Date: November 7, 2018

The Roaring Fork Schools co-hosted a state-wide symposium on capstones with the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness. The symposium took place in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, November 6, and over 100 educators and administrators from all over Colorado attended the event.  

Beginning with the class of 2021, Colorado’s seniors will demonstrate their graduation readiness according to CDE’s new graduation guidelines, which include a menu of college and career-ready demonstrations, such as capstones. Schools and districts are working with their communities to implement various menu options, especially capstones, and this symposium provided an opportunity to learn more about this model.

Last year was the first year that all graduates in the Roaring Fork Schools were required by the district’s Board-approved graduation requirements to complete a capstone project to graduate. Though only in its second year of program implementation, the Roaring Fork Schools were invited to co-host the event as a capstones leader in the state.

“We are proud to be leaders in the statewide effort to provide these kinds of learning experiences for our students and are enthusiastic to have so many capstones colleagues with whom to share and learn,” said Superintendent Rob Stein.

The district’s capstones team and CDE staff structured the symposium so that participants would learn from local practitioners about the Roaring Fork Schools’ capstone program. Participants had the opportunity to engage with teachers and administrators in peer schools about expectations, plans, and program ideas for capstones and hear from a student panel about their capstone experiences.

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