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The Clear Creek School District has won the prestigious Succeeds Prize for its work in career exploration and pathways. The prize, which comes with a $15,000 award, is given by Colorado Succeeds to …
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The Clear Creek School District has won the prestigious Succeeds Prize for its work in career exploration and pathways.
The prize, which comes with a $15,000 award, is given by Colorado Succeeds to six school districts in different categories.
According to the Colorado Succeeds website, “The Succeeds Prize is a collaboration between Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS and the business community that seeks to recognize, and invest in, educators that are reimagining education to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist, tools not yet created and problems not yet identified.”
Superintendent Karen Quanbeck said she thought of The Succeeds Prizes as the Grammys of education.
“I’m surprised and humbled that we won it,” she said. “A big reason we won is because of the powerful partnerships and the community that has been amazing since day one.”
In the last two years, the school district has instituted the Project Bike Tech program at Clear Creek High School, which is a school district/community partnership in which students learn to tune and repair bicycles in a workshop at the school, taught by teachers and community members, so they are able to get internships and jobs.
Quanbeck attributes some of the success to the district’s partnership with the Homegrown Talent Initiative, “which at its core is all about breaking down silos between schools and your local community, whether that is businesses, government or nonprofit organizations.”
She called the learner profile, which lists the attributes the district wants students to have when they graduate, the district’s guiding light as officials design courses, create programs and more.
“I don’t think I realized how much of an anchor that learner profile would become,” Quanbeck said. “Now we bring back everything to it even as we’re, for example, looking at the four-day school week and the fifth-day programs. It makes sense that the fifth day is connected to the learner profile.”
She said while she has no plans yet for the $15,000 award, she is thinking it could be used to fund student entrepreneurship.
“It would be fun to tap into those creative ideas that students have,” she said, “and see them through.”
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