September 2014 – Additional Information

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 Educator Effectiveness

 Health and Wellness

 STEM

 Colorado Legacy Schools

New Tools and Resources

 Support Us!

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Measures of Student Learning (MSL)

SB 10-191 requires that at least 50 percent of an educator’s annual evaluation be based on multiple measures of student learning (MSL) in relation to the Colorado Academic Standards. This work is challenging and new to many districts. To help districts in this effort, CEI collected information on MSL systems from 53 Colorado Districts – representing a diversity of sizes and settings and including almost 60 percent of Colorado’s teachers and students – for inclusion in a statewide study of trends. To learn about the measures of student learning systems, visit our website.

Student and Teacher Perception Surveys

Keep an eye out in the October newsletter for a complete redesign to our Student and Teacher Perception Surveys. These new toolkits will enable teachers, principals and coaches to interact with Student Perception Survey results. In the meantime, to see how the Student Perception Survey has impacted students across Colorado, watch this video.

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Request for Proposal

Grants to five middle schools will be made in the amount of $5,000 each, the grant period begins October 15, 2014 and ends July 15, 2015. An Allies in Diversity Club is a student group that meets during the school day with an adult teacher/leader to build awareness of bullying, acceptance of diversity, affirmation of difference and concrete “upstander” skills for students to use with their peers. To learn more about an Allies in Diversity program, visit our website. If your school is interested in the Request for Proposal, click here and follow the application instructions. If you have any questions about the application process or about Allies Clubs, email Finessa Ferrell at fferrell@coloradoedinitiative.org.

Colorado Proud School Meal Day

The Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Education would like to invite Colorado schools to participate in the annual Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 10. This is a day to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate schoolchildren about healthy eating. To learn more about Colorado Proud School Meal Day, click here.

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The Colorado STEM Education Roadmap Release

The effort, spearheaded by CEI, is working to define a state plan for improving STEM education in ways that increase opportunities for all students, meet current employer needs, and attract new businesses to our state. The effort is funded by the generous support of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, JPMorgan Chase, and United Launch Alliance. The Colorado STEM Education Roadmap Release event featured brief remarks from Michael Gass, President and CEO Emeritus, United Launch Alliance; Lt. Governor Joe Garcia; and Amber Ptak, Director of Education Programs, with the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. The program featured a panel discussion moderated by 9News’ education reporter, Nelson Garcia. Matthew Smith, Vice President of Engineering and IT at United Launch Alliance and Kathleen Little, Renewable Purchase Power Analyst and STEM Mentor at Xcel Energy were just a couple people featured on the panel. The panelists discussed Colorado’s efforts to improve STEM education in schools, increase students’ access to STEM education, grow talent, and fuel the state’s growing STEM economy.

Who was in the room?

  • Over 60 Industry and Foundation leaders
  • 40 Educators and Administrators
  • 25 Post-secondary leaders
  • 25 State partners
  • 40 Non-profit partners
  • 5 Students
  • And several more education stakeholders from across the Denver metro area!

 To read more about the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap Release event, click here.
 To view tweets about the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap Release event, click here.

Partner Updates

Colorado Department of Education

  • Colorado Teachers of Mathematics Conference on September 25 -26
    • Register soon at http://www.cctmath.org. On the afternoon of the 25th is a school and district leaders pre-session workshop with Diane Briar, president of CCTM, Jo Boaler is the keynote of the 26th.
  • Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)
    • CMAS in science was administered for the first time this past spring in 5th and 8th grade and will be administered this fall for 12th grade.

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STEM Mentor Program

The good news: Colorado is performing above the national average on key STEM performance indicators such as attaining postsecondary degrees in math and science. The challenge: Colorado is in the bottom 25 percent of states in terms of our achievement gap, and female and minority students are underrepresented in both STEM degrees and occupations. The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is partnering with companies to increase access to STEM courses for all students – especially girls and minority students who are underrepresented in STEM classes. Through the STEM Mentor Program, industry leaders are mentoring students in Advanced Placement (AP) programs that are participating in Colorado Legacy Schools. To learn more about the STEM Mentor Program, visit our website.

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New This Month!

Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Supporting Teacher Practice

  • How to creatively schedule and protect time to conduct multiple observations of all teachers
  • Tools for conducting efficient walk-throughs
  • Strategies for delivering frequent feedback tied to the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards

Over the last three years, CEI worked with 13 districts in the Colorado Integration Project focused on implementing new standards, assessments, and evaluation. Through this work, we found that principals are the lynchpin of the new teacher evaluation system and are essential for the success of the system as well as the professional growth and development of teachers. To support their role in this process, principals must have the necessary tools and strategies for implementation. To learn more about the tips, tools, and strategies for supporting teacher practice, visit our website.

allocate banner-01-01 CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative seeks to increase AP enrollment by targeting students in demographically and geographically diverse schools, thereby creating opportunities for students and encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary degree programs. Colorado Legacy Schools specifically works to increase student enrollment in AP math, science, and English courses, thus preparing them to enter a career in Colorado’s rapidly growing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. With Colorado’s rate of STEM field employment being above the national average, it is vital that we support and encourage the next generation of Coloradans to pursue degrees in STEM. Your investment in the Colorado Legacy Schools Program will support a comprehensive approach to AP education, through professional development for teachers, tutoring for students, monetary assistance for exams, and providing the technology and materials students need to master rigorous coursework. Opportunities for Investment:

  • A $100 donation covers the cost for two students to take an AP exam who otherwise could not afford the exam fees
  • A $500 donation pays for one teacher to receive four days of intense professional development at the annual AP for All Summer Institute.

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  • Donate your time to provide emotional and academic support for AP students as a STEM Mentor.

 To learn more CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools work, contact Gregory Hessee, Director – Initiatives, Colorado Legacy Schools at ghessee@coloradoedinitiative.org or (303) 241-7214.

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

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