Week of 8.19.16

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year!  On behalf of Eagle County Schools, thanks for all your work to this point getting school up and running for this coming school year.  Your hard-work, talent, and dedication do not go unnoticed – so, while I’m sure you don’t hear it enough – hear it from me … THANK YOU!

For those new to our organization, this blog (the Eagle County Schools Communique’) is a bi-weekly update I send out to all staff.  I’m responsible for the writing and content of this, so if there are questions or suggestions, let me know!  I’m always open to ideas for new content and appreciate it when people let me know something can be improved.

Vail Daily Articles

Even during the summer, I’ve stayed busy keeping up with my weekly columns in the Vail Daily.  Here are a few you’ll want to catch up on.

Deepening the Work – from 8.04.16

Welcoming our New Teachers (and the costs of living in the valley) – from 8.09.16

Bringing the Revolution – from 8.16.19

Election Matters!

The Board of Education is slated to officially put Eagle County Schools on the ballot next Wednesday evening (6:00PM Board Room on the 3rd Street Campus in Eagle).

The proposals include an $8M Mill Levy Override (for ongoing costs like salaries and staff) and a $144M Bond (for capitol construction purposes).

Efec and Great Ed Colorado just released this video of me talking about some of our challenges.  You can view it below – please share!

You can learn more about the district’s election initiatives by visiting the website, here: http://www.eagleschools.net/district-info/2016electioninitiatives

Also, once the Board officially goes on the ballot, we have some restrictions on campaigning as government employees.  Efec has done a great job outlining some election do’s and dont’s, which you can read about here.

For those interested in being engaged in the campaign outside of work, you can connect with that effort at www.YesforECS.org.  The decision to be involved and at what level is completely up to you.

Efec Grant Applications are Open!

Apply by September 9th for grants related to equity and staffing, arts and music, and STEM programs.

PDF Application

MS Word Application

Schoology is Here!

Have you ever wanted…

…a means to customize learning for each of your kids?

…a way to engage students using technology?

…a more efficient way to organize your classroom?

…a collaborative learning space for you and your students?

Schoology (skoo-luh-jee) is an online tool that allows teachers to create and manage academic courses for their students.  It simplifies the teaching and learning process by connecting most of the tools you need within one single platform.  Schoology provides an efficient method of managing lessons, engaging students, sharing content, and connecting with other educators while focusing on communication and collaboration.  In addition, it allows schools to communicate more efficiently, both internally and externally.

Schoology is available to all students K-12, as well as all faculty and staff, starting in SY 2016-2017 with the full support and backing of district teams.  The EdTech Team will provide ongoing training, collaborations, resources, curriculum, etc through Schoology.  You can visit login.eagleschools.net to access Schoology today.  More information and details can be found on our EdTech blog or contact an EdTech Team member;

Brian Brugger
Education Technology Manager
Twitter: @brugger | @ECSEdTech
o: 970-328-1933

Will Harris
Education Technology Specialist
Twitter: @WillHarrisECS | @ECSEdTech
o: 970-328-8918

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VVMC Speaker Series on Concussions


Catching up with Twitter!

Check out my Storify Post on what you’ve been missing!

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