By Sacha Smith, The Southern Ute Drum | March 17, 2017
On Wednesday, March 15 a community outreach event was held at the Ignacio High School to introduce the American Indian Measurable Success (AIMS) initiative. The initiative is focused on improving college and workforce readiness of Native American students in Southwest Colorado.
CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools program (CLS) is playing a key role in the AIMS project by through implementation of the CLS Advanced Placement program at schools in Durango, Ignacio, and Cortez. Read more
By Debbie Kelley, The Gazette | October 19, 2016
Advanced Placement courses are getting even cooler at five Pikes Peak region high schools. Atlas Preparatory School in Harrison District 2, Coronado and Doherty high schools in Colorado Springs District 11, Ellicott High School in Ellicott District 22, and Falcon High School in Falcon District 49 won Colorado Legacy Schools grants to beef up those harder classes and make them appealing to students. “It’s about learning at an advanced rate,” said Greg Hessee, a director at Colorado Legacy Schools, a program of the Colorado Education Initiative. It’s also about changing the perception about who belongs in the classes, he said. It’s not just the brainy kids, but also those who typically have not been top achievers, such as students of color and students from poorer families. READ MORE>
By Nelson Garcia, 9NEWS | October 19, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS – For students like Zach LaCross, adjusting to school can be difficult. “Five different schools in seven years,” LaCross said. “This is the sixth actually.” LaCross is a senior at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs. Both his parents serve in the Air Force and he has moved from state to state from continent to continent. He says moving all the time has given him an uneven academic experience.
“You just kind of have to scrap everything you learned before that and relearn something new,” LaCross said. To address that, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Math & Science Initiative, and the Colorado Education Initiative’s Legacy Schools Program have teamed up to support schools serving large numbers of military families. Wednesday, a $2.3 million grant was announced to help students take more Advanced Placement courses. READ MORE >
By Kate Schimel and Leah Todd, High Country News | October 10, 2016
If you ask Colby Simpson, one of 35 seniors at Paonia High School, how many Advanced Placement classes he’s taken, he has to shuffle through a long mental list. He definitely took AP Biology, and is taking AP Calculus and Physics, but did he take AP U.S. History? He thinks for a moment to recall. That’s not a problem his oldest brother, Patrick, now 31, experienced: There were no AP classes at Paonia High when the elder Simpson sibling attended 15 years ago. With only 16 teachers, training faculty to teach nationally certified AP classes, and recruiting enough students to make them worthwhile, seemed unattainable for the tiny Colorado school. That changed in 2011, when the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), an education advocacy and research organization, launched the Colorado Legacy Schools project. The program funded innovative ways to increase the number and diversity of students taking AP classes. READ MORE >
Melissa Reeves, YourHub – Denver Post | October 5, 2016
CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools (CLS) AP program partners with the U.S. Department of Defense’s (USDoD), Joining Forces program, and the National Math and Science Initiative to help military children become college-ready with STEM and AP courses in up to 10 Colorado schools serving large numbers of students in military families. READ MORE >