Education

DESIRED OUTCOMES & RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

The educational systems in the Yampa Valley will offer an exemplary and exceptional level of community-supported 21st century innovative education that is sufficiently funded, serves a spectrum of learners and makes collaborative use of all available educational resources.
Education

EDUCATIONAL CLIMATE

Desired outcome

Foster an educational climate that creates access to a variety of 21st century educational opportunities from early childhood education through lifelong learning.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Public and private schools; school boards; Colorado Mountain College; Colorado Northwestern Community College; organizations such as First Impressions; Education Fund Board; Rocky Mountain Youth Corps; Yampatika

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Maintain and enhance high quality, accessible facilities, fitting the community character, with current and innovative technology for all types of learners.
ongoing
  • Increase a regional funding base that is fair and equitable to all educational entities in Routt County to provide services to all student populations.
short term and ongoing
  • Enhance collaboration on a county-wide level to provide educational services, work-force development, and comprehensive resources.
ongoing

EXCEPTIONAL STAFF

Desired outcome

Provide collaborative opportunities to attract and retain exceptional educators and staff who will facilitate educational success.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Public and Private Schools; School Boards; Colorado Mountain College; Colorado Northwestern Community College; First Impressions; non-profit organizations; community agencies and organizations

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Attract and retain experienced, educated and adaptable educators capable of meeting a variety of educational needs.
ongoing
  • Develop and enhance efforts that demonstrate the value and respect for educators by providing adequate compensation, training, development and resources.
short term and ongoing
  • Collaborate with community efforts to provide affordable living alternatives within each community.
ongoing
  • Enhance educational opportunities by collaborating with community entities in the arts, humanities, recreation, agriculture and heritage.
ongoing

21st CENTURY LEARNING

Desired outcome

In order to create 21st century learners we will emphasize an educational environment that fosters innovative and creative problem solving skills.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Public and private schools; school boards; Colorado Mountain College; Colorado Northwestern Community College; First Impressions; non-profit organizations; community agencies and organizations

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Enhance school collaboration with community agencies and resources to promote family health and well-being that will foster learning.
ongoing

QUALITY EDUCATION

Desired outcome

Promote quality education through maintaining small, personable, community-based learning environments that emphasize high-achievement and foster innovative, creative problem-solving.



Possible interest groups/stewards

Public and private schools; school boards; Colorado Mountain College; Colorado Northwestern Community College; organizations such as First Impressions; Education Fund Board

Recommended actions Timeframe
  • Maintain a caring and welcoming, safe and secure school environment with small class sizes through appropriate student to teacher ratios.
ongoing
  • Promote outreach and volunteer programs that integrate the learning environment with our communities.
ongoing
  • Adapt our educational resources to meet the needs of our changing learner demographics in order to attain high achievement.
ongoing

Gathering poll results 2008 Proposed recommendation: Promote school outreach and volunteer programs that integrate

the learning environment within our communities.