Genesis Group Updates
Teacher Recruitment & Retention
Immersion Program for School Psychologists & Counselors
We are excited about the launch of the Psychologist Immersion Program taking place with SC BOCES this March!
The immersion is a 5-day experience where graduate students will meet principals, teachers, families, students, mental health agencies and providers, nonprofit organizations, and others to learn about rural life,
culture, schools, advantages of working in rural schools, community assets and challenges, and mental health needs in the area.
Immersion program dates:
For more information,
Student-Centered Accountability Program (S-CAP)
The S-CAP program officially has a new website to showcase their work! Check out the new revamped site by clicking
You can learn more about the S-CAP program and services offered by clicking
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Advocacy & SEL Celebrations
Salida High School Teacher Leads Mindfulness Activities with Students
During Salida High School SEL walkthroughs, GSN staff members Ellen Sarkisian and Ashleigh Valentine had the pleasure of watching Nick Griffin implement a mindfulness lesson with his high school students. First, Griffin played a video called
The Time You Have (In JellyBeans)
that initiated a powerful discussion with students about the use of our time and how important it is to pursue things that we love to do. Following the conversation, Griffin led a mindfulness activity with his students in a circle. Students were very engaged and self-aware as Nick provided guided instructions. From the moment Sarkisian and Valentine walked into the classroom, it was evident that students had a great rapport with their teacher and fellow peers. Way to go, Salida High School!
Case Study: Evolution of Team Teaching - Strategies for Individualizing Learning
Wiggins is a small rural district that has made team teaching a strategic priority, with the goal of individualizing learning for each and every student. With the state's support through the Colorado Empowered Learning program, Wiggins was able to enhance and evolve its team teaching strategy to further meet the needs of students. Teachers received professional development on blended learning
techniques and have begun integrating digital components into their team teaching and day-to-day instructional strategies. As teacher's have gained comfort with these techniques, the district is also taking advantage of Colorado's Digital Content Warehouse, customizing not just their teaching approach, but also the content taught, to better reflect student needs and interests.
This case study is provided by Colorado Empowered Learning. You can r
ead the full case study
A Virtual Professional Learning Community Opportunity for Rural School Mental Health Providers
Project ECHO (Extension for Community
Healthcare Outcomes) is an international
initiative for lifelong learning and guided practice that has been shown to increase workforce capacity to provide best-practice care in rural and under-served areas.
Individuals that serve as rural school mental health professionals are invited to join the next Project ECHO conference. Participants will gain professional advice and approaches to meet students' mental health needs in school settings. Each session is a combination of didactic instruction and case studies from the field. For more information, click
All 8 web conferencing ECHO sessions will take place in March and are
FREE to attend.
Learn more about Project ECHO by clicking here, or to participate click here.