Colorado State University Innovation Lab Undertakes Third Party Evaluation of GSN's SEL/Advocacy Program!

The Innovation Lab from Colorado State University (CSU) recently conducted a fast-paced and productive retreat to begin the evaluation of GSN's SEL curriculum in four Colorado school districts. On June 13th and 14th, Westgate Community School, Bennett Elementary School, Primero School District, and Las Animas High School took part in the preparation work. Teachers, parents and student representatives gave their feedback on the implementation of Advocacy. GSN looks forward to work with CSU and the schools as we continue to take steps to expand the research base in support of our programming. Thanks to the Colorado Health Foundation for making the work possible!

Pictured: A teacher and student participate in the Innovation Lab brainstorming activity.

BGS Celebrates 2017 Commencement!

Brooklyn Generation School family, friends, and staff gathered at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University to celebrate the BGS Class of 2017 on June 27th. Students entered the theater in a dancing processional, followed by remarks from art teacher, Octavia James, parent coordinator Robin Simmons, and an inspiring and emotional send-off from principal Lydia Colon Bomani. Twin sisters, Ismaelle and Elodie Oriental, were awarded the highest honors of Valedictorian and Salutatorian and will be attending college at John Jay College and Hunter College. "It is extremely gratifying to see the pride and joy on the faces of these kids as they mark the milestone.  In the words of a GSN Board Member, "We can only speculate as to how they might have fared in a more traditional school, but my conclusion is that the GSN model helped them beat the odds and gave them a platform for success". Congratulations to the BGS Class of 2017!

Pictured: Ismaelle and Elodie Oriental celebrate their achievements.

GSN featured on radio conversation about Social Emotional Learning (SEL)! 

On June 20, 2017 Wendy Loloff Cooper, CEO and Leslie Tjajadi, Director of Whole Student Wellness were featured on board member Jose Silva's Metro Radio Show on 88.5FM/1390 AM. The conversation touched on the anti-bullying efforts that GSN is supporting in schools across the state, the importance of intentionally teaching SEL skills to help students thrive and ways to ensure every student receives support around post-secondary planning. Tune in here:


Pictured: Leslie Tjajadi prepares for conversation about SEL at Metro Radio with board member, Jose Silva.


GSN welcomes new Summer Associate VISTAs!

GSN is thrilled to welcome four new VISTAs to our Denver office for this summer! Sydney Ivey and Gail Weingart are working on completing GSN's College and Career Readiness curriculum as well as Introductory STEM curriculum. Rebekah Espinoza joins the team to help plan Military and Protective Services Exploration workshops, and is organizing internal protocols for the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative (CREC). Peter Bredenberg is contributing to research and implementation of GSN's Healthy Schools initiative as well as the Medical Pathways initiative in the South-Central Colorado BOCES.

Pictured: Sydney Ivey, Rebekah Espinoza, Gail Weingart, and Peter Bredenberg

In addition, we have four VISTAs that we have placed at partner sites! Jennie Lipson and Veronica Sandra Cruz are stationed at our partner site, Englewood School District! Jennie and Veronica are working on assisting with the district's K-12 summer program with an emphasis on STEM components. Charissa Samaniego and Ezra Coopersmith are stationed at another partner site, the Better Business Bureau. Charissa and Ezra are helping to alleviate poverty in low-income communities in Colorado by providing free accessible educational information & assistance to low income consumers utilizing the BBB Code of Advertising, Marketing, and FTC advertising guidelines and holding businesses accountable for their practices.   

July 24 - 7:15AM - 8:15AM
Breakfast with Dr. Rich Roberts
You're Invited to Breakfast with SEL Assessment Expert, Dr. Richard Roberts!
July 24 & 25
Rural Summit
Breckenridge, Colorado
For registration information, click here

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