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Monday, June 13
 

4:00pm

2016 Showcase Registration
All attendees are invited to check-in and register for the 2016 Showcase. Registration will be located in the lobby of the Westin Conference Center.

Monday June 13, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Westin Conference Center
 
Tuesday, June 14
 

TBA

Community Art Project — Moments That Matter
Education, like life, is a series of moments. As we look back, it is not the day-to-day minutiae we remember, but rather those individual moments that truly mattered. As educators, we are lucky enough to have a wealth of these moments — students finally grasping something they struggled with, former students coming back to tell us how much we inspired them, making a connection with a child who truly needed a friend, seeing kids facing adversity rise above and succeed, and so much more! These moments make us rich, even when our paychecks don’t. Now is your chance to share these moments with others with this Moments That Matter mosaic in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. Choose a moment in your career or in your own education that highlights the awesome power of learning and the amazing influence teachers have on society. With nothing more than a CD case, a piece of paper, markers, and your memories, you can inspire others and help to remind all of us why we got into education in the first place! raftcolorado.org

Tuesday June 14, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

Wonder Wall
What are you most curious about? What have you learned during the 2016 CEI Showcase that you want to explore further? What do you want to share or dive deeper into? Grab an “I Wonder…” card and leave your ideas on the Wonder Wall in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. At the same time, visit the wall to both spark your curiosity and see what others are wondering about in their own practice. We will use these wonderings to help jumpstart brainstorming at Edcamp during the morning breakout sessions on Thursday.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

2016 Showcase Information Table
The 2016 Showcase Information Booth will be open to answer any questions you have about your experience. Also visit the Wonder Wall which is across from the Information Booth.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

6:30am

Morning Wellness: Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up

Harness the power of Om. Join your colleagues before breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday for instructor-led yoga by Erica Berens, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. Yoga mats are will be provided. Meet by 6:20 a.m. the 2016 CEI Showcase registration and information table located in the lobby of the Westin Snowmass Conference Center.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 6:30am - 7:30am
Westin Conference Center

7:30am

2016 Showcase Registration
All attendees are invited to check-in and register for the 2016 Showcase. Registration will be located in the lobby of the Westin Conference Center.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am
Westin Conference Center

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am
Garden Terrace

9:00am

10:30am

How will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impact educators?
Limited Capacity seats available

Move over, No Child Left Behind! Make room for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which restores power to states once held by the federal government under the No Child Left Behind Act. Hear about the opportunities that will open up under this new law — particularly school and district accountability, assessments, and identification, and support for struggling schools. Find out how these provisions will affect teachers, school administrators, central office administrators, and districts as a whole.


Facilitators
avatar for Mike Gradoz

Mike Gradoz

Senior Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Mike Gradoz joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2013 as a director in Professional Learning. He works closely with school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES) to implement the state’s system of evaluation and support for licensed personnel. In addition, Mike provides ongoing support for implementing the Colorado Academic Standards and CEI initiatives. | | Before joining CEI, Mike was the director of... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon B

10:30am

What are you saying about your school without even knowing it? A tale of two pathways.
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a closer look at how you communicate with stakeholders when you discuss the cutting-edge work underway at your school with teaching and learning models. Examine real-world examples that illustrate current and ideal communication strategies for innovative schools. Gain an awareness of the strengths and opportunities of current communication practices. Learn no-cost best practices to clearly communicate your message that can make a difference immediately.

Facilitators
avatar for Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller

Next Generation Learning Coordinator, Colorado Springs School District 11
I am the Next Generation Learning Coordinator for Colorado Springs School District 11, which means I coach people through change and innovative thought. Pushing the thinking around teaching, learning, time, talent, and technology is a favorite pastime. Previously, I served as an elementary school teacher and innovation coach for 13 years. I am from Flint, Michigan and taught in the Flint Schools for 4 years before moving to Colorado... Read More →
avatar for David Gregory

David Gregory

Managing Director, G&D Associates
David Gregory is the owner and Managing Director of G&D Associates. His wealth of experience leading change in the public and private sector has proven to be a catalyst for transformational change in schools and districts across the United States and the U.K. | | After eight years of classroom and school leadership, David began a consultancy position with RM PLC. During his time with RM, David worked with districts and schools to develop... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

10:30am

What opportunities are available in Colorado to build capacity for next generation instruction and assessment?
Limited Capacity seats available

Bolster your awareness of next generation activities during this lively panel discussion. Learn about several ongoing projects aimed at supporting teachers and education leaders as they develop capacity for next generation instruction and assessment of academic and nonacademic competencies.

Facilitators
avatar for Christina Jean

Christina Jean

Director- Innovation and Choice, Colorado Department of Education



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

10:30am

How can educators use MakerSpaces and design/build challenges to enhance inquiry-based learning?
Limited Capacity full

Make students’ curiosity the focus of their educational experience by infusing inquiry-based learning into your curriculum. Learn how to intentionally incorporate the design process into students’ work time to help them think critically, build content knowledge, and make new connections. Use this session’s hands-on activities to create a MakerSpace that will work within the constraints of your time, space, and budget. Incorporate Design/Build challenges to connect making to inquiry-based learning that aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards.

Facilitators
avatar for Chris DeKay

Chris DeKay

Program Director, RAFT Colorado
Chris started preparing for his Chief Re-Imagineer job when he was a six-year-old “garage floor scientist,” gradually developing into a “MacGyver of education”! Chris has enjoyed teaching students and working with a wide variety of teachers at the Teton Science Schools, Keystone Science School, and the Thorne Nature Experience, using anything nature has to offer to spontaneously engage students in learning. Chris has a double major in... Read More →
NH

Nick Haag

Ramblin' Re-Imagineer, RAFT Colorado
SW

Stephanie Welsh

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook

10:30am

How can educators use nonacademic data to improve student outcomes? (Pt 1 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Maximize the use of nonacademic data to better serve students! In the first of two sessions, learn about various nonacademic data measures: the Colorado Student Perception Survey, Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source, Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, school climate surveys, and social-emotional learning tools. Hear directly from educators about their experiences using these data. Then reflect on how to use these measures to address problems of practice.

Note:
Participants are highly encouraged to attend Part II, where they’ll have the opportunity to get feedback on using various measures in their own work.


Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes

Manager, Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Sarah joined CEI in 2014 as a manager on the Research and Impact team. She is currently helping to lead a small non-academic metrics pilot with 9 schools and two districts in Colorado through CEI's Next Generation Learning work. At CEI she also helps schools and districts use the Student Perception Survey and Teacher Perception Survey, manages data reporting for the Colorado MLI, and has led the analysis efforts for the Accelerator Project... Read More →
avatar for Karen Herbert

Karen Herbert

Director of Professional Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative
Karen Herbert joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2015 as a director in Professional Learning. She leads the Data Design Network in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education. In this work, she supports districts in building capacity to design and use assessment and educator effectiveness data systems to drive improvements in student learning. | | Before joining CEI, Karen worked for Denver Public Schools, where... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 2

10:30am

How can schools support personalization, equity, and rigor through a self-assessment process?
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore Global Best Practices, a comprehensive self‐assessment tool that helps secondary schools engage in structured, self‐reflective conversations about where they are and where they would like to be in terms of teaching and learning, organizational design, and school leadership. Use this tool to outline the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind that students need for success, with an emphasis on personalized learning, academic rigor, and equity. Identify and prioritize next steps that will really make a difference with your students. Learn how to involve a broad range of stakeholders in the assessment process, share assessment findings, and use these results to build a practical school improvement plan.

