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Knowledge-Building Presentation [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 14


How can elementary schools convert an innovative vision into action?
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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.

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Julie Johnson

Teaching and Learning Coach, Colorado Springs School District 11
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Nicole Ottmer

Educator, The Difference @ Trailblazer Elementary

Denise Rubio-Gurnett

Principal, The Difference @ Trailblazer Elementary

Kaylee Vasquez

Educator, Trailblazer Elementary, Colorado Springs District 11

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


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.


Jen Harkness

Teacher Leader, Denver County 1
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Greg Hessee

Senior Director, Colorado Education Initiative

Michelle Rosen

AVID Teacher, GWHS

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


How can teachers get students talking about math?
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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!


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.
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Jaren Smith

Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools, The Colorado Education Initiative
Math Content Specialist - Colorado Legacy Schools

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