Applications are accepted on an annual basis.
The deadline for the 2021 designation is December 18, 2020.
Use the official School to Watch Self-Study to facilitate your school’s reflection prior to the application completion process. This self-study rubric contains the criteria of best practices required for being identified as a School to Watch. This rubric can promote staff reflection and support the continuous improvement process for any middle grades school.
If after analyzing your school in relation to these criteria, you believe you have the evidence in place to be designated as a School to Watch, we invite you to submit an application following the procedures described below. Schools seeking redesignation should use the same process.
To be considered for Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch designation, read through the procedures and complete the 4 components of the total application package:
School to watch procedures (Click to Download)
- School to Watch Data Page download)
- School to Watch Evidence of Criteria Page (download)
- 3-5 Minute Video about your School (send with your application)
- School to Watch Online Rubric/Survey (read below)
After you have completed the Data Page, Evidence of Criteria, and your short video, all staff in your school must complete an Online School to Watch Self-Study Rubric (see below). This is the last step of the application.
Fill out this form to initiate the Online School to Watch Self-Study Rubric with your Staff
DO NOT COMPLETE the online rubric unless you are certain you will be applying for the Schools to Watch designation. If you do not complete an application, you will be charged $300 by the University of Illinois/National Forum. If you do submit an application for Schools to Watch – there is NO COST. If you are curious about the the content of the rubric, please review the Self-Study Rubric – there is no cost to use this resource with your staff.
You will receive notification within 1-2 days with the login and passwords you need to complete the rubric.
If you have any questions related to the application process, please contact Diane Lauer, the state director.