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iLearn Collaborative is Colorado’s acknowledged provider of consulting and professional learning services through Colorado Empowered Learning

Colorado’s statewide support for blended & student-centered learning:

 
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The Colorado Empowered Learning (CEL) Program is a state-supported, implementation assistance program that helps educators combine the use of technology with strong instructional practices and student-centered learning to enhance equity and access in PK-12 education. CEL is a project enacted through statute, House Bill 16-1222, and administered through the Colorado River BOCES. Since CEL’s inception in 2016, iLearn Collaborative was selected to be the state- subsidized provider of consulting and blended professional development in Colorado for the Colorado Empowered Learning Program. iLC provides state-funded professional development and consulting services, administered and made possible through the leadership of Colorado Empowered Learning, which partners with non-profit organizations to help educators statewide combine the use of technology with quality instructional practices. To learn more about CEL, contact us @ info@ilearncollaboarative.org

History

On May 23, 2007, Colorado’s Governor Ritter signed into law House Bill 071066 creating two programs (Colorado Revised Statute 225119 and 222130 ) related to online learning. C.R.S. 225119 establishes a statewide program for supplemental online learning, consulting support to school districts pertaining to district implementation of online and blended learning, and professional development for educators to increase their capacity to use standards, data, and interventions in regular, online, and blended learning classes in school districts, charter schools, and BOCES. Through the enactment of the supplemental online education and blended learning education services legislation, the State of Colorado expects to:

  • Expand the availability of online courses and blended learning strategies;

  • Increase the number of students taking high quality, effective, and affordable online courses;

  • Establish a program to work with school districts, charter schools, and BOCES to create, offer, and sustain their own high quality, effective, and affordable blended learning courses, as well as targeted professional development and mentoring support;

  • Increase the capacity of educators in school districts, charter schools, and BOCES to utilize standards, data, and interventions in regular, online, and blended learning classes; and

  • Document and share best practices in online and blended learning.

Colorado Blended Learning Roadmap

The promise and potential of blended learning prompted the Colorado General Assembly to commission a statewide blended learning roadmap through HB 16-1222. The development of the roadmap was led by Colorado Empowered Learning, the state-funded initiative that aimed to harness the talents and knowledge of educators across the state to enhance equity and access in K-12 education through blended learning, along with a core team of blended learning experts. Roadmap development included statewide outreach to teachers, school and district leaders, and families. The Roadmap includes the need for Open Educational Resources in Colorado’s educational landscape. iLC’s Digital Content Warehouse is recognized as a provider for OER as described in the Roadmap. Find more information about the Colorado Blended Learning Roadmap here.

iLearn Collaborative

Our commitment to the state of Colorado is to carry out the requirements of the Colorado Empowered Learning Program. Since the launch of CEL in 2016, iLearn Collaborative has successfully met the state requirements of engaging with Colorado school districts for consulting support and professional development course enrollments. In 2017 and 2018, iLC exceeded the state’s required number of consulting engagements and PD enrollments with waitlists started for upcoming years. Demand for our services has increased as word-of-mouth positive feedback spread across Colorado. In addition, iLC offers a one-of-a-kind valuable Open Educational Resource (OER) repository of middle and high school full length digital courses, which meets another area of need as defined in the Roadmap and the Colorado Empowered Learning Program.

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