Archive for the ‘Summer Forums’ Category

Direction 38! Common Core Forum Panelist Bios

May 5, 2014 Comments off


The Common Core Forum is scheduled at Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria for Monday 5 May, 2014 from 6:00  P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Panelists will discuss Common Core implementation in Colorado’s local school districts.



For your convenience we have posted short bios of each of our panelists.


Panelist Biographies.




COMMON CORE: A Community Roundtable Discussion

May 3, 2014 Comments off


A Community Roundtable Discussion





Monday, 5 May, 2014: 6-8 P.M.

Antelope Trails Elementary School Cafeteria, 15280 Jessie Dr, Colorado Springs 80921.

All are welcome! Please join us for this important community discussion!

Discussion will be led by Mark Hyatt, Former Director, Charter School Institute.

See the attached flyer for more information.



Teachers Matter Direction 38! Forum # 2

August 6, 2012 Comments off

Teachers Matter  

Direction 38 Hosts Summer Forum on Teachers
Tough Questions on Funding and SB 190 Discussed in Detail

The following article from the Monument OCN is published in their August Issue.

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Direction 38 forum examines importance of teacher quality and assessment

By Kate Wetterer

“Teachers Matter,” a Direction 38! forum on July 23, focused on potential methods to recruit, vet, and maintain the highest caliber of teachers in today’s school sys­tem. This included explanations and critiques of Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 dealing with teacher assessments.

Direction 38! is a not-for-profit organization of parents, teachers, and others in School District 38. It is not affiliated with the school district.

This second installment of the 2012 Get Educated! Sum­mer Series was well attended, with current and former teach­ers involving themselves in the discussion. The speakers were Marcus A. Winters, author of the book Teachers Matter; Bill Jae­ger, former teacher and member of Stand for Children Colorado; and Mike Wetzel, director of public relations for the Colorado Education Association. Each gave a summary of their views on teacher assessment and the best ways to provide students with quality educators and then took questions from the audi­ence.

Winters emphasized the vi­tal need for capable teachers in a child’s education. He said this is complicated by the current vari­ety of teacher quality in schools. Winters suggested that schools need to consider a teacher’s “out­put” rather than their “input” when conducting assessments. He supports ranking teachers through their progress in reach­ing students and conveying material effectively rather than through degrees and experience itself, regardless of quality.

Please read the rest of this article at OCN

Direction 38! Summer “Get Educated” Forums Are Back

May 7, 2012 Comments off

Last year, Direction 38! hosted four “Get Educated” forums to discuss topics of interest. Over 200 people attended. We met the brightest and most knowledgeable of our state, county, and local elected representatives, school administrators, educators, and other leaders. And we met many of our neighbors, all willing to contribute to the important discussions 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll keep you informed regarding developments for the two planned forums for the 2012 summer series. We’ll publish biographies, handouts, planning guides, and other material to make sure you’re kept in the loop.

DIRECTION 38!’s Forum #1 – Mill Levy Override (MLO) is scheduled for Monday, June 11, 2012, at 6:30 P.M. in the Tri-Lakes YMCA Community Room. Our discussion leader is El Paso County Assessor, Mr. Mark Lowderman

Hope to see you there.