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Colorado Education Highlights features the great work being done in Colorado at schools and districts, BOCES, and other education-related organizations. For more information, email CDE Communications

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Promising Practice: How St. Vrain Valley Schools built trailblazing STEM program

St. Vrain Valley Schools has taken impressive steps over the past nine years to implement a comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. Beginning at the earliest grades, students are exposed to STEM fields and encouraged to think about their interests and passions.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stories of Promising Practice: Grant Beacon Middle School

Despite demographics that cause many schools to struggle, Denver's Grant Beacon Middle School has prospered over the past years. Test scores have increased steadily, and the school has implemented a longer school day, a wealth of enrichment activities for its students, and a technology-rich, blended learning environment that includes a Chromebook laptop for every student. Find out how the school's innovation is leading to success.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In Fountain-Fort Carson, students learn in "walking classroom"

A Fountain-Fort Carson school is strengthening students' physical, mental and academic health with a "Walking Classroom."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stories of Promising Practice: Tavelli Elementary School

The Colorado Department of Education is highlighting success stories of teachers, students and administrators around the state in classrooms and schools through storytelling and videos in hopes that their experience can help others elevate their work. This is one of several such stories, looking at the success at Tavelli Elementary School in the Poudre Valley School District. Tavelli was once a struggling school that was quickly turned around to become a high achieving school.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How I convinced my staff that state standards and PARCC tests benefit kids

Lana Gardner, a principal of a rural Colorado school, pushed her staff to abandon textbook-based learning and embrace Colorado's academic standards and PARCC testing. Five years later, she says her staff is stronger and smarter and has a better grasp of content than ever before. Read her personal narrative that was first published in Chalkbeat and published with permission.

Monday, November 21, 2016