2014 June E-Newsletter – Additional Information

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The Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Department of Education are excited to host this year’s sold our 2014 Integration Showcase June 16-18, 2014 in Vail, CO. Colorado educators will attend sessions to network, problem-solve and rejuvenate. Educators will explore effective strategies to use in the classroom, school and district – and to leverage connections across major state education initiatives.  Not able to attend this year?  Let your network know you’ll be attending the #CEIShowcase14 by tweeting with the official conference hashtag. Be sure to follow #CEIShowcase14 and our Facebook page for live updates! To find out more about our 2014 Integration Showcase, visit our website.

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The Colorado Education Initiative recently recognized 43 schools as 2014 Healthy School Champions of the 2014 Legacy Summit. Listed below are the 42 schools that were awarded.

The winning schools each receiving awards are:


 Edith Wolford Elementary School, Academy District 20
 Pagosa Springs Middle School, Archuleta County 50 JT


  • Academy 360, Denver Public Schools
  • Bauder Elementary School, Poudre School District
  • Beattie Elementary School, Poudre School District
  • Blue Heron Elementary School, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Center High School, Center Consolidated School District 26JT
  • Charles Hay World School, Englewood Schools
  • Gunnison Elementary School, Gunnison Watershed School District RE1J
  • Place Bridge Academy, Denver Public Schools
  • Skoglund Middle School, Center Consolidated School District 26JT


  • Red Rocks Elementary, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Sand Creek Elementary School, Harrison School District 2
  • Skyview Middle School, Falcon School District 49


  • Foothills Elementary School, Academy District 20
  • Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, Durango School District 9-R
  • Fremont Middle School, Fremont RE-2 School District
  • Granby Elementary School, East Grant School District No. 2


  • Canon Exploratory School, Canon City Schools
  • Columbia Elementary School, Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Cripple Creek-Victor Junior-Senior High, Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1
  • Kenneth P Morris Elementary School, Yuma School District 1
  • Laredo Elementary School, Aurora Public Schools
  • Lincoln School of Science and Technology, Canon City Schools
  • Ridgeview Elementary School, Falcon School District 49
  • Swink Elementary, Swink School District


  • Animas Valley Elementary School, Durango School District 9-R
  • Bear Canyon Elementary School, Douglas County School District
  • Big Thompson Elementary School, Thompson School District
  • Canon City High School, Canon City Schools
  • Fossil Ridge High School, Poudre School District
  • Fremont Elementary School, Fremont School District RE-2
  • Frontier Elementary School, Academy District 20
  • Haskin Elementary School, Center Consolidated School District 26JT
  • Longfellow Elementary School, Salida Schools
  • Manitou Springs Elementary School, Manitou Springs School District 14
  • Manitou Springs Middle School, Manitou Springs School District 14
  • Salida Middle School, Salida Schools
  • Stetson Elementary School, Falcon School District 49
  • Swallows Charter Academy, Pueblo County School District 70
  • Ute Pass Elementary School, Manitou Springs School District 14
  • Washington Elementary School, Canon City Schools
  • Wellington Middle School, Poudre School District

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Innovation Education Colorado

Planning to attend our 2014 Integration Showcase? If so, stop in for the final day of the InnEdCO conference on July 19, 2014. Innovative Education Colorado is offering a heavily discounted price to attend its InnEdCO 2014 annual conference at Copper Mountain. Collaborate with teachers and leaders from across the state in dozens of sessions about next generation learning. At the InnEdCO conference, you will:

  • Learn from next gen grantee, Colorado Springs D11, on how to design a more personalized learning space for students.
  • Listen to featured speaker, Steve Dembo, to find out about the best online tools available to educators.
  • Hear from a local middle school teacher about her experienced with a “flipped” classroom – and how you can do the same!

Just use this link: http://bit.ly/innedco14oneday and type in VailThurs as the discount code to receive your special one-day rate of $90. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rethinking Time & Talent and Blended Learning Networks

The Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Department of Education have been working with education design firm, 2Revolutions, and 15 school teams around the state in two innovation networks focused on Blended Learning and Rethinking Time & Talent. School teams participated in a six month design process to research and design new models specifically for their contexts. On May 15, school teams from both networks came together  to pitch the results of their prototypes and share plans to scale, shift, or scrap current efforts. The Colorado Education Initiative offered $12,000 in stipends to participating schools to encourage the development and implementation of bold prototypes to help support next gen learning in their schools and districts. We look forward to sharing school designs and lessons learned in the coming months!

