Vision - All schools are vibrant, inclusive ecosystems that ensure every student thrives in school, work and life. 

Mission - GSN co-creates healthy school ecosystems by partnering with educators, students, families and communities to elevate the education experience.

The Turnaround Leadership Program Kicks off Cohort 4 with 2 Retreats!

Generation Schools Network gathered with teachers and school leaders from Omar D. Blair Charter School (Denver Public Schools), Fisher's Peak Elementary School (Trinidad School District), and Hayden Valley Elementary School (Hayden School District) for the Year 1 Summer Retreat through the Turnaround Leadership Program.

This cohort met with GSN coaches to develop their skills, knowledge, and leadership capacity to turn around their schools and ensure rapid and long-lasting improvement. Participants not only do the work of school improvement, but also receive a Graduate Certificate in Turnaround Leadership from Colorado State University - Global Campus.

Omar D. Blair and Fisher's Peak School Teams with their GSN coaches.

Hayden Valley Elementary School team with their GSN coach.
SFT BOCES Celebrates Work-based Learning Outcomes

On June 10 and 11,  partners, community members, teachers, principals and school counselors representing all six Santa Fe Trail BOCES member districts joined together for a time of  celebration, reflection, and planning forward around their Pathways to Prosperity effort. In 2015, at the launch of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative (CREC), Santa Fe Trail BOCES member districts joined together around making college/career readiness their chosen CREC Genesis Group priority. A grant from the Daniels Fund provided the opportunity for Generation Schools Network and Battelle for Kids to support the effort, along with Building Bridges to Careers out of Marietta, Ohio ( )  that has pioneered a work-based learning approach that was of interest to the SFT BOCES.
After a year-long effort,  in which teachers paired with local community members to engage students in work-based problem scenarios, reports were given with additional teachers joining the effort for 2019-2020. Among the highlighted projects were:
  • James Hall, Social Studies Teacher at Cheraw whose students worked with Jim Rizzuto (former State Senator & Otero Junior College President) to balance state Medicare, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Education budgets.
  • Shawna Frankmore, teacher from La Junta, worked on two projects. In the first, middle school students worked with SE CO Power and SECOM took on the challenge of getting internet access and electricity to your house. Her second project, with her high school sports & entertainment class, developed an event to attract out-of-town youth to the area, providing a potential solution to a need identified by partner Pam Denahy of the City of La Junta Tourism Board.
  • Maggie Pacino, English teacher at Wiley, led her 7th graders in a project with Tempel Grain to find unique grain storage solutions.
  • Kolleen Howe, teacher from Las Animas, and her 5th graders collaborated with Steve Keefer of the Colorado Department of Wildlife to try to find effective incentives to encourage homeowners to give up part of their land for wildlife.
  • Cisco Perez, a business partner from Innovative Water Technologies discussed his project with Marty Roberson's 6th graders in La Junta aimed at developing solutions to areas affected by hurricanes. The first task was to build a hurricane-proof structure and the second was to create a water filtration system out of household items.
The group also considered the success of their internship program, designed a prep course and heard from last year's participants:
  • "Participating in this internship has provided me with an amazing opportunity to network with career-related professionals and find my true passion within my very own community. The relationships  I have made are priceless," said participant Sophie Russell.
  • "First National Bank was excited to have the opportunity to host a student intern for the Spring of 2019. Making lasting investments in our communities is one of the core principles of our organization, and making the investment into one of our local students was an easy decision. Many of our mid-level and senior-level managers started out in banking just like intern Nick, building upon their work experience and introduction to finance. I would strongly encourage other businesses to seriously consider their opportunities to take part in programs like this." - Internship host, Ben Johnson
For more about work-based problem scenarios and rural internships, contact: Kirk Banghart, Chief Facilitator, Colorado Rural Education Collaborative,


Principal Induction Program Finishes with 10 Principals Ready for Professional Licensure

During the 2018 -2019 school year, six Colorado school districts including Aguilar, Branson, Custer County, Huerfano, LaVeta, and Las Animas participated in the South Central BOCES Principal Induction Program. Ten administrators completed the nine month program in conjunction with their GSN mentor, Olivia Bachicha. The program's goal was that, upon completion, participants would have met the qualifications to apply for their professional principal license. Each participant benefited from a kick-off day, on-going coaching from a mentor and completion of on-line modules and projects aligned to the Colorado Principal Standards. Every aspect of the program included an equity focus. On June 10 and 11, each participant presented their portfolio to a panel including the district superintendent, SC BOCES director, and GSN mentor as a culmination to their work.  All 10 candidates will be recommended to the Colorado Department of Education for professional licensure.

The full group of principal induction candidates and their superintendents at the start of the program.

Denise Locke, principal of LaVeta Elementary School shares her PowerPoint with the focus group.

An example of an Equity in Education presented by Paul Nameth from Summit Education Group, Las Animas School District.

GSN CEO Wendy Cooper Participates in Local Radio Show

Recent CU Denver doctoral graduate, Jose Silva, hosted Wendy Loloff Cooper on his KGNU Metro radio show in the wake of the STEM school shooting and  her Guest Editorial in the Denver Post . Listen  here   for what parents and schools can do now to help prevent further tragedy.
Upcoming Events

July 23-25
Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Conference
Rural Pre-Conference
Orientation for new districts joining the Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP)

August 9 - 8:00AM
Prairie Park and the Kit Carson School District is building a playground!
Volunteers are needed to assemble playground pieces, mix concrete, move mulch, etc.  RSVP to Robert Framel at 719-962-3219 or

October 24-26
Colorado Rural Education Collaborative Presentations
National Forum to Advance Rural Education
Louisville, KY
For more information, click here

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