Participant Highlights

Alliance Partnership Programs

The following are examples of programs and opportunities the Alliance Partnership has offered since its creation in 2007. As we work in collaboration with our partner high schools, new programs are continually being developed. We look forward to continuing to grow our Partnership’s offerings as we work together towards a common goal.

 

Programs for Students

 

Fall Programs

Group Visits to Colorado State University: Various dates

Counselors/staff from Alliance Partnership schools work with our staff to coordinate an on-campus visit opportunity for up to 40 students at a time. Visits generally include an Admissions information session, full campus tour, and lunch in one of our dining halls. Some funding support is available, by request.

CSU High School Diversity Conference, October 10, 2013

The High School Diversity Conference is an opportunity to educate young students on the constantly changing demographics of our world. Each year a variety of sessions are presented to explore issues surrounding race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.

Colorado Global Climate Conference, October 19, 2013

The Colorado Global Climate Conference is an exciting, hands-on conference for high school students from throughout the rocky mountain region. The conference aims to educate and empower participants on both local and global climate issues. Interactive breakout sessions examine climate change from a variety of perspectives, including scientific, sociological, ecological, technological, and more.

Explore CSU for Alliance Families, October 26, 2013

Provides the opportunity for students and their families to learn about admissions and financial aid, meet Colorado State University faculty and staff, and hear firsthand about the experience of other college students. Includes lunch and tickets to a CSU sports event.

ISTeC Middle/High School Day, November 8, 2013

Colorado State University’s Annual Information Science and Technology Day for Middle and High School Students assists students in envisioning a future in the field of Information Science and Technology. CSU's ISTeC (Information Science & Technology Center) is a university-wide organization for promoting, facilitating, and enhancing CSU's research, education, and outreach activities pertaining to the design and innovative application of computer, communication, and information systems.

Spring Programs

Group Visits to Colorado State University: Various dates

Counselors/staff from Alliance Partnership schools work with our staff to coordinate an on-campus visit opportunity for up to 40 students at a time. Visits generally include an Admissions information session, full campus tour, and lunch in one of our dining halls. Some funding support is available, by request.

Alliance Student Survey: Deadline – February 28, 2014

This annual survey is given to all Alliance Partner High School Students. The intent is to learn about the perspectives of Alliance students with regards to envisioning their education beyond high school and to identify areas of improvement for the Alliance Partnership.

Admitted Student Visit Days: Various Dates

An opportunity for admitted students to see what life would be like on campus through conversations with Colorado State faculty, staff, and students. Registration is required and is accepted on a space-available basis.

CSU Connect: April, 2014

An orientation program provided by CASA (Center for Advising and Student Achievement) that is specially formatted for admitted students from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds. Graduates from Alliance Partnership high schools are encouraged to register for this session.

Summer Programs

Communications Institute: June, 2014

The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication invite students from Alliance high schools who show an interest and aptitude for using the latest technology to spend a week on campus, sharing news and information through print, online media, video, and digital photography. The goal of the institute is to introduce students to the ideas and tools they need to become more effective, confident communicators.

Summer STEM Institutes: June, 2014

Sponsored by CSU’s College of Engineering, these one-week sessions allow high school students to gain hands-on experience in emerging fields of science that impact today’s society.

Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ)

Students who are currently enrolled in an Alliance Partnership high school may receive an award from the CSU Office of Admissions for a reduction of $275 from the cost of attendance. The fee for Alliance students to participate is $380. For more information, contact Jonathan Goode at Jonathan.E.Goode@colostate.edu.

Black Issues Forum (BIF)

The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. For more information, contact Laurette May at laurette.may@colostate.edu.

  Native Education Forum (NEF)

The Native Education Forum is a five day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities. You’re a candidate for NEF if you’re finishing your sophomore or junior year in high school, you have a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher, you’re interested in Native American/Indigenous issues, and you’re a leader in school, family or community activities. For more information, contact Leslee Lovato at Leslee.Lovato@colostate.edu

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Programs for Teachers and Counselors

 

Alliance Partnership Meetings for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators (Fall and Spring)

Twice-yearly Annual Meetings are held at Colorado State or at a Partnership High School to provide updates, information, resources, and camaraderie for Alliance Partnership High School staff. Additionally, on-site visits are made in the fall and in the spring to address specific needs and issues of each community.

