Colorado Legacy Foundation Convenes Over 200 Educators to Guide Key Reform Efforts
BRECKENRIDGE, CO — Today the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) concluded a summit which brought educators from around the state together to collaborate on how best to implement the requirements of Colorado’s recent education reform legislation.
“The Colorado Legacy Foundation is committed to supporting educators as leaders and decision makers in this era of rising expectations,” said Dr. Helayne Jones, President and CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation. “This week’s Summit gave educators a chance to become the driving force in improvements in public education by providing an opportunity for them to collaborate with national experts and each other to share challenges and lessons learned as they lead this important work.”
Attendees spent two days helping each other tackle their most pressing problems as they work to integrate the new Colorado Academic Standards with aligned instructional supports and the performance-based educator evaluation systems as mandated by Senate Bill 10-191. Sandra Alberti, a national expert from Student Achievement Partners, delivered a keynote address on the instructional implications of the common core state standards including the priorities, principles, and shifts of the standards.
“Colorado is actively implementing many innovative educational reforms,” said Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond. “The power of these reforms, however, lies in their integrated implementation. The work of the districts engaged in the Integration Project, who were showcased at this Integration Summit, has placed Colorado’s educators at the forefront of demonstrating how the integrated implementation of the state’s new standards, assessments, and educator evaluations can help improve teaching and learning in our state.”
Participants at the Summit represented CDE’s Pilot Districts and CLF’s Integration Districts, which span rural, suburban, and urban school districts throughout the state.