St. Vrain mentioned in White House press release

St. Vrain schools were mentioned in the White House press release titled “Improving Educational Outcomes and Opportunities for Latino Students”:

The Obama Administration’s Investing in Innovation Fund dedicates $650 million to support the development and scaling-up of innovative educational models and solutions that help close achievement gaps and improve outcomes for high-need students. Through a competitive preference to applicants who focused on serving English language learners, several of the winning applications under the Fund will incorporate plans to improve the achievement of English language learners, including:
The Saint Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, which will implement a project to address the unmet needs of Latino and English language learners at Skyline High School and its feeder schools. Elementary students will improve their literacy skills through focused supports and expanded learning time; middle school students will improve their mathematics skills and knowledge with math labs and an augmented school year; high school students will have improved science learning opportunities through a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification track.

DREAM Act a no-brainer

EdWeek Article: White House Renews Attention to Hispanic Education

‘For Secretary Duncan, the need for passage of that act is a “no-brainer,” said Gabriella Gomez, the assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs. “He doesn’t understand why it hasn’t been done yet. You have a strong advocate in the secretary and the president to get this done,” she said.’

Read the complete article here.

Free Teatro! Friday, Oct. 15

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The Last Lamented Dance at the Rainbow Ballroom: El Louie and Other Post Pachuco Dreams

Friday October 15, 2010 – Reception at 7, Curtain at 7:30 PM

FREE FOR TEACHERS!! Call (303) 296-0219 to reserve your seat. Su Teatro @ the Denver Civic 721 Santa Fe Drive. Discounted Student Group rates available for this Thursday and Friday. 

The Last Lamented Dance at the Rainbow Ballroom: El Louie and Other Post Pachuco Dreams based on the poetry of Jose Montoya of the Royal Chicano Air Force; adapted by Su Teatro Resident Playwright and Artistic Director Anthony J Garcia & renowned composer and performer Daniel Valdez.

The play is made up of two artistic visions of the poem El Louie, as it takes you back to early 50’s in the Rainbow Ballroom, a club in cities throughout the southwest. The music by house band Los Tirilis, the singing group Los Cuarto Suspiros del Alma, and of course El Louie. An experience not to be missed. 

This is Su Teatro’s official grand opening production since becoming the owners of the Denver Civic Theatre. Su Teatro is a Chicano/Latino theatre company that was formed in 1971, and continues to offer a full theatrical season. Now housed in el Corazon de la Ciudad, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center is home to the XicanIndie FilmFest,  Neruda Poetry Festival, Chicano Music Festival and Auction, and the Cultural Arts Education Institute (CAI). The CAI offers school touring programs, residencies, workshops, an after school program, Saturday morning classes, and now a daytime performance for schools on the second Friday of the month.