Summer Research Experience for Middle School Teachers

In collaboration with CSU’s College of Engineering, Atmospheric Science Department, this six-week research program is for selected middle school teachers who receive stipends, classroom supplies and college credit.

Summer STEM Course for High School Teachers

Teachers from Alliance Partnership High Schools are selected to participate in these one-week sessions held in collaboration with CSU’s College of Engineering. Participants receive stipends, supplies, and college credit.

CMMAP Weather and Climate Courses for Educators

The intent of the courses is to provide college-level content on the physics of the atmosphere, weather, climate, climate change, and climate modeling as well as demonstrate activities for use in the classroom. The courses are taught using the method of the Five E's, each describing a phase of learning (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate).

 

Teachers will receive one graduate course credit at CSU and a box of science tools (over $200 in value) to use in their classrooms. Potential science tools included heat packs, which show that liquids release heat when they freeze, solar cells to charge batteries, and infrared goggles to see infrared radiation outside. More importantly, participants will leave the course with the confidence and knowledge to teach their students about weather, climate, and climate change.

 

Most Outstanding Educator Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of students. Recipients are identified by Alliance Partnership high school graduates currently attending CSU.

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Direct assistance to schools through the Alliance Partnership

 

NBC Learn

NBC Learn is an online, fully cataloged database of nearly 15,000 hours of digitized NBC News (and affiliate) archival footage dating back to the 1920’s, plus hundreds of primary source documents and photos that date back to the 1800’s. All footage has been hand-chosen for educational content, relevance, and length (most clips are 2-6 minutes). All materials contain full transcripts and citation information as well as many user-friendly features to allow for easy searching, downloading, and sharing.

Colorado State University is partnering with NBC News to provide 25 high schools across the state with free, two-year subscriptions to the network’s online educational resource, NBC Learn. The gift gives students, teachers and parents online access to more than 12,000 NBC News archival videos – one of the largest digital video archives in the world – as well as documents, images and other resources specifically designed for use in K-12 classrooms.

Computer Loan Program

Colorado State University accepts limited requests for computer equipment, given to schools as a loan to be returned when computers are no longer of use. There is no charge for schools, but careful inventories must be recorded and maintained. Computers remain property of Colorado State University.

College Access Program

In an effort to expose families to the entire college admissions process from academic preparation in high school to the college application to financial aid, this program provides informative and entertaining presentations by Colorado State University faculty, staff and students held at various Alliance Partnership communities. Participants become empowered by understanding their vital role in the process.

Naviance

CSU supports each Alliance Partnership School with Naviance and Naviance training. Naviance is the world's leading provider of planning and advising systems for schools. This computer software serves as a valuable resource for counselors, teachers, and students as they go through the college exploration and admission process.

Culture of Care Initiative (Hinkley High School)

In an effort to bridge the disparity in terms of achievement and graduation rates of ethnically and racially diverse students and their White counterparts, the Alliance Partnership has initiated the “Culture of Care,” a concept that emphasizes solidarity, community, and relationship building.

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Participant Highlights

Improving Teacher Quality Grant Initiative

The School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP) and the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) are working with science teachers in the CSU Alliance School Partnership and with the Colorado Department of Higher Education to a address the shortage of highly qualified teachers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Alliance School science teachers will receive scholarships that enable them to increase their knowledge and qualifications by completing three online Natural Science Education courses that are part of the Master’s in Natural Sciences Education course sequence at CSU. Scholarship recipients will be supported by instructional coaches, university faculty, and an online community to ensure their success.

Additionally, funding will provide for the development and implementation of STEM-related course materials into CSU classes, evaluation of the project’s impact on student achievement, and will provide feedback to professors for further refinement of the courses. CSU is also partnering with BSCS, a nonprofit science education research and development organization, to examine the impact of the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.

  • Two teachers per building will receive: $4,500.00 scholarships to take 3 online courses in the Master’s of Natural Sciences Education program.
  • Each scholarship recipient will also receive $872.00 to purchase materials associated with the program, such as textbooks and materials for small-scale science labs.

