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New university is for parents, community

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A new university will teach parents, guardians and other community members about education in Jefferson County Public Schools while engaging the community in the district’s strategic direction and purpose.

“One of the goals we have for Jeffco public schools is to engage our community with the things happening in our schools, building up that important reciprocal relationship,” said Superintendent Jason Glass. “Toward that end, we’ve started taking applications for Jeffco University, a citizens’ academy to engage with our schools and learn more about how they work.”

Jeffco University classes begin in October and continue monthly through February. Sessions run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. one Wednesday each month at different Jeffco Public Schools locations.

Topics and dates are: Public Education Today, Oct. 18; The What, Why & How of Teaching, Nov. 15; Jeffco Logistics, Dec. 13; Supporting Students, Jan. 17; and Community Connections, Feb. 21. A graduation ceremony is planned for the March 1, 2018, board of education meeting.

Space at Jeffco University is limited to 40 participants; a lottery system will be used to fill spaces in a fair manner. Parents and guardians of Jeffco students will be given preference. Applications are due by midnight, Oct. 16. The first session is Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Go to www.jeffcopublicschools.org/community_portal/jeffco_u/ for information and to find the application.

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