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Rural Summit, Graduate Internships, International SEL Conversation, New Staff, AND MORE!

CSU Innovation Lab Evaluates GSN's SEL Program, BGS Celebrates 2017 Commencement, GSN Featured on Radio Conversation, AND MORE!

GSN Presents at CO State Capitol on Bullying, Taproot Benefits New GSN Program, GSN Hosts 2nd Year of TLP Retreats, AND MORE!

CSU-Global and Colorado Rural Education Collaborative Prepare Rural K-12 Educators for Dual Enrollment Instruction, Giving Students a Head Start on College and Saving Families Money

In response to the changing credentialing requirements, CSU-Global and the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative created a program to provide grants to rural teachers to pay for the graduate level coursework in English and Mathematics so they could teach dual enrollment. The pilot program was funded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education through a competitive grant and offered in partnership with the Santa Fe Trail Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (SFTBOCES), Battelle for Kids and Generation Schools Network through the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative, and Otero Junior College.

Record Number Military & Exploration Workshop, BGS Conducts College Trip, Monte Vista and Bennett Join TLP, AND MORE!

Military & Exploration Workshops, BGS Peak Readiness Events, CREC Membership Surges to 45 Districts, AND MORE!

Brooklyn High School Students "Meet the Builders" at the NY City Department of Design and Construction

Long Island City, NY – On March 29th, Thirty 11th and 12th graders from…

GSN Store is LIVE, CREC Genesis Groups Launched, Presentation to NYCDOE Parent Coordinators, AND MORE!

GSN Featured in Center for American Progress, 4th Immersion Experience A Big Success, AND MORE!

Stanford University Case Study at Pagosa Elementary, Awarded the Math Science Partnership Grant, AND MORE!

Ignacio School District Removed from Turnaround List, GSN Supports Schools in Diagnostic Review & Improvement Plans, AND MORE!

Awarded Two Anti-Bullying Grants, BGS Hosts Middle School Open House, AND MORE!

CREC Progress to Date

Check out how our members (33 Districts Strong!) And see what they've been working on this year!

New Colorado Rural Education Collaborative Member, College Application Week at BGS, AND MORE!

GSN Partnering in Providing Immersion Experiences and Teacher Recruitment in Rural Colorado

Military Careers Day a Big Success, GSN Staff Gather for Team Building, AND MORE!

Rural Teacher Recruitment Celebration, Impacting the National Education Conversation, AND MORE!

GSN Welcomes New Staff!

GSN Advocacy Program Reaches 18 Districts, BGS Becomes a One-to-One High School, AND MORE!

EARSS Program Celebration, BGS Recognized on Politico, WGA Graduating Class, AND MORE!

BGS Commencement, Denille LePlatt Joins GSN, NYC Extended Learning Showcase, AND MORE!

First Rural Recruitment Event, Mock Interviews at BGS, XQ Competition, and MORE!

Vote for Tara Leach! Double Peak Readiness Events, BGS Receives Donation, VISTAs Attend Service Bowl and MORE!

BGS Ribbon Cutting Event, New School Districts Join the Rural Collaborative, New VISTAs at BGS, and MORE!

GSN Presents at SOAR, Hosts STEM CET Meeting, Provides SEL Training and more!

GSN team members Kate Lister and Katie Peyton presented at a statewide conference with Ohio's SOAR districts...On February 24th, a group of 16 STEM professionals piled into one of Google's large conference rooms to talk about how to engage students in STEM learning and careers...In a continued collaboration with the Adolph Coors Foundation and the Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, GSN staff members Kate Lister and Brittney Ames provided professional development to the Pagosa Springs Elementary School teachers around Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices...There are now 27 school district members in the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative...

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr., EARRS Grant Work In Pueblo, and a BGS Alum Gives Back!

WGA Significantly Improves PARCC Scores, Bringing Resources to Rural Schools, and MORE!

GSN Presents Mindfulness Matters Workshop at Ohio Statewide Conference, BGS Students Participate in Computer Science Education Week and Learn to Code, GSN Partners with Colorado Schools for Peak Readiness Event, and MORE!

BGS Gets Googly, GSN Launches ESL Course at WGA, Get to Know the Newest AmeriCorps Vistas to Join GSN, GSN Supports Colorado Schools in Diagnostic Review and Unified Improvement Planning Process, and MORE!

