2015 Summit & Luncheon

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2015 Summit and Luncheon: Seeing is Believing

Thank you to more than 1,000 educators, students, parents, business leaders, and education partners who joined CEI’s 2015 Summit and Luncheon: Seeing is Believing to honor some of Colorado’s healthiest schools and to celebrate innovation and collaboration in public schools around the state.

Pagosa Springs Middle School received the 2015 Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.

Pagosa Springs Middle School received the 2015 Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.

Forty-seven of the state’s healthiest schools were recognized as 2015 Healthy School Champions. Schools earned the recognition based on their use of best practices in school health measured by an online self-assessment tool, a narrative outlining their work, and letters of support from their school community.

Over the past five years, the program has granted more than $207,000 in awards to over 100 schools, ranging from $300 to $6,000 per school, with support from The Colorado Health Foundation. This year’s winners received more than $43,000.

New to this year’s celebration, Pagosa Springs Middle School received the inaugural 2015 Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness. “This award represents a collective and steadfast commitment to educating the whole student,” said Principal Chris Hinger. “We embraced our community’s values and expanded efforts to develop healthy and productive children.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Mae Jemison is a physician and NASA astronaut.

Keynote speaker Dr. Mae Jemison is a physician and NASA astronaut.

CEI partners with the Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles to support school communities that are focused on improving student and staff health and wellness.

“Our state agencies have been working closely with CEI, teachers, administrators, and education leaders from across the state to identify a framework for comprehensive school health and wellness. We applaud all of the schools who are striving to achieve these goals,” said Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. “The awards for school health and wellness are a way for us to recognize excellence and our shared commitment to our educators, our children and our future.”

The luncheon keynote speaker was Dr. Mae Jemison, physician and NASA astronaut — and the first woman of color to travel in space. She explored the intersection of technology design and scientific research of sociocultural and economic realities. Learn more.

Author Paul Tough spoke about qualities that matter most for children, perseverance, curiosity, optimism and self-control.

Author Paul Tough spoke about qualities that matter most for children, perseverance, curiosity, optimism and self-control.

Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, closed out the day and spoke about qualities that matter most to children, skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control. Learn more.

“It’s CEI’s time to shine the spotlight on successes from the past year,” said Norvelle. “We’re able to connect with our education partners and show them what their support has meant in our schools and communities. This work is important work. We like to stop, celebrate, and share those success stories with our supporters and encourage others to support our efforts.”

View more pictures from the event on CEI’s Facebook page.

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“CEI’s Summit & Luncheon event has really hit its stride. I appreciate the integration of efforts and the way efforts to promote student well-being are paired with other education reforms. The event offers me a rare chance to talk with a large group of teachers and administrators, and I appreciate that immensely.”
– Hillary Fulton, Senior Program Officer, Healthy Living, The Colorado Health Foundation

“This was the second CEI summit that I have been able to attend and both times were incredibly valuable! The presenters were knowledgeable and I was able to easily apply what I learned there. I always leave CEI events feeling inspired about the future of education and grateful to be able to be a part of it.”
– Rebecca Knighton, gifted & talented teacher, interventionist, Thompson School District

“I feel so good about the work CEI is doing and I know it is making a real difference in the lives of Colorado’s kids, who are our future. You put on a great event and I was proud to show you off to my friends.”
– Anne Warhover, 2015 Luncheon Honoree and former president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation

“Thank you for the scholarship to attend CEI’s 2015 Summit & Luncheon. I applied because I was eager to hear Paul Tough speak — and he was well worth the long trip! While tests don’t measure the intangibles — Tough outlined grit, determination, and perseverance as some of the most important qualities to every student’s success. I could not agree more. During the luncheon, I was truly mesmerized by Dr. Mae Jemison. She is such an eloquent and entertaining speaker and her passion for learning and education was the foundation for her presentation and so inspiring!
– Deanna Gournoe, teacher, Ault-Highland Re-9 School District

“I attended this event with the intent to hear about new and innovative learning and teaching methods that support healthy students in their learning experiences. Both breakout sessions were extremely informative, and helped me understand how to better engage students to help them retain the information they receive while learning. I especially appreciated the drive to create a learning environment based on lessons relevant to real life, rather than focusing on compliance for testing. I thoroughly enjoyed the summit and learning what innovative educators are doing to engage our youth.”
– H. Alix Laraque-Two Elk, 2Elk Consulting

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