Facilitators
avatar for Ted Hall

Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking
avatar for Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
After 15 years in education, Angela joined the Great Schools Partnership as a Senior Associate and spent time coaching in Maine schools and supporting the development of tools and resources for proficiency-based learning systems. Angela currently supports the coordination of the League of Innovative Schools and co-directs the NextGen Personalized Learning initiative. She continues to coach in Maine and support the team of Senior Associates as... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kesselheim

Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My colleagues and I have been providing training and technical support in Competency-based Education this year to a cohort of Colorado schools and districts.



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon C

10:30am

How can schools support teacher competencies as they progress through the journey of LDC?
Limited Capacity seats available

Get hands-on advice for adopting the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), an impactful and powerful process that’s not always easy! See how other educators use this tool to create and implement rigorous, standards-based curriculum that focuses on content literacy. Learn how other teachers progressed along the journey — from recognizing how their assignments aligned to standards and learning goals, to assessing outcomes and iterating on instruction based on evidence from student work. Get the tools they created as they developed new competencies that enhanced their practice.

Facilitators
SS

Suzanne Simons

CAO, LDC.Org



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon E

10:30am

Measures of Student Learning 2.0: How can schools move from simply implementing a system to implementing a vision?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join districts from across the state in a thought-provoking discussion of lessons learned while implementing Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) over the past two years. See how these districts have used the flexibility within the system to drive their vision for success. Hear about lessons learned, changes made, and the unique visions for success moving forward. Bring your own unique questions and problems of practice to share with the group at large! Be ready to participate in an interactive session where participants will provide feedback on actual MSLs and gain insights into how they can improve their own. Then plan and discuss your own ideas for implementing MSLs in the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

Facilitators
DB

Dee Blecha

Regional Implementation Support Consultant, Colorado Department of Education
SK

Sed Keller

Assessment Implementation Specialist, Colorado Department of Education
MM

Melissa Meleason

Measures of Student Learning Specialist, Colorado Department of Education



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon D

10:30am

How might educators use design thinking to bring a fresh perspective to educational challenges?
Limited Capacity full

Revamp your approach to learning and teaching with the design thinking process! Step away from traditional educational models and constraints to find answers to everyday challenges. First, explore each stage of design thinking and become familiar with key design thinking mindsets. Then adopt a beginner’s mindset to your specific classroom obstacles: Look for answers outside of education to see how other industries tackle similar challenges.

Facilitators
avatar for Paul Beck

Paul Beck

Manager, Next Generation Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Peder Hansen

Peder Hansen

STEM Coordinator, Frisco Elementary School
I am a STEM coordinator/coach and media specialist up in the mountains of Colorado. I have a passion for design thinking as a problem solving tool and instructional strategy that empowers students and teachers as owners of their learning, innovators, and action takers in their community. I am excited to talk to other educators about creating an innovation culture in schools, both for students and teachers, and if you use digital badging in... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cathedral Peak

12:00pm

SpaceLab Lunch Meet-Ups
Limited Capacity seats available

Join an informal gathering during lunch for a discussion with other attendees who are interested in specific topics.

Colorado Measures to Learn and Improve (MLI) Survey: What are Colorado educators’ views on standards, assessments, evaluation, and professional supports?
Emily Love & Sarah Forbes 

The Power of Thank-You: How can you create a recognition culture in the workplace and reward employees — even in lean times?
Lisa Smith 

Equity: How do mindsets around equity and privilege play a part in our schools?
Greg Hessee 


Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes

Manager, Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Sarah joined CEI in 2014 as a manager on the Research and Impact team. She is currently helping to lead a small non-academic metrics pilot with 9 schools and two districts in Colorado through CEI's Next Generation Learning work. At CEI she also helps schools and districts use the Student Perception Survey and Teacher Perception Survey, manages data reporting for the Colorado MLI, and has led the analysis efforts for the Accelerator Project... Read More →
avatar for Greg Hessee

Greg Hessee

Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Rigor and Equity, Equity and Rigor. I run a program that dramatically increases the number and diversity of students graduating college-ready in the state of Colorado by increasing access to and success in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. These students succeed NOT because AP is some magical curriculum, but because their teachers use AP as a vehicle to transform students' beliefs about who they are and can be.

CEI Staff
avatar for Emily Love

Emily Love

Director - Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Senior Director of HR and Talent Development, The Colorado Education Initiative
The power of "thank you's" in retaining top employees, creating a recognition culture in the workplace, rewarding employees--even in lean times, or building on people's strengths to create rock star employees

Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Terrace

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Terrace

12:00pm

How can art, inspiration, and community enrich students’ lives?
Limited Capacity seats available

Infuse the arts into your classroom to enhance your curriculum as well as student engagement and curiosity. Tour Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where artists of all levels come from around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art-making skills, and engage in meaningful dialogue. See some of their work in action and witness their lifelong commitment to develop personal creativity and to discover, learn, and grow. Adapt your observations of their work to your own curriculum to enhance student engagement and curiosity.

Facilitators
KB

Katherine Bell

Anderson Ranch
HC

Heather Chikoore

Manager, Research and Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative



Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Cathedral Peak

12:00pm

How does art generate innovative and open-minded students?
Limited Capacity seats available

Inquiring minds wanted! Learn active looking strategies and methods of inquiry during this object-based gallery experience guided by an Aspen Art Museum educator. Experience the museum’s innovative approach of engaging audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society. Then take these techniques back to the classroom to help students build and sustain a state of alertness and wonder.

Facilitators
MD

Michelle Dezember

Learning Director, Aspen Art Museum
AH

Annie Henninger

Education Program Manager, Aspen Art Museum
ML

Morgan Lee

Education Coordinator, Aspen Art Museum
avatar for Samantha Olson

Samantha Olson

Vice President, Strategic Learning and Organizational Development, The Colorado Education Initiative

CEI Staff
avatar for Emily Love

Emily Love

Director - Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative


Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

Are assessment and evaluation tools for growth or for accountability?
Limited Capacity full

Dive into the dilemma about how to negotiate the different and sometimes conflicting purposes of evaluation and assessment. Can these approaches be used both to evaluate the performance of students, educators, and schools — and also to provide them with information that helps them grow? Be part of a dialogue about the growing recognition that these purposes sometimes can be at odds with each other. Share with colleagues and get their tips for how to effectively navigate this tension.


Facilitators
avatar for Karen Herbert

Karen Herbert

Director of Professional Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative
Karen Herbert joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2015 as a director in Professional Learning. She leads the Data Design Network in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education. In this work, she supports districts in building capacity to design and use assessment and educator effectiveness data systems to drive improvements in student learning. | | Before joining CEI, Karen worked for Denver Public Schools, where... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Cirque Boardroom

1:15pm

Need some cash for your class? (Single Session or Pt 1 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChoose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school English in New York City public schools for seven years, including two years as a Teach for America corps member. During his teaching career, Walter utilized... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

Films & Talks That Spark Curiosity
Limited Capacity seats available

View a relevant moving film or film clip in the conference center’s movie theater. Be part of a stimulating conversation.


Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

1:15pm

How can elementary schools convert an innovative vision into action?
Limited Capacity filling up

Join leadership and staff from Trailblazer Elementary School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a thought-provoking presentation about their successes and challenges during the first year of implementing innovative visioning and strategic planning at the school. Gain insight into the school’s approach through storytelling and interactive conversation, and see how Trailblazer is working to reimagine teaching.

