Macon: Art is key to developing problem-solving skills

Creative problem-solving has become a modern day hinge pin of success. Why is art important in education and in life? Because the practice of seeing and observing, often found in artistic pursuits...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | COLUMN: On Education

van Tyn: Playing music benefits the brain and so much more

Have you ever been feeling down and found that listening to music lifts you out of your funk? Or experienced a deep longing brought on by that song playing on the radio? Music is a universal...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | COLUMN: On Education

Bidwell: Science has much to teach us about our world

I imagine conversations in the Mountain Studies Institute office are much like conversations you’re having over coffee or beer. We’re talking about the snowpack and warm winter temperatures,...

DATE: March 17, 2018 | COLUMN: On Education

Wigton: Shared schooling and the many ways to educate a child

“What is shared school?” This is the question that I am asked most often when parents learn about Durango School District 9-R’s Shared School Program. As the name implies, participating students...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: On Education

Bauske Frasure: Help is here for students facing homelessness

Any child without a fixed, adequate evening residence is considered homeless by the federal government. In the 2015-2016 school year, the last available statistics, 23,014 K-12 students were...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: On Education

Ninde: Connection is key! Reach out and save a life

As local communities struggle with an ever-increasing rate of suicide, the question of “why?” is raised for many of us each time this tragedy occurs. When a youth dies by suicide, our questioning...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: On Education

Ellingson: Social workers lead change, champion justice

Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said centuries ago, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” In 2000, the University of Denver took that single step and brought a Master of Social...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: On Education

Montessori math provides concrete, hands-on lessons to teach abstract concepts

“Montessori math” seems to have become a buzzword around Durango when it comes to elementary education. But what exactly is it? Beyond the enticing, colorful wooden materials, it is an approach...

DATE: May 20, 2017 | COLUMN: On Education

Treat testing season like a marathon, not a sprint

For school-age students, it’s that time of year again ... testing season. Seemingly every other week in the spring, high-schoolers in Durango and across the country are sitting down for another...

DATE: April 15, 2017 | COLUMN: On Education

Why is theater important in education? Ask an elf!

A few weeks ago, I walked back into the dressing room after our first dress rehearsal of Elf Jr., The Musical. This is the dressing room of about 23 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. It is a small...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: On Education

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