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New Job!

July 31, 2013


As the summer passes I have not posted for a while as I have started a new job within Centennial BOCES. I was hired as the Director of Innovative Education Services. This month has been full of new learning for me as I start my new position and keep a number of responsibilities from my old position. Therefore, as I start posting again you will see the same themes of migrant and refugee posts as well as some new posts featuring Innovative Education.

Thanks for following and I will be posting soon!


Migrant Youth Leadership Institute

April 23, 2013








On April 16th the University of Northern Colorado played host to the inaugural Northern Region MYLI. Unfortunately, Mother Nature played a bad joke on us and we had several inches of snow across northern Colorado. The event however, went on as planned and we were able to provide a 1 day Leadership Institute for our migrant students grades 9th -12th. We were hoping for 140 students but due to the weather we ended up with 85 students, still a great turn out!  We would like to extend a huge thanks to our Post-Secondary partners who assisted with the event by sponsoring and donating items for the students:

Colorado Department of Education

University of Northern Colorado

University of Colorado Denver

Colorado State University

Front Range Community College

AIMS Community College

Morgan Community College

Institute of Business and Medical Careers

College in Colorado

Metro State University –CAMP

AIMS CAMP – Ft. Lupton

Regis University

Below is some more information and photos from this event


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Opening Speaker– Chris Nieto
Chris Nieto has been conducting leadership and engagement training for over 15 years with high school-aged students through adults. Beginning with his early work with the National Hispanic Institute as a community organizer and trainer, he assisted families and volunteers t o create a long-term plan for community involvement and leadership development. Having a value for community involvement, Chris has been active with Arthritis Foundations for 8 years since his daughter was diagnosed with JRA at 9 months of age and he currently serves on their South Central Region and Texas Boards. Chris graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and is President and Founder of Qobe Group in Kyle, Texas (Austin). He is married with 2 children Mia (8) and Ana Lucia (5).

Lunch Speaker- Dr. Katrina Rodriguez
As the first in her family to attend college, Dr. Katrina Rodriguez earned her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She served as a student affairs professional at the University of California at Davis, the University of Arizona, and California State University at Northridge. Arriving at UNC in 1998, Dr. Rodriguez’s work encompassed professional roles in Housing and Residence Life, Women’s Resource Center, and as a founding member of the Stryker Institute for Leadership Development. After receiving her doctorate in 2004, she spent seven years as faculty in UNC’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Program. For the last two years, she serves UNC as the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students. Dr. Rodriguez believes every person has something magnificent to contribute and she is grateful to her family for instilling this value.
Title: Digital Footprints: How to stay safe, sane, and successful online.
Your digital footprint is critical to your future success. Universities you apply to may review your public posts in Facebook before deciding whether or not to award you a scholarship or accept you into their program. Your future employers will check out your online behavior before deciding to hire you. What will they find? Lori Gama, a digital native since 1995 and Online Visibility Expert, will show you why your current online behavior and activities must align with your value system in order to create a successful future. You’ll create your very own mission statement to guide you online and in life, learn online etiquette and you’ll even learn how to deal with cyber bullies.

Title: Projecting an Image of Success.
Chris Nieto. This workshop is designed for students to explore how strong communication skills can project an image of success and influence people. Students will learn various techniques in body language, posture, and public speaking in a fun, interactive setting.
Title: Lodestar: A Student’s Guide to Accomplishing Goals.
Chris Nieto. Every great explorer needs a point in the sky to guide him or her in the direction of his or her destination. This is called a lodestar. This workshop is designed to assist students create their own lodestar, or personal goals, and explore how to create effective habits to accomplish goals.

Title: Are you Politically Correct? (RUPC)
You are not the color of your skin, religion, sexual orientation or gender. You are a blend of the cultural factors that lie beneath, which create the unique “you” that you are becoming. Join us for an interactive journey into the culture of difference. Learn how to love the unique qualities that have created the wondrous you. Embrace the uniqueness in others and the sameness we all share as a part of the human race.