Also, the Master’s in Natural Science Education website is: http://www.learn.colostate.edu/degrees/natural-sciences-education/curriculum.dot

Participants in this project will receive a certificate of completion. They will register as “guests” so they do not have to worry about the formal graduate school application process. Please contact Dr. Cerissa Stevenson if you are interested in participating in this project.

COACHING INFORMATION:

They were also granted funds to provide $2,500.00 stipends to building coaches. They are needing

  • A recommendation from Alliance School Principals
  • Someone with supervisory training (coaching or administrative)
  • Preferably someone with a principal license
  • Coaching responsibilities will include
  • Observe scholarship recipient teaching at least once per semester (spring, fall, and spring)
  • Participate in conference calls with other coaches and CSU grant project coordinators/evaluators
  • Provide feedback to teachers and to CSU coordinators/evaluators (Observations are not evaluative, but are for coaching purposes).


For more information please contact:

Dr. Cerissa Stevenson, PhD
Cerissa.Stevenson@colostate.edu
Assistant Professor, Grant Project Coordinator
School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP); 970 491-0922

 


Summer STEM for Teachers July 11-15, 2011

The 2011 Weather and Climate for Teachers course, sponsored by CMMAP and the Little Shop of Physics will provide necessary teaching techniques and knowledge of atmospheric science to teachers.
15 teachers will be selected to participate. Feb. 1st - Nomination Information needed.

The information needed will be:

Name

School

Email

Phone

Grades taught

Subjects


Once selected to participate, teachers will have to fill out the registration form online. Registration online will be available in February or March at 2011. Course Website: http://www.cmmap.org/scienceEd/summercourse/summerCourse11/

 


January 21, 2011 - Colorado Counselors visit at CSU Campus



CSU Days at Pueblo Central and Trinidad High School - October 27 & 28, 2010

We are excited about CSU DAY at Pueblo Central High School on Wednesday, October 27th and Trinidad High School on Thursday, October, 28th. This will be a daylong event where CSU faculty and staff will present to students in the classroom about various topics including information about different majors, careers and planning for college. President of Colorado State University, Dr. Tony Frank will also join us and will speak to the students about the importance of a college education in an afternoon assembly. You can read about last years CSU Days at Rocky Ford High School under Past Events.
 


CSU Diversity Conference - High School Focus Day - October 6, 2010

The 2010 High School CSU Diversity Conference will also be held on Oct. 6th at the CSU Lory Student Center. We hope you have already registered your students for this terrific event since the conference is full and registration is now closed.
 


Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting - October 6, 2010

The Alliance fall meeting for Alliance Schools will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6th at Colorado State University in the Longs Peak Room at the Lory Student Center from 8:30 – 3:00pm. It is important that we have representatives from each school. Mary and I are looking forward to seeing you all and will, of course have a full agenda for you.
 


Weather and Climate for High School Teachers - July 11-18, 2010

This course offers five days of lessons on the science of the atmosphere. Each class session will begin with hands-on activities designed by Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics team (ranging from making a simple model of radiation transport in the earth's atmosphere to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen); followed by a lecture (presented by CSU professor of Atmospheric Sciences Scott Denning, a very engaging teacher who has a real knack for teaching complex concepts to nonspecialists); and conclude with extension activities using real data presented by a team of graduate students from CSU's Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP). Teachers will not only learn a great deal, they'll get ideas to take back to the classroom and an opportunity to share ideas and insights with teachers from all over the state—and other states as well. CMMAP provides support for the course which includes tuition for CSU credit, a stipend, and about $250 of equipment and supplies. The Alliance Partnership pays for lodging costs. CMMAP and the Alliance Partnership cover meals. Thus, there is no cost to participants!

