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School-Business Partnerships: What Works? 


Recent events, particularly related to the national discussion of immigration laws, have prompted student walkouts in some Colorado schools.

Additional activities are planned in early May that may lead to more student demonstrations. School leaders should be prepared to manage demonstrations so that they do not become a safety concern for students and others and so that disruption to the educational process is minimal. Below are suggested guidelines for school leaders.

You will also find potential questions you may receive from the media and a curriculum guide, "Current Issues of Immigration, 2006," to help teachers lead classroom discussions about immigration issues. The guide is prepared by the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan education organization. Thanks go to the Adams 12 Five Star Schools, the Boulder Valley Schools, and Colorado's Civic Mission of Schools Project whose materials were used to develop these guidelines and collateral materials.

Immigration Questions (Word document)
Current Issues of Immigration, 2006 (pdf file)
Student Demonstrations (Word document)


University of Colorado at Denver and Health Science Center's Executive Leadership Program.


Closing the Achievement Gap Surveys
School Version
District Version

K - 12 Tobacco Prevention Initiative
Funding, Training & Technical Assistance Opportunities for Schools

The State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP) has contracted with the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education (RMC) to provide funding, technical assistance and training to Colorado schools.

STEPP and RMC recognize that to be effective in preventing the use of tobacco by youth, schools need to consider developing a more comprehensive approach that goes beyond classroom instruction.  The five Essential Components of Effective Tobacco Prevention for Schools outlined below can provide a solid foundation for a comprehensive model of tobacco prevention in schools.

Click here for a pdf file with more information.

Colorado Sex Offender Management Board
Juvenile Standards Implementation Assessment Project

Are you familiar with the "Standards and Guidelines for the Evaluation, Assessment, Treatment and Supervision of Juveniles who have Committed Sexual Offenses?" The Division of Criminal Justice is conducting an Assessment Project to determine the status of implementation of the Standards around the state.  

Click here for a pdf file with more information.




Results of school bond elections 1993-present
Historical Study of Bond Elections



Effects of School Leadership on Student Achievement


New research continues to emerge on the effects of school leadership on student achievement, and, in the current climate of education reform, school districts have begun to pay close attention to the recruitment and development of their principals. This attention has taken various forms -- exploring innovative and effective practices; grooming people from within the ranks in the form of district-university partnerships; establishing academies to help certify and develop principals; and investigating the feasibility of re-training professionals from outside education. We also know that many are struggling to devise effective school leadership development strategies in response to their unique challenges. e-Lead was developed to ensure that all school districts have ready access to information about quality school leadership development strategies. This free website describes the principles of professional development for school leaders, catalogues over 30 school leadership development programs in place across the United States, and provides a Leadership Library that contains links to information, articles, tools and resources on topics ranging from action research and professional learning communities to mentoring and supplying the principal pipeline. www.e-lead.org.

The View from Inside: A Candid Look at Today's School Superintendent
View the news release
View the entire study (narrative plus appendices). (pdf format)
View just the narrative.(pdf format)
View just the appendices. (pdf format)

www.gradeconnect.com Grade Connect is a free web-based course management system. Its primary feature is an online gradebook (which automatically calculates quarter grades.) Grade Connect allows teachers to post assignments, announcements and email students in bulk. Click the link above to visit their Web site.

Overview of Colorado’s School Support Process

A television series about ways to ensure children's educational success. Click here for more information.

The National School Public Relations Association catalog of school PR resources.

www.helpforschools.com is a Web site that brings together useful Internet sites for educators within an easy to use searchable database.

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