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ERIC Number: ED517871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 74
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
CAP4K Teacher Tour: Aligning State-Level Support with Classroom-Level Needs
Colorado Department of Education
In January 2009, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Education Association (CEA) initiated a 13-city teacher tour to engage teachers in a statewide discussion about CAP4K, its relevance to practice, its impact on teaching and learning and the kind of help that teachers would find useful for classroom implementation. Between January and March, CDE and CEA visited with approximately 500 teachers in Denver, Lamar, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Sterling, Limon, Durango, Alamosa, Pueblo, Telluride, Grand Junction, Eagle and Burlington. In addition to conversation about the status of education in Colorado and components of current reform efforts, participants responded to two main questions: (1) What impact will the next generation of standards and assessments have on teaching and learning?; and (2) What support will teachers need to implement the next generation of standards and assessments? Overwhelmingly, teachers across the state are willing and wanting to embrace change--when it's the right kind of change for the right reasons. The above statement set the stage early on, spoken by a veteran teacher at the first meeting in Denver. Subsequent conversations yielded four main findings: (1) Teachers want to be engaged in Colorado's education reform. Without strong teacher buy-in and conversations led at the classroom level, the potential CAP4K holds to redefine teaching and learning for this state may be compromised; (2) Successful design and implementation of CAP4K will result in a true competency-based system where relevance and motivation have new meaning, for both teachers and students; (3) The impact of the next generation of standards and assessments on teaching and learning will be aligned systems, clear expectations and greater transparency around what it takes for all students to succeed after high school; and (4) To implement the next generation of standards and assessments, education professionals must partner in new ways that deliver 21st century support for 21st century teaching and learning. Appendices include: (1) Denver meeting notes; (2) Lamar meeting notes; (3) Colorado Springs meeting notes; (4) Ft. Collins meeting notes; (5) Sterling meeting notes; (6) Limon meeting notes; (7) Durango meeting notes; (8) Alamosa meeting notes; (9) Pueblo meeting notes; (10) Telluride meeting notes; (11) Grand Junction meeting notes; (12) Eagle meeting notes; and (13) Burlington meeting notes. [This paper was prepared in close collaboration with the Colorado Education Association.]
Colorado Department of Education. State Office Building, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Colorado