New Member Spotlight:

The Collaborative Welcomes Kit Carson!

We welcome Kit Carson School District to the Collaborative! Kit Carson is part of the East Central BOCES, serving students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Their current student enrollment count is 125. The staff consists of 18 teachers and three support staff.
  • Elementary students and staff were selected as a John Irwin School of Excellence Award winner. Only the top 10 percent of schools statewide receive this honor. They are a three-time winner.
  • Plans to use grant from America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Program to improve math skills, especially in Geometry by implementing and using new techniques and manipulatives.
  • Kit Carson Elementary named a Blue-Ribbon School
  • Working alongside Buena Vista, Monte Vista, and La Veta on the Student-Accountability Project.
New Member Spotlight:

The Collaborative Welcomes Buena Vista!

Buena Vista School District is a part of the Mountain BOCES. Serving students Pre-K through 12th grade, Buena Vista School District enrollment is 1000. The staff consists of 100 teachers and 160 support staff. 
  • Teachers participate in the BVSD Three Year Professional Learning, The Intentional Design Academy (IDA) that helps to create rigorous and responsive opportunities for learning. 
  • All staff and students grades 6th-12th will be issued tablets through the eNav Program.
  • Superintendent, Lisa Yates, is leading the Student-Centered Accountability Project (SCAP)
Genesis Groups - Connecting our Efforts Across the State! 

The CREC launched the initial meetings of the Genesis Groups in February and have successfully connected diverse groups of leaders, educators, and partners across the state around to discover, share, leverage resources, and plan action around the following high priority areas:
-Teacher Recruitment and Retention
-Social Emotional Learning and At Risk Students
-College and Career Readiness
-Teacher and Leader Efficacy
-Student Centered Accountability
-Fifth Day Learning Opportunities

If you would like to join the conversation, please contact
To learn more about Genesis Groups, click  here.

Student Centered Accountability Program Interest Session!

District 11 Athletic Office | Colorado Springs, CO - May 22, 2017 
1:30-3pm MDT 

You're invited to join superintendents from Buena Vista, Monte Vista, La Veta, Kit Carson, and Buffalo RE4J on May 22 from 1:30-3 p.m. to learn more about the Student-Centered Accountability Program (SCAP). For more information about this event, click  here .

For questions, please contact: 
Robert Framel, 
Bree Lessar,  
Robert Sanders,
Robert Webb, 
Lisa Yates,  

Application Deadline for Fiscal Year 2017; Small, Rural School Achievement Program
Under the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.358A, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awards grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. In this notice, we establish the deadline and describe the submission procedures for fiscal year (FY) 2017 SRSA grant applications.  All LEAs eligible for FY 2017 SRSA funds must submit an application electronically. 

The application is due June 30, 2017 by 4:30pm, Washington, DC time.

For more information, click here .

Upcoming Grants:

1. Youth Literacy Grants

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:


  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Deadline to apply: May 18, 2017 (11:00 p.m. CST)
Grant Announcement: September 7, 2017
Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000


For more information, click here.

To apply for a 2017 Youth Literacy Grant, click here.


2. Creating Healthy Schools Grant Opportunity
The Colorado Health Foundation Board approved a ten-year commitment to healthy schools efforts across Col orado. This opportunity is designed to connect system and local level efforts to create a sustainable network that fosters health and wellness and provides a thriving environment for kids throughout Colorado. The Foundation has two available  funding opportunities: Local Planning & Assessment and Local Implementation.
Generation Schools Network (GSN) is offering to support your district in writing and submitting this grant to win Healthy Schools Funding. This provides the district with a supportive partne r to guide the work and the implementation. To learn more about this grant opportunity, click here .
Congratulations to one of our CREC members, Primero School District, for winning the Creating Healthy Schools grant! They have started to implement the grant work this Spring and have already conducted their first Wellness Council Meeting. To learn more about Primero's work, contact Ellen Sarkisian.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2017 

Upcoming Events:

Generation Schools Network (GSN) Online Store Ready to Provide Resources to Schools and Districts!

GSN is proud to announce the launching of our  online store, Shopify GSN! 

The store is now live and available for teachers, principals, community members and parents to purchase resources on College and Career Readiness and Social Emotional Learning. In addition, we have the option to provide virtual training, which can also be purchased through the store. For a  FREE sample , use the code  "GROWTH2017"  to download our Growth Mindset Unit. 
For more information, contact Katie Peyton.

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