Facilitators
avatar for Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Educator, Trailblazer Elementary School, Colorado Springs School District 11
avatar for Nicole Ottmer

Nicole Ottmer

Educator, Trailblazer Elementary, Colorado Springs District 11
DR

Denise Rubio-Gurnett

Principal, Trailblazer Elementary, Colorado Springs District 11
KV

Kaylee Vasquez

Educator, Trailblazer Elementary, Colorado Springs District 11



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Salon D

1:15pm

Why should educators invest in social emotional learning and classroom culture?
Limited Capacity full

Advocate for your students and help them to flourish! Reflect on the power of educators and learning environments to influence students’ sense of belonging, their capacity to learn, and their ability to successfully navigate what life throws at them. In the first of two sessions, examine the link between student-teacher trust, perceptions of care, stress, academic mindsets, and classroom culture on student behavior and motivation.

Facilitators
FF

Finessa Ferrell

Director - Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Alpine Springs 2

1:15pm

How can schools use collaboration to amp up rigor for students and teachers?
Limited Capacity full

Unlock the power of collaboration for teachers and schools! Learn how educators from multiple school buildings and districts can collaborate around the Colorado Academic Standards to design and implement rigorous instructional units containing common formative and summative assessments (common assignments). See how educators can analyze student work together from these units to calibrate expectations across schools and districts to plan future instructional moves based on results. Walk away with a preliminary plan to try this approach in your own context.

Facilitators
SD

Sarah Duran

COO, Slope Research
ML

Michelle Logan

Professional Team Liaison, Thompson R2-J
avatar for Amy Spicer

Amy Spicer

Director of Professional Learning, Colorado Education Initiative



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Salon E

1:15pm

How can educators use personal storytelling to build empathy in schools? (Pt 1 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Capture the power of storytelling to nurture empathy and curiosity. Join STORY SWAP, an empathy “laboratory” hosted by Aspen Words (a program of the Aspen Institute), and explore writing techniques that maximize a story’s impact and power. Then find a partner, exchange a meaningful or transformative story about an experience as an educator, and write each other’s story as if it were your own using the first-person narrative voice: the very powerful “I.” After sharing the written stories as a group, discuss how these practices can increase empathy in your schools. www.aspenwords.org

Facilitators
RP

Renee Prince

Aspen Words



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Salon C

1:15pm

SpaceLab Lounge
Drop by this space and stay as long as you want. This is an environment to gather and discuss ideas, collaborate, or do individual work.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

1:15pm

How can design thinking transform problem-solving and help us deepen learning? An introduction to the tools and mindsets.
Limited Capacity filling up

Across the nation, design thinking is being used by educators, school and district leaders, and school designers as a powerful process and set of tools that ignite user-centered innovation in learning and teaching for students and educators. Participants will be guided through each stage of the design thinking process and will introduce and model key design thinking mindsets. To model approaching challenges with a “beginners mindset,” the design challenge we will explore will come from outside of education, which will allow participant to fully engage with the new process and skills without being harnessed to the current constraints.

Facilitators
avatar for Paul Beck

Paul Beck

Manager, Next Generation Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Assistant Principal/Google Ninja, Boulder Valley School District
I am a practicing school leader with a thirst for social change, equity, hard work, and knowledge. I am also a committed professional dedicated to the field of education and the belief that every student can succeed. Ed Tech and being innovative in our approach and practice is exciting to me, and I am psyched to be in a position to learn, share, and grow in my ever-increasing community!



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 1

1:15pm

The Playground
Use the power of play at the Playground to tap into your curiosity! Bonus — attend half-hour classroom sessions held in the Playground on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Explore how the power of play at OhHeckYeah strengthens the social, economic, and physical fabric of places. OhHeckYeah is a public-benefit corporation that transforms spaces into street arcades. Also check out OhHeckYeah’s morning breakout session on Tuesday — How can creative placemaking be used as a tool for learning?) ohheckyeah.com

Delve into a giant map of Colorado created by the National Geographic Society Education Foundations. Members of the Colorado Geographic Alliance National Geographic (COGA) visit schools, libraries, and museums to share giant state maps. See how a giant map can encourage learning through movement and games that teach place names, physical and cultural geography, and map-reading skills. Learn about our state’s natural features, national parks, historical sites, and physical landscape. uccs.edu/~coga

See how the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) Colorado helps you incorporate affordable, everyday objects into hands-on learning. Students tinker, design, create, and communicate together — and learn from trial and error. RAFT is a low-cost membership association that turns donated materials into meaningful learning experiences. Also check out RAFT’s morning breakout session on Tuesday — How can educators use MakerSpaces and Design/Build challenges to enhance inquiry-based learning? raftcolorado.org

Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

2:00pm

What are geospatial information systems and how can educators use them to support student learning?
Use the giant map of Colorado to develop a definition of geographic information systems (GIS), understand how information from GIS is used in maps, and discover how we use GIS in daily life. At the Playground.

Facilitators
avatar for Rebecca Theobald​​

Rebecca Theobald​​

Coordinator / Assistant Research Professor, Colorado Geographic Alliance


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

2:45pm

How can MakerSpaces be used to bolster curriculum?
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore MakerSpaces and how to add them to your classroom. MakerSpaces are places for hands-on learning. They don’t require lots of time or space to be useful, and they don’t need to be expensive to be powerful. At the Playground.

Facilitators
avatar for Chris DeKay

Chris DeKay

Program Director, RAFT Colorado
Chris started preparing for his Chief Re-Imagineer job when he was a six-year-old “garage floor scientist,” gradually developing into a “MacGyver of education”! Chris has enjoyed teaching students and working with a wide variety of teachers at the Teton Science Schools, Keystone Science School, and the Thorne Nature Experience, using anything nature has to offer to spontaneously engage students in learning. Chris has a double major in... Read More →
NH

Nick Haag

Ramblin' Re-Imagineer, RAFT Colorado
SW

Stephanie Welsh

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)


Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

3:00pm

How can school leaders create personalized professional learning pathways for teachers?
Limited Capacity filling up

Take the road less traveled and explore new pathways to professional learning! Hear how Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado, used teacher feedback to create 29 new alternatives for development by shifting professional learning to teacher passions for continual growth. Learn about the model that was developed to create the 29 pathways, the expectations of the facilitators and teachers, methods they used to incorporate this new learning in daily classroom practice, and communication and feedback gathered after the first year of implementation.

Facilitators
JC

Jeri Crispe

Director of Secondary Education, Thompson School District
CW

Carmen Williams

Director ProfessionalLearning and Assessment, Thompson R2-J



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Overlook

3:00pm

How can teachers use technology to enable learning by blending teacher-led instruction and technology-enabled instruction?
Limited Capacity seats available

Facilitators
avatar for Kevin Croghan

Kevin Croghan

Site Director for Blended Learning & Learning Environments at Grant Beacon Middle School, Denver Public Schools
Champion


Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cathedral Peak

3:00pm

What are counter narratives and how can we use them to empower students from an equity perspective?
Limited Capacity full

Dig deeper into students’ need to belong, particularly students who have experienced trauma or perceive they don’t fit the dominant cultural narrative within their school community. Understand the importance of creating a culture of belonging and acceptance, particularly for students who perceive that their identity doesn’t match what is perceived as desirable, successful, powerful, or normal. Examine the effect of trauma and marginalization on learning. Then see the power that educators can wield when they intentionally create effective counter narratives to engage their most reluctant learners.

Facilitators
FF

Finessa Ferrell

Director - Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 2

3:00pm

How can Skillful enhance students’ career exploration?
Limited Capacity seats available

Reach for the stars! That’s the message we give students who use Skillful to explore unlimited career opportunities. Skillful, a collaborative effort of the Markle Foundation, LinkedIn, edX, and the State of Colorado, offers a powerful set of online tools and in-person support to connect job seekers, educators, and employers in advanced manufacturing and information technology sectors. Share Skillful with students to redirect their focus on key skills and training needed rather than just degrees and certificates.

