In this newsletter:

Educational events – I recognize the majority of you are not from Colorado. Please consider bringing these films to your community.
Free webinars – How to use the law to advocate for your children.
Featured education leader – Peggy Robertson, shaking things up in the suburbs and throughout the nation.


Education Events Schedule for Colorado:

American Teacher Film Screening
When: Thursday, September 6, 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: Armstrong Hall at Colorado College, 14 Cache la Poudre, Colorado Springs CO
Cost: Free

Research has shown that top performing school systems in the world share one thing in common: top-performing teachers. Join us for this feature length film that chronicles the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. By following these teachers as they reach different milestones throughout their career, American Teacher tells a deeper story of the teaching profession in America.
If you are interested in attending, please email Amber Cote

The Finland Phenomenon Film Screening
When: September 22nd at 2 p.m.  
Location: Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129;

“The Finland Phenomenon,” a movie about Finland’s highly successful educational system.
This one hour movie will be followed by a panel discussion featuring some of Colorado’s premier educators.

Sponsored by SOS Colorado in partnership with the Finlandia Foundation of Colorado:
Due to limited parking, please park on the available side streets.


Outdoor Dance Party & Uniting4Kids Fundraiser
Street Pachanga Schedule

Saturday, September 8th at 11 am
South High School, 1700 East Louisiana Avenue, Denver, CO
Parking lot on the corner of E. Louisiana and South Franklin St.
Cost $10, Kids are free

Saturday, September 22nd at 10am (note earlier time)
El Parral Mexican Restaurant, 6875 South Broadway, Littleton
Corner of Broadway and 1 block S. of Sterne Pkwy
Cost $10, Kids are free

Saturday, October 6th at 11 am
La Rumba, West 9th Avenue, Denver, CO
Parking lot on 9th Avenue, 1 block west of Broadway
Cost $10, Kids are free
We will move the Pachanga party inside La Rumba for inclement weather

Su Teatro announces La Carpa Aztlan presents the play “I Don’t Speak English Only” as its 2012 Season Opener, September 20-October 14, running Thursday-Saturday.

Su Teatro will revive a nearly 20 year old signature work in celebration of the company’s 40thAnniversary and as a timely kick off to their third season at the Denver Civic Theatre.

“I Don’t Speak English Only!” is a broad comic farce that satirizes the conservative culture war attacks on Latino communities.

Set in the not too distant future, the play presents a world where books are banned, Latino historical figures are ” disappeared” from school books and children are punished for expressing positive cultural identity. Su Teatro decided to revive the play, because unfortunately, the attack on Latinos dedicated to creating bilingual and bicultural communities is still so relevant. “What many thought were crazy ideas by a fringe component of the political spectrum are now found in the mainstream of governmental policy,” Su Teatro Executive Artistic Director Tony Garcia said.

All performances of La Carpa Aztlan presents “I Don’t Speak English Only!” will be at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center (the Denver Civic Theatre) 721 Santa Fe Drive. Curtain is at 7:30. There will be one Sunday matinee performance October 14 @ 3pm. Tickets are $20 general admission; $18 for Students and Seniors and may be purchased at (303) 296-0219. Group rates available.


Free Webinars: “How to use Title IX to advocate for student’s needs

In celebration of Title IX’s 40th anniversary, we are excited to invite you to two webinars. These webinars are designed to help advocates, coaches and school personnel learn more about Title IX.

These webinars are free, but participants must register separately for each in advance.

Join us this Thursday for How to Use the Civil Rights Data Collection Online Tool to Check Your School’s Record on Title IX Issues hosted by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education.

Thursday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

•    Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education
•    Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students, National Women’s Law Center
•    Erin Prangley, Associate Director of Government Relations, American Association of University Women
This free training, provided by the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education, will walk participants through how to access the online Civil Rights Data Collection. The Civil Rights Data Collection for K-12 public schools is a free online resource for parents, teachers and others who want to know more about the civil rights and equity conditions at individual school and district levels. Data includes enrollment, expenditures, teacher qualifications, access to college-prep and AP courses, participation in athletics and gifted programs, school climate and discipline, sexual harassment and bullying, and more — and is cross-tabulated by race, gender, disability and other categories.

What You Need To Know About Title IX and Athletics: A Webinar For Coaches, Parents, and School Officials

Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

This free training for coaches, parents, school officials, and students will include important information on the following:
•    General overview of Title IX as it applies to sports
•    Tips for recognizing Title IX problems
•    Opportunity to ask questions
Don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about this important civil rights law, which requires schools to provide equal opportunities and protections to boys and girls both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Get the facts — register today for one or both of these free Title IX trainings.