GSN has the privilege of supporting nine South Central BOCES Districts in meeting the needs of the 15% of their students who are facing the most significant challenges to complete their education. GSN helped the BOCES hire and train three itinerant Advocates who are on-site in each district 1-2 days per week. The major tasks for the advocates include supporting academic goal setting and monitoring, social emotional skill development, and family engagement. Districts and their Advocates achieved the following results in the 2015-2016 school year:
  • SC BOCES EARSS Program served 129 students; 70 referrals due to truancy
  • 6 students were not expelled due to Advocate support/intervening
  • 92 students' parents or families were served through direct contact with Advocates; 63 parents/guardians served reported improved ability to support their child's learning
  • Student supports and referrals were provided for GED services, rape counseling, judicial advocacy, family counseling and parent coaching among others. 
  • Work featured in the La Veta, CO Signature newspaper!  
GSN is privileged to also be supporting the San Louis Valley BOCES in their EARRS program in 2016-2017. GSN looks forward to helping the programs achieve both impact and sustainability. GSN is seeking funders to partner with the SC BOCES EARRS program to expand mental health and addiction counseling services and service 3 additional rural districts not covered by the grant.

EARSS Advocates Victoria Stone, Tracy Gegelman, and Shirley Tobin


See this link for more information. 

Six years after the launch of WGA by a team including GSN Founder Furman Brown and GSN CEO Wendy Piersee, WGA has its first graduating class!  These graduates dramatically improved what was a decade-long 40-50% graduation rate to one that will fall between 65-74% exceeding the DPS district average of 62%. This higher rate mirrors the accomplishments at Brooklyn Generation Schools where GSN works in another turnaround setting. GSN is grateful for the foundations, donors, community groups and volunteers that made this work possible, changing the trajectories for hundreds of underserved students. For a quick synopsis of our six year experience, the lessons learned, the challenges and the victories, click here


Due to GSN's success with helping failing schools to turn around, GSN continues to pursue opportunities to undertake what is likely the most challenging and yet highly rewarding work in the education sector. To that end, in addition to being approved by CDE to provide a graduate certificate in Turnaround Leadership  in partnership with CSU-Global and Battelle for Kids, GSN has become the Official Turnaround Partner for Ignacio School District 11-JT. 

Additionally, GSN would like to congratulate two CREC districts on being awarded CDE Turnaround Pathways grants! Congrats to CO Rural Collaborative districts Huerfano and S. Conejos on winning CDE Turnaround Pathways grants! 


We are very excited to welcome two more VISTA members!!

Melissa Muniz

Melissa Muniz hails from Arvada, Colorado, and will be serving at our Denver office. A graduate of Pomona High School, Melissa moved to Fort Collins where she earned her Bachelor's of Psychology from Colorado State  University. She joined our VISTA team shortly after college graduation. Her VISTA project with Generation Schools Network includes assisting in curriculum development focused on College and Career Readiness and Advocacy/SEL. 

Isabelle King 

Isabelle King hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and will be serving at our Brooklyn office. Isabelle graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Recently, Isabelle was overseas serving as a Public Health Intern with the Bishvilaych Women's Medical Center in Jerusalem. Her VISTA project with Generation Schools Network includes supporting the development of SEL (social/emotional learning) and CCR (college and career readiness) curriculum. She will also be assisting with identifying community partners to set up sustainable relationships between the community partners and GSN's partner schools. 


Experience Rural Colorado, Teacher Recruitment Event
La Veta, CO - September 14-16th 
Calling all individuals who aspire to change lives through teaching! Aspiring teachers, current teachers, and individuals interested in becoming teachers -with a desire to become an integral part of a close-knit rural school and community -are welcome to participate in the Experience Rural Colorado Teacher Recruitment Event. Come and engage with school leaders, students, and community members through activities, professional development offered by nationally recognized PD providers, school and community tours, and face-to- face meetings to learn about rural Colorado: its lifestyle, traditions, and history. 

For more information, please contact Katie Peyton.

SOAR Learning & Leading Collaborative Workshops
The Ohio Union, Columbus, OH - October 4th

GSN will be continuing their professional development with Ohio's SOAR districts on October 4th, 2016 and through the school year. Team members will continue presentations on Social Emotional Learning and provide units to participating districts!

For more information, please contact Katie Peyton, or visit SOAR Professional Learning.

Military Careers Peak Readiness Event
Littleton High School, Littleton, CO - October 5th

GSN and Littleton High School will host a Military Career Day for high school students at Littleton High School and the surrounding high schools to explore a future in the armed services. Students will be excused from normal classes for the day in order to have the opportunity to hear from current and former military personnel on topics such as "Why I Serve," "Academic Requirements for the Military," "Training and Educational Opportunities for Service Men and Women," etc. Students will also have the opportunity to take the military's ASVAB practice test, participate in military mock interviews, explore fitness requirements, and more. We are currently looking for current and former military members to help us make this day great! 

If you have any suggestions or would like to participate as a mock interviewer,  session presenter, or sponsor, please contact Leslie Tjajadi .

Western Slope Rural Share Fair Event
Rifle, CO - October 7th
FREE World Class PD for Rural Teachers
Colorado Rural Education Collaborative Superintendent's Meeting
Rural Teacher Candidate Job Fair

For more information, click here.

Rural Teacher Immersion Experience
Manzanola, CO - October 26-28th
For more information, please contact Katie Peyton.  

Colorado Rural Share Fair Event
Pueblo, CO - October 28th
FREE World Class PD for Rural Teachers
Colorado Rural Education Collaborative Superintendent's Meeting
Rural Teacher Candidate Job Fair

For more information, click here.

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