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Programs

Our Programs

Our wide-ranging projects and programs drive innovation and foster excellence throughout BVSD, and impact over 30,000 local students and educators each school year.

Our program and support focus is on improving equity, including addressing economic and learning barriers that curtail success, promoting STEM education, and fostering excellence in instruction.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways brings careers and career awareness to BVSD elementary students and families. It supports students in visually mapping a career path, which enhances their future success. Furthermore, connecting these students to each other creates an achievement cohort that lessens the chance that students will be susceptible to the phenomenon of underperforming to meet peer group expectations. Career Pathways instills in students a sense of possibility through connecting students to mentors in their community. Through connecting students to real-life skills and professional mentors, Career Pathways fosters engagement, motivation, empowerment, self-confidence, leadership, critical thinking, teamwork, and exploration.
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Crayons to Calculators

Created in 2005 by Impact on Education, Crayons to Calculators is a partnership among four area non-profit organizations to ensure that all students in Boulder and St. Vrain Valley School Districts start school with the supplies they need to succeed. Last August, Crayons to Calculators provided backpacks of supplies to 10,500 students. Our collaborative partners are the Education Foundation for St. Vrain Valley Schools, “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County, and Sister Carmen Community Center. Western Disposal is a signature sponsor of this program.
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Summer Shuffle Literacy Program

Through collaboration with Boulder Housing Partners and the BVSD Literacy Department, the program brings summer literacy instruction designed to create kindergarten readiness to students living in low-income neighborhoods in Boulder County. Students receive targeted literacy instruction and utilize opportunities to practice reading and writing with teachers and volunteers. This literacy support incorporates iPod shuffles and iPads equipped with differentiated educational apps, eBooks, songs, and language activities. Families are also invited to field trips to the Boulder Public Library, local museums, and hiking spots using the RTD.
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Funds

Funds

Impact Opportunity Fund

Created to reduce the economic barriers that might negatively affect educational experiences & to help students. This fund gives many students access to academic opportunities and participate in extracurricular activities that enable and enrich their educational experiences. This program works towards ensuring that each and every student has the opportunity to attend field trips, represent their school through athletics, enrich their education through music, and all the other opportunities that will make them successful in the 21st century!
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Pilots of Innovation

Pilots of Innovation

Impact on Education is an incubator for innovative educational and instructional ideas, serving as a resource, for both funding and expertise, for educators and individual schools who have an idea for a creative or never-before-done instructional project. Examples of previously funded pilots of innovation include a service-learning project creating a medical facility out of a shipping container to be shipped to Mexico, the use of FitBits for an entire grade level to track overall health, and using music to aid in teaching basic math for kindergartners.

Blended Learning Pilot

Physical Science is a challenging 9th grade course, evidenced by the fact that 24% of students at Boulder High School received either a D or an F as a final grade in 2013-14, thus placing these students at risk for failing to graduate. Providing Chromebooks to students at risk of earning a D or an F makes it possible for teachers to offer a “blended-learning” environment that adds an online component to the in-class experience. Students can access additional supports online at home, after school.

Math in Music

Piloted in the 2014-15 school year at Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies (BCSIS), this program aims to improve basic mathematical skills of kindergartners through music and rhythm. Students rhythmically tap their fingers and sing songs to assist in counting skills.

Service Learning – Portable Medical Clinic

Impact on Education supported Monarch High School students involved in a Homes of Living Hope Project. The students of Monarch High are putting their learning into practice by transforming a lifeless container into a medical and dental clinic for the San José Las Palmas neighborhood in Mexico City. A variety of disciplines have been applied in this project, from architectural design, construction, electrical wiring, art and painting skills, marketing, and critical thinking. Their desire and commitment to bring healthcare to a poor settlement in Mexico City has allowed these students an opportunity be active citizens serving the global community.

 

Past Programs

Past Programs

S.T.R.E.A.M.

Launched in the fall of 2011, this K-8 science initiative is titled STREAM: Science, Technology, Reading and Writing, Engineering, Art and Math. The goal of STREAM is to increase student achievement in science while enhancing literacy through the use of hand-held devices and note-booking. Professional development of teachers is the cornerstone of this program’s success. A once utopian learning environment has become a reality with STREAM.
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Adelante

“I think that the Adelante Program is a very helpful class to help us improve our grades. The thing that makes the Adelante Program great is that we have so many great tutors like Carolee and Jarrett. All of the tutors we have help each and every one of us in any subject.”
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Scholarships

Scholarships

Impact on Education works with high school guidance counselors throughout the Boulder Valley to solicit applications, select recipients, and administer the following scholarships. On behalf of generous families and community organizations, the funds assist students as they pursue their dreams of furthering their education at the college or university level:

Boulder High School Links Scholarship

$1,000 is awarded to one Boulder High School graduating senior chosen by the Links Scholarship Program.

Contact your Boulder High School Counselor to apply.

Gould-Foothill Scholarship

The 2018-19 application period is open until May 8th, 2018.
The Gould-Foothill scholarship was established in 1984 by James & Bernice W. Gould. $1500 is awarded to each of two Boulder High School graduating seniors (one male and one female) for one year who plan to pursue the education necessary to become an elementary school teacher.
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Independent Order of Odd Fellows

The 2018-19 application period is open until April 15, 2018.
Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819, this organization exists for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and supporting those pursuing projects for the benefit of mankind. The Boulder chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows annually budgets $10,000 to fund $1,000 renewable scholarships to qualifying BVSD high school seniors.
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Premier Members Credit Union Scholarship

The 2018-19 application period is open until May 8th, 2018.
Applicant must be a 2018 Spring High School graduate with a minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA. Applicant must also be accepted to a college or technical school within the United States and must begin school as a full-time freshman in the Fall of 2017 taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per quarter. $5,000 scholarship awarded to 1 student. The Premier Members Credit Union Scholarship is administered by Impact on Education.
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Rick Sinner Scholarship

This award of up to $400 is given to one Boulder High School graduating senior with plans to pursue art studies at any accredited college, university, or recognized art institute.

Email Dave Blessing for more information.

Sally Smyth Scholarship

Established by the Smyth family to commemorate Sally Smyth, this scholarship annually awards up to four qualifying Boulder High School seniors with a 4-year scholarship of $5,000 per year at a liberal arts college.
Contact your Boulder High School Counselor to apply.

Dennie & Donna Wise Scholarship

The 2018-19 application period is open until April 15th, 2018.
Established by Dennie Wise and his children in memory of Donna, this scholarship for $1,000 per year for two years is awarded to a student accepted into a vocational, technical, or community college.
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Other Scholarships and Higher Education Information

(Not Managed by Impact on Education)

Music Scholarships

Impact on Education and Dana V. Music partner to offer scholarships to deserving, and serious students to study an instrument or voice at Dana V. Music.