GSN Supports Back to School Celebration at Trinidad Middle School!

Trinidad Middle School (TMS) recently celebrated students, staff, and the start of a brand-new year! The Trinidad high school band and cheerleaders were there, bringing music and pom routines to show their support of their Middle School friends. Parents and community members stood and clapped along with the drums and brass as the band enthusiastically played the Trinidad School song. To open the event, Dr. Lisa Leith, from Generation Schools Network, delivered a keynote on The Power of Kindness, highlighting evidence of the impact the TMS Kindness Initiative has already had on the community, and casting a vision for an even more powerful impact in the years to come. As students, parents, staff, and community members welcomed each other and came together for this event, it was clear that in Trinidad School District it is definitely "Cool to be Kind"!












Rural Principal Induction Program Kicks-Off in South Central BOCES!

The newly minted principal induction program is in full swing at the South Central BOCES. The program focuses on candidates who are seeking their permanent professional  license, or who are first-time principals in Colorado. There are 10 administrators involved in the program from 6 school districts including Branson, Las Animas, Aguilar, Huerfano, Custer County, and LaVeta. Principals will be participating in monthly coaching calls, site visits and on-line coursework to populate their portfolios. Candidates will be ready for professional licensure in June 2019.

The first Cohort of the Rural Principal Induction Program gathers for their kick-off in SC BOCES.


New Article Published on Postsecondary Readiness!

GSN recently partnered with Englewood School District, and the University of Northern Colorado to publish an article in Education Sciences. The study focuses on participation in a rigorous secondary curriculum and the corresponding outcomes related to college enrollment, persistence, and graduation, and is the result of many years of work between the partners to create outcome for Englewood's students. The full article is available here .


GSN Volunteers at KidsTek Career Day at Florence Crittenton High School!
GSN's Micki Nelson speaks with students on her career experience at KidsTek Career Day.

GSN's Micki Nelson recently volunteered at Florence Crittenton's (FC) Career Day in support of GSN partner, KidsTek. The goal of the event was consistent with FC's mission, "to support and empower teen mothers to become productive citizens." Each volunteer professional worked with several students to review/improve their resumes and give them job search, cover letter, and interview tips. The volunteers also participated in a career panel discussion that included topics like their professional role and journey, what inspired them to pursue their careers, and what advice they  would give to high school students. Student participants were from North High School and Florence Crittenton High School.



Is your staff wondering how suspension and expulsion impact student achievement gaps?

The gaps in academic achievement between white and minority children have long concerned educators and policymakers. There have been a multitude of efforts to reform public education in order to boost students test scores with the goal of helping youth of all races and backgrounds to be prepared for post-secondary success without the need for college course remediation. While students have made progress, significant disparities persist. Recent data shows that while 85% of white students are finishing high school on time and with a regular diploma, that is true for only 68% of black students and 76% of Latino students (National Center for Education Statistics). For more on strategies to combat disparities and to better understand the impacts of suspension and expulsion, please visit: Student Success Journey.

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December 10
Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) Systems Support Review at Buffalo School District
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January 23, 2019
Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) Systems Support Review at Akron School District
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February 11, 2019 (Inclement Weather - Rescheduled)
Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) Systems Support Review at Monte Vista School District
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February 13, 2019
Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) Systems Support Review at Haxtun School District
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