Six Denver-area charter schools delivered summer programs that included academic, social-emotional, and experiential components. The Colorado Lab created a learning community to support these schools in sharing best practices and identifying and testing solutions to emerging challenges.
RISE funding supported the Montrose County School District in its work to develop a referral process and support systems to increase access to mental health resources in six elementary schools. Colorado Lab staff met with the team in Montrose to synthesize work into a Student Wellness and Engagement Program Guide.
The Colorado Lab supported Centennial BOCES in addressing the unique needs of families in rural communities exacerbated by the pandemic by helping them identify key program elements and intended outcomes, develop tools for data collection, examine data to make meaning of progress, celebrate successes, troubleshoot barriers to implementation, and integrate lessons learned into next steps.
Laib Evaluation gathered feedback from RISE-funded and Colorado Lab-supported sites to better understand their experiences and to share learnings with funders, partners, and potential partner organizations. Evaluation results were overwhelmingly positive and are being used by the Colorado Lab to identify opportunities for improvement.