For CO Fellows

It is our pleasure to congratulate you on being selected to join the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship! 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.


Fellowship Meeting Dates - 2018

  • Launch Convening: Evening of Thursday, March 15 - Saturday, March 17, 2018 (Denver)
  • Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, April 18, 6 - 7:30 p.m. MST
  • June Convening: Evening of Wednesday, June 6 - Friday, June 8 (Fort Collins)

Tentative MEETING Dates - 2018

  • Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, July 18, 2 - 3:30 p.m. MST
  • September Convening: Evening of Thursday, September 13 - Saturday, September 15 (Grand Junction)
  • Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, November 7, 6-7:30 p.m. MST
  • December Convening: Evening of Thursday, December 6 - Saturday, December 8 (Denver)

We will update and confirm in-person and virtual meeting dates as soon as they are finalized. 


Resources

  • Shared Google folder - here.
  • Activity Reporting Form - here.
  • Fellowship contact list - here.

Colorado Post-Webinar Survey: April 2018



Webinar Feedback
Please rate the quality of each of the sections in tonight's webinar from 1 (not valuable) to 5 (very valuable)





Fellowship & Virtual Collaboration Feedback


Performance Task Group Preference
At our June convening we will begin developing the industry-aligned performance tasks.



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Colorado Fellowship June Convening Registration



June Meeting Registration


As a reminder, all Fellows who attend the required in-person and virtual meetings and fully participate in the Fellowship project receive a $2,500 stipend (paid in two $1,250 increments in June and December) and are reimbursed for travel related costs, per America Achieves' policy. The stipend is for your time at the convenings and while working on the Fellowship project; if you are unable to attend a convening, we cannot provide you that portion of the stipend. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. 







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April 18 Webinar



Pre-Convening Work 

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.
  • If you don’t have a Twitter account, please set one up. It’s quick and easy. For those of you who are new to Twitter, here’s a quick guide.
  • 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?
  • Resources:
  • 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?

OR

  • 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 SkillsP21 Life and Career SkillsMyWays 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?

Travel and Reimbursement Policies

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.

Booking Travel

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

Mileage

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. 

Ground Transportation 

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. 

Parking

America Achieves will cover your parking during Fellowship meetings. Please lookout for specific parking instructions prior to the meeting.

Hotel

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.

Meals

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.

Receipts and Reimbursement

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 fellowship.support@americaachieves.org after the meeting. 

Please reach out to cheri.farrior@americaachieves.org with any questions or concerns.