The following teachers were selected for the Summer 2010 Weather and Climate Course:
 

Rocky Ford High School: Dave Ritter, Joy Klein

Fort Lupton High School: Brian McGee, Holly Sheldon, Jesus Hierro

Sierra High School: Cynthia Huddleston

Centauri High School: Stephanie Parrish, Mark Parrish, Josh Cantu

Montezuma-Cortez High School: Sussana Turose-Gaddes

Adams City High School: Lindsay Kasuga

Central High School: Tom Murray, Benjamin LoCascio, N. Wayne Doerr

Trinidad High School: Carrie Gongaware

John Mall JR SR High School: Ron Streigel, Deb Streigel, Clay Helms

Hinkley High School: John Gaskell, Alice Adetoye

For questions about stipends, registration, the schedule, or other administrative details, contact Melissa Burt, CMMAP Education and Diversity Manager at mburt@atmos.colostate.edu

For questions about the content of the course, the CSU credit, the materials, the activities, contact Brian Jones, Director, Little Shop of Physics at Brian.Jones@colostate.edu

For questions about housing and dining or the Alliance Partnership—and how teachers were chosen to take part in this program—contact Mary Ontiveros, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access at Mary.Ontiveros@colostate.eduSpring Alliance Partnership Meeting - April 30, 2010 (hosted by Rocky Ford H.S.)
 


Alliance Partnership Spring Meeting

The highlight of the Spring meeting was a presentation by Dr. Tom Cavanagh, Dr. Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, and Dr. Ted Glynn to further explore "The Culture of Care" initiative for Alliance Partnership schools.  Representatives from Colorado State's Alliance Partnership  provided updates on summer programs for students and teachers, outreach efforts, and the Diversity Conference - High School Visit Day scheduled for October 6, 2010 (information will be sent out at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year).  Partnership High Schools also provided highlights/spotlights on programs at their schools. The Fall Meeting has been scheduled for October 1, 2010.
 


Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting, September 29, 2009

Held at Adams City High School, the guest speaker, Dr. Tom Cavanagh, discussed "The Culture of Care" -- a project he developed while working in New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship. Focused on raising Maori student achievement in New Zealand, Dr. Cavanagh related how we can create peaceful and caring relationships and use restorative justice practices in schools to respond to student wrong doing and conflict in conjunction with a culturally appropriate pedagogy of relations in classrooms, under the umbrella of a "culture of care."
 


2009 Most Influential Educators - August 2009

Colorado State University’s Alliance High School Partnership Program selected eight teachers in Colorado as the “2009 Most Influential Educator.”

It is generally understood that the quality and effectiveness of teachers plays a critical role in the continuous growth and achievement of students. President Obama recently noted, “From the moment a student enters a school, the single most important factor in their success is the person in front of the classroom. Everyone of us can point to a teacher who inspired us and in some way shaped the course of our lives.”

Through the “Most Influential Educator” program, the Alliance Partnership recognizes individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of students. Recipients must be nominated by a student currently attending Colorado State University through the Alliance Program.

The following is the list of 2009 Most Influential Educators and their nominators:

Annell Weissenbuehler, Hinkley High School – nominated by Jillian Jaeger. Jillian writes: “Ms. Weissenbuehler challenged her students to find the deeper meaning in everything that we do, which is a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

 

Melva Hall, Sierra High School – nominated by Jesse Wickham. Jesse writes: “Ms Hall is the burning spirit that defines what a student can feel like if they are to continue their education in college.”

 

Mike Campbell, Fort Lupton High School – nominated by Ashley Howard. Ashley writes: “As the principal of our school, Mr. Campbell always had a smile on his face and was willing to help students with anything they needed.

 

Kathy Kochevar, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger and Caitlin Richards. Both Kara and Caitlin noted that Ms. Kochevar’s English class was their best preparation for college. “She always pushed me to do my best work… she gave me encouragement and positive criticism that helped a great deal with my writing.”

 

Jeff Kochenberger, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger. Kara notes: “Mr.Kochenberger, a math teacher at Central, is my dad! He and my mom made me feel like I could do anything and I think that had the biggest influence on me.”

 

Nicole Mosher,Montezuma-Cortez High School – nominated by Jessica Murski. Jessica writes: “Ms.Mosher, in the Talent Search Program, helped reduce the stress of going to college by helping with applications and deadlines.”

 

Rebecca Grainger, Sierra High School – nominated by Angela Abbott. Angela writes:“Ms. Grainger’s science classes were among the first to be a real challenge for me. She made me realize I would be able to do well in college despite any doubts I had.”

