RE-2 demonstrates new evaluation software: Forensics members present quick version of `Little Shop of Horrors'

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Woodland Park RE-2 School District is getting ready for the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 10-191, also known as the Educator Effectiveness Bill of 2010.

About 40 district teachers are taking part in pilot programs to develop the software the district will use for staff evaluations. At the April 10 school board meeting, Tina Cressens demonstrated a program that should allow teachers to build a professional portfolio by entering their goals and objectives as well as statistics and examples, including videos, of their work in parallel with an evaluator who adds comments and observations.

RE-2 Superintendent Jed Bowman said the district has been working with the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services and two other schools, Manitou Springs and Cripple Creek-Victor, on developing and using the new software.

Earlier in the meeting, Woodland Park High School students, Tyler Chad and Kayla Ibarra, presented a minutes-long version of “Little Shop of Horrors” to the Woodland Park RE-2 School District Board of Education at its April 3 meeting.

The two students, members of the high school forensics team, are alternates for the National Forensics League Tournament this summer in Alabama. Ordinarily, the qualifiers, Amy Patterson and Cole Brown this year, would have made the presentation but they were both involved in the band and choir concerts that were taking place that same evening at the high school.

Chad said the “Little Shop of Horrors” is about “two people longing for success” but Ibarra said it was about a plant that eats people. Either way, the short presentation had school board members laughing. They thanked and praised the students and their coaches, head coach Bill Brown and assistant coach Amanda Shoemaker, for the hundreds of hours it takes to build an award-winning team year after year.

At the end of the meeting, Bowman recognized the accomplishments of all performing arts students. “These students put in an amazing amount of time and effort into their work,” he said and added, “We have an amazing amount of talent in our community.”