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Skill-Building Workshop [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 14
 

10:30am

How can educators use MakerSpaces and design/build challenges to enhance inquiry-based learning?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

Education Director, Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)
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... Read More →
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Nick Haag

Re-Imagineer Zero (Store Associate/Educational Coach), RAFT Colorado
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Stephanie Walsh

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
Manager, Research & Impact
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 supports educators in building capacity to gather and use a variety of data about students, educators, systems, and learning environments to drive continuous improvements... 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... 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 coaching partnerships are located in coastal and northern Maine, and in Colorado. Background includes MS science teaching, school administration, and field-based... Read More →



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
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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
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Dee Blecha

Regional Implementation Support Consultant, Colorado Department of Education
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Sed Keller

Assessment Implementation Specialist, Colorado Department of Education
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Melissa Meleason

Measures of Student Learning Specialist, Colorado Department of Education



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

1:15pm

How can schools use collaboration to amp up rigor for students and teachers?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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
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Sarah Duran

COO, Slope Research
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Michelle Logan

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

Amy Spicer

Senior Program Lead, Colorado Education Initiative
Workshop Presenter



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

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
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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
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

School Improvement Partner, Early College, Denver Public Schools



Tuesday June 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon E
 
Wednesday, June 15
 

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
Manager, Research & Impact
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 supports educators in building capacity to gather and use a variety of data about students, educators, systems, and learning environments to drive continuous improvements... Read More →



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

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
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Lauren LaComb

Staff Wellness Program Manager, Douglas County School District
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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, University of Colorado Denver
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

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 Christine Mulitauopele

Christine Mulitauopele

Community & School Specialist, Colorado School of Public Health
Christine (Williams) Mulitauopele joined the Colorado School of Public Health in 2018 as a Community and School Specialist, working specifically with Smart Source and Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. In this position, she supports the administration of both survey efforts and provides... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Pulskamp

Andrea Pulskamp

Senior Manager, Health and Wellness Initiative, The Colorado Education Initiative
Andrea Pulskamp is the Senior Project Manager at The Colorado Education Initiative overseeing Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source, an assessment and reporting system of school health policies and practices. Andrea has overseen the development and implementation of numerous data... Read More →
avatar for Angela Toney

Angela Toney

Coordinator, The Colorado Education Initiative



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

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
avatar for Finessa Ferrell

Finessa Ferrell

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 →
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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
 
Thursday, June 16
 

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
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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