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Sand Creek International Published in National Case Study as One of the Nation's Most Innovative Schools!
Here is the national press release about the case study:
SAND CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HARRISON SCHOOL DISTRICT 2
NAMED ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST INNOVATIVE DISTRICTS
AASA and SPN highlight Sand Creek’s unique achievements in a case study
Colorado Springs, Colorado — How can we teach students the value and importance of lifelong learning if we ourselves are not exhibiting the characteristics of a lifelong learner? This was the question educators at Sand Creek Elementary School in Colorado Springs confronted as they set out to create a vision of a truly learner-centric model. With a team of empowered, motivated teachers, Sand Creek’s educators have found ways to provide for their economically disadvantaged students advantages and opportunities otherwise inaccessible to them out of an impassioned commitment to molding bright futures for all.
The innovation it unleashed, caught the eye or AASA (The School Superintendents Association) and SPN (Successful Practices Network), who selected Sand Creek Elementary as one of the most innovative schools in the United States. In a newly released case study, educators can read how a school embodies lifelong learning in the quest to provide all students greater opportunity and advantages.
In 2017, AASA and SPN joined forces to search nationwide for the districts challenging the status quo to find groundbreaking and original ways to meet students’ changing and complex needs. The intention is to celebrate bold innovators in education and report their experiences in case studies to benefit of all educators. Throughout 2018, all 25 case studies will be released to educators wanting to learn from the successes of these districts.
Click below to read the entire case study about our school!
Innovative School Case Study on Sand Creek
Each year, the Colorado Department of Education publishes a School Performance Framework for each school in the state. The district and school performance frameworks provide a snapshot of the district or school's level of attainment on academic achievement, growth, growth gaps and postsecondary readiness. Sand Creek is rated at the highest rating possible in the state of Colorado, which is green for "Performance". Attached you can see the breakdown of how we earned this rating on our most recent School Performance Framework.
Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award 2019 from the Colorado Department of Education
The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and "meet or exceed" expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.
Centers of Excellence Award 2016, 2017 and 2018 from the Colorado Department of Education
Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes public schools in the state that enroll a student population of which at least 75 percent are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools have demonstrated impressive results on the indicator relating to longitudinal academic growth. This award program was established in 2009 by the Education Accountability Act of 2009 (S.B. 09-163).
Healthy School Champion
Every year, the Colorado Education Initiative Healthy School Champions Program recognizes Colorado schools for their success at creating a healthy school environment and implementing effective school health efforts. CEI singles out schools that have excelled at creating health and wellness programs that support student learning. Each year schools are selected that have demonstrated the critical link between student health and academic achievement. In 2018 Sand Creek Health and Wellness programs were awarded this honor for the 6th year in a row!