Platte Canyon...

August 22, 2019

The CDE released district and school performance results August 15, 2019.  These reports in the grade level section are read diagonally to follow a class from year to year, as an example Deer Creek Elementary 04 grade in 2018 growth score was 52.0 to track the 04 grade...

August 21, 2019

and four, five times a year (or more)!  Read here about standardized testing in US schools; it is not the shiny new penny it once was.

August 20, 2019

2019 School Board elections are coming soon.  The call for nominations has been posted to the PACE School Board Election page,  this page will be updated as often as they are available.  Just a quick reminder, there are two seats available this cycle you may only sign...

March 8, 2019

Check out the current audit from FY2018.  This document will be reviewed and approved by the BOE on Monday March 11, 2019.  The question is, how was this submitted to the State without the BOE's approval as required by statute?

November 15, 2018

The PCSD Board of Education is requesting input on the performance of Mike Schmidt as Interim Superintendent and also on the combination of the roles of superintendent and principal. Please e-mail board members at with your comments. If you pr...

November 1, 2018

Check out Governor Hickenlooper's proposed budget.

From the budget:

This Budget makes a significant
investment for our teachers and K-12
education more broadly. It pays back
recession-era funding cuts, reducing the
Budget Stabilization Factor by $77 million
to $595 milli...

November 1, 2018

Check out this article from Sir Ken Robinson.  This is an article about the transformation of an ELEMENTARY school in Massachusetts that employed 6 security guards and no backpacks could be carried for the fear of students carrying in weapons. 

From the article:


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