Facilitators
WN

Wendy Nkomo

COO, Colorado Technology Association



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

3:00pm

How do I use technology to spark curiosity of learning from my students?
Limited Capacity full

Explore new technology to create innovative and purposeful learning opportunities for students. During this interactive session, discover technology tools that will help students master current literacy demands outlined in the standards. Learn about specific technology tools, tips, and tricks that support reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the classroom and in each of the four Literacy Design Collaborative clusters (preparing for the task, reading process, transition to writing, and writing process).
Note: To maximize your learning experience, please bring your computer to this session.

Facilitators
avatar for Erin Coker

Erin Coker

Content Literacy Partner, Denver Public Schools
Erin supports teachers with integrating disciplinary literacy into their daily instruction. Erin believes wholeheartedly that teaching literacy skills is an integral component of college and career readiness in the 21st century. Prior to working as a Content Literacy Partner, Erin worked as a literacy coach and science teacher. Erin began her teaching career in education when she was selected to be a Denver Teaching Fellow in 2008. In her spare... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon E

3:00pm

How do rural schools offer course options and college readiness?
Limited Capacity seats available

Look beyond the barriers and create an Advanced Placement (AP) program unique to your school. Build on the knowledge gained by Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado, whose school leadership was committed to creating a rigorous AP program despite the lack of traditional grants and funding, and without financial support from CEI’s Colorado Legacy Schools program. See how Moffat County school leaders, working with thought partners from around the state, developed AP coursework to increase rigor and postsecondary outcomes in this rural community.

Facilitators
KM

Kelly McCormick

Facilitator, Moffat County RE:NO 1



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon D

4:30pm

Rooftop Happy Hour and Photo Booth
Join fellow curiosity seekers for a fun social gathering to celebrate and share your learning over a signature cocktail, beer or glass of wine. You will even have the chance to get your photo taken with friends, share a wondering, and act silly in our photo booth! Light snacks will also be served. After this reception, participants are encouraged to continue their learning experience by attending a screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" beginning at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Daly Ballroom.

Tuesday June 14, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Garden Terrace

6:00pm

“Most Likely to Succeed” Film Screening
See the provocative 90-minute documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” about High Tech High, a San Diego charter school intentionally designed so teachers and students get time, space, and resources to innovate. EdWeek’s review says, “As a conversation starter, Most Likely is among the best edu-documentaries ever produced.” While thousands of innovations are possible in public education, access to resources that make innovation possible can be challenging. CEI believes there are no silver bullets or one-size-fits-all solutions when tackling challenges in education. The thought-provoking story of High Tech High — including teachers as designers and meaningful adult-student connections — presents one perspective to address some of our most entrenched challenges facing educators today. Should it be replicated? What other innovative models should be scaled? See the film and join the conversation. mltsfilm.org

Tuesday June 14, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom
 
Wednesday, June 15
 

TBA

Community Art Project — Moments That Matter
Education, like life, is a series of moments. As we look back, it is not the day-to-day minutiae we remember, but rather those individual moments that truly mattered. As educators, we are lucky enough to have a wealth of these moments — students finally grasping something they struggled with, former students coming back to tell us how much we inspired them, making a connection with a child who truly needed a friend, seeing kids facing adversity rise above and succeed, and so much more! These moments make us rich, even when our paychecks don’t. Now is your chance to share these moments with others with this Moments That Matter mosaic in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. Choose a moment in your career or in your own education that highlights the awesome power of learning and the amazing influence teachers have on society. With nothing more than a CD case, a piece of paper, markers, and your memories, you can inspire others and help to remind all of us why we got into education in the first place! raftcolorado.org

Wednesday June 15, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

Wonder Wall
What are you most curious about? What have you learned during the 2016 CEI Showcase that you want to explore further? What do you want to share or dive deeper into? Grab an “I Wonder…” card and leave your ideas on the Wonder Wall in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. At the same time, visit the wall to both spark your curiosity and see what others are wondering about in their own practice. We will use these wonderings to help jumpstart brainstorming at EdCamp during the morning breakout sessions on Thursday.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

2016 Showcase Information Table
The 2016 Showcase Information Booth will be open to answer any questions you have about your experience. Also visit the Wonder Wall which is across from the Information Booth.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

6:30am

Morning Wellness: Hike Club
Kick off your days with some cardio. Join your colleagues before breakfast on Wednesday to explore some of the hiking trails accessible from Snowmass Village. Meet by 6:20 a.m. the 2016 CEI Showcase registration and information table located in the lobby of the Westin Snowmass Conference Center.

CEI Staff
avatar for Angela Toney

Angela Toney

Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Christine Williams

Christine Williams

Smart Source Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative
Christine Williams joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2015 as a coordinator of Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source, which aims to streamline the assessment of school health policy and practice. In this position, Christine organizes project-related activities including administration of the Smart Source tool, communication with school and district personnel, and data management. Christine also provides administrative support for... Read More →

Wednesday June 15, 2016 6:30am - 7:30am
Westin Conference Center

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am
Garden Terrace

9:00am

10:30am

Do educators have a duty to protect?
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the Impact of SB213: The Claire Davis Act and School Safety — What You Need To Know
Get up to speed on this new legislation and its effect on school safety. During this overview, learn about this law’s overall impact on public schools and educators as well as the work that continues to shape its implementation. Discover the role that school climate and culture play in maintaining a positive school environment.

Facilitators
FF

Finessa Ferrell

Director - Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Mike Gradoz

Mike Gradoz

Senior Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Mike Gradoz joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2013 as a director in Professional Learning. He works closely with school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES) to implement the state’s system of evaluation and support for licensed personnel. In addition, Mike provides ongoing support for implementing the Colorado Academic Standards and CEI initiatives. | | Before joining CEI, Mike was the director of... Read More →
DO

David Olson

General Counsel, CSDSIP



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon A

10:30am

How can competency-based learning ensure equity?
Limited Capacity seats available

Create a classroom where all students excel! During this session, focus on the rationale for and critical elements of an effective competency‐based teaching and learning system, which believes that all students can learn if educators clarify learning goals, personalize assessment and instruction, and understand that students will learn in different ways and at different times. Then engage in activities that address equity through these principles. Examine an array of resources that identify entry points for transitioning to a competency‐based system.

Facilitators
avatar for Ted Hall

Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking
avatar for Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
After 15 years in education, Angela joined the Great Schools Partnership as a Senior Associate and spent time coaching in Maine schools and supporting the development of tools and resources for proficiency-based learning systems. Angela currently supports the coordination of the League of Innovative Schools and co-directs the NextGen Personalized Learning initiative. She continues to coach in Maine and support the team of Senior Associates as... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kesselheim

Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My colleagues and I have been providing training and technical support in Competency-based Education this year to a cohort of Colorado schools and districts.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

10:30am

How can creative placemaking be used as a tool for learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Help students develop the skills to succeed in tomorrow’s job market. Explore ways to incorporate the arts and design activities of creative placemaking in a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) based curriculum to build public, private, nonprofit, and community partnerships. Collaborate with other session participants to develop a creative placemaking project that can be brought back to your classroom, playground, or community.

Facilitators
avatar for Brian Corrigan

Brian Corrigan

Founder + Director, OhHeckYeah
Lover of Art, Culture, Design, Technology and Places.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon B

10:30am

How can health and wellness further academic achievement?
Limited Capacity seats available

Healthy students = academic success. It’s a winning formula! Explore the connection between health and learning: improved concentration, increased attendance and engagement, and higher test scores. Listen as [NAME], superintendent of Healthy School Champion Lake County School District, shares tips for quickly implementing best practices in physical activity, nutrition, school health services, and behavioral health.

