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Latest News – July 31

Last Day for Ski Cooper Pass Sale


Don’t get left behind. July 31 is the last day to take advantage of Ski Cooper’s 2017/18 Pass Sale. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

This is it the VERY LAST DAY to take advantage of Season Pass Sale for the 2017-2018 Ski Cooper season For this LAST DAY ONLY, you can get your passes at a special rate of $275 to celebrate Cooper’s 75th Anniversary! That means adult passes are just $275 through the end of TODAY, July 31! Child passes are just $135, and Senior (60-69) passes are just $249. 

Prices go up tomorrow, August 1st so buy your pass online today & save. Regular season full-pricing will be $399 for adults, $175 for children and $299 for seniors.

Ski Cooper will be marking their 75th Anniversary this upcoming season and are planning a season of celebration! Check out the special events at their website and start planning your trips to Cooper! You won’t want to miss out on the fun, so be sure to get your season passes locked in early!

cooper logoIn addition to unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Cooper, your season pass also gives you 3 free days of skiing at each of our 30 partner resorts including Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Granby Ranch & Crested Butte(with lodging) and many more across the country. You get 10% off in the Snowflakes Retail Store, 10% off in the cafeteria, and 10% off Chicago Ridge bookings! 



Latest News – July 12

Testing, Testing: Academics to Social Skills

“Across the Street” by Joyce Rankin

Joyce Formal sport coat

State School Board Representative Joyce Rankin

President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law in 2001. Since that time Colorado has tested students and used the tests and other assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the K-12 school system. In 2008-2009 the Colorado legislature added new tests in order to more effectively align standards with accountability. Concerns of parents, teachers and students caused legislators and educators to reexamine the amount of time devoted to testing. Last year the state board determined that the amount of testing should not only be reduced but results should be made more quickly available to help teachers and students.

But wait, more seems to be headed our way.  Up until now, the skills that have been emphasized on these tests are termed “academic” skills.  Enter the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in 2015 by President Obama. This law adds flexibility.  Under ESSA at least one additional “nonacademic” indicator is allowed, including, but not limited to, student engagement, educator engagement, school climate, and safety. They have also been determined to include, self-control, grit, growth mindset, and others.  Indicators must be valid, comparable, reliable, and statewide. These are advertised as skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century workplace and referred to by some as “soft skills”.

Many educational organizations across the country enthusiastically support the new federal legislation and opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL). With federal grant funding available, school districts are beginning to use SEL programs in the classroom.

Students get their lunch from a salad bar at the school cafeteria as some of more than 8,000lbs of locally grown broccoli from a partnership between Farm to School and Healthy School Meals is served at Marston Middle School in San Diego

Many support the legislation for social and emotional learning in schools. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A concern of these programs are the many and variable definitions of social and emotional learning. This is one definition: “SEL is the process of acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to recognize and manage emotions; developing caring and concern for others; making responsible decisions; establishing positive relationships; and handling challenging situations capably.”

Even if uniform definitions and understanding can be articulated, the next challenge is how these skills can be taught and then measured in the classroom. Are these “soft” skills just as critical to success as other “hard” skills like reading and math? Are current educators confident that they can acquire the necessary talents required to effectively teach these skills for the success of each student? How will we measure such qualities for purposes of educational policy and practice?

There are big challenges to prepare our students for a successful future.  A considerable amount of money has been spent over time to improve academic outcomes, however we’re still where we were when NCLB was established.  Is it reasonable to assume that the new ESSA will improve outcomes for our students or are we, yet again, adding more encumbrances to an already overburdened system?

Joyce Rankin is on the State Board of Education representing the Third Congressional District, which includes the Lake County School District. She writes the monthly column, “Across the Street” to share with constituents in her district.  The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the Capitol. She is also a Legislative Assistant for Representative Bob Rankin.