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Innovation in Education Film Series: A Leading-Edge Approach to Education and Construction

In November 2014, Boulder County taxpayers passed the largest bond in Colorado history. The $576 million package is providing much-needed capital improvements to our district’s buildings with a focus on Educational Innovation. The ultimate goal is to align building improvements with our district’s strategic plan, The Success Effect, so that our learning environments meet the needs of today’s students and students of the future. As stated in the Vision of The Success Effect, the Boulder Valley School District seeks to provide a “comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges… Read More

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • Why We Should Avoid “Random Acts of Family Partnership”

    The research is clear — when families and schools actively work together to support kids, students are more successful academically, are healthier, and are more likely to thrive (Epstein et al, 2009, Jeynes, 2011, Sheldon & Jung, 2015). At the same time, families and school staff alike are often stretched for time, juggling their many work and family responsibilities. Therefore, as BVSD schools enhance their efforts to welcome, communicate, engage and partner with families, we must avoid slipping into “random acts of family partnership.” When we are strategic and purposeful in our work with families, family partnership can be one… Read More

    Friday, April 15, 2016

  • Safety & Security in BVSD

    The School Safety and Emergency Operations committee, which is part of the Systems of Support priority action area, is tasked with designing and implementing a comprehensive building security plan based on current best practice.  The coordinating team began its work last fall and is comprised of school-based administrators, Education Center administrators, and community partners.

    The committee completed in-depth training sponsored by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center during which they learned about current best practice in school safety and security.  The team is currently soliciting input from building administrators and clerical staffs about the content and format of building-specific Emergency Operation… Read More

    Friday, March 25, 2016

  • BVSD Grows & Develops its Talent through Professional Learning and Evaluations

    The BVSD Growth and Development Priority Action Team believes:
    Our talent is the key to student success! By fueling learning, discovery and advancement in all of our employees, we inspire a collaborative culture of growth for all. BVSD is committed to supporting relevant, high quality professional development aligned with BVSD goals and employee effectiveness standards, from required learning to innovative coursework.
    What’s New
    The Professional Learning Department is busy configuring a new online system which will align professional learning opportunities with evaluation goals. To complement this new system/process, the Professional Learning Department is also expanding professional learning opportunities for all employees.

    Every employee should… Read More

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Finding the Best of the Best!

    The Educator Pipeline is one of the six priority areas of the Success Effect and its main focus is to attract, recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified employees to work with our students and in our buildings. BVSD believes all students should see themselves reflected within their school and is committed to hiring diverse candidates who bring high-quality skills and knowledge. There are two new ways in which BVSD is attracting the best of the best!

    The Jobs@BVSD webpage has been completely revamped! When prospective candidates look online for open vacancies they are greeted with videos, photos, and relevant information… Read More

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • The Six Pillars of the Success Effect

    Boulder Valley School District has developed a dynamic strategic plan, The Success Effect, with an innovative approach to individual learning and instruction. The goal is to maximize every student’s potential to succeed through a personal approach that recognizes and fosters the unique talent of every child.

    Our district is redefining what it means to succeed—building on our strengths, elevating the state of our schools and providing all students with the tools and confidence needed to meet the great challenges of their time. That’s The Success Effect in action.

    More than 75 teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members are presently developing implementation… Read More

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016