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Innovation Learning Office

The Innovation Learning Office believes there is an emerging understanding in Colorado that our education system must value a broad set of outcomes which students need to succeed personally and professionally in our modern economy and society.  The Innovation Learning Office works to ensure that Colorado has learning environments designed to maximize these outcomes for students, educators prepared to create these learning environments, and systems that promote and support educators in this effort.

In partnership with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), CDE is working with the field to rethink when, where, and how teaching and learning take place and how schools could be fundamentally different here in Colorado. This is about redesigning, re-engineering and rethinking education together and creating a system that responds to the individual needs of every student while taking advantage of 21st Century learning opportunities.

Address: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
Room Number(s): 302, 300D

Unit Supervisor: Gretchen Morgan
Administrative Lead: Ellen Porter
Lead Email Address:
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-3295


Office Responsibilities

  • Innovation Project Manager and main contact is Laura Noonan,
  • Advance the Colorado innovation vision statewide
  • Develop strategies to integrate innovative content and ways of working into other CDE reform initiatives including educator effectiveness, as well as standards and assessments
  • Develop a policy framework to help inform the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions
  • Document existing digital and blended learning including outcomes, applications and partners
  • Identify and communicate often with partners and key individuals

Major Projects

  • Partnerships with 2Revolutions to lead schools through short-cycle innovations and to connect to each other through networks
  • TIME Collaborative (with National Center for Time and Learning) working with select districts/schools to rethink use of time
  • Build pipeline of district/school innovators and create environments for innovation at all levels through events and convenings, including design thinking workshops
  • Work to expand blended learning environments
  • Support and promote early adopters of the Colorado vision for the future of learning, including grantees from the ELO RFP

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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