The CO Rural Ed Collaborative is growing!
In the last month the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative has welcomed seven new members:
• Holly School District RE-3
• Kim School District RE-88
• Kiowa County School District Re-1
• Lamar School District RE-2
• McClave School District RE-2
• Springfield School District RE-4
• Walsh School District RE-1
With these additions, we are now at 30 member districts, reaching over 12,000 students and 987 teachers across 7 BOCES! Check out the map to see our footprint. We look forward to continued collaboration to improve rural educational opportunity and economic prosperity.
2016 Share Fair Partnership
We are excited to offer another awesome opportunity for rural teacher professional development with our partners at Share Fair Nation! Last month we administered superintendent and teacher surveys to gather feedback on the 2015 Rural Share Fair. We will use the feedback to determine the best dates and programming for this year’s Share Fair event. Stay tuned for a Save the Date!
Teacher Practice Network
Nineteen teacher curators and two lead curators were selected for the CO Teacher Practice Network, representing 13 Collaborative districts! Curators attended an onboarding webinar this week so they are ready to jump into the work. We could not have done it without the encouragement and leadership of our Superintendents and BOCES! Thank you!
Rural Teacher Recruitment and Retention
CSU–Pueblo and South Central BOCES have started marketing the pilot teacher recruitment immersion experience in Huerfano School District in May. Partners are designing community engagement experiences for teacher candidates that, research shows, increases the chances of them choosing to teach in rural communities. This pilot will inform additional recruitment immersion experiences in SC BOCES and, eventually, across the Collaborative.
Rural Teacher Preparation
Sixteen teacher candidates are participating in our shared concurrent enrollment credentialing pilot in partnership with CSU–Global Campus and Santa Fe Trail BOCES. Teachers will gain either a Master's degree or 18 credit hours’ certification to teach ELA or Math concurrent enrollment courses.
Congratulations to the Fowler School District R4J community, which has fundraised $150,000 in grant awards and $57,600 in donations toward school building remodeling projects. Way to go!