 

Megan Taylor, Hinkley High School — nominated by Gabriela Aguayo. Gabriela writes:“Ms. Taylor went out of her way to give our class all the resources we needed and devoted so much time to helping us progress towards our future.”

The Alliance High School Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to work together in partnership to elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access, and attainability of higher education; and to send a greater number of Colorado students to college.

For more information click here or call (970) 491-6473.


Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Course for High School Teachers - July 12-17, 2009

Topic: Weather and Climate -- This class consisted of 10 sessions, each on a specific topic. Each topic contained a sequence of activities that followed the "5E's: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate." Open-ended, hands-on investigations gave participants the opportunity to engage and explore; lectures explained; and sessions concluded with a chance for participants to apply knowledge (extend) and evaluate.


Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Research Experience for Middle School Teachers - June 2009

Two Alliance Partnership middle school teachers -- Bob Behrens from Fort Lupton (currently at St. Vrain) and Brian Riccatone from Centauri participated in the Summer 2009 Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Science and Technology. During this six-week program, participants had the opportunity to perform research projects with Colorado State University faculty and graduate students on cutting-edge laser and optical science projects using state-of-the-art equipment. The title of Riccatone's research project was "Thermal Evaporation for Thin Kiln Deposition of Optics." Riccatone said, "Through this research experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge,insight, and resources that I am able to share with my students to increase their learning and my own. It was a pleasure working in a great environment with such great people."
 

Participant Highlights

Improving Teacher Quality Grant Initiative

The School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP) and the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) are working with science teachers in the CSU Alliance School Partnership and with the Colorado Department of Higher Education to a address the shortage of highly qualified teachers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Alliance School science teachers will receive scholarships that enable them to increase their knowledge and qualifications by completing three online Natural Science Education courses that are part of the Master’s in Natural Sciences Education course sequence at CSU. Scholarship recipients will be supported by instructional coaches, university faculty, and an online community to ensure their success.

Additionally, funding will provide for the development and implementation of STEM-related course materials into CSU classes, evaluation of the project’s impact on student achievement, and will provide feedback to professors for further refinement of the courses. CSU is also partnering with BSCS, a nonprofit science education research and development organization, to examine the impact of the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.

  • Two teachers per building will receive: $4,500.00 scholarships to take 3 online courses in the Master’s of Natural Sciences Education program.
  • Each scholarship recipient will also receive $872.00 to purchase materials associated with the program, such as textbooks and materials for small-scale science labs.

Also, the Master’s in Natural Science Education website is: http://www.learn.colostate.edu/degrees/natural-sciences-education/curriculum.dot

Participants in this project will receive a certificate of completion. They will register as “guests” so they do not have to worry about the formal graduate school application process. Please contact Dr. Cerissa Stevenson if you are interested in participating in this project.

COACHING INFORMATION:

They were also granted funds to provide $2,500.00 stipends to building coaches. They are needing

  • A recommendation from Alliance School Principals
  • Someone with supervisory training (coaching or administrative)
  • Preferably someone with a principal license
  • Coaching responsibilities will include
  • Observe scholarship recipient teaching at least once per semester (spring, fall, and spring)
  • Participate in conference calls with other coaches and CSU grant project coordinators/evaluators
  • Provide feedback to teachers and to CSU coordinators/evaluators (Observations are not evaluative, but are for coaching purposes).


For more information please contact:

Dr. Cerissa Stevenson, PhD
Cerissa.Stevenson@colostate.edu
Assistant Professor, Grant Project Coordinator
School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP); 970 491-0922


Summer STEM for Teachers July 11-15, 2011

The 2011 Weather and Climate for Teachers course, sponsored by CMMAP and the Little Shop of Physics will provide necessary teaching techniques and knowledge of atmospheric science to teachers.
15 teachers will be selected to participate. Feb. 1st - Nomination Information needed.

