The Chief Council of State School Officers recently launched the Next State of Learning Project in response to the question, "What does innovation look like in public school classrooms across the nation?" The CCSSO identified 4 states exemplifying innovative practices and student-centered approaches to instruction - Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. The states are the first to be involved in CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network (ILN), which will work together to identify, test, and implement strategies which will transform the classroom experience.
The Medical & BioScience Academy (MBSA) at Longmont High School is now accepting applications from current 8th graders for fall 2016 enrollment in the MBSA program. Students who are interested in the health sciences, biotechnology, sports medicine, and allied health fields are encouraged to apply. Please download the full application instructions here.
On Saturday, December 5th, St Vrain educators and administrators learned about design thinking and its importance in not only our classrooms but in our professional work as well. As part of this year's district-wide design challenge, nearly 70 educators from across the district came together to flex their design thinking muscles and begin framing their thinking for this year's challenge.
Last week, K-2 students at Longmont Estates were able to participate in a hands-on STEM CU Discovery class about Polar Connections. Students learned about polar wildlife, climate, geography, and what it's like to live in that extreme environment. They were given the opportunity to compare rocks from Antarctica and Colorado, learn about insulation through experiments with ice, and test out different materials and how they hold up in the wind. We all learned that while it may be cold here in the winter, it's nothing like the extreme environments on our planet.
This week at Longmont Estates students and teachers celebrated the "Hour of Code." Each classroom actually went through coding rotations for an hour and a half. Students worked with their buddy classrooms on programming games at Code.org. Then they went into the STEM lab to help teach each other how to program our robots, Dash and Dot, Ollie, and Sphero. FInally, with help from volunteers at Intel, students learned about binary code in an unplugged activity. There has been a lot of excitement in the building about this, and it's prompted a few di
Timberline PK8 had a fabulous Family Engineering Night. Students were able to show their parents how they are engineers by working with them on some engineering stations. The families received a passport and were able to participate in 8 different stations. They learned about communication through lego building, roller coasters, how different materials make many sounds, creating the longest diving board with dominoes, how nature insipired our technolgoy, how stong are towers, learning about engineering jobs and building arches.
Skyline had a team that participated in the Young Rebels entrepreneurial competition. The Times Call ran a story about the event, including pictures of our team. The students (Alexis Aguirre, Tiffani Aranda, Marlene Cabrera, Ma'ata Mo'unga, and Denisse Silva Goytortua) worked hard to come up with a business plan for a company they would like to start.
K-5 students had the opportunity to learn about the scientific method in a late start CU Discovery class in early November. They went through a series of experiments about density, mass, and floating vs.
The Northridge VEX IQ Club started up in the month of October, 2015 for a total of 32 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. That's a total of EIGHT teams, up from four teams last year! Students began by learning the names of the components of a robot, and how to use notebooks to record tasks, ideate solutions, and test their prototypes as they build and reiterate their robots. They are learning how to follow directions, collaborate as teams, and take turns sharing responsibility as they build.
Trail Ridge Middle School and Westview Middle School were both recently awarded the title of "Apple Distinguished" schools, for demonstrating the five best practices designated by Apple to signify innovation in education with technology. The five characteristics are as follows:
1. Visionary Leadership: Leadership is evident not only in the school's administration, but also in teacher leaders, student self advocacy, and community involvement.