In the News

Media coverage of RISE Colorado

Local Coverage

Chalkbeat, Responsibility for translation and interpretation can’t fall to students, according to new Aurora policy
APS school board members introduce a policy that responsibility for translation and interpretation cannot fall to students. RISE parent leaders proposed and advocated for the implementation of this policy during the 2017-18 school year. April 2018

Chalkbeat, Aurora parents who need translation services describe tears, missed connections, and a bureaucratic tangle
RISE parent leaders and an Aurora teacher advocate for increased interpretation and translation services in APSJanuary 2018

Denver Open Media, Opening Inclusiveness – CRC and RISE Discuss America Divided
On August 1st, 2017 the Open Media Foundation hosted a screening of the latest in the America Divided series, America Divided: The Class DivideAugust 2017

Aurora Sentinel, Board makes clear Aurora Public Schools a welcoming place for immigrants
The Aurora Public Schools Board unanimously approves a resolution presented by local students, families, and teachers with the support of RISE Colorado. May 2017

Telemundo Denver, Escuelas de Aurora aprueban proteccion a indocumentados
Telemundo Denver shares the outcome of the community-led resolution aimed at helping immigrant students feel comfortable and safe. May 2017

Chalkbeat Colorado, Aurora school board approves resolution to protect immigrant students, though some raise questions
The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approves resolution aimed at helping immigrant students feel safer though they debated over the title. May 2017

Aurora Sentinel, PERRY: Immigrants fighting fear with fire to protect children, families in Aurora schools
Aurora families fill the school board meeting, urging the board to adopt a resolution put forth by the community. May 2017

Chalkbeat Colorado, Parents, students press Aurora school district to pass resolution assuring safety of immigrant students
Families and students express their motivation for creating a resolution to keep Aurora Public Schools a safe and inclusive school community. April 2017

Rose Community Foundation Newsletter, Connections: Education Committee grants approach Aurora school innovation from different angles
RCF explores the importance of community organizations’ involvement in the Innovation Zone Plans and increasing family engagement with those plans. August 2016

The Denver Post, Aurora schools want to improve English learning, but options are limited
RISE member, Diana Castro, shares her experience as an English language learner in APS and how schools can better support English language learners. February 2016

The Denver Post, Report: Aurora Public Schools failing, students lagging behind
The Denver Post interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” October 2015

9News, Coalition releases report on Aurora Public Schools
9News interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” October 2015

CBS 4, ‘A Tough Place:’ Nearly Half Of Students Don’t Graduate From Aurora Public Schools
CBS 4 interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” October 2015

CPR & NPR, Dismayed By Struggling Aurora Public Schools, A New Coalition Demands Change
CPR interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” October 2015

The Colorado Independent, Parents mobilize to save Aurora Public Schools
The Colorado Independent interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” October 2015

Chalkbeat Colorado, Coalition: Aurora could do more to improve chronically failing schools
Chalkbeat Colorado interviews RISE members and other members of the If Not Now Coalition on the release of the “If Not Now Report.” July 2015

‘Spring into CU’ event introduces students to higher education
RISE Colorado takes over 70 students and families from Aurora Public Schools to the University of Colorado at Boulder for the Spring Into CU. April 2015

Aurora Public Schools & The Denver Post: RISE Colorado engages teen parents to advocate for education
Aurora Public Schools (APS) and The Denver Post cover RISE’s innovative work with teen parents in the district. February 2015

Chalkbeat Colorado, Students to lead the way in Aurora while accountability clock ticks
Chalkbeat Colorado’s Nicholas Garcia covers the recently approved strategic plan for Aurora Public Schools, APS 2020: Shaping a Successful Future, and the involvement of various organizations, including RISE, on the strategic planning committee. January 2015

Aurora Public Schools, APS Families Experience College Life Thanks to RISE Colorado
Aurora Public Schools covers RISE Colorado’s October 10th field trip to DU with over 100 APS students and their family members. October 2014

Viva Colorado, Preescolares en Aurora buscan cerrar brecha
Viva Colorado shares the value parents and teachers find in their experience with RISE Colorado’s ECE work. May 2014

Aurora Public Schools (APS), Bhutanese and Nepali Parents Come Together for Student-Support Workshop
RISE is featured on the APS website for our Parent Opportunity Gap Event with Bhutanese and Nepali refugee families. March 2014

