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Colorado's stories of promising practices

Colorado Promising Practices features schools and districts that are doing innovative work to further education in Colorado. For more information, email CDE Communications

Stories of Promising Practice: Stukey Elementary turnaround

Stukey Elementary School in Northglenn was struggling academically before it got involved in CDE's Turnaround Network. The school now has risen from the state's lowest rating to its second highest.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Stories of Promising Practice: How Jeffco is revolutionizing career and technical education

Jefferson County Public Schools has honed its approach to preparing students for an array of postsecondary options. Problem-based learning has become a focus in middle schools and career and technical education (CTE) at high schools.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stories of Promising Practice: Roaring Fork capstone project helping prepare graduates

Similar to many districts around the state, Roaring Fork School District struggles with gaps in college readiness. About 27 percent of Roaring Forks' entering ninth-graders will graduate from high school and find themselves in college with enough knowledge and skill to avoid remedial courses. The persistence of these gaps was among several factors that led district leaders to begin Roaring Forks' notable capstone project.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stories of Promising Practice: How Center School District is getting grads into college

Since implementing a more intentional postsecondary awareness program, Center School District in the San Luis Valley has seen a big spike in college enrollment among its graduates. In 2011, only 36 percent of Center’s graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college. By 2015, that number had skyrocketed to 78 percent.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stories of Promising Practice: How Grand Valley High is closing the achievement gap

Grand Valley High School in Parachute, Colo., first began offering Advanced Placement classes for all of its students in 2012-13 and has seen participation and achievement continue to rise. Said Principal Ryan Frink, "The myth that AP is just for the smartest, most driven kids, it’s an obsolete concept. You focus on differentiating instruction and focusing on the skill levels of kids. The philosophy is lifting the lid off education.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017