Rise & Shine: How one Denver kindergarten teacher engages his students

Good morning!

We hope you'll take a moment this morning to get to know Chalkbeat Colorado's new bureau chief, Erica Meltzer, who will also cover the state government beat for us. Our short Q&A with her covers how she got started in journalism, her favorite stories, and how she’ll approach the job.

Also in today's roundup: Our latest "How I Teach" highlighting a Denver kindergarten teacher, why the fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program matters for education, and a community group in Denver that wants to tackle one of the biggest issues facing the city's school district.

– Melanie Asmar, reporter

HOW I TEACH From bikes to blue hair: How one Denver kindergarten teacher shares his passion with students. Chalkbeat

AN INTRODUCTION Chalkbeat Colorado has a new bureau chief: Erica Meltzer, an experienced journalist who came to us from local news startup Denverite. Get to know her in our introductory Q&A. Chalkbeat

ACADEMIC INSURANCE Children’s Health Insurance Program is on the brink. Here’s why that matters for education. Chalkbeat

TACKLING DESEGREGATION A community group in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood wants to take on the issue of school segregation from the ground up. 9News

TECH ED Construction trades and early childhood education are two new programs the Boulder Valley School District’s Technical Education Center plans to add as it updates its options for students. Daily Camera

OPEN FOR NOW Loveland’s Van Buren and Stansberry elementary schools will not close next year, but the school district has not guaranteed that its two smallest schools will not be shuttered in the future. Loveland Reporter-Herald

OPINION A mother from Redstone who works as a family support specialist for the Roaring Fork Schools offers her thoughts on how schools can meaningfully engage parents. The 74

ICY CONDITIONS An Arvada mom who says her son got a concussion after slipping on black ice at recess says the fall could have been prevented if his school had kept students indoors. Fox31