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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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