Facilitators
AD

Amy Dyett

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Amy Dyett, MAT, is the Director of Health and Wellness. She is guiding work in Colorado to align resources and efforts in schools to make a long lasting impact on student and staff health. 
KQ

Kerri Quinlan

Health and Wellness Coordinator, Lake County R-1
The issues that affect me most in my work are: health access, rural healthcare and rural education, fundraising, behavioral health, volunteer coordination and community partnerships. In our small community, we do a lot of grassroots work to create better health outcomes for youth and adults.
DW

Dr. Wendy Wyman

Lake County School District



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook

10:30am

How can schools weave social-emotional learning into rigorous coursework to increase equitable outcomes?
Limited Capacity seats available

Close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Join an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) instructor and her Advanced Placement (AP) English language and composition colleague as they discuss the students who are the most overlooked in AP programs throughout the country. Learn how AP teachers are partnering with AVID leaders on their campuses to break down the barriers to AP enrollment and provide wraparound supports to offer equitable success in AP coursework. Discover ways they have partnered to increase equitable access for historically underrepresented students, the results from the implementation of this recruitment approach, and best practices for utilizing AVID to support AP instruction.

Facilitators
JH

Jen Harkness

Teacher Leader, Denver County 1
avatar for Greg Hessee

Greg Hessee

Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Rigor and Equity, Equity and Rigor. I run a program that dramatically increases the number and diversity of students graduating college-ready in the state of Colorado by increasing access to and success in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. These students succeed NOT because AP is some magical curriculum, but because their teachers use AP as a vehicle to transform students' beliefs about who they are and can be.
MR

Michelle Rosen

AVID Teacher, GWHS



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cathedral Peak

10:30am

How can teachers get students talking about math?
Limited Capacity filling up

See why the days of silent math classrooms are a thing of the past! More than ever before, students need to talk to each other about math and explain their reasoning. Explore the Math Design Collaborative’s suite of resources that are helping teachers across Colorado develop students’ mathematical reasoning and ability to engage in discourse about math. Implement on Day 1 of the next school year — your math classroom will never look or sound the same!

Facilitators
MK

Matt Keefauver

Math Teacher, Cortez Middle School
I have been a teacher for 21 years at a variety of grade levels and content areas. I prefer to teaching middle school mathematics. I started my career in Buena Vista, Colorado and then moved to Cortez, Colorado in 2006.
avatar for Jaren Smith

Jaren Smith

Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools, The Colorado Education Initiative
I work with the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative where I support 45 schools across the state to increase the number and diversity of students taking and succeeding in AP Calculus, AP Statistics and AP Computer Science courses. I've taught math at both the secondary and post-secondary level and love getting my hands dirty thinking about and solving interesting math puzzles.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon C

10:30am

How can time and talent be used more effectively in competency-based schools using the PLUS staffing model?
Limited Capacity seats available

Rethink your school schedule and staffing model! Learn how educators at Ranum Middle School in Westminster Public Schools reconfigured its staffing to a PLUS model to support personalized learning, teacher collaboration, and development of nonacademic competencies in a competency-based environment. Hear details and lessons learned about implementing PLUS, as well as the impact it has had on professional development for all staff as well as the student curriculum.

Facilitators
SW

Shannon Willy

Principal, Ranum Middle School



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

10:30am

How do educators move toward a guaranteed viable curriculum in a competency-based system?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join educators from Westminster Public Schools (WPS) as they share best practices for implementing a competency-based education system. Learn about the new curriculum structure created by WPS that records and reports student learning flexibly over multiple years. Get hands-on experience with the WPS Proficiency Scales and Learning Progressions that record student learning progress. Learn about the collaborative development of these tools, how educators are using them to design learning experiences and track student progress, lessons learned during the first year of implementation, and opportunities for value-added partnerships among districts moving forward.

Facilitators
avatar for Jeni Gotto

Jeni Gotto

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Westminster Public Schools
avatar for Dr. Oliver Grenham

Dr. Oliver Grenham

Chief Education Officer, Westminster Public Schools
My main interest and responsibility is implementing a Learner-centered, Competency Based Educational System ranging from preschool through high school in Westminster Public Schools (WPS). The system allows learners to navigate flexibly through schooling based on demonstrated performance. Learners can move to the next performance level in any content area at any time during the school year thus breaking the traditional time based grade level... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon E

10:30am

How can educators create a culture of continuous improvement on lessons within their teaching practice?
Limited Capacity full

Take the mundane out of teaching! Cultivate a team of educators who are continuously learning about their craft and practice. Discuss the challenges of creating a culture that supports continuous improvement. Then observe a lesson for a hands-on opportunity to enhance standard teacher evaluation practices with helpful and meaningful feedback.

Facilitators
TW

Tony Wagner

Keynote Speaker, Harvard University Innovation Lab



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon D

10:30am

How can educators use nonacademic data to improve student outcomes? (Pt 2 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Uncover strategies for using nonacademic data to address student needs in your schools and classrooms. During networking roundtables, build on the information gathered in the first session and gather feedback from content experts and educators about the Colorado Student Perception Survey, Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source, Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, non-cognitive/social-emotional learning tools, school climate surveys, and more.

Note: Participants are highly encouraged to attend Part I, where you’ll learn about different nonacademic measures and hear from educators using these tools.


Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes

Manager, Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Sarah joined CEI in 2014 as a manager on the Research and Impact team. She is currently helping to lead a small non-academic metrics pilot with 9 schools and two districts in Colorado through CEI's Next Generation Learning work. At CEI she also helps schools and districts use the Student Perception Survey and Teacher Perception Survey, manages data reporting for the Colorado MLI, and has led the analysis efforts for the Accelerator Project... Read More →
avatar for Karen Herbert

Karen Herbert

Director of Professional Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative
Karen Herbert joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2015 as a director in Professional Learning. She leads the Data Design Network in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education. In this work, she supports districts in building capacity to design and use assessment and educator effectiveness data systems to drive improvements in student learning. | | Before joining CEI, Karen worked for Denver Public Schools, where... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 2

12:00pm

Book Signing with Keynote Speaker Dr. Tony Wagner
Meet Wednesday’s keynote speaker Tony Wagner! Copies of his co-authored book “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era” will be for sale. Thanks to Explore Booksellers, 221 E. Main St., Aspen.

(Also check out Tony’s morning breakout session after his keynote on Wednesday — How can educators create a culture of continuous improvement on lessons within their teaching practice?)

Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:35pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

12:00pm

SpaceLab Lunch Meet-Ups
Limited Capacity seats available

Join an informal gathering during lunch for a discussion with other attendees who are interested in specific topics.

School Retool: How can we hack our schools towards deeper learning?
Paul Beck

Professional Development: How can you build on people's strengths to create rock-star employees?
Lisa Smith 

Fundraising: What are some creative ways that schools and teachers are raising money to support their efforts?

