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Colorado Public Radio Goes Inside a WPS Classroom

To help the public better understand why Westminster Public Schools pushed forward with its plan to return students to the classroom, the district gave Colorado Public Radio (CPR) unique access to one of its classrooms for a series of reports on educating students during a pandemic.

CPR reporter Jenny Brundin has become a regular fixture in the teacher Renae Sutton’s classroom at Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy. The first two parts of her series Inside Classroom 132 aired earlier this month with additional stories planned in the months ahead.

Superintendent Dr. Pamela Swanson sent a message to the community encouraging people to listen, writing, “The students have been tremendous, and in listening you get a feel for our Competency Based System and our belief that every moment (even in a pandemic) presents a learning opportunity."

National Public Radio (NPR) has expressed interest in sharing the stories and last week, Phi Delta Kappan, the Professional Journal for Educators included the story in its analysis of how the media is covering the return to in-person learning.  

The CPR reports are 14 minutes in length and well worth your time. What’s Up WPS has produced a shortened version of the reports that includes pictures taken by the reporter. 

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