There's great news on Colorado's education front! Kent Denver School has been awarded a prestigious Educational Grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation. The conditional 2:1 matching grant will provide $100,000 for the enhancement and continued rollout of Kent Denver Institutes, dynamic education hubs that allow students to pursue self-directed learning.
Kent Denver currently has Institutes for Technology & Design and Entrepreneurial Education. Additional Institutes will be created to reflect emerging student interests. Students choose whether or not to participate in an Institute, how much to engage and what to pursue—and they are surrounded by a high-quality network of outstanding teachers, mentors and professionals who provide personalized coaching and encouragement.
"It's clear that Kent Denver Institutes are based on a bold, creative and student-centered vision that can profoundly deepen the engagement of students with their studies," says John Gulla, executive director of The Edward E. Ford Foundation. "Of great importance to the E.E. Ford Board was the fact that other schools around the country can adopt, replicate and customize the Institute concept for their unique learning communities."
Kent Denver Institutes are open to students in both middle and high school. Instead of grades, students create portfolios to demonstrate their accomplishments. Students also have the potential to earn Institute certificates at Middle School continuation and Upper School commencement.
"Our community is energized by these new learning opportunities," says Rand Harrington, Ph.D., Kent Denver Head of School. "We've been delighted and honored by the ongoing support and encouragement we've received from students, parents, alumni, teachers and, of course, our generous donors."