WGA Student Awarded BBB SMARTS Scholarship, Most Likely to Succeed Movie Screening a Success, Expanding GSN's Community Engagement Team, BGS Principal Touts Efforts to Address Equity at Grad Nation Summit

GSN Approved as a New Turnaround Leadership Provider in Colorado, GSN Joins Battelle for Kids Rural Education National Forum, BGS All in for College Application Week, GSN Supports BBB in Creation of Ethics Certification for High School Students

First Rural Share Fair a HUGE Success, Fiduciary Trust Supports BGS Seniors' College and Career Process, CGA Celebrates Successful Year Two Launch, GSN Welcomes Three VISTAs and One VISTA Leader

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña Recognize BGS Success

NY Deputy Chancellor Visits BGS, Colorado Rural Sharefair, Internships and AmeriCorps Positions

BGS Featured in 3-Part Chalkbeat Series on Renewal Schools

GSN Releases New White Paper on Social Emotional Learning and MORE!

GSN Awarded 9 VISTA AmeriCorps Members and Distinguished Community Partner Award by UCD

BGS Students Participate in ACE Mentoring Program, WGA Students Blog from In the Workplace, and CGA Board Members Join in Celebrating the March Students of the Month!

Good News from Generation Schools Network - GSN Attends LEE Workshop and Success at BGS Community Forum, Health Fair and WGA Turnaround events!

Good News! GSN at COSEBEC, and Student Success at WGA

Brooklyn Generation School Collaborates with Lenoir University, GSN Awarded $35,000 and Wraps Up First Year of TGYS Project

Good News from Generation Schools Network! College Visits & Mock Interviews...

Generation Schools Network to present at COSEBEC Convention and College Visits updates from BGS and WGA

Read our March Newsletter

The latest news from our Networks, Partners and Schools, as well as upcoming GSN events.

Generation Schools Network Staff Keynote Battelle's SOAR Conference

GSN CEO Wendy Piersee and VP of Learning & Teaching Jon Reinhard, provided the keynote to 150 leaders from around the State of Ohio on how time, talent and resources can be used differently to make schools simultaneously good places for students, teachers and business

Fellow Advocate for More and Better Learning Time Releases Publication focused on the Reinvention of Educational Time

On Thursday, January 22, the Annenberg Institute released the next issue of their national, quarterly journal "Voices in Urban Education, entitled "Time for Equity: Expanding Access to Learning." The entire publication is focused on the reinvention of educational time to ensure equitable access to rich learning opportunities for all young people, particularly those in high poverty communities.

Generation Schools Network Wins Governor Initiated Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Grant in Partnership with Englewood Schools, ZERO Dropouts, Arapahoe Community College and AVID

Englewood Schools, Generation Schools Network, Zero Dropouts, AVID, and Arapahoe Community College were awarded $100,000 to continue their work in the Englewood School District around college and career preparedness.

Education Week Webinar Looks at Role of 'Personalized Learning' in Districts

On Dec. 11th Education Week explored personalized learning in a free webinar open to the public, titled "Personalized Learning: Turning Lofty Aspirations Into Specific District Policy". Generation Schools Network's latest white paper, "Transforming Classroom Instruction Through New Teacher Roles and Responsibilities", was highlighted in the presentation.

Tom VanderArk recommends those visiting schools in Denver to stop in where Generation Schools is working….

Denver Public Schools may have the most aggressive improvement and innovation of any city with an elected board. Elected with the support of strong advocacy organizations, the board has created partnerships with quality school networks including DSST, Strive Preparatory Schools, and Generation Schools Network.

Generation Schools Network Releases New White Paper at the Ford Foundation

On November 20, 2014, Generation Schools Network released its third in a series of white papers that details how schools can achieve more and better learning time that better meets the needs of students, teachers and the business community. The event was hosted by the Ford Foundation in their New York offices and introduced by Senior Program Officer, Fred Frelow. The paper titled, "Transforming Classroom Instruction Through New Teacher Roles and Responsibilities", can be found by clicking the 'read more' button below.

JOHN BARRY: Longer, smarter school days vital for national security

The good news is that there is a promising movement to make the school day both longer and better, emphasizing learning in basic academic subjects while preparing students for success in higher education and careers, including the military for those who choose that path.

Englewood Superintendent Brian Ewert Named Colorado Superintendent of the Year

Generation Schools Network (GSN) congratulates Superintendent Ewert on his selection! It has been a privilege for GSN to work with Superintendent Ewert and Englewood Schools to achieve extended learning time throughout the district.

Alliance for Excellent Education features Generation Schools Network™ in National Webinar

How can schools use time differently, to provide better experiences for students?  