The information needed will be:

Name

School

Email

Phone

Grades taught

Subjects


Once selected to participate, teachers will have to fill out the registration form online. Registration online will be available in February or March at 2011. Course Website: http://www.cmmap.org/scienceEd/summercourse/summerCourse11/


January 21, 2011 - Colorado Counselors visit at CSU Campus

 

 


CSU Days at Pueblo Central and Trinidad High School - October 27 & 28, 2010

We are excited about CSU DAY at Pueblo Central High School on Wednesday, October 27th and Trinidad High School on Thursday, October, 28th. This will be a daylong event where CSU faculty and staff will present to students in the classroom about various topics including information about different majors, careers and planning for college. President of Colorado State University, Dr. Tony Frank will also join us and will speak to the students about the importance of a college education in an afternoon assembly. You can read about last years CSU Days at Rocky Ford High School under Past Events.


CSU Diversity Conference - High School Focus Day - October 6, 2010

The 2010 High School CSU Diversity Conference will also be held on Oct. 6th at the CSU Lory Student Center. We hope you have already registered your students for this terrific event since the conference is full and registration is now closed.


Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting - October 6, 2010

The Alliance fall meeting for Alliance Schools will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6th at Colorado State University in the Longs Peak Room at the Lory Student Center from 8:30 – 3:00pm. It is important that we have representatives from each school. Mary and I are looking forward to seeing you all and will, of course have a full agenda for you.


Weather and Climate for High School Teachers - July 11-18, 2010

This course offers five days of lessons on the science of the atmosphere. Each class session will begin with hands-on activities designed by Colorado State University's Little Shop of Physics team (ranging from making a simple model of radiation transport in the earth's atmosphere to making ice cream with liquid nitrogen); followed by a lecture (presented by CSU professor of Atmospheric Sciences Scott Denning, a very engaging teacher who has a real knack for teaching complex concepts to nonspecialists); and conclude with extension activities using real data presented by a team of graduate students from CSU's Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP). Teachers will not only learn a great deal, they'll get ideas to take back to the classroom and an opportunity to share ideas and insights with teachers from all over the state—and other states as well. CMMAP provides support for the course which includes tuition for CSU credit, a stipend, and about $250 of equipment and supplies. The Alliance Partnership pays for lodging costs. CMMAP and the Alliance Partnership cover meals. Thus, there is no cost to participants!

The following teachers were selected for the Summer 2010 Weather and Climate Course:

Rocky Ford High School: Dave Ritter, Joy Klein

Fort Lupton High School: Brian McGee, Holly Sheldon, Jesus Hierro

Sierra High School: Cynthia Huddleston

Centauri High School: Stephanie Parrish, Mark Parrish, Josh Cantu

Montezuma-Cortez High School: Sussana Turose-Gaddes

Adams City High School: Lindsay Kasuga

Central High School: Tom Murray, Benjamin LoCascio, N. Wayne Doerr

Trinidad High School: Carrie Gongaware

John Mall JR SR High School: Ron Streigel, Deb Streigel, Clay Helms

Hinkley High School: John Gaskell, Alice Adetoye

For questions about stipends, registration, the schedule, or other administrative details, contact Melissa Burt, CMMAP Education and Diversity Manager at mburt@atmos.colostate.edu

For questions about the content of the course, the CSU credit, the materials, the activities, contact Brian Jones, Director, Little Shop of Physics at Brian.Jones@colostate.edu

For questions about housing and dining or the Alliance Partnership—and how teachers were chosen to take part in this program—contact Mary Ontiveros, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access at Mary.Ontiveros@colostate.eduSpring Alliance Partnership Meeting - April 30, 2010 (hosted by Rocky Ford H.S.)


Alliance Partnership Spring Meeting

The highlight of the Spring meeting was a presentation by Dr. Tom Cavanagh, Dr. Angus Hikairo Macfarlane, and Dr. Ted Glynn to further explore "The Culture of Care" initiative for Alliance Partnership schools. Representatives from Colorado State's Alliance Partnership provided updates on summer programs for students and teachers, outreach efforts, and the Diversity Conference - High School Visit Day scheduled for October 6, 2010 (information will be sent out at the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year). Partnership High Schools also provided highlights/spotlights on programs at their schools. The Fall Meeting has been scheduled for October 1, 2010.


