Designing the Future: Career-Ready Capstones

Commonly known as the Colorado paradox, the state faces an unusual problem - Colorado’s economy is thriving and jobs are plentiful, but we don’t have enough talent in the right areas - academic, industry-specific and key, cross-sector knowledge, skills, and dispositions - to fill these jobs and ensure meaningful access to in-demand careers and economic opportunity.

That’s why it’s important now, more than ever, to identify these in-demand competencies and support and share promising practices in developing these and improving education to career and life success pipelines.

Industry-aligned, performance tasks and graduation capstones are one promising resource to help students design the future and ensure all of our high school graduates are career ready.

Join us as educators from across the state unveil the newly developed, career-ready capstone performance tasks.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

8:30 a.m. - Registration and light breakfast

9 a.m. - Program and presentations begin

12 p.m. - Closing, next steps, and networking

Where: Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum

100 W 14 Ave. Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204

RSVP on the right by November 9

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For the past nine months, America Achieves’ Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship, in partnership with Colorado Succeeds and Project Lead The Way, worked with 28 educators from across Colorado to develop innovative, industry-aligned performance tasks and related resources that will help better prepare students to succeed in the Colorado workforce.

From the I-25 corridor to the Western Slope, we explored the Colorado industries driving our economy - like construction, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences. We worked with Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public School, Mesa Valley 51 School District, Denver School of Science and Technology, and Skyline High School in the St. Vrain School District to better understand current career-ready education standards and practices in Colorado.

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We partnered with Project Lead The Way to build a strong development foundation in project-based learning. All of these elements helped our Fellows develop performance tasks that will serve as exemplar resources for implementing and developing career-ready senior capstone projects - an initial step toward addressing the Colorado Paradox.

On December 7, our teams of educators will present their newly developed performance tasks, and we hope you will join us to learn more about and provide feedback on these exemplar tools and resources. Together, we can begin to reshape the focus of career-ready education in Colorado.

To learn more about the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship, including our Fellows, our process, and the project design and goals, please visit the the Fellowship’s home page.