  Danielle Otsuka

 


Facilitators
avatar for Paul Beck

Paul Beck

Manager, Next Generation Learning, The Colorado Education Initiative

CEI Staff
avatar for Danielle Otsuka

Danielle Otsuka

Development Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Senior Director of HR and Talent Development, The Colorado Education Initiative
The power of "thank you's" in retaining top employees, creating a recognition culture in the workplace, rewarding employees--even in lean times, or building on people's strengths to create rock star employees

Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Terrace

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Garden Terrace

12:00pm

How can educators use personal storytelling to build empathy in schools? (Pt 2 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Capture the power of storytelling to nurture empathy and curiosity. Join STORY SWAP, an empathy “laboratory” hosted by Aspen Words (a program of the Aspen Institute), and explore writing techniques that maximize a story’s impact and power. Then find a partner, exchange a meaningful or transformative story about an experience as an educator, and write each other’s story as if it were your own using the first-person narrative voice: the very powerful “I.” After sharing the written stories as a group, discuss how these practices can increase empathy in your schools. www.aspenwords.org

Facilitators
RP

Renee Prince

Aspen Words



Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon C

12:00pm

How can stories from the grave bring life to the classroom?
Limited Capacity full

Bone up on the exciting lives of those who lay at rest in Red Butte Cemetery, the century-old graveyard in Aspen, Colorado, that is home to many former pillars of the community whose influence helped create this mountain town. See first-hand how the Aspen Historical Society preserves and presents Aspen's local history in inspiring and provocative ways. Collaborate with other educators to unearth innovative ways to use these stories as well as stories from your own community to bring local history to life in your classroom.

Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes

Manager, Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Sarah joined CEI in 2014 as a manager on the Research and Impact team. She is currently helping to lead a small non-academic metrics pilot with 9 schools and two districts in Colorado through CEI's Next Generation Learning work. At CEI she also helps schools and districts use the Student Perception Survey and Teacher Perception Survey, manages data reporting for the Colorado MLI, and has led the analysis efforts for the Accelerator Project... Read More →
avatar for Greg Hessee

Greg Hessee

Director, The Colorado Education Initiative
Rigor and Equity, Equity and Rigor. I run a program that dramatically increases the number and diversity of students graduating college-ready in the state of Colorado by increasing access to and success in Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. These students succeed NOT because AP is some magical curriculum, but because their teachers use AP as a vehicle to transform students' beliefs about who they are and can be.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cathedral Peak

12:00pm

What do nature’s hidden wonders teach us about education?
Limited Capacity filling up

Take a hike and a lesson from nature. Learn how hands-on exploration in nature can enhance the traditional classroom experience as well as student and educator curiosity. Join Arin Trook, education director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and Carey Favaloro, ACES naturalist, on a 3.5-mile nature walk through beautiful and varied terrain in Snowmass, Colorado. Take in the local flora and fauna while learning innovative techniques for incorporating natural exploration into a traditional academic experience.

Note: Extensive hiking experience not necessary; sneakers or sturdy shoes encouraged.

Facilitators
CF

Carey Favaloro

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
AT

Arin Trook

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
Arin Trook is the Education Director of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES.) A life-long educator and ecologist, the roots of Arin’s yoga teaching run deep in the wild landscapes of the world. In addition to running ACES’ children’s programs, Arin is also the co-founder of the WildYoga teacher training program (RYS200) in Yosemite, CA, the first outdoor/nature-based training program in the country. Arin has studied... Read More →

CEI Staff
YC

Yee-Ann Cho

Senior Vice President, The Colorado Education Initiative


Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

How can schools build life skills and academic skills in their students?
Limited Capacity full

Learn and share how educators are addressing all the competencies — academic and nonacademic — that students need to be successful in school and life. This core conversation is an opportunity for educators to discuss how they are overcoming the pressure to focus only on academics and instead targeting the whole child. Offer up and take in strategies and skills that your schools use to address the barriers and challenges to prioritizing social-emotional, entrepreneurial, or professional competencies in your schools. Come prepared to share your experiences!


Facilitators
HC

Heather Chikoore

Manager, Research and Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Lisa Powers

Lisa Powers

Project Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative
Lisa Powers joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2014 as a coordinator in the Project Management Office where she provides logistical support for CEI initiatives. Lisa works primarily with the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative, managing program data, providing technical support to partner schools, tracking financials, and coordinating meetings and events. | | Previously, Lisa was an intern with CEI and helped with a variety... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Cirque Boardroom

1:15pm

Colorado STEM Design Challenge: How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world? (Pt 2 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChoose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school English in New York City public schools for seven years, including two years as a Teach for America corps member. During his teaching career, Walter utilized... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
The Overlook

1:15pm

Films & Talks That Spark Curiosity
Limited Capacity seats available

View a relevant moving film or film clip in the conference center’s movie theater. Be part of a stimulating conversation.


Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

1:15pm

How can educators spark the learning brain?
Limited Capacity full

Add a new tool to the learning process: Play! Get the latest research about the brain as it relates to student learning, including the importance of play, novelty, and timing. Address the student brain with a hands-on approach, and watch creativity and innovation soar in the classroom!

Facilitators
CS

Chris Strater

Physical Educator, Aurora Public Schools
Chris Strater is in her 28th year of teaching in Aurora Public Schools as a Physical Education Specialist, where she has served on PE Advisory and many curriculum revision committees. Chris has testified before both the Colorado House and Colorado Senate Educational Committees on bills pertaining to Physical Education. She was a member of the 2009 rewrite for Colorado Physical Education Standards and also worked on Physical Education Curriculum... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Salon C

1:15pm

How can educators use yoga and mindfulness in the classroom?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on specific techniques that teachers can use to create a more mindful learning and working environment. Participants will be presented with information on the benefits a mindful practice has on coping with stress and improving focus along with hands-on activities including yoga poses, meditation, and journaling that cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness and concentration.

Facilitators
LL

Lauren LaComb

Staff Wellness Program Manager, Douglas County School District
AW

Andrea Willis

Staff Wellness Program Manager, Jefferson County R-1



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

How can micro-credentials and digital badges change the way we communicate student and teacher learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

New tools, new look! Let micro-credentials and digital badges reveal the true nature of students’ and teachers’ skills and abilities—information that is often invisible on transcripts and resumes. Get up to speed with these tools, which will play an increasing role in connecting Colorado employers with skilled workers. Hear about two promising approaches that educators are using for both student and teacher learning. Come prepared to design a micro-credential and earn a badge!

Facilitators
avatar for Noah Geisel

Noah Geisel

Idea Man, Verses Educaton
Educational Technology. Blended Learning. Digital Badges. Authentic Resources. Professional Development. @SenorG on the twitter. www.verseseducation.com
avatar for Lori Nazareno

Lori Nazareno

School Redesign, Center for Teaching Quality



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Alpine Springs 1

1:15pm

SpaceLab Lounge
Drop by this space and stay as long as you want. This is an environment to gather and discuss ideas, collaborate, or do individual work.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

1:15pm

How might we leverage empathy building and a hack mindset to propel school transformation?
Limited Capacity filling up

Empathy building pushes problem solvers to better understand root causes, resulting in more thoughtful innovation and change efforts. Hacking is an approach to change that is founded on three mindsets: bias to action, failing forward to learn, and starting small. <br /> Gain tangible skills for using empathy and hacking to support personalized learning, innovation, and school transformation. Apply these design thinking tools to solve sticky challenges and develop healthier students and classrooms.

Co-facilitated by CEI’s SpaceLab team and alumni from Colorado’s first cohort of School Retool, an innovative fellowship for school leaders.

Facilitators
avatar for Haydee Ayi-Bonte

Haydee Ayi-Bonte

AP of Instruction, STRIVE Preparatory Schools
Design thinking, Hack mindset, 21st Century Skill building, Standards based grading, No zeros, Urban education....African Dance, Gardening, my 3 1/2 year old son.
avatar for Tara Jahn

Tara Jahn

Senior Manager, The Colorado Education Initiative
Tara Jahn joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2011 as an associate in Next Generation Learning and Colorado’s TIME Collaborative. Tara works to ignite innovation at CEI by leading the organization’s design thinking projects and events.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 2

1:15pm

How can my 'Smart Source' data be used to bolster my school's health efforts?
Limited Capacity seats available

Fuel your school health efforts by joining Smart Source staff in this highly interactive training that will help schools identify needs and determine priorities based on their Smart Source results. Learn more about Smart Source and its overall utility. Reflect on the health policies and best practices already in place at your school to see how they compare with other schools. Get feedback about your Smart Source data and use it along with other resources to develop new strategies for your school.