Aurora Public Schools (APS), Jamaica CDC Hosts Passport to Literacy Night
RISE is featured on the APS website for our work with Jamaica Child Development Center and the Passport to Literacy Night we collaborated on and co-hosted with them. March 2014

Chinook Fund Newsletter, RISE to the Challenge
As a new grantee of the Chinook Fund, RISE Colorado is featured in their newsletter focused on the challenges that organizations must overcome to create change. February 2014


National Coverage

FSG, How Education Funders Can Support Immigrant Children and Families
Thanks to Efraín Gutiérrez from Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees for sharing about our work at RISE Colorado. He highlights the importance of supporting 2- generation models like RISE’s and how we incorporate the voices and active participation of immigrant and refugee families in advancing opportunity for their childrenFeb 2018

Education Leaders of Color EdLoC Boulder Fund Recipients
Education Leaders of Color EdLoC National Award Press Release
RISE Colorado is an inaugural recipient of the EdLoC Boulder Fund grant, for our work to create positive and lasting partnerships between a student’s family and schools. We’re proud to be part of the inaugural cohort of winners. January 2018

University Business, EdLoC launches fund to transform outcomes, increase equity for students of color
Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) announced the inaugural cohort of its Boulder Fund grantees today. February 2018

Education Week, To Fight Inequity, Empower the Families It Harms Most
At RISE Colorado, an education nonprofit founded in 2012, we’ve created a model in which we train school leaders and teachers to educate families about the opportunity gap and their role in overcoming it. May 2017

Aspen Ideas Festival, 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars
The Aspen Ideas Festival selects Veronica Palmer as one of 300 leaders from around the US and 30 countries. These leaders are selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action. May 2017

Education Post, Race, Reform and the Firestorm: Reflections on Our Progress a Year Later
Marilyn Anderson Rhames shares her experiences at the NewSchools Summit and highlights Veronica Palmer as one of the reformers of the educational landscape. May 2017

The 74, Notes From the Field: If You Want Great Schools, First Work With Parents to Create ‘Actionable Demand’
The 74 shares strategies to have “actionable demand” for great schools by getting parents involved. RISE Colorado is featured as an example of how to get families involved. May 2017

PR Newswire, a CISION Company, Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) Announces the Fourth Cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program
Veronica Palmer is selected as one of 75 Latino entrepreneurs from across the US to be part of a six-week program developed by Stanford University and LBAN to help Latino and Latina business owners scale their businesses. April 2017

US Nepal News: RISE Colorado Successfully Held Two Different Workshops
Refugee workshops with the Nepali and Burmese communities were highlighted as a great way for families to learn about academic performance in Aurora. October 2016

Leadership for Educational Equity, Blog: Veronica Palmer: Spurred to Action
LEE featured RISE Co-Founders, Veronica Palmer and Milagros Barsallo, to highlight their journey and motivation to found a family-led organization in Aurora. September 2016

US Nepal News, Colorado: Parent Opportunity Gap Workshop Held in Colorado
US Nepal News, a national news source, reported before and after the Nepali Opportunity Gap workshop to highlight the what families gained from attending. September 2016

The U.S. Department of Education, Instagram: Voices Across America
RISE member Diana Castro shares how being informed about the school system through RISE changed her involvement in her children’s education. April 2016

The U.S. Department of Education, Instagram: Voices Across America
Veronica Palmer shares why those most impacted by educational inequity, low-income families and families of color, must lead the movement for educational equity. March 2016

Leadership for Educational Equity, Education Entrepreneurs Selected for Inaugural Venture Fund & Fellowship
RISE Colorado is announced as one of the inaugural winners of the Leadership for Educational Equity Venture Fund and Fellowship to support the organization’s growth and leadership over the next year. January 2016

Bellwether Education Partners, Ahead of the Heard, Engaging Low-Income Families and Families of Color to be Architects of Education Policy
Bellwether staff member Kaitlin Pennington interviews RISE’s Co-CEOs about RISE’s work, successes, and challenges October 2015

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
RISE Colorado is announced as one of only 230 national Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. September 2015

Pahara Institute Announces New Class of Leaders for NextGen Network:
Announcement that RISE Co-Founder & Co-CEO Veronica Palmer has been selected as a Fall 2015 Pahara Fellow in the NextGen Leaders Network. June 2015

