MILITARY & PROTECTIVE SERVICES EXPLORATION
WORKSHOPS GOING STRONG! 
COLUMBINE 
HIGH SCHOOL HOSTED FOR JEFFCO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES  

GSN partnered with Columbine High School to create a Military and
Protective Services Exploration Workshop for their students as well as other Jefferson County Schools, including: Chatfield High School, Dakota Ridge High School, Conifer High School and Bear Creek High School.

Representatives from each branch of the military as well as members of local protective service education programs brought this opportunity to JeffCo students and families. Throughout the event, students explored various career and post-secondary education possibilities in the different military branches as well as careers in protective services careers (firefighting, EMT, police, etc.). Sergeant Joseph Right, U.S. Army, expressed the importance of this event, "These opportunities weren't around when I was in school. Knowing that there are options is very important to your future success. The Army paid for my schooling and now I have a Bachelor's degree in Communications."

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Major Renae Binstock, U.S. Army Reserves about her military career. Parents were invited to shadow their children throughout the event and speak with  Blue Star Mothers,  who have firsthand knowledge of having a child in the military.
 
Check out a video of the event here. And the article from the Columbine Courier here .
 
If your school/district is interested in hosting a Military & Protective Services Careers Exploration Workshop or your company is interested in sponsoring a workshop, please contact  Leslie Tjajadi.

Pictured: Students interact with military professionals! 

TWO PEAK READINESS EVENTS FOR BROOKLYN GENERATION SCHOOL STUDENTS CREATE FUTURE FOCUS! 
INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION WELCOME STUDENTS

Resume review, mock interviews and networking support were the order of the day on March 22nd, as Generation Schools Network hosted a career readiness event at Brooklyn Generation School. 

The day consisted of professionals from a variety of industries helping 12th graders with resumes, interview skills and sharing their own inspirational stories of struggle and triumph via a panel facilitated by Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt. Participating volunteers hailed from Franklin Templeton Investments, Department of the Aging, and the fashion clothing brands, Bally and Fendi.

Meet the Builders was the order of the day for the March 29th Peak Readiness event at the Department of Design & Construction! In addition to hearing about the projects of three professionals, the students also participated in engineering activities, which tested their 21st century skills to collaborate, problem solve, and think critically at a rapid pace!

In a panel discussion to question the professionals, the BGS juniors and seniors learned about projects they have worked on and how they achieved success in their careers, including information on how to follow a similar career track. "There are excellent opportunities in the STEAM fields and we encourage students who participated today to consider careers in engineering, design, and architecture," said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. We look forward to seeing what is next for these emerging professionals! For more about our EvE (Education via Engagement) program, click here!

Pictured: DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora (center) with students from Brooklyn Generation School, and GSN's Claude Aska and Christon Harris, at the DDC's offices in Long Island City, Queens.


If your school/district is interested in Peak Readiness Events or your company is interested in hosting or participating, please contact  Leslie Tjajadi  or  Claude Aska .


COLORADO RURAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE (CREC) MEMBERSHIP SURGES TO 45 DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE!

The Colorado Rural Education Collaborative continues to gain momentum as a wave of new member Districts pushed membership to 45 Districts across the state! In the past month, we welcomed Telluride, Buffalo, Kit Carson, Monte Vista, Karval, Peyton and Buena Vista. The Genesis group work around Social Emotional Learning, teacher recruitment/retention, STEM, college/career readiness, teacher/leader efficacy, and student-centered accountability is underway! A Rural Summit will take place as part of the annual summer CASE pre-conference hosted by the CREC, CASE, the Colorado Rural Alliance, CDE, Colorado BOCES, and the Colorado Center for Rural Education. We are excited for the many opportunities that are coming up along with building stronger relationships and more partnerships throughout the state of Colorado as we continue to grow and make an impact!


ACCOMPLISHED NYC MURALIST VOLUNTEERS HIS EXPERTISE AT BGS! STUDENTS ENGAGE IN CREATING INSPIRATIONAL WALLS AT THEIR SCHOOL 

On March 13, 2017, experienced volunteer muralist, Dakotah West, began working with BGS students to create a new mural at the school. West has created more than 200 murals throughout New York City, with the vast majority of these murals being collaborations with youth. "I prefer to work with the ideas of the students instead of having them paint murals based on my own ideas," explained West. "Working with the ideas of the students creates instant buy-in."

The buy-in that Mr. West gets from students results in an efficient process for creating beautiful and meaningful school and community-based murals; efficiency is the operative word to describe his process. Mr. West spent only three Mondays at BGS (March 13, 20 and 27) to begin and complete the mural.

"The mural has already improved the atmosphere in our building," said Elodie Oriental, a senior at BGS. "It makes me feel even better about being at school." The mural is located in BGS's Community Room, a new addition last year. 

Pictured: Students at BGS work with artist Dakotah West to create a mural in their Community Room.


VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT:

Deb Miller joined our team in July of 2016 through the Taproot Foundation portal to help edit Elementary and Middle School Social and Emotional curricular units. She stayed on board with GSN for several months preparing for launch of the webstore where the units can now be purchased.

Deb is a recent transplant to New Mexico from Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a degree from Indiana University Northwest in History. Deb's employment background includes 15 years in specialty retail operations. She is currently learning cyber security while working for RiskSense, Inc. You can find Deb in her free time hanging out with her wife and two spoiled Chihuahuas in the beautiful New Mexico weather.

We thank Deb very much for her service and helping GSN to reach the important milestone of making our SEL units accessible!



UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 24th:
GSN's FIRST Webinar Series on SEL
Introduction to Advocacy at 10am MST
Encouraging Growth, Mindset, & Grit at 1pm MST
 
April 27th:
SOAR Collaborative LLC
Columbus, OH
Katie Peyton presents on Mindfulness and Mental Health
 
May 4th:
GSN's FIRST Webinar Series on SEL
Encouraging Growth, Mindset, & Grit at 10am MST
Introduction to Advocacy at 1pm MST
 
May 5th
Colorado League of Charter Schools First Annual Teacher Summit
Denver, CO
Katie Peyton and Melissa Muniz present on Growth Mindset and Grit



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