Readopoly: Winter Reading Program offered through March – Education Briefs
Moffat County Library is offering a Winter Reading Program through March, to include game nights, new family story times, a youth winter book club and new themes for preschool story times.
The program will feature the following.
• Game Nights at Village Inn
Village Inn and Moffat County Libraries will host multiple events the second Monday of February and March, with Kids Eat Free Family Game Night at Village Inn.
Children age 10 and younger eat free, and they and their families can enjoy games and activities with plenty of prizes, including titles that will be part of the library’s Winter Book Club. Open-house seating is first-come, first-served.
When: 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, March 12
Where: Village Inn, 1103 W. Victory Way
Cost: Children age 10 and younger eat free
More information: 970-824-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Family Story Time
Stories and activities for the whole family at 3:45 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.
Themes are as follows.
Feb. 15 – Friendship
March 15 – The Power of Poetry
• Winter Book Club
The club, which meets at 11 a.m., is for readers age 10 and older. Readers will read a book before the club meets, then share thoughts about the book and participate in an activity.
Dates and book selections are as follows.
Jan. 27 – “Book Scavengers,” by Jennifer Bertman
Feb. 24 – “I’ll Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives,” by Caitlin Alfirenka
March 31 – “The Bone Thief,” by Alyson Noel
• Book signing
Local author Jessica Prather will visit the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 to talk about her new junior fiction book series, “The Traitor’s Crux,” and sign copies of her books. Prather grew up in Craig, where she spent her time immersed in reading, filling notebooks with fiction and enjoying the outdoors. She graduated from Moffat County High School and resides in Utah.
• Story Times at the Moffat County Library
Story Times are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Craig branch of the library, 570 Green Street. Librarians ask parents to arrive early, as entering late causes distractions.
Dates and themes are as follows.
Jan. 25 – Let’s Build a Snowman
Feb. 1 – It’s Ground Hog Day
Feb. 8 – Valentine’s/Friendship
Feb. 15 – Dental Health
Feb. 22 – Arctic Animals
March 1 – Dr. Seuss
March 8 – Let’s Be Silly
March 15 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 22 – Spring
March 29 – Riddles and Rhymes Poetry
Positive Youth Development training offered Jan. 25
Colorado is recognized as a leader in promoting and operationalizing Positive Youth Development at the state, local and community level.
PYD is an approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies to help young people reach their full potential. The training is open to youth-serving professionals or anyone interested in youth well-being.
PYD is based on the following five principals.
• Strengths-based: The program adopts a holistic approach that focuses on the inherent strengths of an individual, family or community, then building upon them.
• Inclusive: The program addresses the needs of all youth by ensuring that our approach is culturally responsive.
• Engaging youth as a partner: The program ensures the intentional, meaningful and sustained involvement of youth as equitable partners in the programs, practices and policies that seek to impact them.
• Collaborative: The program creates meaningful partnerships within and across sectors to effectively align our work.
• Sustainable: The program addresses long-term planning through funding, training, capacity building, professional development and evaluation in order to ensure ongoing support and engagement of youth.
Grand Futures and the Routt and Moffat County Communities That Care coalitions are partnering with Eagle River Youth Coalition and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to provide a regionalized PYD training in Steamboat Springs and Craig later this month
Training is free, though availability is limited. Those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible at pydtrainings.eventbrite.com.
Register online for CNCC Community Education spring classes
Those interested in learning the art of stained glass, becoming more skilled with a computer or obtaining professional development may be interested in Colorado Northwestern Community College’s schedule of spring classes. CNCC offers courses for people of all interests, backgrounds and ages. Register online at cncc.edu/community.
Foundation accepting applications from area nonprofits
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit groups in the community.
Grants will be awarded to select institutes that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the languages, sciences and interdisciplinary areas. The foundation also supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, or STEAM. The Foundation also occasionally supports programs for adults.
Since 2008, the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation has awarded more than $450,000 in grants to organizations in communities where Swift Communications conducts business. This year, the fund will consider applications for grants representing a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.
The application deadline is Feb. 15, and grant recipients will be announced May 1.
For more information or to view the application, visit bessieminorswift.org.
Scholarships available for juniors graduating in 2019
Applications are now being accepted for Positive Coaching Alliance’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarships.
PCA awards scholarships of $1,000 to $2,000 (depending on location) to high school athletes, based on their responses to questions pertaining to how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor, by PCA Founder Jim Thompso
For applications, eligibility requirements and rules to know before applying visit positivecoach.org/awards-programs/triple-impact-competitor-scholarships
School funding, teacher shortage, PERA priorities for legislative session
The Colorado Education Association has issued its priorities for the 2018 Colorado General Assembly.
“Our students deserve the very best, and they suffer the most when they do not have highly qualified, skilled educators and support staff in all public schools. We must improve educator recruitment and retention by increasing school funding and by respecting educators as the professionals they are,” said CEA President Kerrie Dallman. “If we value the education and experience students receive in the classroom and if we value qualified educators who provide the classroom experience, then those values need to be reflected in our state and local budgets.”
CEA asserts the state has continued to underfund K-12 education at every level for many years and is operating under an $828 million budget shortfall in the current school year.
“Educators who have training and resources to do their jobs will provide better learning opportunities for students,” Dallman said. “For instance, the Joint Budget Committee just identified that the state has not put any resources towards professional development for teachers or principals for over 10 years.”
Inadequate school funding is directly related to the teacher shortage, the subject of a state study released by CDE in December. The report found 95 percent of teachers in rural districts don’t earn enough to meet the cost of living. On the Front Range, skyrocketing housing prices make it prohibitive for teachers to buy a home or even rent an apartment in the communities where they teach. National data shows the average teacher salary for experienced teachers isn’t competitive with other professions that demand much less rigorous coursework and points to a Colorado example that a teacher here with a graduate degree and 10 years of experience makes less than a trucker.
“Losing professional, experienced teachers has a negative effect on all of Colorado. It hurts our competitiveness and quality of life. More importantly, this turnover hurts students the most,” Dallman said. “Creating the schools our students deserve starts with respecting and valuing educator’s voice, experience and expertise. We will attract more teachers and keep them longer when they are entrusted with shared leadership and meaningful collaboration in school decisions at all levels.”
Dallman believes the growing teacher shortage could also be eased by strengthening PERA to provide a meaningful retirement for educators.
“CEA will support proposals that give teachers — and other state employees — a stable retirement. Weakening PERA will exacerbate the teacher shortage if educators can no longer count on adequate retirement.”
Nearly 100,000 Coloradans receive PERA benefits that in turn help sustain 32,800 Colorado jobs and helps generate $271 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.
Dozens of people turned out to get answers from the Moffat County School District Board of Education during a community town hall held on July 16 at the former East Elementary School.