RFP for Colorado Empowered Learning

posted Aug 28, 2020, 10:34 AM by Ken Haptonstall   [ updated Aug 28, 2020, 10:40 AM ]

Interested parties that would like to support CDLS efforts to meet the needs of learners and their families across Colorado for technical support should download the RFP document below.

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

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. 

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