The Homegrown Talent Initiative strives to support communities as they collaborate to strengthen access to high quality learning experiences in their schools and districts, as well as multiple pathways that lead learners to success in postsecondary education and career. Below are resources that dive deeper into career-connected learning and the tools to create healthy school environments.

Colorado Policies to Better Leverage Experiential Learning Programs

Every year, education rises to the top of the priority list. Informed by school leaders and key stakeholders from across the state, learn more about the policy opportunities that can give students greater access to career-connected learning.

The Career-Connected Continuum and 7 Work-based Learning Opportunities

Work-based learning includes a continuum of activities ranging from those that are more educator-led, to those that are more business-led. Learn more about how to build work-based learning opportunities centered around a strong partnership between educators, business and industry leaders, and higher education and training providers.

Getting Started: Work-Based Learning Opportunities

A thriving work-based learning community understands the problems plaguing their talent pipeline, recognizes the value in business-led work-based learning as a solution, and works collaboratively to effect systemic change.

Work-based Learning Examples by Region

Across Colorado there are organizations and individual champions working hard to support the development and expansion of high-quality work-based learning experiences. Connecting educators, business & workforce leaders, and career preparation programs is a great place to start.

Colorado Alliance for School Health Call to Action

The Colorado Alliance for School Health has recently published a Call to Action. Its intent is to define school health services, elevate the importance of these services, outline opportunities for health and education to work together to meet the healthcare needs of every student, and identify actions we can take right now to improve the health of all Colorado youth.

Stories of Promising Practices

Colorado’s Stories of Promising Practices is a series of videos and stories that highlight schools and districts that have implemented new strategies to improve student outcomes, developed exemplary practices and validated their results through data and other verifiable demonstrations of student performance.

Colorado Department of Education Resources for Healthy Schools

The Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Health and Wellness provide state and federal funding, training, and technical assistance to schools to prevent risk behavior, serve at-risk students and their families, and promote positive health and behavior.

Grant Writing Guide on The Hub

Successful grant writing is part art and part science. This webinar will provide specific tips and strategies for writing a fundable grant application including an emphasis on two areas that often cause an application not to be funded: the workplan and budget.