The America Achieves Educator Networks works to increase the number of students who have access to and complete a quality education pathway that leads to career and life success.
Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you and help you elevate your voice to advance college and career readiness initiatives in Colorado. This page will be updated on a regular basis to include information and resources to utilize throughout the program.
Launch Convening: Evening of Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Denver)
Webinar: Wednesday, April 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m. MST
June Convening: Evening of Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8 (Fort Collins)
Webinar: Wednesday, July 18, 2 - 3:30 p.m. MST
September Convening: Evening of Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15 (Grand Junction)
Webinar: Wednesday, October 17, 6-7:30 p.m. MST
Webinar: Wednesday, November 7, 6-7:30 p.m. MST
December Convening & Showcase: Evening of Thursday, December 6 - Saturday, December 8 (Denver)
Oct. 3: Revised performance task
Oct. 17: Webinar
Oct. 24 Revised rubric
Nov. 7: Webinar
Nov. 9: Complete performance task, rubric, and supporting materials including teacher guide
Nov. 15: Draft Showcase Presentation
Nov. 30: Final Showcase Presentation
Review articles on equity and access. As we continue to develop performance tasks, we will begin to plan how we make the tasks accessible to all students. To that end, please review each of the resources below and come prepared for this discussion.
Shared Google folder - here
We reviewed the claims and evidences that were submitted and adjusted format and ensured consistency across the different sector submission. Please review the edits and suggestions and incorporate feedback as appropriate by June 6. Please review documents labeled as Claims-Evidence followed by industry name (e.g. Claims-Evidences IT). This is the final step in your industry research groups, and it’s important to complete as this information will help inform the work of new groups and the development of our performance tasks. During our first session, each group will share out. Please select a member of your industry research group to be the presenter.
As we prepare for the June convening, you’ll want to come armed with up-to-date knowledge of trends related to your new group and industry sector. Please familiarize yourselves with the industry research and claims and evidences as prepared by the now former industry teams. Please note that the claims and evidence documents are in the review process as you review.
The purpose of your industry research is to share with one another to inspire your thinking as you prepare to build relevant, real-world tasks for students. They will help provide a shared knowledge base, trigger additional avenues for investigation, and propel your group forward as you begin to consider potential performance tasks during the June convening. As you comb through resources, consider these highlights:
Future industry trends
Unique industry protocols/processes/achievements
Unsettling industry-specific problems
Unexpected synergies or connections to other industries
As you read, prepare to come to Fort Collins armed with questions and ideas that might inform performance task development.
In preparation for our visit to Tolmar, please review the Tolmar website, read this two-pager, and watch this video. Additionally, please read, sign, and bring with you this nondisclosure agreement. The tour will last a little over an hour and will be followed up by an informal conversation with Tolmar employees. Please come prepared to ask questions that will help you better understand the industry and develop related performance tasks.
Intro to PBL, Task Development, and Group Work Sessions
Task Development and Group Work Session
We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us, including our first convening, March 15-17 in Denver. To prepare for the convening, we ask that you complete a few tasks:
It’s important to us that we better understand your interests and needs, including your prior experiences and the contexts for your work. Given that, please take some time over the next week to complete the pre-program survey on our website.
Please take time before March 15 to carefully read the resources below. Each resource will help frame the March sessions and site visits. As you read these, consider and be prepared to discuss the following guiding questions:
What are the major trends in the changing nature of work in the 21st century and what forces are behind these? In what ways you have seen your own personal and professional life and your students’ lives shifting in the past 3-5 years? I what ways are these similar or different?
What is meant by the tiering of jobs in Colorado? What are the distinctions between Tier 1 and Tier 2 Top Jobs and what surprised you? Why might these matter, particularly for high schoolers and our work?
What are the 21st century career readiness skills that are in high demand by employers (also called “in-demand” and “baseline skills in these articles)? In what ways, if any, are these reflected in work (e.g., curriculum, assessments, learning experiences, professional development accountability) in your district, school/community college, and/or classroom? How might they be?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What it means, How to respond, by Klaus Schwab, Economic World Forum.
CO Talent Pipeline Report, published by the Colorado Workforce Development Council.
