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Broad Center announces inaugural class of public education fellows

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Last week, the Broad Center announced its inaugural cohort of 20 senior public education professionals for the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership. 

The Broad Center –– which used to be independent of the University and located in Los Angeles before moving to the Yale School of Management this year –– is dedicated to improving K-12 public education through leadership development, impactful research and policy engagement. The fellows hail from 11 different states and the District of Columbia, and come from various backgrounds within public education: 12 fellows work in traditional public school districts, while six work in public charter school networks and two come from state education agencies. 

“These leaders are facing questions of rapid change and ambiguity in public education and are committed to further developing their own understanding of effective leadership in order to move forward equitable outcomes –– not only through the pandemic, but into the future for our educational system,” wrote Executive Director of the Broad Center Hanseul Kang in an email to the News. “They have demonstrated their unique perspectives coming into this program and they represent school systems with interesting overlaps and divergences — the geographic diversity and diversity of experience among program participants is a core part of the cohort’s potential to learn from each other.”

The fellowship, which lasts 10 months, contains four in-person sessions dispersed throughout the program. Kang explained that the first week of in-person sessions for the inaugural cohort is scheduled for June 2021, when the group will meet at SOM for five intensive days of programming. She said that this allows the fellows to return to their organizations with new techniques and recommendations to immediately implement. In between the sessions, Kang added that the fellows are expected to build their knowledge and skills through activities, readings and assignments. 

Kang said that the fellowship will take advantage of its new location at SOM. She pointed out efforts to integrate SOM’s case-based teaching method to the program curriculum and said the case studies may be expanded to focus on management questions in education. 

Many of the fellows expressed special interest in the fellowship because of the Broad Center’s recent relocation. Fellow M. Ann Levett, who is the superintendent of a 37,000 student school district in Georgia, said that she sees many connections between running a high-functioning public school and managing a successful business. 

“When I look at my job, a big part of it is education, but it’s also a business,” Levett said. “I have to maintain very strong financials for our organization [and] look at human resources. It’s education, but it’s business management, too.”

Levett said that having the Broad Center located at SOM enables the University to demonstrate its commitment to public education and the growth of leaders. She added that it also provides fellows with the opportunity to tap into Yale’s “great brain trust” to better their work.

According to Fellow Fredrick Heid, another benefit of the Center’s association with SOM is increased

Metro Denver counties with rising COVID-19 cases hope public education, targeted orders will stave off new stay-at-home mandates

New COVID-19 cases have increased in much of the Denver metro area, and county health departments are trying to persuade their residents they need to keep their distance to avoid new stay-at-home orders.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s new dial framework places each county in one of five color-coded levels, with increasing restrictions on business capacity and event sizes.

Each county’s level is based on the rate of new cases compared to population, the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive and how hospitalizations are trending.

As of Friday, 15 counties, or almost one-quarter of the state’s counties, had rates of new cases that could push them to issue additional restrictions if nothing changes. They get at least two weeks to bring the numbers down before more restrictions are on the table, though.

Unlike this spring, when businesses across the state were ordered to shut down, counties are trying to avoid closing large numbers of facilities through awareness campaigns, or targeting orders at populations where the virus is spreading more freely.

John Douglas, executive director of the Tri-County Health Department, said it appears private gatherings are causing a significant portion of the spread in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. It’s difficult to be sure, though, because not everyone is cooperating when contact tracers call, he said.

Counties could take action if they get multiple complaints about a household hosting unsafe numbers of people, but most of their efforts are focused on convincing people to wear their masks and keep their distance from others until a vaccine is approved, Douglas said. People are tired of social distancing, but sticking with it increases the odds of avoiding a winter surge and new stay-at-home orders, he said.

“The higher we are through the month of October and early November, the worse shape we’ll be in by Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he said.

Nathan Fogg, director of emergency management for Arapahoe County, said metrics like hospitalizations and test positivity are relatively low, so it’s not necessary to put restrictions on businesses at this point.

Earlier this year, Arapahoe County had an increase tied to outbreaks at businesses, which came down after officials targeted messages about the public health guidelines and resources to help meet them to hot spots, Fogg said. This time, they’re relying more on traditional and social media to reach individuals, he said.

“This one, I think, is going to be more about getting back to basics,” he said.

Adams County posted a warning on its website Thursday, stating that if cases aren’t brought under control, the county could move into the second-highest (orange) level, requiring gyms to close and restaurants to reduce their capacity. It urged residents to avoid even small indoor gatherings, unless absolutely necessary.

“We have been told by the state that if we don’t reverse these alarming trends, we are at risk of further restrictions,” County Manager Raymond Gonzales said in the posted statement. “After six months of dealing with COVID-19, we all know there is

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THUMBS UP: While we certainly miss many, we do try to recognize long-tenured public servants at the end of successful careers. The latest to retire after a long career with Carroll County Government is Clay Black, who served in various positions for 37 years. He retired last week as bureau chief of development review. “It’s safe to say that just about every development project in the county and the municipalities Clay has either reviewed or supervised over the past 30-plus years,” Tom Devilbiss, director of land and resource management, said in a farewell to Black at the Sept. 24 Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, called Black “the heart and soul of Carroll County.” Black worked his way up from the permits office in 1983 to construction agreements coordinator to subdivision review assistant to development systems supervisor before becoming bureau chief in 2005. Black said he enjoyed serving the county commissioners, citizens and businesses in Carroll County. “My position has given me opportunities to help others with their projects. … allowed me to meet a vast amount of individuals and to work with amazing colleagues,” he told us. “Being able to work with citizens, developers, government officials, outside agencies, colleagues and others has been rewarding.” Black said he plans to spend more time with his wife and dogs and that after a scheduled surgery and physically therapy, he will be spending his days, among other things, golfing, traveling, camping, and volunteering. We wish him well in retirement.

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