newcomboimage3Dspace.pngTo provide a World-Class education, we believe all students will meet or exceed Academic Standards with an integration of 21st Century skills.

Professional development is designed with the following elements:

Delivery Methods:

  • Face to Face (F2F)
  • Blended Learning
  • Online Learning
Courses developed in the Center for Professional Development Moodle environment.
Integration of social networking tools and use of digital tools is expected throughout the learning.
Align unit design with Common Core Academic Standards
In Colorado we adopted the Common Core Academic Standards. Our
Colorado Department of Education is working with districts to provide support materials
so that we create Guaranteed & Viable Curricula aligned to what matters most.
Backwards Planning (Adapted from UbD)
Understanding by Design - foundation of our Backwards Planning
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Harvard's Project Zero: Visible Thinking Routines
Bloom's Revised & Students Asking HOTs Questions
Communication& Collaboration
Virtual Environments that support Communication & Collaboration:
District Google Apps, District Edmodo, ePals, (Web 2.0 - free solutions allowing students to produce and share their understanding of concepts.)
Creativity & Innovation
Constructivist Learning Opportunities supported with the following models:
  • Project/Problem Based Learning
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Challenge Based Learning (Great videos, resources. Takes PBL &
    adds expectation you have a call to action)

Specific learning requirements for Colorado Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF)
21st Century Classroom participants:

Year One

Professional Development

MFF & DCSD Kick-Off Meeting
3-hour session
WHY? Why are we focusing on 21st Century Skills (Videos, Articles, Discussion)
Introduce the tool -
Open the door to 21st Century Classroom Possibilities
  • Global Connections
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity & Innovation
SMART Notebook and Device intro
4-hour session complimentary intro provided by our SMART vendor.
DCSD Center for Professional Development:
SMART 21st Century Classrooms Part A
10-hour class created in moodle, offered face-to-face.
Participants create 1 SMART Notebook lesson/unit and upload it to SMART Exchange.
OR refresh a SMART Exchange lesson/unit to align with our academic standards, highly effective instructional strategies and our integration of 21st Century Skills. Expectation: basic SMART Notebook features of insert image, sound, hyperlink, and at least one special Notebook feature - interactive files, hide & reveal, tabs, cloning.
Use DCSD Notebook Template - Alignment to Standards & Integration of 21st Century Skills


SMART 21st Century Classrooms Part B
10-hour class created in moodle, offered face-to-face.
Participants create 1 SMART Notebook lesson/unit and upload it to SMART Exchange.
OR refresh a SMART Exchange lesson/unit to align with our academic standards, highly effective instructional strategies and our integration of 21st Century Skills. Must show higher level skills in additional features of Notebook software.
Use DCSD Notebook Template - Alignment to Standards & Integration of 21st Century Skills
Content Creation Workshop
11-15 hour Weekend //Content Creation Workshop//
Friday 4:30-7:30pm
Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-noon
Classroom Observation
4-Hour Peer Observation & Reflection using SMART Notebook Software, IWB, Response Clickers
MFF Share Event
4-Hour Share Event
Educators share learning plans and student samples using the SMART Notebook software, IWB and Response Clickers.