Author: futureforward

Zachary Neumeyer, Sage Hospitality

Zack Neumeyer, Founder, Sage Hospitality

Colorado is fighting harder than ever for convention business — and we are winning. The Denver Business Journal reported last week that the Denver metro area massively increased its convention space and appeal, qualifying us for major events similar to the Democratic National Convention, professional sporting events, and other major attractions. This boom in convention traffic has more than doubled the industry’s economic footprint between 2004 and 2012. This is great news for Colorado economy, job creation and the hospitality industry as a whole.

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Jaylon Burleson, a third-grade student at Denver s Marrama Elementary School,  works on a writing exercise in this 2011 file photo.

The Common Core education standards are being criticized as too tough. An edict from above. Another way of tightening the tyrannical grip of standardized testing on education.

We hope the road ahead for the Common Core — a set of standards that the District of Columbia and 45 states, including Colorado, have agreed to adopt — gets smoother because it has a lot to offer the nation’s students.

First, let’s talk about what the Common Core is not. It is not a common curriculum or an effort to nationalize education.

It’s a way of ensuring that the nation’s school districts are aiming for the same level of proficiency on an agreed-upon menu of things that kids should know. How you get there is your choice.

We think it’s long overdue. And if it raises the bar, that’s a good thing. (more…)

Donna Lynne Photo

Donna Lynne, Executive President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

Today’s workplace demands highly educated employees who can succeed in an increasingly complex and global economy. As a business leader and parent, I am impressed with the hard work and innovative strategies educators engage in daily to meet the needs of students.

Yet, despite these efforts, I also see that far too many students are not getting the education and skills they need. These skills include problem- solving, critical thinking, navigating ambiguity, collaborating, and communicating with clarity. This is what I look for in new employees. And these are the competencies and skills that Colorado is on the path to helping students attain through the use of the Common Core State Standards. (more…)