Next Generation Learning Voices Project

The Next Gen Voices Project shares stories and expertise from educators across Colorado who are leading the way in developing next generation learning environments to promote 21st century student outcomes. This collection of four podcasts is focused on designing personalized learning spaces and experiences for students and educators. We will have more great interviews coming soon! next-gen-voices-CEI

Don’t miss these interviews with Colorado educators!

Hi Howard: Change Management Using Design
Matt Miller: Students Designing for Community Impact
Paul Kim: Leveraging Design Thinking to Increase Learner Agency
Greg Wilborn & Scott Fuller: Designing Flexible Learning Space

Want more? Check out the Next Gen Voices blog to download additional resources for each episode. Subscribe now on iTunes.

 Funding Announcements

  • The Colorado Education Initiatve received support from the Daniels Fund for strategies for 21st Century Learning. This project aligns with the Daniels Fund’s goal to improve the quality of the K-12 educational system to ensure increased student achievement by investing in building educator capacity through targeted trainings and capturing, documenting, and sharing these through the development of tools and resources for other districts (and BOCES).

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Effective Employer Engagement Workgroup

As a part of the broader body of Next Generation Learning work focused on advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and experiences for students in Colorado, The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is committed to developing definitions and measures of effectiveness across key STEM education efforts. The first area of focus for this work is to define attributes and measures to evaluate quality public-private partnerships between schools and businesses.

From June through September 2014, CEI will staff and convene a 15-member work group comprised of educators, business representatives, STEM program administrators, and research faculty. This group will develop and disseminate attributes and measures of effective employer engagement in STEM education.

STEM Advisory Committee

The Committee first met on May 6th to discuss the CEI-coordinated Colorado STEM effort and agree on a plan to move the work forward. The group will reconvene on June 13th to review and refine the state STEM plan to provide feedback on alignment with state priorities. Going forward, the Committee will advise the development and implementation of the Colorado STEM Roadmap and Action Plan.

Committee Members:

  • Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia
  • Ken Lund, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development and International Trade
  • Ellen Golombek, Executive Director, Office of Labor and Employment
  • Robert Hammond, Commissioner of Education
  • Scott Wasserman, Chief of Staff, Office of Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia
  • Stephanie Steffens, Director, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Matt Smith, Vice-President of Engineering and IT, United Launch Alliance
  • Chris Chavez, Director, Government Affairs & Corporate Citizenship, United Launch Alliance
  • Ray Johnson, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM
  • Tim Jones, President and Founder, ISSAC Corp.
  • Wendy Nkomo, COO, VP Industry Affairs, Colorado Technology Association
  • Leslie Larocque, Director of Business Development, Rocky Mountain Region, McKinstry
  • Chris Larocque, Regional Director, McKinstry
  • Amber Ptak, Director of Education Programs, Gill Foundation’s Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado
  • Yee-Ann Cho, Senior Vice President of Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative
  • Lesley Dahlkemper, Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Communications, The Colorado Education Initiative
  • Angela Baber, Director of Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative

Partner Events

Xperience  STEM
July 29, 2014 – August 1, 2014

This conference explores the many incarnations and benefits of experiential methods in STEM education, showcases the best programs, and creates a community of experiential STEM advocates.

Partner Opportunities

Colorado Cleantech Industries Association Foundation STEM challenge:

The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association Foundation announced its inaugural Cleantech K-12 STEM Challenge, which is designed to recognize innovative public high school teachers in STEM disciplines Nominations will be due Fall 2014, and awards will be made shortly thereafter for programs to be implemented during the 2014/2015 or 2015/2016 school. For more information, click here.

In early April, leaders from Washington STEM and The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) were hosted by McKinstry, a full-service design, build, operate, and maintain firm that works to develop, engineer, deliver, and operate the built environment. The two-day convening brought leaders from Washington STEM and CEI together to share strategies, lessons, and successes in advancing statewide efforts to strengthen education. The outcomes from the convening included a 30, 60, 90 day plan outlining goals, strategies, and actions to advance STEM education efforts across Colorado.

