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Improving achievement for all students, including diverse learners.

The Recovery Innovation and Student Equity (RISE) fund supports innovative solutions to help state students affected by the economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IDLEA Project utilizes those funds.

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Supporting Colorado public school students

Participating schools include 13 public charter schools from across Colorado.

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Bringing innovative solutions to the classroom

Our goal is to assess student engagement, create support and tools for schools to increase that engagement & then share those lessons.

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Goal: Improving engagement & achievement for all students, including diverse learners.

In 2020, Colorado charter schools were selected to receive over $2M in grants from Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ Recovery Innovation and Student Equity (RISE) fund.

The first RISE grant was for $1.48 million & shared among 13 charter schools.

The Increasing Diverse Learner Engagement & Achievement (IDLEA) Project focuses on assessing student engagement & creating support and tools for schools to increase that engagement.

The goal is to share those lessons with the state’s 261 public charter schools & 4,570 traditional public schools across the state.

Mitigating the Impacts of COVID-19

“There is no question that the pandemic has caused many of our state’s students to regress, and innovative programs like the ones our charter schools have proposed can be an important step to mitigating that impact.” ─ Dan Schaller, President of the Colorado League of Charter Schools

Emotional, Behavioral & Cognitive Impact

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Participating Schools

  • Academy 360
  • Animas High School
  • Carbondale Community School
  • Girls Athletic Leadership High School
  • Girls Athletic Leadership Middle School
  • Global Village Academy – Northglenn
  • New Legacy Charter School
  • Pagosa Peak Open School
  • REACH Charter School
  • Rocky Mountain Classical Academy
  • Steamboat Montessori
  • STRIVE Prep Montbello
  • Thomas MacLaren School
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 “One thing that has really surprised us is just how much teachers want to dive into this work and really ensure students' needs are being met.” - Tony Wright, Special Education Manager, Academy 360

“Relationships are our number one goal, and so we've really enjoyed the team building structures that we're using and our class building structures, because they're deepening our relationships with our students, the students relationships with each other, and our relationships as a staff." - Sam Richings-Jermaine, Principal, Carbondale Community School

“I feel more proud of the work that we've done this year than I have in any of my years of leadership." - Leah Bock, Principal, Gals Athletic Leadership Middle School

“All kids need a variety of things, but they also really need for their teachers to be thinking about them as individuals and the environment should reflect who they are." - Jason Marsh, Principal, REACH Charter School

Many thanks to the Governer's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund for the grant award and to the Colorado Charter School Institute for acting as the fiscal sponsor.