Inspiring Daring Dreams of the Future at Pikes Peak Early College

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Fuel Education

Join the year long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado. This newly established grades 9 through 12+2 school uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. Tune in to view our Year One Video Blog and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. See the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year. 


Dreams are powerful visions of the future that motivate us in the present. PPEC is compelling students to envision daring dreams of the future and allowing teachers and staff to inspire PPEC's students to reach for them. By forging unique memorandums of understanding with colleges and crafting a program of study individualized for each student, PPEC allows students to reach for higher educational dreams with the promise of a free associate's degree and the support of expert staff to assist the 9–12 plus 2 year (12+2) journey...

 

Staying on Their Mind: Six Ways to Engage Students Online

Contributor: 
Kelli Hicks

This past year, I went on a trip to London. My four-year-old, Katie, helped me pack for the trip. As I packed, she disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a heart she had decorated. She put it in the suitcase and said, "Mommy, take this heart so you will remember I love you." The heart stayed on the nightstand at the hotel. It was the last thing I saw each night before I turned off the lights, and the first thing I saw in the morning.

Follow a New Blended Learning School through its First Year

Contributor: 
Fuel Education

This is your chance to experience the launch of an innovative blended school.

Join the year-long journey as students, faculty, and staff reach for new heights at Pikes Peak Early College (PPEC) in Peyton, Colorado.  This newly established school for grades 9 through 12+2 uniquely prepares students from diverse backgrounds for college and career through flexible and individualized blended learning, combined with free early college options. PPEC's goal is to increase completion of college courses, associate's degrees, and certifications, while reducing high school remediation rates. PPEC's faculty and staff members empower students to seamlessly transition from high school to college by facilitating personalized, flexible blended online and traditional pathways emphasizing self-directed learning. They accomplish this using Fuel Education's broad catalog of online curriculum and their award-winning, open technology platform, PEAK.

Tune in to view our Year One Video Blog and see firsthand how the program works from the perspective of students, staff, and administrators. See the successes and challenges that arise during a remarkable first year.

Innovative Blended Learning Educator Wins EPA Award

Contributor: 
Katherine Anderson

How can you become an award-winning educator by incorporating online and blended learning into your curriculum? Ask Mona Cloys, an experienced alternative program coordinator, science teacher, and online instructor for the Lake County DOOR Program, and coordinator for the alternative high school diploma program offered at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado.

Cloys was one of 18 teachers recently honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) with the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The prestigious PIAEE award was established to recognize innovative educators who integrate environmental learning into their classrooms using hands-on, experiential approaches. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions are selected to receive this award each year. Cloys and the other 2015/2016 PIAEE winners were recognized at a ceremony at the White House on August 16, 2016.