Partner Resources

Funding Announcement

  • The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) received project support from the Gill Foundation’s Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado for CEI’s “Closing the Opportunity Gap through Equity and Excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education” project. This project is in its second phase and will focus on developing definitions and metrics of effectiveness for STEM efforts in Colorado. A key component of effectiveness will be that STEM efforts focus on diversity in opportunity. The Colorado Education Initiative is supporting a data-driven approach to defining and monitoring research-based strategies to ensure all Colorado students have access to quality STEM instruction and experiences and that more Coloradans have the STEM skills to needed secure employment in high-wage, high-demand occupations.

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Third Cohort of Schools Selected to Implement the Colorado Legacy Schools Program

The Colorado Education Initiative announced the 11 schools to participate in the Colorado Legacy Schools initiative with funding from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). These schools will receive support to dramatically increase the number and diversity of students succeeding in AP math, science, and English courses for three school years beginning in 2014-2015.

“The Colorado Legacy Schools initiative provides students with the opportunity to develop the academic content knowledge, skills and intellectual capacity to succeed beyond the walls of their classroom,” said Dr. Helayne Jones, President and CEO of The Colorado Education Initiative. “These 11 schools present a unique opportunity to expand Advanced Placement success into rural communities across the state.”

The 11 participating high schools are:   

  • Jefferson High School, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Vista PEAK Preparatory High School, Aurora Public Schools
  • Wheat Ridge High School, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Battle Mountain High School, Eagle County Schools
  • Glenwood Springs High School, Roaring Fork School District
  • Grand Valley High School, Garfield School District
  • Paonia High School, Delta County School District
  • Cedaredge High School, Delta County School District
  • Alamosa High School, Alamosa School District RE-11J
  • Englewood High School, Englewood Schools
  • George Washington High School, Denver Public Schools

Advanced Placement Course Opportunities for Rural Schools

In order to address the critical opportunity gap present in our rural schools, Colorado Legacy Schools has been working in partnership with Jerry McCarthy of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology with the support of a distance learning grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop a pilot program offering AP courses from a rural flagship school (the “hub”) to a series of low enrollment rural regional schools (the “spokes”).  Courses available include:

AP English Literature: Telluride School District’s own David Lavender will be offering a distance learning AP Literature course for the second year.  We currently have room for 12 online students.  The fee is $200 a semester or $400 annually plus exam fees and books up to @$120. For questions, please email David Lavender.

AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science: Fruita Monument High School will be offering distance learning in AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science A courses for the upcoming school year.  We currently have room for 5 online students per course.  The fee is $200 a semester or $400 annually plus exam fees and books. For questions, please email Bob Corneille.

AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Environmental Science: JeffCO will be offering these courses though an asynchronous online platform with live labs. The fee is $200 a semester or $400 annually and scholarships are available for rural schools. To learn more contact Greg Hessee.

Legacy Schools Students Take Advanced Placement Exams

An estimated 7,200 students took Advanced Placement exams in math, science, and English courses during the first two weeks of May.  Student scores will be released by the College Board in July. Legacy Schools students will receive a $100 stipend for every qualifying score of 3 or above received on a math, science, or English exam.

Legacy Schools Awarded Additional Funding

Recently, the Colorado Legacy Schools program was awarded $50,000 from the Ball Foundation, $20,000 from the El Pomar Foundation, and $1250 from the Longmont Community Foundation.  Thank you to these funders for ensuring the continued success of the Legacy Schools Program!

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  • Enrolling in Our Monthly Giving Plan

By enrolling in monthly giving, you provide The Colorado Education Initiative with ongoing, sustainable support for its work to ensure that all students graduate college and career-ready. Even the smallest gifts add up quickly.

  • Workplace Giving/Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Check with your personnel department about your company’s program. You can designate your donations to The Colorado Education Initiative by completing your giving form with our charity name and EIN number, #26-1597530.

To contribute to The Colorado Education Initiative, follow this link or contact us at (720)502-4721 or khall@coloradoedinitiative.org.

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