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Best, First Instruction Summer Institute
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has the opportunity to elevate and expand its level of support provided to districts by specifically targeting those with the highest needs through the use of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title II, Part A and Title IV, Part A funds. Title IV is unique, in that, it specifically emphasizes all students and a well-rounded education using social emotional learning and technology as anchors. The comprehensive emphasis in Title IV offers schools an opportunity to enact integrated learning as an effective strategy for engaging students through Best, First Instruction in all subjects.
To increase the capacity of educators around high impact instructional strategies for Best, First Instruction for all students, CDE will host a Summer Institute, which is designed to create a cadre of educators within participating schools to support/coach other educators throughout the year. CDE will capitalize on the expertise of the established educator cadre to assist CDE in re-visioning the Teaching and Learning Guide.
About the Institute
The Summer Institute was on June 4-6, 2018, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado. To assure a well-rounded approach to instruction, attendance was required by a staff member from each content area and at least one leader from each school. The institute and coaching sessions focused on, reading, writing, and communicating; mathematics; science; social studies; physical education; music and visual arts. In addition, there was a leadership strand for school leaders and administrative staff; these participants were given observation protocols to observe model lessons throughout the institute as well as coaching on setting an implementation plan for all staff for the upcoming year. CDE will use this first institute as a pilot to determine the feasibility and interest in offering additional summer institutes and coaching sessions for the 2019-2020 school year and 2020-2021 school year. If it is determined that additional opportunities will occur, year one participants will be invited to continue for two additional years as the first cohort to expand upon their needs.