Naropa University Sponsors Forum on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Event Will Address How Successor to No Child Left Behind Will Impact Colorado Students

April 25, 2016 (Boulder, CO) — Naropa University will host a public forum on the impacts to Colorado students and schools as a result of passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which in December 2015 replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. State Representative Rhonda Fields, State Senator Rollie Heath, and Boulder Valley School District Superintendent Bruce Messinger will headline the forum. Among the topics to be discussed are school funding, teacher effectiveness, and student testing under the new law.

The forum, titled “NCLB to ESSA: What Does It Mean,” will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at 6:30pm. This public event is free and is part of Naropa University’s “Issues in Education: the Mary Culkin Lecture Series.” More information is available at

Speaker Information:

State Representative Rhonda Fields is the Ranking Member on the House Education Committee. She is a Democratic member of the Colorado State House of Representatives from Aurora, and the first African-American to represent House District 42.

State Senator Rollie Heath is the Assistant Senate Minority Leader in the Colorado Legislature, and the former Senate Majority Leader. An outspoken advocate for education and workforce development, Senator Heath was first elected in 2008.

Dr. Bruce Messinger is the Superintendent of the Boulder Valley School District, which accounts for more than 56 schools and 30,000 students. Dr. Messinger was selected as the 2016 Colorado Superintendent of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives.

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About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.