CREC Website Job Board

REMINDER: We advertise job openings on the CREC website and once a month, a job openings newsletter will go out to our members, giving your postings a wider audience! In addition to the job board, teachers can submit resumes for superintendents and administrators to review. This is a great opportunity for our members to bring future educators into the amazing rural communities of Colorado!

To view our job board, click  here.

Genesis Group Updates

Teacher Recruitment & Retention

Mental Health Workforce in Rural Colorado
The Center for Rural School Health & Education (CRSHE) at the University of Denver established a partnership with Southeast BOCES, Santa Fe Trail BOCES, and Colorado Rural Education Collaborative to develop a robust school mental health workforce in rural Colorado. With grant funding from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, we hosted an immersion program for graduate students enrolled in school psychology and school counseling programs. In total, seven graduate students from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Nebraska - Omaha, and Texas Woman's University joined us for a one week experience.
Click here to learn more.

Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP)

We are currently looking for ten new districts to join S-CAP which is at the forefront of peer-driven innovation in the accountability space. If you are interested in learning more about S-CAP or becoming a member, please visit the S-CAP website and plan on attending one of our School Site Reviews (SSR) this coming year. Look for the SSR dates on the S-CAP website and consider attending and bringing teachers with you. Teachers have said that attending an SSR is some of the most valuable PD they have ever experienced.

Did you know that S-CAP is part of the national conversation around student-centered accountability as a grantee of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation around deeper learning?

The S-CAP program officially has a new website to showcase their work! Check out the new revamped site by clicking here.

You can learn more about the S-CAP program and services offered by clicking here

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

La Junta Intermediate teachers are having some fun while getting their students fired up for testing!

This creative video, made by La Junta teachers, is a great way to help students build a positive mindset before testing, and interject some humor and fun on testing days (i.e. when testing is over, students are encouraged to sing 'We Are the Champions"). As Edutopia explains, humor releases dopamine in the brain, which reduces stress and increases memory and motivated effort.
Rock This Test 2019
Rock This Test 2019

Healthy Kids Colorado Survey
The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) is the state's only comprehensive survey on the health and well-being of young people. The purpose of this survey is to better understand youth health and the factors that help young people make healthy choices.  HKSC is widely used by schools, districts and communities in their efforts to grow the healthiest youth in the country. 

I f you're interested in having your district participate next fall please contact CDPHE_HEALTHYKIDSCOLOADO@STATE.CO.US

Teacher Leader Efficacy

The "Math Mentors" Grant is in full swing!
SC BOCES, GSN, and UCCS, with the support of a Plan Into Action Grant from CDHE, have partnered to develop a mentoring infrastructure to increase the capacity of in-service teachers to mentor early career teachers and pre-service teachers.

Both veteran and novice teachers meet monthly in a virtual PLC where they participate in low-floor, high-ceiling math tasks (with discussion of how to begin implementing and integrating such tasks in their classroom), collaborate on how to use data to inform instruction, and share strategies for addressing new teacher concerns. See more information here.

Spots for SC BOCES new and veteran teachers are still available for this June 10-13th gathering! For more info, contact Angela Powers at

Save the Date for the Rural CASE conference in Breckenridge
Pre-Conference July 22-23
Main CASE Conference July 24-26
Early-Bird Registration will begin April 29, reserve before June 14 for the best rates.
For more info, click here.
For Hotel and lodging info, click here.

Get Ready for a New Rural Podcast
Stay tuned for more details regarding the upcoming podcast happening the third week of May.

National Forum for Advancing Rural Education Save the Date!
Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education  Association (NREA) will host the 2019 National Forum to Advance  Rural Education and 111th NREA Convention and Research Symposium.  At this annual event, a diverse community of national experts, K-12 and  higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and  philanthropic leaders come together to learn, collaborate, and lead 21st  century learning in rural schools. By leading together, we can help  communities innovate and leverage local assets to create meaningful  learning experiences for rural students.

This year's Rural Forum will take place October 24-26 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louisville Downtown Marriott. Be sure to save the date and stay tuned for more information!

If you would like to join the work of one of the CREC's Genesis Work Groups,  please contact Kirk Banghart at
Bookshare Library
Do you know someone who experiences a barrier to reading? He or she may find it difficult to decode words, see printed text, or physically hold a book or turn its pages.

Bookshare is an ebook library that makes reading easier. People with reading barriers like dyslexia, blindness, and cerebral palsy can read in ways that work for them with a huge collection of titles in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and other formats. Bookshare is FREE for all qualified U.S. students and schools, and less than $1 per week for all other members. Learn more at

For more information, click here or visit the Bookshare Learning Center.
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 S-CAP System Site Review (SSR) events listed below: 

April 30
Wigging SSR
Register here

To view other upcoming events, click here.

To learn more about S-CAP, click here.
Contact Us! 

Kirk Banghart, Chief Facilitator - Colorado Rural Education Collaborative

720-452-3603 |