New Member Spotlight!

The Collaborative welcomes Bayfield and Akron School Districts!
Bayfield School District located in Southwestern Colorado is  home  to four schools, and growing! As a result of the Building Excellent Schools  Today (BEST) grant,  Bayfield Intermediate School has a new facility. The school district hosts a number of student activities and extracurricular offerings across grades such as robotics, wood shop, junior police academy, dance, track and field and more!

Akron School District located in Northeastern Colorado is 
home to more than 300 students.   The district works to develop responsible citizens so that all students learn to take ownership and pride in their daily choices. The school district has had a busy year with students competing in the Sunrise Optimist Brain Bowl in Fort Morgan as well as other activities such as wrestling, basketball, and band!
Genesis Groups - Connecting our Efforts Across the State

The CREC is connecting diverse groups of leaders, educators, and partners across the state to discover, share, leverage resources, and plan action around the following high priority areas.

Student Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) - Upcoming S-CAP events and more! 

Colorado Rural District and Partners win $1 Million William & Flora Hewlett Grant!

The Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP), its five founding districts (Buena Vista, Buffalo-Merino, Kit Carson, LaVeta, and Monte Vista), and partners Battelle for Kids, Generation Schools Network, and the University of Colorado Denver Center for Practice Engaged Education Research are the recipients of a $1 million, three-year William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant. The grant will support the further development of S-CAP, a collaborative, innovative school improvement initiative focused on helping rural districts use multiple measures in evaluating student learning to better reflect and communicate growth of the whole child in a meaningful way.

SCAP is excited to announce that the project is looking to have additional districts join the S-CAP group. If you are interested in learning 
more and being part of the project. We'd love for you to join us at our next Systems Site Review (SSR)!
Please join us for the upcoming Holyoke System Site Review!
Holyoke S-CAP SSR 
Monday April 23, 2018
Register here! 

"Attending System Support Reviews can be a valuable professional development opportunity for teachers, board members and administrators. We have heard from administrators that it is the most helpful feedback they have ever received and from teachers that it has significantly reduced isolation and seeded ideas and relationships to solve problems of practice".  
Lisa Yates, Superintendent Buena Vista School District

Teacher Leader and Efficacy- Rural Networking Reception

Otero Regional Rural Networking Reception
Please join us for a networking reception to learn more about the exciting educational and workforce opportunities available to rural students and communities and connect with providers who offer advanced coursework, STEM and other learning opportunities for students and staff.
Click here to learn more and register! 

College and Career Readiness -  Military & Protective Services Career Exploration Workshop Coming this Spring

This Spring students from Highlands Ranch High School and the Santa Fe Trail and South Central BOCES will have the opportunity to participate in a Military and Protective Services (fire, police, EMS) Career Exploration Workshop.  MAPS Exploration Workshop is a one-day event in which students and their families explore military and protective services (EMS, firefighting, law enforcement) careers. The purpose of the Workshop is to encourage students and parents to consider military & protective services as an achievable pathway to pursue after high school. This event will provide opportunities for them to directly communicate with members of each branch of the military, protective services personnel and training and higher education options through multiple interactive sessions. Click below to learn more and register!

Highlands Ranch High School
Monday April 2, 5:15pm-8:00pm 
Click here to register! 

Pueblo West High School
Friday April 27, 11:00am-2:00pm 
Click here to register!

STEMSan Luis Valley (SLV) STEM Professional Development

Students working with participants at the STEM workshop!
SLV Educators Focused on Xstream Learning
On March 9, the 4th SLV STEM workshop for the 2017-18 school year was held in Alamosa, CO. During this workshop, Dr. Lucy Hansen, Director of Title I Services  for Palm Springs Unified School District, shared her unique approach to engaging stud ents and their families in collaborative, hands-on STEM learning. Participants learned how content-based science activities, merged with English Language Development (ELD) instruction, can help k-12 students gain an equitable foundation to ensure their success in college, career, and life beyond.

If you would like to plan a STEM integration project for your district (anyone interested in building a ninja course with their students?), please contact Kirk Banghart .

Teacher Recruitment and Retention - Teacher Immersion Event and more!

Teacher Recruitment Rural Community Immersion Experience  
On March 28th and 29th, 2018, the six Santa Fe Trail BOCES districts will be hosting more than a dozen teacher candidates giving them the opportunity to explore teaching opportunities in rural Colorado communities!

The two-day, hands on immersion experience will allow candidates to meet community members, participate in community events, team teach with a local teacher and meet with higher ed to consider garnering additional teacher qualifications.

The event is being hosted by the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, in partnership with Generation Schools Network, and the Santa Fe Trail (SFT) Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) with support from the Gates Family Foundation.
If you know of teaching candidates looking for positions, please encourage them to register   here!
Meals and lodging for this event are provided, along with a small stipend for successful program completion.

Grant to Improve Teacher Credentials Boosts Teacher Retention while also Doubling Student Access to Concurrent Enrollment! 
Providing teachers with scholarships for masters degrees and advanced coursework dramatically improves student access to concurrent enrollment courses while also retaining teachers in their positions. These are findings from work done with Santa Fe Trail and South Central BOCES Districts as part of the efforts of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative to meet district's most pressing needs around teacher recruitment and retention. 
For the full report, click here!

CREC Website Update!
The CREC has added a new section to our website titled "Teacher Openings"! In an effort to connect students to the amazing communities and schools of rural Colorado, the CREC has created a job resource page.  If you are an administrator or superintendent, you can post your school's job openings here! Future teachers are also encouraged to look at these openings and fill out a form on this section to submit a resume. 
To check out the website and teacher openings, click here! 


Check out "Voices from the Field" comments on Teacher Shortages from the Center for Teacher Quality here!
If you would like to join the conversation, please contact Kirk Banghart at
Upcoming Events:

S-CAP Professional Development Opportunities!

The Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP) is actively looking for people to attend and participate as a Reviewer or Observer at the upcoming events listed below!  
The Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP), is a collaborative effort by six rural districts in Colorado to create a more comprehensive system of accountability than the state DPF system and to focus on "whole child" accountability through continuous improvement of the system. The program is focused on providing parents and the community accurate, well-rounded information to be used for strategic and continuous improvement. 

To find an S-CAP event happening near you, check out the links below: 
    • Holyoke S-CAP SSR, for more information, click here!

East Otero Reception
Tuesday April 10th
Student Center Banquet Room, Otero Junior College
2001 San Juan Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050
Click here to register!

Teacher Immersion Event
March 28-29
La Junta
302 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
Click here to register! 

Military and Protective Services Career Exploration Workshop

Highlands Ranch High School
Monday April 2, 5:15pm-8:00pm 
Click  here to register! 

Pueblo West High School
Friday April 28, 11:00am-2:00pm 
Click  here to register!

Save the Date: National Forum to Advance Rural Education!

If you're looking to engage with national experts, leading researchers, K-12 and higher education practitioners, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders to advance conversations and ideas around innovative rural leadership, practice, research, and policy, this is THE event for you!

If you share our passion for advancing rural education, we hope you will join us and help unite and inspire people to action!

To learn more, click here!
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Kirk Banghart, Chief Facilitator - Colorado Rural Education Collaborative

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