Noticiero Univision, Ayudan a Padres hispanos a Apoyar a Sus Hijos En La Escuela
Univision’s national team covers RISE Colorado’s work as part of a series on education, featuring our impact on one of our members, Jose De Santiago. July 2014

Nation Swell, Why Families Are Key to Transforming Education in America
Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp interviews RISE Colorado co-founder Veronica Palmer, highlighting RISE Colorado’s work as part of Nation Swell’s “Up and Comers” Interview series. September 2014

Cornell University College of Arts & Science, Alum honored with Teach For America Award
Cornell University interviews RISE co-founder and Cornell Alum, Milagros Barsallo, about RISE Colorado’s work and winning the Teach For America Social Innovation Award. June 2014

Voxxi, The RISE Colorado education initiative in Colorado
Voxxi interviews RISE’s co-founders about RISE Colorado’s work and winning the Teach For America Social Innovation Award. June 2014

LatinBlah, Latinas comprometidas con la educación ganan el premio Teach For America
Latin Blah interviews co-founders Milagros Barsallo and Veronica Palmer about RISE Colorado’s work and winning the Teach For America Social Innovation Award. June 2014

Huffington Post, A Call to Teach
In paragraph 7, co-founder Veronica Palmer and the work of RISE Colorado are mentioned in Elisa Villanueva Beard’s article, “A Call to Teach.” November 2013


Global Coverage

Teach For All Alumni Change Makers, Veronica Palmer
Teach For All interviews co-founder Veronica Palmer on RISE Colorado’s work in Aurora, Colorado. March 2015

Echoing Green, 2015 Echoing Green Semi-Finalists
RISE Colorado Co-Founders & Co-CEOs are announced as finalists for Echoing Green 2015 Fellowships. February 2015

Teach For All, Global Change Forum on Family Engagement
RISE Colorado contributes to Teach For All’s Global Change Forum on Family Engagement along with other individuals and organizations doing family engagement work across the world. September 2015

Building the Parent Movement…A Missing Element
Co-founder Veronica Palmer is featured as a guest blogger in March on to share about RISE’s work, and our experience being three Latina entrepreneurs and women of color founding RISE. The article was picked up and shared by Teach For All to their learning network. March 2014


Teach For America & Leadership for Educational Equity Coverage

Leadership for Educational Equity, New Ventures: RISE Colorado
LEE featured the work of RISE Colorado through an interview with CEO, Veronica Palmer. As part of the LEE New Ventures Fellowship, Veronica and the RISE Team have worked closely with coaches and consultants at LEE to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of our organization. October 2016

Teach For America One Day Magazine, In Denver, Changing Education is Better Together
RISE Colorado founders, Veronica Palmer and Milagros Barsallo, together with other TFA Alumni, are highlighted as members of the Denver area making an impact in the education community. May 2016

RISE Colorado’s Co-Founders and Members spoke at the national Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit in February 2016 sharing about the organization’s innovative model in the following sessions:

Teach For America One Day Magazine, Next Frontier in Education: The Future of the Movement is Families
Co-founder, Veronica Palmer, shares the importance of putting families and students most impacted at the forefront of the movement for educational equity. We are thankful to be featured in the special edition Next Frontier section of the magazine. February 2016

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), 5 Questions for Milagros Barsallo of RISE Colorado
LEE conducts a short interview with co-founder Milagros Barsallo about RISE Colorado winning the Teach For America Social Innovation Award. June 2014

Teach For America- Pass the Chalk, Announcing Teach For America’s 2014 Alumni Social Innovation Award Winners
Teach For America announces RISE Colorado as the winner of the 2014 Social Innovation Award along with School Justice Project and Education In Sight. May 2014

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), RISE-Colorado’s Recipe for Family-Driven Change
LEE publishes the first in a series of profiles on RISE Colorado’s co-founders and work with families in Colorado schools. April 2014

Teach For America Colorado March Supporter Newsletter, Alumni in Action- RISE Colorado Engages Parents
Teach For America Colorado features RISE’s work and upcoming fundraiser in their March newsletter for supporters. March 2014

Teach For America Colorado Alumni Newsletter, Alumni Impact Profile
Co-founder Milagros Barsallo is featured as an alumnus continuing to make an impact in education in Teach For America Colorado’s Alumni Newsletter. February 2014

Teach For America Latino Community Newsletter
As a former Teach For America staff member, co-founder Veronica Palmer has the opportunity to share about the experience of founding RISE and being a Latina Entrepreneur. September 2013

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