Newsletter: January 2019

 
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"The idea for these career-ready performance tasks came from a need unique to Colorado. The state’s economy is thriving and job opportunities are abundant, but it doesn’t have enough of the right talent to fill these jobs. That’s where the Colorado Educator Voice Fellowship came in.”— Lance Hostetter, Colorado Program Manager

On December 7, 2018, our Colorado Educator Voice Fellows presented their drafts of career-ready capstones to panels of expert guests. Developed by educators in collaboration with Colorado Succeeds, Project Lead the Way, and local and state businesses, these performance tasks are classroom resources that allow high school students to demonstrate mastery of skills and competencies through industry-aligned projects—and help them graduate ready for career and life success.

Standing on stage at the Denver Art Museum, groups of Colorado educators took turns holding the microphone and advocating for high-quality career readiness. They described how the performance tasks they designed over the past year help students become career-ready by taking a deeper interest in their studies, experiencing improved learning outcomes, and developing critical cross-sector competencies.

The panels—which included former State Senator Mike Johnston, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova, Jeffco Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Matt Flores, Colorado Department of Education Graduation Guidelines Manager Robin Russel, former President of CareerWise Colorado Gretchen Morgan, and high school students—provided feedback on the performance tasks. Audience members were invited to ask questions and offer insights.

In a recent blog post, Colorado Program Manager Lance Hostetter reflected on the work accomplished in the past year and considered what’s next. “The work isn’t done,” he said. “We hope to see these capstone projects used in schools and districts across the US to support students’ mastery of core content and career-ready, cross-sector competencies. We will continue to reflect, revise, and grow in this work.”

Currently, the Colorado Fellows are working to incorporate feedback and finalize the performance tasks. We are excited to share with you all the Fellows’ exemplar performance tasks in the coming weeks—stay tuned!

You can visit the performance tasks resource page on our website to learn about the process used to develop high-quality, career-ready performance tasks and how to build capacity for similar work.

All the best,

The Educator Networks Team

 

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