Bridging the Gap Special Education Parent Newsletter

posted Aug 30, 2021, 8:17 AM by Kristy Slife   [ updated Aug 30, 2021, 8:19 AM ]

Please click on the link below for the Bridging the Gap Parent Newsletter.

Colorado River BOCES - CTE Presentation In Parachute

posted Mar 10, 2021, 8:36 AM by Ken Haptonstall

When: March 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Grand Valley Fire Protection District Station 124 Stone Quarry Road, Parachute, CO 

What: Learn about the future of education with engaging new career technical education pathways designed with and supported by industries, communities, and schools.

For more information please contact: Dr. Scott Cooper, Colorado River BOCES CTE Coordinator at Colorado River BOCES:

CLD Professional Development

posted Oct 20, 2020, 9:03 AM by Ken Haptonstall

Educators are required to obtain professional development to be able to re-certify. The Colorado Department of Education provides a list of approved programs that will lead to certification of professional development and contact hours. A very good program is the one offered by Mountain BOCES and can be accessed for a $50 administration fee. Click HERE to sign up for the Mountain BOCES courses.

K-3 Educators needing Read Act Training

posted Oct 20, 2020, 8:59 AM by Ken Haptonstall

The Colorado Department of education is offering free professional development. When completed, the Department will provide a certificate that can be submitted with re-licensure indicating completion of an approved program. Click HERE to access the link page. 

June 3, 2020 CRBOCES Board Meeting Agenda

posted Jun 2, 2020, 11:33 AM by Ken Haptonstall

Colorado River BOCES - Looking towards the future

posted Mar 11, 2020, 9:49 AM by Ken Haptonstall

Colorado River BOCES is looking towards a bright future. Over the course of this past year, we have been working with our member districts to determine how we can better support our member districts. The superintendent's and board members have worked to define a new Strategic Focus for the next few years. Some of that focus will be to insure we are providing the best special education support we can to the members of our administrative unit. We are also working to expand our work in three other key areas. 

1. We will be working to add more support in for the Students we serve. Continuing the great work at Yampah Mountain High school and adding Career and Technical Education support, lower cost concurrent enrollment courses, outdoor  and experiential education programming, mental health support for students and alternative pathways to graduation.
2. Working to provide more opportunities for the Staff members in our BOCES and region. We will continue to grow and refine our alternative licensure program, we have been approved for teacher, principal and administrator induction, we are working to develop paraprofessional courses that can lead to teacher certification, engaging with external partners to provide travel abroad opportunities for educators, developing leadership training for aspiring school leaders, and developing support for the mental health needs for our adults.
3. We will be working to add more support in for the Systems we serve, including hiring a professional development coordinator to support MTSS, 504, mental health first aid and other programming needed in our BOCES and throughout the region. 

If you want to see more information about the future work, please visit the Programs and Services page and click on the Strategic Focus link.

Colorado River BOCES is partnering with eNetLearning and iLearn Collaborative

posted Mar 11, 2020, 8:25 AM by Ken Haptonstall

Colorado River BOCES is partnering with eNetLearning and iLearnCollaborative to provide high-quality professional development courses for teachers. Staff members can take short courses to enhance their knowledge around using technology in their classrooms. Many of the courses offer both MA level credit and renewal credit for license renewal. If you are interested, click the eNetLearning or iLearnCollaborative text or find their banners on the CRBOCES home page. 

5th Annual Encourage~Nurture~Challenge Field Day

posted Feb 24, 2020, 11:22 AM by Kristy Slife   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 1:40 PM ]

@ Rifle High School

The ENC Field Day is a day for students with disabilities to discover new experiences, learn new skills, 
and celebrate their own successes. Our hope is to provide a safe environment for students to step out and 
have the courage and confidence to try something that they may not try in other settings.

YouTube Video

Colorado River BOCES Awarded Teacher Retention Grant

posted Nov 20, 2019, 9:17 AM by Ken Haptonstall

Colorado River BOCES was awarded a Colorado Department of Education Grant to support the expansion of Induction programming to a three year program and the development of a mentor training program to certify mentors to work in the expanded induction program within their systems and across other systems, through electronic means to broaden the capacity of high quality mentors. The mentor program is set to start this coming spring, with the multi-year induction starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

Colorado River BOCES Board gives approval to look at expanded services across the member districts.

posted Nov 20, 2019, 9:13 AM by Ken Haptonstall

On November 11th, the Colorado River BOCES Board approved by unanimous consent to move forward with the CRBOCES staff to begin planning to expand services for member districts. Focusing in on four strategic areas, Special Education Services, Student Support, Staff Support and System Support, BOCES staff will work throughout the remainder of this school year in developing implementation plans to expand services in support of the children we serve. The expanded services include:

Working with the Superintendent’s, we have established the following areas to begin working on in anticipation of moving forward by the 2020-2021 school year. The areas are divided into four essential components:

Special Education: It if the intent of the BOCES to maintain and improve quality services for AU and Non-Au members. The refinement of personnel needs and how to bear the cost of services across the BOCES will be determined as we research next steps with all school systems.

Students: The SAC feels there are specific areas where the BOCES can provide high quality student services that support the mission/vision of each member system. The following are the areas that we are anticipating supporting next school year.

  • Yampah Mountain High School Alternative and Teen Parent Programming

  • Planning for a CTE center and infusion of CTE programming in local schools

  • Enhanced concurrent enrollment opportunities and cost reduction

  • Outdoor and Experiential Education Programming

  • Mental Health Support for students

  • Alternative Pathways to Graduation

Staff: The SAC feels there are specific areas where the BOCES can provide high quality staff services that support the mission/vision of each member system. The following are the areas that we are anticipating supporting next school year.

  • Alternative Licensure

  • Induction and Mentor Training

  • Paraprofessional Training and “Grow your own programs”

  • Summer Teacher Education Conference and Travel Abroad Teacher Education Programs

  • Leadership Training for aspiring school leaders

  • Mental Health Support for staff

Systems:  The SAC feels there are specific areas where the BOCES can provide high quality services for each system, that support the mission/vision of each BOCES  member. The following are the areas that we are anticipating supporting next school year.

  • Third Party Investigations

  • Educator Effectiveness Council

  • Administrator Induction and Support

  • Third Party Special Education Services Audits

  • Regional and State-wide Purchasing

  • MTSS Training and Support

  • 504 Training and Support

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