Title: Gangs and Drugs: What Every Teen Needs to Know
This presentation will focus on issues surrounding gangs and drugs. We’ll speak specifically about gang activities, signs and how to avoid joining gangs. There will also be a focus on the ill-effects of drugs and the many issues associated with narcotics.
Title: Strategies for Securing a Job in a Difficult Market.
Students will receive strategies for securing employment in this job market. Strategies will be tailored to teens who have had numerous challenges in gaining employment. A strong focus will be on developing networks, sources of employment and tips for standing out in the application process. Students will also be given access to Goodwill’s Job Blog and Goodwill’s Weld County Employment Leads.

Title: Character in Communication
This interactive, participatory presentation will provide a global prospective of the communication field and the importance of communication in today’s society.

Title: Creating Your Own Path
An interactive workshop that will help participants identify pathways to success in life. Students will hear inspirational stories of adults who have made their way from the fields to professional careers within society. Students will explore goal setting and decision making and the impact it has on their lives.

Title: The Power Is In You
This presentation will consist of a discussion of what personal power is, how one can harness their own power and use it to achieve their goals and dreams. Key components will include maintaining a positive attitude and a self-examination of each participants own needs, values, and goals.

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Again, thanks to all the Post-Secondary colleges and universities who sponsored and donated as well as the Colorado Department of Education, The staff at Centennial BOCES, the Migrant Education Graduation Advocates from our region. It was a true collaborative effort to provide this wonderful learning experience to the migrant students in Northern Colorado!

Grow where you are planted!

February 20, 2013
This mural was painted by students in the 2012 summer migrant program in Fort Lupton

This mural was painted by students in the 2012 summer migrant program in Fort Luton

I started working for Centennial Board of Cooperative Services (CBOCES) on June 1st. Reflecting on my time here I have to say I have been planted in the place where I am supposed to grow. The people I work with here are so focused on doing what is right for the students and families we work with. I am lucky to be able to work with 12 school districts assisting them with their Consolidated Grants. On the migrant side of my job, I get to work with the entire Northeast region of Colorado 50+ school districts and many students and families. In 24 years of education, I do have to say that I have truly found a place that feeds my passions for education! I have been impressed with the colleges, universities and technical schools that have been willing to partner with us to help provide pathways for our students to post secondary options. We are currently planning a Migrant Youth Leadership Institute for the Northern Region in which we will provide leadership development for approximately 150 students from Northern Colorado. The event will be held on April 16th 2013 at the University of Northern Colorado. Our post secondary partners have played a major role in assisting us with this institute. More to come regarding this event!

Mark Rangel spotlights – Bi-National Program in Fort Morgan

August 20, 2012


Bi-National Teacher working with students using Math Masters

In July 2012, through collaboration with Centennial BOCES, Colorado Department of Education, the Morgan County School District RE-3 Fort Morgan CO. and the Bi-National Consortium. We were able to host two Bi-National teachers from Mexico. The two teachers worked with migrant students from the Fort Morgan School District.


Bi-National teacher shares a cultural dance with families



The teachers received professional development in using Math Masters curriculum provided by a consultant with CDE. The teachers focused their efforts in working with our 2-5 grade students who enjoyed the hands-on approach to math. The students showed gains from the pre-assessment to the post-assessment. In addition, we hosted two parent afternoon celebrations. The parents were invited to come eat lunch with their children, play games with their children who made the games to take home, and learn more about the Math Masters and Bi-National Programs.




Bi-National teachers share cultural dances from Mexico

This was my first experience with working with the Bi-National program. I can say that it was a lot of work and demanded very strong collaboration and communication with all the entities that were involved. I will also say every minute was worth it! The students and families were engaged, the teachers did a wonderful job, and it was a great success! The Federal Programs staff, in the Fort Morgan CBOCES office, was outstanding with accommodating this program. Thanks to all of you who made this such a great success!




The Math Masters of Fort Morgan!










Parents enjoying playing student created games at Parent Celebration


Summer Programs

July 17, 2012

Migrant Learning Lab

Teachers work with students at Pioneer Elementary Migrant Learning Lab.