Facilitators
avatar for Andrea Pulskamp

Andrea Pulskamp

Senior Manager, Health and Wellness Initiative, Colorado Education Initiative
Andrea Pulskamp serves as the Manager of Initiatives in the Health and Wellness Unit and is currently overseeing the Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source project to coordinate the collection of school-level health and wellness data in Colorado. Prior to her work at the Colorado Education Initiative, Andrea oversaw the implementation of the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, as part of a contract with the Colorado Department of Education. Throughout... Read More →
avatar for Angela Toney

Angela Toney

Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative
avatar for Christine Williams

Christine Williams

Smart Source Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative
Christine Williams joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2015 as a coordinator of Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source, which aims to streamline the assessment of school health policy and practice. In this position, Christine organizes project-related activities including administration of the Smart Source tool, communication with school and district personnel, and data management. Christine also provides administrative support for... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Salon D

1:15pm

The Playground
Use the power of play at the Playground to tap into your curiosity! Bonus — attend half-hour classroom sessions held in the Playground on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Explore how the power of play at OhHeckYeah strengthens the social, economic, and physical fabric of places. OhHeckYeah is a public-benefit corporation that transforms spaces into street arcades. Also check out OhHeckYeah’s morning breakout session on Tuesday — How can creative placemaking be used as a tool for learning?) ohheckyeah.com

Delve into a giant map of Colorado created by the National Geographic Society Education Foundations. Members of the Colorado Geographic Alliance National Geographic (COGA) visit schools, libraries, and museums to share giant state maps. See how a giant map can encourage learning through movement and games that teach place names, physical and cultural geography, and map-reading skills. Learn about our state’s natural features, national parks, historical sites, and physical landscape. uccs.edu/~coga

See how the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) Colorado helps you incorporate affordable, everyday objects into hands-on learning. Students tinker, design, create, and communicate together — and learn from trial and error. RAFT is a low-cost membership association that turns donated materials into meaningful learning experiences. Also check out RAFT’s morning breakout session on Tuesday — How can educators use MakerSpaces and Design/Build challenges to enhance inquiry-based learning? raftcolorado.org

Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

2:00pm

How can maps help students understand scale and measuring distance?
Limited Capacity seats available

Use the giant map of Colorado to get a better understanding of scale — this can be challenging for learners of any age! Two maps with different scales will help you compare equal distances and practice using a scale bar. At the Playground.

Facilitators
avatar for Rebecca Theobald​​

Rebecca Theobald​​

Coordinator / Assistant Research Professor, Colorado Geographic Alliance


Wednesday June 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

2:45pm

How can upcycled hands-on learning be used to bolster curriculum?
Turn play into purposeful learning that’s aligned to academic standards. Explore how a little forethought can easily support hands-on instruction and nontraditional assessment. Creating and making are effective learning strategies — not just add-ons for students to do. At the Playground.

Facilitators
avatar for Chris DeKay

Chris DeKay

Program Director, RAFT Colorado
Chris started preparing for his Chief Re-Imagineer job when he was a six-year-old “garage floor scientist,” gradually developing into a “MacGyver of education”! Chris has enjoyed teaching students and working with a wide variety of teachers at the Teton Science Schools, Keystone Science School, and the Thorne Nature Experience, using anything nature has to offer to spontaneously engage students in learning. Chris has a double major in... Read More →
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Nick Haag

Ramblin' Re-Imagineer, RAFT Colorado
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Stephanie Welsh

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)


Wednesday June 15, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

3:00pm

How can educators design a learning culture to begin the transformation to a performance-based learning system?
Limited Capacity full

Discover how culture and climate can change the way people look at learning and communicate with one another. Experience the facilitators’ journey as they share lessons learned from building awareness and understanding of a performance-based learning system with transparency at all levels. Explore the design thinking tools and steps they used to build a learner-centered culture, which focuses on mindsets, dispositions, and social-emotional learning. Connect with colleagues during this session to continue the conversation after the conference.

Facilitators
avatar for Leigh Grasso

Leigh Grasso

Mesa 51 School District
avatar for Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles

Executive Director Performance Based Systems, Mesa County Valley 51
Youth Enthusiast and Youth Advocate. | @akrebecca | As educators, we get to help students become leaders of their own life by developing a strong sense of self, as well as the ability to advocate for personal pursuits.



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon C

3:00pm

How might we use MDC in our school or district?
Limited Capacity seats available

The Math Design Collaborative (MDC) is a suite of tools and resources that allow students and teachers tap real-life experiences to make sense of math, solve problems, and use dialogue and conversation to explore mathematical reasoning. In this session, learn about different approaches being explored across Colorado and consider how you might use MDC in your own context.

Room Monitors
avatar for Amy Spicer

Amy Spicer

Director of Professional Learning, Colorado Education Initiative

Facilitators
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Matt Keefauver

Math Teacher, Cortez Middle School
I have been a teacher for 21 years at a variety of grade levels and content areas. I prefer to teaching middle school mathematics. I started my career in Buena Vista, Colorado and then moved to Cortez, Colorado in 2006.
avatar for Jaren Smith

Jaren Smith

Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools, The Colorado Education Initiative
I work with the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative where I support 45 schools across the state to increase the number and diversity of students taking and succeeding in AP Calculus, AP Statistics and AP Computer Science courses. I've taught math at both the secondary and post-secondary level and love getting my hands dirty thinking about and solving interesting math puzzles.
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Liz Zitterkopf

K-5 Math Instructional Coach, Mesa County Valley 51



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

3:00pm

If Advisory is so great, why do teachers and students hate it?
Limited Capacity filling up

If you are like many schools in Colorado, you have an Advisory now that doesn’t work, used to have an Advisory that no one wants to bring back or you are overwhelmed by the long list of student needs—ICAP, grade checks, homework help, social emotional skills, 21st century skills, positive relationships, college applications just to name a few—that beg for some kind of carved-out time in your school day to address.  If this sounds like what you’re facing, take advantage of this unique opportunity to talk through your Advisory plans and challenge areas with two people who have done this work on the ground.  Sean O’Donnell, principal of Pagosa Springs High School, and CEI’s Finessa Ferrell will be available during this 90-minute block to meet 1:1 with school teams or school administrators for 30 minutes each.

To take advantage of this opportunity,  build your personal schedule to include the entire 90 minute session time but sign up for a specific time slot (3:00, 3:30 or 4:00) at the main info booth at the Showcase.


Facilitators
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Finessa Ferrell

Director - Initiatives, The Colorado Education Initiative
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Sean O'Donnell

Principal, Pagosa Springs High School



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cathedral Peak

3:00pm

Got STEM? Does your STEM work? Want to show us?
Limited Capacity seats available

Get in the game! Create a logic model and evaluation plan to support your application to the Colorado STEMworks database, which is part of a national STEMworks database that identifies high-quality STEM programming. Get practical guidance from The Colorado Education Initiative Research and Impact team as well as STEMworks database members. Colorado is only one of three states to develop such a database of high-quality, proven programs. CEI partners with the Colorado Technology Association to administer the rigorous application process featuring local reviewers and a process validated by WestEd.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Overlook

3:00pm

3:00pm

How to ensure standards-based assessment tasks are designed to be intentional and focused?
Limited Capacity filling up

The quality and intentionality of an assessment task significantly impacts the quality of student results. In this session, participants will deepen their understanding of the 5 entry points of successful task design with an emphasis on using focus standard clusters. The focus standard cluster is the linchpin for task design and an area where many teachers struggle the most. The skill of writing an intentional, focused, and standards based assessment task is invaluable for teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders.

