February 2015 – Additional Information

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Titles for E-newsletter CC-03

Pennington Elementary Case Study
Big Ideas Fest 2014
Design Thinking Workshops
Next Generation Learning Challenges
Upcoming Events
Special Shoutout!


Pennington Elementary Case Study

Pennington Elementary is one of eight schools engaged in Colorado’s TIME Collaborative, a partnership with the Ford Foundation, National Center on Time & Learning, and the Colorado Department of Education. The TIME Collaborative supports educators in pursuing improved teaching strategies that personalize learning for students and increase educator effectiveness.

In the coming months, look for more stories about Colorado educators who are leading the way in next generation learning.

Big Ideas Fest 2014

Big Ideas Fest is a gathering of change-makers from around the globe who are immersed in collaboration and design — all focused on modeling cutting-edge thinking in K-20 education.

Check out some of The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) staff members who attended the conference in this interview and student-created Roadtrip Nation highlight video for insights about how design thinking relates to our support of Colorado educators. And stay tuned — CEI staff will share what they learned about innovative approaches to professional learning at this year’s CEI Integration Showcase in June.

Design Thinking Workshops

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is excited to launch a new partnership with Stanford’s d.school Institute of Design, CreatEDU, and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) that supports educators in building design thinking mindsets to lead and manage school change. The d.school’s nationally renowned K12 Lab Network works to inspire educators’ creative confidence and catalyze new models for learning and teaching.

Colorado is the first state in the nation to pilot what may evolve into a multiyear program. CEI, CDE, and CreatEDU will work with two Colorado school districts to help participants apply design thinking in professional and instructional planning and in problem solving.

Next Generation Learning Challenges

As a part of our partnership with Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) recently participated in site visits to some of the most innovative schools in California’s Bay Area. With leadership from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Springs District 11, and other Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners, CEI interacted with teachers, students, and education leaders to learn how they have leveraged resources in the ed tech, design thinking, and startup space to support increased equity and student agency.

Check out #NGLCBayArea on Twitter for a glimpse of lessons learned from schools, including Summit Public Schools, Design Tech High School, Alpha Public Schools, Lighthouse Community Charter School, and Milpitas Unified School District.

And don’t miss the developing blog and podcast series launched by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation that shares experiences and emerging practices related to NGLC work around the country. CEI looks forward to drawing upon experiences like these to inform local CEI-hosted site visits to learn from and promote the innovative work of Colorado educators throughout 2015.

Upcoming Events

Stakeholders from diverse backgrounds in education will convene at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas, March 9-12, to promote creativity, social change, and innovation in learning.

Innovative educators will gather in Boulder, Colo., to re-imagine school as a hub for real-world learning at Traverse: An Expedition to the Future of Learning June 8-10. CEI is a proud co-sponsor of this conference, which is hosted by Watershed School and other cutting-edge national partners. Stay informed on Twitter at #TVRSE15.

Special Shoutout!

Many thanks to City of Denver Arts and Venues and The Design Gym for co-hosting Colorado’s first Crank Workshop, which brought together over 75 partners from K-12 and higher education, arts and youth development organizations, businesses, education funders, students, and parents to discuss how we might make learning a community endeavor at any age.

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Titles for E-newsletter CC-04

STEM Career Pathways RFP
STEM Champions Inaugural Board Meeting
CEI Named as Partner in National Network to Grow STEM Teaching
Colorado STEM Network Monthly Call

STEM Career Pathways RFP

CEI is accepting proposals for yearlong grants to help youths gain skills, experiences, and employment in middle-skill STEM occupations in Colorado growth sectors. Final proposals must be submitted before 5 p.m. MST on Friday, March 13. Click here for the STEM Career Pathways RFP to see specific eligibility requirements.

CEI is also hosting two informational conference calls to answer applicants’ questions:

  • Thursday, February 5, at 1 p.m. MST.
  • Thursday, February 19, at 10 a.m. MST.

Please contact Liz Kuehl at lkuehl@coloradoedinitiative.org to register for these calls or for more information.

STEM Champions Inaugural Board Meeting

The STEM Champions Board comprises public and private sector leaders in Colorado who, along with the STEM Advisory Committee, advise CEI about CO STEM Education Roadmap implementation. In its inaugural board meeting, the STEM Champions identified the following priorities moving forward:

  • Map STEM education assets statewide with a focus on alignment and coordination.
  • Develop and share existing effective tools and resources.
  • Communicate successes to regional industries.
  • Invest in what works by supporting the Colorado Legacy Schools program and developing and funding a STEMWorks database.
  • Pilot a STEM competition for school and STEM employee teams to solve an industry challenge and expand career pathways in in-demand STEM occupations.

The board also approved a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the integration of the STEM Coalition in the STEM Champions Board.

CEI Named as Partner in National Network to Grow STEM Teaching

CEI was accepted into the 100Kin10 partnership, a multisector network that focuses on training and retaining 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.

As part of 100Kin10, CEI will advance partnerships, raise funds, and coordinate efforts by districts and institutions of higher education to track teacher qualifications in STEM (including shortages of STEM-ready teachers) and will have a plan in place to ensure every P-12 student has access to STEM-ready educators.

A complete list of partners is available on the 100Kin10 website.

Colorado STEM Network Monthly Call

The Colorado STEM Network (CSN) comprises STEM stakeholders across Colorado. Interested in joining the network or presenting during a future webinar or monthly phone call? Contact Micaela Johnson at mjohnson@coloradoedinitiative.org.

 View the January CSN webinar at http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p1z8y87jqze/.

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Next Generation Learning Initiative

Your support of CEI will help Colorado students gain the knowledge and skills to become happy, healthy, and productive 21st century adults. The Next Generation Learning initiative works toward these goals by:

  • Helping students develop the academic, professional, entrepreneurial, personal, and civic competencies that a modern society and economy demand.
  • Supporting educators in creating learning environments designed to maximize these outcomes for students.
  • Promoting systems that support and incentivize educators in this effort.

An investment in the Next Generation Learning initiative will support the implementation of systemic, strategic, and coordinated approaches across Colorado schools and districts.

Opportunities for investment:

  • $50 — Provides a teacher with one year of access to an information and social networking platform that links school and district leaders to next generation models, best practices, and experts.
  • $150 — Supports professional development for a teacher to learn how to incorporate design thinking mindsets and user-centered design into the classroom or school.
  • $500 — Sponsors one teacher to attend four days of intense professional development at the annual AP for All Summer Institute.

 To learn more about CEI’s Next Generation Learning initiative, contact Samantha Olson, Director – Initiatives, Next Generation Learning, at solson@coloradoedinitiative.org or 720-502-4703.

 To make your investment today, contact Kelly Hall, Development Director, at khall@coloradoedinitiative.org or 720-502-4721.

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