Next Generation Learning Takes Major Step Forward
The banners going up at Westminster High School and Ranum Middle School tell you instantly that something pretty special is happening in these buildings.
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The two schools are part of a unique partnership with the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to redesign the classrooms of the future to ensure that students are ready for life after graduation. The schools will build upon District 50’s Competency Based System (CBS) to design successful learning programs that align with Colorado’s new graduation guidelines.
At Westminster High and Ranum Middle, teacher and student schedules are being adjusted to ensure that time and technology is used more effectively. The schools are receiving $220,000 a piece over three years to take their work from the planning stage to full implementation for students this fall.
Teams from both schools will work through the summer months to fine tune their programs and get staff and students onboard. “This is an exciting process that is going to lead us to an incredible place,” said Shannon Willy, Principal at Ranum Middle School. “We have set lofty goals to try and close the achievement gap for our students.”
Next Generation Learning Director Sam Olson met with the Board of Education last week to provide details about the partnership in advance of a summer of intense design work.
“We are so thankful to have the leadership of Adams 50 at the district and school level at the table,” she said.
Two schools from Colorado Springs School District 11 and the Thompson School District have also been selected to participate in the project. “The reason we are investing so deeply in this work is because we want to spread the work to other schools across the district and the state,” Olson told the Board. “We want this work to become the norm and not the exception.”
Posted May 7, 2015