As I stated in an earlier post I have the opportunity to work this summer with some great people in the Fort Morgan area serving our migrant, immigrant and refugee families. We currently have:

2 – Migrant Learning Labs running until the end of July

2 – Math Masters classrooms running, one with 2 bi-national teachers from Mexico (I will feature this program in the next post), running until the end of July.

1 – Advancing Refugee Academic Readiness classroom running until the end of July (funded by a grant from Lutheran Family Services).

These programs are a collaborative effort between the Morgan County School District RE-3, CBOCES, Colorado Department of Education, and Lutheran Family Services.

In August CBOCES in collaboration with Fort Morgan High School will provide a transition program for incoming freshmen migrant students to prepare them for their life in high school.

I will feature the Bi-National program in the next post.

Bi-national teachers work with Math Masters students

Arar students with friends and teacher.

Math Master students at Pioneer work on project.

Post-Secondary option

June 19, 2012


This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit The Institute of Business and Medical Careers (IBMC) Fort Collins Campus. I was warmly greeted by the front office staff prior to my opportunity to speak with Eric Thompson Campus Director and Cy Foppe Admissions Training and Development Specialist.

The purpose of my visit was to understand more about IBMC to determine if it could be a viable pathway for the migrant, immigrant, and refugee students we serve in Northern Colorado. Personally and professionally, I was very impressed with the campus and the personal approach that the staff takes when working with the diverse population they serve. I look forward to working with IBMC in the future as I work with students who are looking for post-secondary options, as I believe the small class sizes, hands-on approach to learning, and the climate and culture of the campus will be a great fit for newcomer students who may be over aged and under credited when they arrive.

From IBMC Fort Collins Campus

IBMC delivers a wide-range of professional life-changing opportunities to promote personal, social and career development. We welcome a diversity of individuals and encourage life-long learning for success.

The Institute of Business and Medical Careers (IBMC) offers Certificate, Diploma and Associate of Occupational Studies Degree Programs in Medical, Business, Legal and Massage fields. IBMC campuses are conveniently located in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, and Cheyenne. For more information, contact IBMC at (800) 495-2669 or visit

From The IMBC Website – Fort Collins is home to IBMC’s main campus. Once located on Oakridge Drive, IBMC found it necessary to move locations as a result of rapid growth and to better accommodate the student body. Now located at 3842 S. Mason Street, this campus contains medical laboratories, computer labs, lecture classrooms, massage classrooms, spa-like massage clinic rooms and a law library research center to help foster development and assist students down an accelerated career training path.

For convenience, a resource center/library is also available as a study area for students. This center contains both reference and online research materials for programs offered by IBMC. Workstations for students are provided with high speed internet access.

To further serve the students of IBMC, the Student Lounge provides vending services, as well as an area for informal gatherings and study time.

The campus also houses offices for administration, staff, financial services, career placement and student services.

To find out more about this campus, call (970) 223-2669. For more information about the city of Fort Collins, please visit

If you know of other post-secondary options for migrant, immigrant, and refugee students please share them so I can continue to explore and share alternative pathways to post-secondary options.

New Job!

June 8, 2012

The New Job!

Well folks I am completing my first week on my new job as an Instructional Program Coordinator with Centennial BOCES. It has been a good transition. The nice part of my position is I am still connected with the Newcomer Academy in Fort Morgan. This summer I get the opportunity to provide regional support to a number of programs that we have going in the Fort Morgan Area. The following list contains the programs being offered:

  1. Migrant Learning Labs- 2 labs ( Pioneer Elementary and MENA) two sessions per day Monday through Thursday 8:30-11:30 & 12:30-3:30 (currently have approximately 65 students and parents participating)
  2. Project READY – service delivery for Out of School Youth migrant students ( nights and weekends) currently have approximately 33 individuals participating.
  3. Advancing Refugee Academic Readiness- Partnership with Lutheran Family Services – 15 targeted newcomer students K-6, Monday through Thursday 8:30-11:30 also at Pioneer Elementary.

The programs are scheduled to run through the end of July. I will post some photos from programs in next post.

I am blessed to join a great group of people at CBOCES and still keep the connection with my former employer. I am learning how to write the Title Consolidated grant application for twelve of our member districts. Big learning curve, with great support!

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