Future Ready Leaders

The Office of Educational Technology recognizes that "strong leadership is essential to systemic, sustainable change in education." As such, the department has highlighted superintendents and districts who embody the forward-thinking leadership necessary to continuously improve education. Dr. Don Haddad and St Vrain Valley Schools were among those highlighted in a series of 50 short, high-quality videos promoting best practices in future ready leadership for schools.

Lights and Lasers!


5th Graders visit NOAA

Rocket Works!

Rocket Works! came to Longmont Estates at the end of March.  It was a reward for students who participated in the Longmont Estates Innovation Fair back in January.  Rocket Works! is a program run through the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Engineers Share Their Career Journey with 8th Graders

As part of a partnership with CU's Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (Xsci), Timberline teachers have collaborated with local STEM professionals to develop projects for middle schoolers. 8th graders at Timberline PK-8 are working on a career exploration project. Monthly guest speakers who work in STEM-related fields come to school to talk about different career opportunities and the multiple pathways to attain them. Several of the guests have opted to return on other days to help students work on their projects.

Timberline Takes 2nd Place at District Design Challenge

Industry and Education Partnerships

Partnerships between Industry and Education are providing schools with some fantastic opportunities for student learning.  As part of a $20,000 grant, some SVVSD schools, including Alpine Elementary, are partnering with Bitsbox to explore coding in JavaScript in the classroom.  Bitsbox is a website where kids can learn computer programming.  They build apps on the site and can load them to their mobile device.  Why code, and why use JavaScript?  Here’s what Bitsbox has to say:

In St Vrain, Robotics Integration Starts in Preschool

February 6, 2016, 12:00am  |  St Vrain Valley School District Twenty-first century education is constantly evolving. With new technologies being developed daily, it’s more important than ever that students learn to be innovators as well as learners.

STEM Day at the Capitol

Colorado Succeeds (an organization dedicated to continuous improvement in our state's education system) hosted a STEM day at the Capitol for local educators and policy makers to meet with legislators to discuss current issues and bills that affect STEM education in our state. The morning began with a panel discussion around the importance of industry and education partnerships in advancing STEM programming for all students.

District Innovation Design Challenge

St Vrain's 2015-16 district-wide innovation design challenge, sponsored by the Education Foundation for the St Vrain Valley, focused on incorporating the 6 Essential Components for Learning Technology into our classrooms and working through possible processes to holistically integrate learning technology as it becomes ubiquitous through