Graduation Guidelines Summit
The Graduation Guidelines Summit was planned by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) and Jobs for the Future (JFF), in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Educators participated free of charge thanks to the generosity of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
“Colorado is one of a handful of states leading the charge to prepare students now for a future of work that is rapidly evolving,” said Rebecca Wolfe, associate vice president at Jobs for the Future. “Today’s gathering provided an exciting opportunity for districts and schools from all over Colorado to showcase how learner-centered practices enable students to engage with rigorous content and develop the deeper learning and career skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education and career success.”
Participants had a variety of opportunities to learn from their peers about implementing measures that align innovative teaching practices with state policy.
The day began with Lessons from the Field, a keynote session that addressed the process involved to transition to a personalized, competency-based approach. Principal Bill Summers and Superintendent George Welsh from Cañon City Schools discussed their strategies for shifting culture and implementing a work-based learning curriculum. The transformation of Cañon City High School into a career pathways institution resonated with many who are working to provide avenues for students to discover where their interests lie and pursue appropriate instruction.