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Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program Grantees Announced

In 2019, Colorado Succeeds supported a bill championed by Sen. Jeff Bridges (D) and Sen. Shannon Bird (D) that allows schools and districts to further offer work-based learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Known as the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program, the program alleviates seat-time requirements for approved schools and districts that would otherwise hinder their ability to offer work-based learning opportunities. The Colorado Department of Education released the first grantees last week:

  • Jefferson Academy High School
  • Lewis-Palmer School District
  • Mountain Valley School District RE-1
  • Pueblo County District 70
  • The Academy
  • Weld RE-8 School District

Through numerous convenings with key stakeholders, Colorado Succeeds identified a challenge with creating a robust work-based learning program and how schools are funding by counting the actual hours students spend in buildings. Outlined barriers like seat-time requirements were also published in a series of papers, available here.

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*Funding and counting data displayed for the 2019-’20 school year

If you would like to join us for future convenings to discuss barriers to innovation in your district contact Lance Hostetter, lhostetter@coloradosucceeds.org. Learn more about education in Colorado here.

Government Affairs Manager
Colorado Succeeds