Generation Schools Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Jonathan Spear, was featured in an Alliance for Excellent Education webinar on September 23.  Panelists from around the country discussed how time can be used differently to better meet the needs of students, teachers and prepare students for life…

How Good Teachers Become Great by Jonathan Spear, Chief Learning Officer Generation Schools Network

Unfortunately, too many teachers with potential are under-prepared, start their teaching with the most challenging assignments, and are not supported to learn the skills with which they can be great. Of course, all of this impacts the likelihood that students will get the support they need to thrive. As a result, our educational systems squanders so much talent and promise. Generation Schools Network is committed to supporting teachers. We work to change mindsets, structures, practices and policies.

Educators Can Expand Learning Time without Breaking the Bank

by Antonio Parés

Staying Focused: Using the Data to Support West Generation Academy Students

by Wendy Loloff Piersee, CEO Generation Schools Network

West Generation Academy - Teacher Reflection

By Donald B. Reynolds

Ed Pioneer Brings Passion and Expertise to GSN

This summer, Generation Schools Network has been fortunate to work with Angela Cobian, an Ed Pioneer. I had the opportunity to speak with Angela about her experience. by Kathryn Harris, Director of Development

West Generation Academy - A New Kind of School

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We Are Growing - Cincinnati Generation Academy is Joining the Network

Generation Schools Network partners with local community to open Cincinnati Generation Academy Fall 2014 – A New K-8 Community School in North Fairmount and Westwood Preparing All Students for Success in School, Work, and Life.

The Time is Now to Close Achievement Gaps

A recent guest post by the Generation Schools Network team to the Getting Smart blog.

How Much Time Does it Take to be Prepared for Your Future?

Guest blog post by Chad Cookinham, Senior Associate for College & Career Readiness at GSN on the Next Generation Learning Challenge (NGLC) website. NGLC has been an important investor in scaling the Generation Schools Model.

Three Things that the U.S. Education System Does Well by Wendy Loloff Piersee, CEO

Observations from GSN CEO Wendy Loloff Piersee: 1) Recruit enthusiastic, dedicated teachers. 2) A common understanding that teachers are the critical link to achievement. 3) Opening the world up to students through technology.

7,941 Books and Counting…

A Modern Day Literacy Miracle is Born In West Denver by Kathryn Harris, Generation Schools Network Sr Associate for Development

Let's Get Cooking

Are you interested in learning more about blended learning? Do you want to start to create blended learning environment? Join us as we explore the pieces and parts of the blended learning process. Generation Schools Network employs blended learning practices supported by technology in our instructional model. Teacher use blended learning in core foundation courses of Humanities and STEM to further differentiate and personalize instruction. Our blended learning coach, Marcia Kisch, just launched a new blended learning website. This is a great tool for teachers and leaders to explore this engaging new practice.

What's So Different about a Generation School?

New Generation Schools Network associate, Brittney Ames, shares her perspective on a Community Engagement Team meeting at West Generation Academy.

Don't Call Them Dropouts a Reflection from Jon Reinhard, VP Learning & Teaching at Generation Schools Network

When you think about how stressful your life is on a daily basis, think about what it would be like to be 14 or 15 or 16 years old and not having much of a support system in your life to help you cope with huge daily stressors that keep you from just being a normal high school student.

A Reflection on Memorial Day by Jonathan Spear, Co-Founder of Generation Schools Network

This Memorial Day, I was thinking of all the men and women of the military committed to service to our country. I was thinking of my father and uncle, both of whom served. I was thinking of my grandfather and great uncles, part of the Greatest Generation, who fought in World War II. As we return from Memorial Day, I hope we can stop fighting over things on the margin and rededicate ourselves to serve in a way that continues the fight for equity and equality in society.

How Can We Best Prepare Students for Success in the 21st Century Workforce?

This is the question that drives our work at Generation Schools Network. We posit that schools need more learning time and better learning time to prepare all students for success in our constantly changing economy. We also believe we need to develop skills like creativity, collaboration, grit, determination, and problem solving. We provide time and programming to develop these skills and more through revolutionary College & Career Readiness Programming and dedicated time for personal advocacy. The attached article from Forbes Magazine really resonates with our mission, so we wanted to share it with you.

Thoughts on the Common Core by Wendy Loloff Piersee, CEO Generation Schools Network

Despite the on-going debate, what is evident is that the U.S. Department of Education is investing millions of dollars in moving in the direction of common core standards and the majority of states governors have already agreed on implementation. I think we should as a nation take advantage of this opportunity as, “Common curriculum guidance does not represent a straightjacket or a narrowing of learning possibilities. States’ use of the kinds of curriculum guidelines that we advocate in the core academic subjects would be purely voluntary, comprising only about 50 to 60% of what is to be taught” leaving room for “cultural connections…adaptations and resources that enable students to connect to the curriculum” (Shanker, 2011, p. 117-118). In my opinion, with the fact that we have had a huge issue in our country with educational equity, moving to standards that leave room for local context can be a good thing.

