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High Expectations

It is essential the experiences of our students be anchored against high expectations. Our schools can accomplish this through an intentional process of alignment: alignment of learning experiences with curriculum, which is aligned with standards, which is aligned with high (and internationally benchmarked) expectations.

These high expectations must be present in all our schools, especially in those that serve students from disadvantaged backgrounds. To confront issues of student equity, we must ensure all our students are afforded the right to learn in a high-expectation environment.

Theory of Action

IF teachers and district leaders align tasks, curriculum, assessments, and resources to high standards and Generations Skills, AND teachers access and are supported to align instructional practices to meet or exceed standards and skills
THEN teachers will consistently facilitate challenging and engaging learning experiences for all students.


  • Alignment: By May 2020 all Jeffco tasks, curriculum, and resources for all content areas will be aligned to the new Colorado Academic Standards and Jeffco Generations Skills.
  • Implementation:  By 2024 at  least 80% of Jeffco classrooms will consistently engage in learning tasks aligned to Jeffco curriculum and Jeffco Generations skills as demonstrated by Level C or higher on the High Expectations rubric. 

Tactic Team

Jen Steele (Tactic Lead) - Director, Curriculum and Instruction
Elyse Allen - Teacher, Secondary Science
Rebecca Dunn - Title 1 Community and Family Connections
Lindsey Frasier - Instructional Assessment
Katie Grisham - Professional Learning Communities Coach
Kristina Harris - Curriculum and Instruction
Ruth Hartvigson - Program Specialist, Preschool
Tonia Heffley - Resource Teacher Gifted and Talented
Jill Kalb - Curriculum and Instruction
Soojin Kim - ESL/Dual Language
Tom McDermott - Special Assistant to the Superintendent
Liza Meier - Assistant Director, Special Education
Renee Nicothodes - Achievement Director
Kristi Shaner - Principal, Ryan Elementary
Lisa Summitt - Educational Technology
Susie Van Scoyk - Principal, Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School
Heather Waldron - Pathways Designer


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