St. Vrain featured in CCSSO Project Exploring Innovation in States

States are leading efforts to create innovative opportunities in public school classrooms around the country, but what does that innovation look like?

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today launched the Next State of Learning project to showcase how states are transforming public education by scaling locally led innovations with a strong focus on student outcomes.

Next State of Learning highlights four states - Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire and Wisconsin - that are part of CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network (ILN). Through the ILN, a group of states is taking action to identify, test and implement student-centered approaches to learning that transform the traditional classroom. 

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St. Vrain Highlighted for Colorado

St. Vrain Valley Schools was selected to represent Colorado in the project and was chosen for the district's ongoing emphasis on innovation, technology and integrated learning.

"The work of the states in our Innovation Lab Network is more important than ever," said CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich.

"As Congress works to finalize the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, states will have a stable federal policy that not only provides additional flexibility but also space for innovative models. Many of our states now have policies in place to encourage personalizing education for every child while at the same time maintaining a strong focus on outcomes for all kids."

The stories in Next State of Learning are glimpses into the innovative initiatives underway in several ILN states across the country. 

Colorado's Department of Education has learned from, and scaled, successful initiatives stemming from local districts. The St. Vrain school district has worked to build a pipeline of innovation throughout their elementary, middle, and high schools, fueling innovative approaches to STEM education.

"I think there is a very important tension right now between having a way to hold the system accountable for not leaving anybody out and being able to personalize to kids and help ignite what is unique and awesome about each of them," says Gretchen Morgan, the Colorado Department of Education's Associate Commissioner of Innovation, Choice and Engagement.