CPR News: The Denver School That Won’t Give Up On Its Lost Students

Eighth-grade dean Dino Reyes Jr. hops inside the shiny Escalade driven by his friend and colleague sixth-grade dean Juan Rangel (a.k.a. Mr. Staxx). The flashy car with 24-inch tires gives three school deans clout when they roll up outside a student’s apartment.

“We’ve been trying to get ahold of these students for a couple of days now and they’re not answering,” Reyes says as he buckles in.

They’re working off of a list of students that teachers have flagged: students who haven’t shown up online at all or aren’t engaging with classes from home. Attendance averaged 77 percent in September. In the first week of October it was 81 percent and it’s steadily been creeping up. Districtwide attendance is 88 percent.

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TechCrunch: Ready, Set, Raise, An Accelerator For Women Built By Women, Announces Third Class

In 2018, Leslie Feinzaig, the founder of Female Founders Alliance, launched a free, equity-free accelerator for women called Ready Set Raise. The goal was to provide under-networked female founders the coaching and connections needed to raise money.

This year, as funding for female founders drops to 2017 levels, Feinzaig realized why accelerators, hers included, might not work for women as well as they work for men: demo day. A common culminating event in most accelerators, demo day is an event where founders pitch to a room to investors, angels and journalists with the hope of raising a round and landing some coverage.

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CU Denver News: Professor Resources: Free Online Classes For Remote Teaching Instruction

Now that Chancellor Marks has announced that the spring 2021 semester will continue with the four class formats developed for fall 2020, faculty have an opportunity to take a break from teaching to engage in their own learning. Thanks to CU Denver’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and CU’s Office of Digital Education (ODE), professors have many resources to turn them from reactive online instructors to proactive online teachers.

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Colorado Inno: Player Personnel: Colorado’s Top Tech And Startup Hires In September

While Covid-19 has slowed hiring plans for many, the state’s top technology companies and startups are still bringing on crucial new personnel during this pandemic.

We track the major player personnel moves in our daily newsletter, the Beat. Below, we’ve listed the top Colorado technology and startup hires reported in September.

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Colorado Inno: New Money: The Top Colorado tech Fundings And Deals From September

While the amount of deals remains consistent amid the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado’s tech and startup funding didn’t quite reach recent heights in September.

We tracked nearly $72 million in equity funding across eight deals, falling short of August’s total of $130 million in funding over eight deals.

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MedCity News: Telehealth Startup Brings Gender-Affirming Care To Employee Benefits Programs

Two friends that met in medical school saw an opportunity improve access to care for the transgender community using telehealth. Dr. Matthew Wetschler and Dr. Jerrica Kirkley founded Plume in 2019. The Denver-based direct-to-consumer health startup provides access to gender-affirming hormone therapy through video visits.

Wetschler had moved to the Bay Area to finish his residency at Stanford, where he started working with digital health startups. Kirkley, meanwhile, was in Colorado, where she built out a gender-affirming care program for a community health center and helped start a free clinic for transgender patients.

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Denver Business Journal: How Will Coronavirus Impact Colorado’s Moves Toward Electric And Shared Vehicles?

Coronavirus has dealt the same revenue blow to Colorado automobile dealers that it’s foisted upon most any industry, with overall light-vehicle registrations down 16.5% through the first eight months of 2020.

But while new- and used-car sales have taken a temporary hit as expendable income has sunk, leaders of that industry, which has not witnessed the closing of a dealership in Colorado, believe that revenues and registrations will rebound when the pandemic passes. The reasoning behind their optimism is raising questions about the future of other transportation sectors, from transit to multimodal options to electric vehicles, as planners try to figure out how people will feel safest getting around — or how much they need to get around at all.

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