The Human Factor: The Hard Time Employers have Finding Soft Skills, published by Burning Glass Technologies
Additionally, research and reflect on how career readiness is framed at your institution/organization (e.g., school, district, community college). (Note: Elementary and middle school staff may need to consult their feeder high schools or district resources.) Create 2-3 PowerPoint/Prezi slides addressing the following, and be prepared to share at our first meeting:
What, if any, national, state, or locally-developed definition of career readiness does your institution use? What specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions (aka competencies, employability skills, in-demand, baseline, or essential skills) does this include? (Summarize if needed.)
Where and how are this definition and the targeted competencies communicated to teachers/school staff, students, and/or families?
How, if at all, does your institution measure career readiness? If data are available, what do the measures say about the readiness of the class of 2017 as compared to prior HS cohorts?
If your institution does not explicitly define career readiness and specific skills, review either a national or state set of career readiness competencies (e.g., Colorado Essential Skills, P21 Life and Career Skills, MyWays Student Success Framework). Create 2-3 PowerPoint/Prezi slides addressing the following, and be prepared to share at our first meeting:
How were the skills identified/developed (e.g., survey, review of job postings, committee)? Who was involved in the process?
What specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions (aka competencies, employability skills, in-demand, baseline, or essential skills) does this include? (Summarize if needed.)
How, if at all, is career readiness measured? (Or how might it be?)
What, if anything, do we know about the readiness of today’s students toward these skills?
What, if any, strategies (e.g., instructional activities, assessments, student experiences) are recommended to help students develop these skills? What challenges exist?
America Achieves is pleased to cover travel, ground transportation, lodging, and meal costs for educators while attending Fellowship meetings. America Achieves is not able to reimburse for incidentals, alcohol, unapproved flight/train changes or cancellation fees, and internet service on flights/trains.
America Achieves is happy to book your travel for you or, if the total cost of your round-trip travel is within the parameters below, you may book your travel without consulting us. By choosing to have America Achieves book your travel, you will be responsible for reimbursing America Achieves for the cost of the ticket and any change fees, if you do not attend the meeting. If the cost of travel is above the amounts listed below, please contact us for approval before purchasing.
Travel less than 3 hours / up to 1,500 miles away: round-trip ticket should cost no more than $320
Travel more than 3 hours / farther than 1,500 miles away: round-trip ticket should cost no more than $440
America Achieves will cover your mileage when driving to Fellowship meetings at the 2018 federal rate of 54.5 cents/mile. This mileage allowance is in lieu of actual expenses for gasoline, oil, repairs, tags, insurance, and depreciation. Please attach a screenshot of your route to your reimbursement form to receive compensation for the use of your personal car.
America Achieves will cover your taxi/cab/subway ride to the train station or airport and to and from the meeting venue. Please ensure you retain all receipts when taking a ground transportation. Private cars/drivers, are not eligible for reimbursement.
America Achieves will cover your parking during Fellowship meetings. Please lookout for specific parking instructions prior to the meeting.
America Achieves will cover your own (individual) hotel room for the duration of the Fellowship meeting, including tax. Please be sure to bring your ID and credit card for incidentals, as we will cover the room and tax only. Unless pre-approved by staff, any additional items (movies, snacks in your room, bar or restaurant, etc.) purchased by you during your stay is your financial responsibility. If you encounter any unforeseen circumstances or last-minute emergencies, and do not think you will be staying at the hotel after all, please contact us as soon as possible. We want to be sure you are okay as well as cancel any unused hotel rooms to avoid a penalty.
America Achieves will cover your meals whiling traveling to Fellowship meetings and any meals designated as "on your own". We are unable to reimburse for alcohol or meals that are already provided at the convening. Total daily meal expenses should not exceed the following: Breakfast - $10, Lunch - $20, and Dinner - $30.
America Achieves will process reimbursements for pre-approved travel, mileage, ground transportation, and meals after the meeting. All eligible reimbursement forms must be accompanied by an itemized receipt and, if requesting mileage reimbursement, a screenshot of the route driven must be provided. All items purchased are subject to the Fellowship’s discretion and if deemed unacceptable may not be reimbursed. If you are in doubt, please check with us first. Please note that reimbursements are deposited directly into Fellows' bank accounts and typically arrive within 4-6 weeks after the submission deadline. Please download, complete, and send this reimbursement form along with your itemized receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org after the meeting.
Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or concerns.