CDE staff are excited to announce the third year of ICAP awards. Winners will be honored at the January 2017 State Board of Education Meeting.
Congratulations to the 2016 ICAP Award Winners
The State Board of Education recognized these schools and districts at their meeting in January 2016
On behalf of the State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education, Board Chair, Steve Durham recognized these districts and schools for demonstrating exemplary plans for meaningful and relevant ICAP implementation. The districts are pictured here with Interim Commissioner Asp and the school board member from their district.
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Adams 12 Five Star Schools
"Over the past several years, the ICAP process is becoming part of the student's everyday curriculum. It is not just the counselors taking the students through their ICAP but also the classroom teachers and administrators. Our curriculum is respected throughout the district and it is an expectation that it is delivered to all students. The data is used to make changes year to year and evaluate strengths and weaknesses."
Interim Commissioner, Elliott Asp, High School Seniors: Jennifer Valadez and Jazmine PenaSchool Counselor, Katrina Ruggles, High School Seniors, Yosedit Romero and Carmen Ruggles, and State Board of Education member, Joyce Rankin
Center Consolidated Schools
"All staff engage youth in career conversations. They embed them in regular content in addition to the ICAP days that are built into our schedule. Every student and staff member in our district knows about ICAP and its purpose. We have moved from working to create opportunities for all students to attend postsecondary education to an expectation that all students have a plan for some type of postsecondary education."
State Board of Education member, Angelika Schroeder, Kelby Benedict, Assistant Principal, Cassie Poncelow, School Counselor, Kathy Mackay, Principal, Rochelle Lenox, School Counselor, and Interim Commissioner, Elliott Asp
Poudre High School, Poudre School District
"Students aren't just answering the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" by doing a couple of career interest surveys, they are answering the question "What are you passionate about and who do you want to be?" by exploring, asking questions and experiencing professions first hand. Students are connecting the dots of academics with the world of work. They understand that high school is the place to explore and find their passion."
State Board of Education member, Angelika Schroeder, Ashely McIntyre, Language Arts Teacher, Louise March, School Counselor, Tracy Zakavec, Language Arts Teacher, Lesa Kolm, Social Studies Teacher, Carolyn Clifford, Middle School STEM Coordinator, and Interim Commissioner, Elliott Asp
Timberline PK-8, St. Vrain Valley School District
"After spending this time on ICAP & career exploration through our English classes, not only are the students very motivated for their future, they have a much better understanding of how their education will affect their future. This includes a better understanding of graduation requirements, high school course planning and programming, and college admission requirements. They also show gains in writing, research and study skills."
- Liberty HS in Academy 20
- Columbia HS in Aurora Public Schools
- Olde Columbine in St Vrain Valley
- Peak to Peak Charter in Boulder
- Eaton High School in Eaton School District
- Jenkins MS in D11
- Estes Park Hs in Estes Park School District
- Grand Valley HS in Garfield 16
Congratulations to the 2015 ICAP Award Winners
On behalf of the State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education, Board Chair, Marcia Neal, recognized these districts and schools for demonstrating exemplary plans for meaningful and relevant ICAP implementation. The districts are pictured here with Commissioner Hammond and the school board member from their district.
State Board of Education Chairman, Marcia Neal, Laura Karnes, School Counselor, Michael Hayes, Principal, and Commissioner Robert Hammond
Crestone Charter School
"ICAP gives students a chance to explore the world of work while in high school. These classes are taught by local community mentors and are called mentorships. Mentorships are student-designed and the student and mentor work together to create a plan that meets the student’s learning objectives and career goals."
State Board of Education member, Steve Durham, Matthew Meister, Director of Communications, Mary Perez, Director of Concurrent Enrollment, Peter Hilts, Chief Education Officer, and Commissioner Robert Hammond
"Beginning in 2013, district leaders initiated pathways. At the heart of Pathways is our belief that every student should travel down an individualized pathway that leads through competency and skill development to certain success after high school. Students will graduate after designing their pathway, completing a series of classes, presenting capstone projects, earning industry certifications, and achieving assessment results that demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful."
- Visit D49 ICAP Website: 49Pathways
State Board of Education member, Val Flores, Laura Hetfield, Counselor Corps Grant Manager, Jon Widmier, Student Services Specialist, Bryan Krause, Director of Student Services, Commissioner Robert Hammond, State Board of Education members, Jane Goff and Angelika Schroeder
Jefferson County Public Schools
"The ICAP process is meaningful for students because it is a guided, results-oriented way for students to engage in future planning based on learning styles and interests they have currently (starting in Middle School!) It helps them make what they are doing NOW in school, relevant to their future! It's awesome!"
Misty Curtin-Sellden, School Counselor, Central HS, State Board of Education Chairman, Marcia Neal, Colleen Stabolepszy, School Counselor, Fruita 8/9, Commissioner Robert Hammond
Mesa County District 51
"The team has worked for years with our district's curriculum planning committee - teachers, administrators and students - to help bring relevance and impact to our ICAP process . . . Our district's students have a clearer, more realistic outlook on their future plans. These future plans help them shape their current world (class planning, college searching, and career investigation)!"