Amy is the Managing Director of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched in 2013 to create an entirely new statewide education system. Amy is responsible for leading the discovery-driven process that results in the vision, design, and strategy for ReSchool Colorado. Although she has a broad array of expertise, Amy has focused on the policy aspect of creating a new education system and the system components that requires us to reimagine, such as governance and finance.
Prior to launching ReSchool, Amy was Associate Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education where she created and led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement. Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities. Before her time at CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning. She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools.
Amy is a founder of The Odyssey School, a Denver charter school started in 1998 where both her children attended and she served for many years on the board of directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Amy holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Selamawit serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at ReSchool Colorado and is thrilled to spend most her time working on Blueprint4SummerCO. In her role, Selamawit is leading efforts to coordinate and curate the “out of school” landscape of learning opportunities for all youth, starting with the summer space. Selamawit deeply believes all people hold their innate agencies and should be able to thrive in all parts of their lives in service of their agency.
Prior to this work, Selamawit worked on the Academic Product and Operations team at Guild Education, a Denver-Based edtech company. In this space, Selamawit worked on innovative course design and enrollment processes within their learning management system. Prior to Guild, Selamawit taught English to phenomenal high school students in Atlanta as a Teach for America Corps Member. As a teacher, Selamawit designed her school’s African American Studies and SAT Prep courses, and spearheaded a community forum tasked to explore ways to align current lived experiences with academic standards.
Selamawit is an Atlanta native and holds a B.A from Cornell University.
Jessica creates and executes plans to raise awareness about ReSchool and its initiatives using various storytelling and marketing strategies. She serves as the point of contact for managing grants and contracts and leads internal operations for ReSchool. She is deeply committed to ensuring education opportunities adequately prepare individuals to be healthy, fulfilled, contributing members of society. She believes that that the traditional education system and the people serving within it are overtaxed, and that by recognizing all the places in which kids learn and access support, we can better serve learners and providers within the education ecosystem. She is also really interested in the work going on to ensure our education and labor systems and interacting, and learners are informed about the economic landscape they will enter.
Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation and ReSchool, Jessica worked at the Colorado Department of Education in multiple roles, interacting with various education stakeholders. She helped manage federally and state-funded dollars supporting adult education programs that are working with adults to attain basic academic skills, learn English, be more active participants in their child’s education and/or deepen workforce skills. Jessica also supported the Commissioner of Education and worked with innovation and charter schools. Prior to CDE, Jessica worked with a non-profit providing high school equivalency testing to youth and adult offenders.
Jessica is a proud Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University.
It is more than what happens in the classroom that contributes to a well-rounded education. As ReSchool Colorado has partnered with families over the years, we have witnessed growing gaps in opportunity between learners who have access to a variety of enrichment experiences that keep them engaged in learning during the summer months and their peers who do not get the opportunity to engage in organized summer learning_._ Fun and diverse summertime opportunities ensure that kids will develop their own creative pursuits, expand their sense of self in the world around them, and build meaningful relationships. Each summer we allow some students to remain isolated from learning, opportunity and achievement gaps widen. We seek to interrupt this inequity for all learners in Colorado.
Blueprint4SummerCO is designed to be an easy to use mobile friendly website that expands access to summer learning and fun to ALL learners. We are eager to work with a spectrum of summer learning providers in the area to expand learning opportunities, especially to learners who have been historically absent from enriching summer activities. Blueprint4SummerCO was built with the generous support and partnership of community leaders and organizations who want to help Colorado kids succeed.
In the News
February 19, 2018Now parents in Denver, Boulder and north Aurora will be able to search Blueprint4SummerCO for listings and information on various summer camps and programs…
February 26, 2018
March 3, 2018Do you find scheduling summer camps and activities for your kids exhausting? Digging through old emails, bookmarked websites, creating spreadsheets… (At least that’s how it goes in our house.) Never fear, Blueprint4SummerCO to the rescue!
Summer is coming…and an amazing website has launched to help you plan your kids’ CO summer activities!
March 12, 2018Summer dilemma = solved. A new website connects parents with hundreds of summer kids’ programs and activities in the Denver metro area…
March 13, 2018A web app providing easy mobile access to summer camps and events in the local area so you can plan your summer around fun activities…
April 2, 2018…Research suggests that three to four consecutive summers of learning beginning in prekindergarten can get kids reading on grade level by third grade, making them four times more likely to graduate from high school (NSLA)…
April 16, 2018…. If I start thinking now about what we want our summer to look like, we’re more likely to do the things on our list. And if I don’t plan at least somewhat, then everyone stays inside glued to screens much more than I’d like them to. It’s not hard to plan for summer, but there are a few key things that help…
April 16, 2018Looking for summer camps and activities can be overwhelming. There are so many to choose from! And if you have particulars like a certain week you want your kids to go, it can get even more complicated. More than once, I’ve completed most of the sign-up process, gotten all the way to the end, and discovered that the week I wanted wasn’t available…
May 3, 2018
The summer months might seem far away. But for parents looking to make sure their kids have something to do during their summer vacation, the time to act is now…
New Research and Blueprint4SummerCO Fuel ReSchool’s Efforts to Address Disparities in Summer Learning for Denver Metro-Area Youth
March 4, 2019