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Panel Presentation and Discussion [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 14


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.

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Christina Jean

Director- Innovation and Choice, Colorado Department of Education

Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Castle Peak Auditorium
Wednesday, June 15


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
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Amy Spicer

Senior Program Lead, Colorado Education Initiative
Workshop Presenter


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

Liz Zitterkopf

K-5 Math Instructional Coach, Mesa County Valley 51

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


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.

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Finessa Ferrell - CEI

Director, Health and Wellness, The Colorado Education Initiative
Finessa Ferrell joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2012 as a director in Health and Wellness. In this role, she oversees efforts in school climate change, equity, student behavioral health, and social-emotional learning.Before joining CEI, Finessa led the National Center... Read More →

Sean O'Donnell

Principal, Pagosa Springs High School

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