Alliance Partnership Fall Meeting, September 29, 2009

Held at Adams City High School, the guest speaker, Dr. Tom Cavanagh, discussed "The Culture of Care" -- a project he developed while working in New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship. Focused on raising Maori student achievement in New Zealand, Dr. Cavanagh related how we can create peaceful and caring relationships and use restorative justice practices in schools to respond to student wrong doing and conflict in conjunction with a culturally appropriate pedagogy of relations in classrooms, under the umbrella of a "culture of care."


2009 Most Influential Educators - August 2009

Colorado State University’s Alliance High School Partnership Program selected eight teachers in Colorado as the “2009 Most Influential Educator.”

It is generally understood that the quality and effectiveness of teachers plays a critical role in the continuous growth and achievement of students. President Obama recently noted, “From the moment a student enters a school, the single most important factor in their success is the person in front of the classroom. Everyone of us can point to a teacher who inspired us and in some way shaped the course of our lives.”

Through the “Most Influential Educator” program, the Alliance Partnership recognizes individuals who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of students. Recipients must be nominated by a student currently attending Colorado State University through the Alliance Program.

The following is the list of 2009 Most Influential Educators and their nominators:

Annell Weissenbuehler, Hinkley High School – nominated by Jillian Jaeger. Jillian writes: “Ms. Weissenbuehler challenged her students to find the deeper meaning in everything that we do, which is a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

Melva Hall, Sierra High School – nominated by Jesse Wickham. Jesse writes: “Ms Hall is the burning spirit that defines what a student can feel like if they are to continue their education in college.”

Mike Campbell, Fort Lupton High School – nominated by Ashley Howard. Ashley writes: “As the principal of our school, Mr. Campbell always had a smile on his face and was willing to help students with anything they needed.

Kathy Kochevar, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger and Caitlin Richards. Both Kara and Caitlin noted that Ms. Kochevar’s English class was their best preparation for college. “She always pushed me to do my best work… she gave me encouragement and positive criticism that helped a great deal with my writing.”

Jeff Kochenberger, Pueblo Central High School – nominated by Kara Kochenberger. Kara notes: “Mr.Kochenberger, a math teacher at Central, is my dad! He and my mom made me feel like I could do anything and I think that had the biggest influence on me.”

Nicole Mosher,Montezuma-Cortez High School – nominated by Jessica Murski. Jessica writes: “Ms.Mosher, in the Talent Search Program, helped reduce the stress of going to college by helping with applications and deadlines.”

Rebecca Grainger, Sierra High School – nominated by Angela Abbott. Angela writes:“Ms. Grainger’s science classes were among the first to be a real challenge for me. She made me realize I would be able to do well in college despite any doubts I had.”

Megan Taylor, Hinkley High School — nominated by Gabriela Aguayo. Gabriela writes:“Ms. Taylor went out of her way to give our class all the resources we needed and devoted so much time to helping us progress towards our future.”

The Alliance High School Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to work together in partnership to elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access, and attainability of higher education; and to send a greater number of Colorado students to college.

For more information click here or call (970) 491-6473.


Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Course for High School Teachers - July 12-17, 2009

Topic: Weather and Climate -- This class consisted of 10 sessions, each on a specific topic. Each topic contained a sequence of activities that followed the "5E's: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate." Open-ended, hands-on investigations gave participants the opportunity to engage and explore; lectures explained; and sessions concluded with a chance for participants to apply knowledge (extend) and evaluate.


Alliance Partnership STEM Program: Summer Research Experience for Middle School Teachers - June 2009

Two Alliance Partnership middle school teachers -- Bob Behrens from Fort Lupton (currently at St. Vrain) and Brian Riccatone from Centauri participated in the Summer 2009 Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Science and Technology. During this six-week program, participants had the opportunity to perform research projects with Colorado State University faculty and graduate students on cutting-edge laser and optical science projects using state-of-the-art equipment. The title of Riccatone's research project was "Thermal Evaporation for Thin Kiln Deposition of Optics." Riccatone said, "Through this research experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge,insight, and resources that I am able to share with my students to increase their learning and my own. It was a pleasure working in a great environment with such great people."