Facilitators
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Kimba Rael

H.S. Language Arts Teacher, Centennial R-1
avatar for Jayla Watje

Jayla Watje

Content Specialist, The Colorado Education Initiative



Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon E

4:30pm

Cantina and Cocktails Reception
Wondering how the conference could get even more fun? How about add in live music, a cantina and tequila bar, a photo booth, and new friends! Head down to Venga Venga in Snowmass Village to enjoy our beautiful weather over complimentary food and drink.

Wednesday June 15, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar
 
Thursday, June 16
 

TBA

Community Art Project — Moments That Matter
Education, like life, is a series of moments. As we look back, it is not the day-to-day minutiae we remember, but rather those individual moments that truly mattered. As educators, we are lucky enough to have a wealth of these moments — students finally grasping something they struggled with, former students coming back to tell us how much we inspired them, making a connection with a child who truly needed a friend, seeing kids facing adversity rise above and succeed, and so much more! These moments make us rich, even when our paychecks don’t. Now is your chance to share these moments with others with this Moments That Matter mosaic in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. Choose a moment in your career or in your own education that highlights the awesome power of learning and the amazing influence teachers have on society. With nothing more than a CD case, a piece of paper, markers, and your memories, you can inspire others and help to remind all of us why we got into education in the first place! raftcolorado.org

Thursday June 16, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

Wonder Wall
What are you most curious about? What have you learned during the 2016 CEI Showcase that you want to explore further? What do you want to share or dive deeper into? Grab an “I Wonder…” card and leave your ideas on the Wonder Wall in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby throughout the Showcase. At the same time, visit the wall to both spark your curiosity and see what others are wondering about in their own practice. We will use these wonderings to help jumpstart brainstorming at Edcamp during the morning breakout sessions on Thursday.

Thursday June 16, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

TBA

2016 Showcase Information Table
The 2016 Showcase Information Booth will be open to answer any questions you have about your experience. Also visit the Wonder Wall which is across from the Information Booth.

Thursday June 16, 2016 TBA
Westin Conference Center

6:30am

Morning Wellness: Yoga
Limited Capacity filling up

Harness the power of Om. Join your colleagues before breakfast on Tuesday and Thursday for instructor-led yoga by Erica Berens, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. Yoga mats are will be provided. Meet by 6:20 a.m. the 2016 CEI Showcase registration and information table located in the lobby of the Westin Snowmass Conference Center.

Thursday June 16, 2016 6:30am - 7:30am
Westin Conference Center

7:30am

Breakfast
Breakfast will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Thursday June 16, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am
Garden Terrace

9:00am

10:30am

Colorado STEM Design Challenge: How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world? (Pt 3 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChoose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school English in New York City public schools for seven years, including two years as a Teach for America corps member. During his teaching career, Walter utilized... Read More →



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook

10:30am

How can principals employ mindfulness strategies to realize personalized learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Principals unite! Recognize the role that you play in shepherding all stakeholders during the transition to competency‐based learning. Navigating the sometimes-challenging waters associated with this work requires moral courage, strong communication skills, and strategic thinking. Explore leadership mindfully during this session using text and case studies as well as reflection and discussion with other participants. Identify personal leadership strengths and challenges. Consider new ways to use key findings from positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness research to improve your efficacy as a leader. Then create next steps to implement mindfulness in your work.

Facilitators
avatar for Ted Hall

Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking
avatar for Angela Hardy

Angela Hardy

Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
After 15 years in education, Angela joined the Great Schools Partnership as a Senior Associate and spent time coaching in Maine schools and supporting the development of tools and resources for proficiency-based learning systems. Angela currently supports the coordination of the League of Innovative Schools and co-directs the NextGen Personalized Learning initiative. She continues to coach in Maine and support the team of Senior Associates as... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kesselheim

Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My colleagues and I have been providing training and technical support in Competency-based Education this year to a cohort of Colorado schools and districts.



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 1

10:30am

How does assessment literacy transform teaching and learning?
Limited Capacity seats available

Session participants will learn how one Colorado school district transformed their local assessment system by engaging district and school leaders with teachers to create a sustainable learning community that values formative assessment practices and co-creates common assessments. The session also provides educators access to CDE’s newest resource that supports the use of assessment for the purpose of guiding instruction and improving student achievement. CDE's Assessment Literacy Program's Professional Learning Modules seek to engage teachers, school and district leaders in deepening their assessment knowledge in the attributes of a coherent assessment system, interim and formative assessment practices. Session participants will be provided information about how to access support demonstrated by the model district as well as the opportunity to explore the online resources while planning with team members on next steps in the transformation of their local assessment system.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Landrum

Angela Landrum

Principal Consultant - Assessment, Colorado Department of Education



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium

10:30am

What are Colorado schools and districts doing with Competency-Based Systems?
Limited Capacity seats available

Need a fresh outlook? Get a wide range of perspectives about competency-based systems in Colorado during this thought-provoking discussion. Join panelists for an in-depth look at what brought them to a competency-based educational system, how they are implementing the new system, and what next steps they will introduce to transform their vision to action.

Facilitators
avatar for Christina Jean

Christina Jean

Director- Innovation and Choice, Colorado Department of Education



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cathedral Peak

10:30am

EdCamp
YOU help determine these sessions on Thursday morning. They are spontaneous, interactive, and responsive to your needs. Leave your ideas on the Wonder Wall in the Westin Snowmass Conference Center lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday, or bring them with you to Decamp

Facilitators
avatar for Kevin Croghan

Kevin Croghan

Site Director for Blended Learning & Learning Environments at Grant Beacon Middle School, Denver Public Schools
Champion


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mt. Daly Ballroom

10:30am

How can competency-based schools build and sustain learner-centered cultures?
Limited Capacity full

Explore ways to build and sustain learner-centered cultures that support competency-based teaching and learning environments. Partner with other participants to define learner-centered cultures and explore key questions and concepts about the role of culture in competency-based systems. Identify the skills needed to initiate, build, and sustain these environments among adults and students. Generate strategies and practices for schools to communicate the importance of these cultures in the community, and for the community to monitor whether the efforts are working. Get the tools, skills, and lessons learned from a school where these practices are alive and evolving.

Facilitators
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Michael Hayes

Director, Crestone Charter School



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 2

10:30am

How is reading and writing in science increasing understanding?
Limited Capacity filling up

Deepen content understanding in the science classroom through authentic reading and writing experiences. Dive into the science standards for literacy and explore how to use reading and writing as a tool for accessing complex science content in your classroom.

Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson

Content Literacy Partner, Denver County 1
Sarah Peterson, a Content Literacy Partner on Denver Public School’s Content Literacy Team, supports teachers in implementation of Common Core Standards into science and social studies classes. Sarah also assists in writing common LDC modules that are taught throughout the science classes in Denver. Prior to her role in Content Literacy, Sarah worked as a high school science teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sarah holds a B.S. in Immunology and... Read More →



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon C

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch will be served in the outside tents at the Garden Terrace. If the tents are too full, you are invited to head to Cathedral Peak where an overflow buffet line will be set-up.

Thursday June 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Garden Terrace