Networks drive Generation Schools Network

Recently, Anne Sherman, Vice President, Nonprofit Strategy at Growth Philanthropy Network attended an event at the Ford Foundation where Generation Schools Network released our white paper on Linking Learning to Life - How Expanded Learning Time Creates the Opportunity for College & Career Readiness Programming. Although Ms.Sherman found many applications for the Generation Schools Model within her are work, she was most impressed by our use of community and business partnerships that enable more and better learning opportunities for our students. Check out her blog to learn more about the importance of strong networks.

Internship Opportunities are Game-Changers for Underserved Students

“I really appreciate the support received from Generation School Network™ and the donors who made it possible for me to spend my summer doing something positive.” - Niko Jemmison, BGS Alumni, Class of 2013

Why We Do This Work

On May Day a few thoughts from Development Director Kathryn Harris

Why I Stay Awake Worrying About My Students

This is a great reflection from a teacher speaking to what keeps him up at night. He acknowledges that school is so much more than the academics. He goes as far as saying that academics are not the MAIN point. There are crucial life skills and life lessons that are developed in school that will give students the toolkit to overcome obstacles, challenges, and discover opportunities. He pleads with his students to show up on time, don't drop out, give your best effort - these "non-cognitive" skills you learn in school are the MAIN point. Check out the article.

Colorado Lt. Governor Visits West Generation Academy

Expanded Learning Time and College Readiness on the Lt Governor’s Agenda

GSN Partners with Leading State Organizations to Share Next Generation Learning Strategies

Integration Showcase: Connecting the Dots to Increase Student Achievement
 
Presented by Colorado Legacy Foundation and Colorado Department of Education on June 16-18 at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. Jon Reinhard, VP Learning & Teaching at Generation Schools Network™ will be co-presenting in two sessions:
  • Alternative Student Measure in Next Generation…

West Generation Featured in Seeing is Believing Tour

Educators from around the state visited schools in Denver to participate in the Seeing is Believing Tour. The tour was organized by Rose Community Foundation, the Colorado Legacy Foundation, and the Colorado Department of Education to reveal best practices in the state that teachers and leaders can take back to their schools.

Englewood Middle School Leads with a Change in Attitude

When you are working to transform public education, the first shift is a change in mindset, identifying what is possible and how you are significant player in the change. Middle School principal Mandy Braun in Englewood explains this concept in a recent Denver Post article. We love working with strong partners!

West Generation Teacher Gives TED Talk on Why She Teaches

When you are working with schools and districts to roll out an innovative education model that optimizes both academic achievement and teacher effectives, provides 30% more learning time and up to 150 a day of collaborative planning time for teachers, you run into some pretty special people. We are fortunate to have Jozette Martinez as a Studio and Advocacy teacher at West Generation Academy.

Education Week: Network Promotes 200-Day Academic Calendar

Generation Schools Network, a national nonprofit organization that's figured out a way to add a month to the academic year without increasing the work year for teachers—typically the main expense that drives up costs—recently released a report explaining its approach.

Our Inspiration

This is our first post to the Generation Schools Network Blog. We wanted to share a little with you as to why our work is critical and urgent. We look forward to advancing this work together and engaging in thoughtful conversation.

Generation Schools Network™ Demonstrates Cost-Effective Extended Learning Time is Achievable

Generation Schools Network™ hosted its first Generating Momentum school tour and white paper presentation in New York last week. On February 25th, 2014, more than 50 funders, policy makers, educators, union leaders and community partners gathered to learn about Brooklyn Generation School, visit classrooms, and talk with teachers and students.

Success at Brooklyn Generation School

Diplomas and Internships Awarded to Class Members as Benefits of Innovative Education Model. Announcing the the successful completion of its 2012-2013 school year at Brooklyn Generation School in New York. Particularly noteworthy was that a majority of its senior class members, many of whom were once at risk of dropping out, received their diplomas instead. In addition, several of the graduates were awarded summer internship opportunities.

Policyshop: The Generation Schools Network Model

A new report by released by the Generation Schools Network shows how schools with tight budgets can achieve dramatic improvements not by increasing spending, but by redeploying their resources. The report analyzes the pros and cons of the Generation Schools model of extended learning time as it is applied at Brooklyn Generation High School.

Group Wants to Replicate Brooklyn School’s Unusual Schedule

A roomful of sophomores at Brooklyn Generation School in Canarsie brainstormed sports-related jobs Tuesday — lawyers, trainers, coaches, commentators — at the start of a month-long course devoted to life after high school. Down the hall, students kicked off a class about government participation.

