NW BOCES is pleased to offer an independent study option to teachers in our service region. As a part of this course, participants complete a "public product" to share their experience and their learning. Below, Steamboat Springs High School teacher and guest blogger Ryan Ayala writes about the independent study he completed in Fall 2018. For more information about this course offering (or to sign up) visit

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Beginning this year, core content educators in Colorado are required to complete ELL-specific professional learning in order to renew their license. You can read more information about these requirements here.

The Colorado Department of Education has identified 4 areas in which teachers need to be proficient in order to support English Learners. In this post, I will discuss the second standard: Educators are knowledgeable in first and second language acquisition.

With the excitement and chaos of the holiday season approaching, do your classroom rules and routines need a booster shot? This handy study guide features tools designed to prompt teacher reflection and action on a key component of effective teaching: classroom management.