Colorado River BOCES Releases 2019-20 Training Catalogue

posted Jul 23, 2019, 9:30 AM by Troy Lange   [ updated Jul 30, 2019, 11:14 AM by Denise Rahe ]

Colorado River BOCES is pleased to announce the release of our 2019-20 school year training offerings.  With emphasis in special education process, intervention, and nonviolent crisis intervention, staff will benefit from a variety of opportunities.  Please find the catalogue and calendar under the Programs and Services Tab on the top navigation bar.   Staff will not be reimbursed for attending any trainings, all trainings are for CEU's.

Rural BOCES Partners with 2gnoMe to Personalize Learning for its Teachers.

posted Jun 11, 2019, 7:24 AM by Troy Lange

The Colorado River BOCES and 2gnoMe have entered into a partnership to create a custom environment that informs the development of a tailored improvement plan and personalized professional learning experiences for educators, education administrators and system-level leaders. This portal will be based on the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards.

“Moving into a personalized professional learning model requires a bunch of little pieces and 2gnoMe sews it all together nicely,” said Troy Lange, Executive Director. “The advantage of having a system that is content agnostic, allows us to select from the best of all types of professional learning.”

The parties are also developing a similar portal based on the Colorado Special Education Standards for Educators, with a focus on providing teachers and school-level leaders with crucial information to support teachers’ efforts to improve their practice, implement innovative practices, and achieve better results for their students.

“It is an honor to be selected to help Colorado River scale its professional standards for educators,” said Ilya Zeldin, 2gnoMe CEO. “Hopefully, this data-driven approach can pave way for personalized learning in the rural communities where educators are spread over great distance and cannot afford to take time off for ‘one-size-fits-all’ training.”

About 2gnoMe

2gnoMe is a cloud-based platform that supports teachers with personalized professional learning. This award-winning approach enhances individual skills awareness and clarifies who needs what kind of learning in the first place. For education leaders, the platform makes it easy to create a holistic and continuous learning experience for every teacher – at scale, and to measure the usefulness and impact of the learning activity, on teacher retention and student outcomes. To learn more, visit or watch this 2-minute video at

About Colorado River BOCES

Colorado River BOCES is an educational service agency in the mountains of Colorado supporting member districts with special education, alternative school experiences, professional development, blended learning, and alternative licensure pathways for professionals looking to enter the education field. To learn more, visit

Ken Haptonstall Named Executive Director

posted Jun 5, 2019, 12:13 PM by Troy Lange   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 12:03 PM by Ken Haptonstall ]

Dr. Ken Haptonstall has been named by the Colorado River BOCES Board and Superintendents as the next Executive Director of the Colorado River BOCES.  Dr. Haptonstall will replace the current Executive Director who will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.  Dr. Haptonstall is uniquely suited for and familiar with the work of the Colorado River BOCES and our member districts.

Dr. Ken Haptonstall has served as the superintendent of schools for the Garfield 16 school district in Parachute, Colorado from 2008 – 2017 and for Mesa County School District No. 51 for the 2017-2018 school year. Most recently he has been employed by the Colorado River BOCES in developing an alternative licensure program that was just approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Prior to becoming the superintendent, he served one year as the assistant superintendent in Garfield 16. Dr. Haptonstall served as a principal and teacher in the Mesa County School district prior to working in Garfield 16. Dr. Haptonstall has a B.A. in History from Mesa State College, an M.A. in Leadership, Assessment and Curriculum Development from Colorado University Denver, and a PhD. from Capella University in Educational Leadership. 

Dr. Haptonstall has served on several state and national level committees, including the commissioner’s rural council, accountability 1.0 SB-163 committee, the RelCentral board of directors, the Innovation Lab Network as part of the CSSSO, and the capital construction board (BEST). Dr. Haptonstall also coordinates the bi-annual Western Slopes Superintendent Conference. 

Dr. Haptonstall has also served as an adjunct professor for Colorado Mesa University, Western State University, and Adams State University, teaching courses on school improvement, facilities management, curriculum and accountability, and 21st century schools. 

4th Annual Encourage~Nurture~Challenge Field Day

posted Mar 21, 2019, 8:10 AM by Kristy Slife   [ updated Mar 21, 2019, 8:59 AM ]


The Colorado River BOCES will be hosting the 4th Annual Encourage~Nurture~Challenge Field Day at Rifle High School, on May 9th, from 9:00-2:45. 

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.

The ENC Field Day will provide opportunities for these incredible kids (from Basalt to Parachute) to participate in track and field events with other students at the same ability level. Students will have the opportunity to run, throw, jump, make new friends, and have an all-around joyful time.

KMTS Connections Interview:


posted Dec 19, 2018, 12:46 PM by Troy Lange

Consistent with legislative guidelines, Colorado Empowered Learning currently has an open request for solutions for non-profit organizations interested in offering services under the program.  For more information on how to submit, please review our RFS here.

Colorado River BOCES Releases 2018-19 Training Catalogue

posted May 31, 2018, 8:58 AM by Troy Lange

Colorado River BOCES is pleased to announce the release of our 2018-19 school year training offerings.  With emphasis in special education process, intervention, and nonviolent crisis intervention, staff will benefit from a variety of opportunities.

Please find the catalogue and calendar under the Programs and Services Tab on the top navigation bar.

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