Models of Strategic School Design

At Generation Schools in Brooklyn and Denver, College and Career Intensive courses allow more time for professional development and planning. Across the country, innovative schools are finding new ways to organize their people, time, and money to promote student success. We call that "strategic school design." And the possibilities abound.

ERS on Generation Schools Revolutionary Programming

Education Resource Strategies, February 2014 These detailed school profiles of successful strategic designs empower school leaders to optimize their resources—people, time, and money. See how Generation Schools Network is optimizing resources.

Englewood hires Generation Schools to Overhaul District

When students at Englewood School District arrive at school next year, they won’t just find new classrooms and unfamiliar teachers. They may also be facing a totally new academic model.

Expanded Learning Opportunities in Colorado: Concepts, Case Studies, and Implications

Increased student equity is a driving factor and leading indicator in ELO work providing dramatically personalized learning experiences is the primary mechanism to equitably engage all students in a high quality education. Moving away from the “one-size-fits-all” classroom experience where students are expected to learn the same skills and content at the same time and in the same way, ELO places the student in the center, igniting individual passions and interests through customized learning opportunities. It helps all students to master content at their own pace. Equity within this context focuses on better understanding and targeting the unique needs and interests of diverse students and communities in order to address persistent access and achievement gaps, including those by socio-economic status, ethnicity, geography, and learning style. The result? Competent, confident learners who are more empowered, better supported, and fully prepared for education, careers, and life. Read about the work Generation Schools Network did with Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Boulder and West Generation Academy in Denver.

Generation Schools Featured in SW Turn Expanded Learning Opportunities Report

ELO encompasses any activity that expands the opportunity for learning. Implementations of ELOs take many forms, from increased length of the school day/year (often referred to as Expanded Learning Time (ELT)), reformatting current school schedules, adopting new curriculums such as blended learning,or any other activity that redefines the actual time students are engaged in meaningful learning activities. It is important to note that ELO is not a goal, but rather a process that allows educators to engage with students to achieve results for students.

Planting School Gardens Everywhere

Under cloudy skies on a recent Friday morning, 13-year-old B’Azsae Gale concentrated on burying a feisty irrigation hose in the soil of a white modular planter that is part of a new “learning garden” on Denver’s West Campus.

An ExpandED High School Approach

Our hope is that high school principals, school district leaders, businesses, cultural organizations, youth-serving organizations, funders, researchers and other intermediaries will join us as we work to provide the educational experiences that our young people need and deserve as they lead us into the next generation.

"Improving Education" by Furman Brown TEDx, May 2011

This 15-minute video tells the story of why Furman Brown started Generation Schools Network. Nearly 200 people gathered on May 13, 2011 at the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education to hear Furman Brown (BA Mass Communications ’88.

GSN CEO Joins Panel at Civil Rights Research Roundtable

Discussing advancing equity through more and better learning time: Generation Schools Network™ announced its CEO has been invited to participate in this week’s Civil Rights Research Roundtable on Education. Wendy Loloff Piersee will join prominent education leaders from around the country.

The After-School Corporation

February 2014. Education Resource Strategies. Generation Schools: College and Career Intensives These detailed school profiles of successful strategic designs empower school leaders to optimize their resources—people, time, and money. See how Generation Schools Network is optimizing resources. June 2013. SW Teachers Union Reform Network SW TURN: Expanded Learning Opportunities This brief examines a selection of Colorado public schools, with stories and reflections on lessons learned. April 2013. The After-School Corporation A World of Learning – An ExpandED High School Approach This report profiles Generation Schools and other high school redesign models in NYC.

“Why Time Matters,” National Center for Time and Learning, 2012

This seven-minute video features teachers and students from four schools across the country, including Brooklyn Generation, that have “broken from the bounds of the conventional calendar and schedule offer promising alternatives to the status quo.”

More Time in School at Brooklyn Generation

A school in Brooklyn is getting national attention for working with the teachers union to extend the school day without expanding their budget. Sophomores at Brooklyn Generation School studying sports management recently held a mock press conference to extol Shaquille O'Neal's career prospects. The students have the month off from their regular classes -- something they get twice a year -- which allows them to learn about college and study careers they're interested in. To make up for the 40 days a year spent on the special courses, the school year goes into July and each day is slightly extended. It's just one small part of what makes Brooklyn Generation different from other public schools. The program is a pilot for a whole new schooling model, one that challenges the academic calendar without raising costs or cutting into a teacher's time off.

Unorthodox Use of Time at Brooklyn Generation

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