2016-2017 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.
Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
The staff in the Employability Center at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind work with students who "exit our academic program with a better sense of who they are and how they can meaningfully contribute to the community. Included in the ICAP - that each student designs - are post-secondary education, independent living, and employability goals that they can live by in their personal lives and in their communities, because the ICAP goals are created by and for them, which they embrace as a road map for their future."
Congratulations to your Sherri Anderson and Tera Lynn Gray for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
The ICAP leadership team in District 11 has made ICAP a priority. "Internal and external stakeholders are driving the process. Schools own their part in the process, parents are engaging because they see the value, students love learning and charting their future, local industry is engaged in the process. Ownership is high.
We have written ICAP into District Board Policy as a graduation requirement. Even the mayor of Colorado Springs in involved in promoting ICAP... CTE programming participation is up, FAFSA completion is up, College applications are up. And remediation rates are down…
"Dr. Gledich, our superintendent calls it 'adding value to the handshake' as we help students 'prepare for a world yet to be imagined.' He adds, Our community believes in the ICAP mission and its residual impacts!"
Congratulations to the ICAP team from D11, including D11 ICAP district administrators, and counselors and principals from Russell and Holmes middle schools.
In Garfield 16 "We believe that the ICAP is essential in helping our kids plan for their future, as well as helping the district plan to meet their needs as they work towards 21st Century skills.
The ICAP is meaningful because it is focuses on the students' interest. We are starting at a very young age in exposing our students to as many experiences as possible and, through their ICAP, students are able to put into words and take action toward that post-secondary goal. They are really taking ownership of the process and each is as unique as the students themselves. Also, this process involves in-depth talks with parents about what is next and how we can support each student. We can see the students much more relaxed in their senior year, simply because they have a plan. That is huge
We are making strong connections with our community through mentor/job shadowing/internship opportunities and you can see students really making a correlation with the work they are doing in class and how that will be used in their careers. It's starting to click that what they are doing here in our district will have a great impact on their post-secondary life."
Congratulations to Superintendent Ken Haptonstall and lead counselor, Mandie Dovey.
Lesher Middle School
At Lesher Middle School, students are involved in the ICAP process all year. In November, many were part of a Future Planning Extravaganza, and the ICAP teams wrote about it: For two days, 8th graders attended interactive sessions with professionals to learn about health care, law, real estate, and avionics, along with postsecondary options like Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and concurrent enrollment. Then they joined their teachers and workforce center representatives for visits to businesses all over the Ft Collins area. This program - one of many at Lesher - has opened partnerships with local businesses that have flourished. It builds relationships between teachers, students, counselors, administrators, and community members. Students look forward to this event, and parents are engaged and call to request preferences."
Congratulations, Rachel Eaton, School Counselor and Stacy Arellano who are here from Lesher Middle School.
- Del Norte Middle School
- Westminster High School
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