The ECS Learns page will be going away in the near future. We encourage you to look at the new DIGITAL LEARNING pages on the ECS TECHNOLOGY WEBSITE to access the information from ECS Learns in the future. ***

Training Sessions Currently Scheduled


*Click on the link below at the appropriate time to join the session!


Summer Trainings

  • The EdTech team will be offering summer trainings in late June and July. Please stay tuned for dates and session topics.

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15 Strategies for Online Learning

1. Know your students’ technological capabilities and what support is available to them.

2. Designate an online learning hub.

  • While many methods/tools can be utilized, ECS encourages the usage of Schoology as the hub of the online classroom. Schoology can be the central point of communication, delivered course materials, and collaboration.

3. Communicate often, clearly, and consistently.

4. If possible, gather students for synchronous meetings.

  • ECS encourages the usage of Google Meet as place for all to gather for synchronous meetings.

5. Create opportunities for asynchronous connection.

  • Give Nearpod's Student-Paced lesson a try.

6. When it comes to content, be a curator, not a dumper.

7. Support student connection.

  • Flipgrid is a great tool that supports student connection.

8. Think creatively and strategically about assessment.

  • Both Nearpod and EdPuzzle are great tools to use for asynchronous formative assessments.

9. Be intentional and explicit about timing and pacing.

10. Ask students for feedback.

11. Create opportunities for personalization.

  • Use Schoology’s “Individually Assign” feature to personalize your instruction.

12. Recognize the importance of student support.

13. Keep parents informed.

14. Reflect on your role as a teacher in virtual spaces.

15. Connect with colleagues and share strategies that work.

  • Think outside the box of email with tools like a Shared Google Document or a Schoology Group.

For more detailed descriptions, please visit: 15 Strategies for Online Learning (from Global Online Academy)

ELL (English Language Learners) Resources and Dual Language Resources

Please use THIS LINK to access a folder of ELL Resources and Dual Language Resources (accessible to ECS teachers & staff only)

Essential Tools for Online and Distance Learning

COVID Learning Tools for Website Chart


Free or Enhanced-Access Software

*PLEASE NOTE: ECS has NOT purchased "premium" licenses for the following tools. We have free access to the premium features ONLY through the end of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID19.


    • To activate Screencastify Unlimited access, follow these instructions:

    • Visit this page and click "Redeem coupon" (under the Next Billing Date)

    • Enter code CAST_COVID

    • Click "Activate License" (no credit card required). Ignore the Next Billing Date - that will be incorrect

    • Here's a quick video that demonstrates these steps.

Discovery Education

    • All teachers and students have accounts with Discovery Ed to access their content/videos/lesson plans/teacher guides (no techbooks).

    • To access Discovery Ed, navigate to the ECS Portal (Rapid Identity) and click on the Discovery Education tile.

      • Students must do this to be able to open links that you post in Schoology or send via Class Dojo/email etc.

    • Here is a Discovery Ed Login Video that shows the appropriate process to log in.





  • Request the free upgrade here.

Adobe Creative Cloud

    • Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and educators, so that they can continue their work remotely.

      • Visit and use your school credentials to sign in.

      • If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your password. Or provide your credentials in your school’s login screen.

      • From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.

      • For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps.

Epic Books


    • If you do not already have a Listenwise account, Sign up for a free account. At the bottom of the sign up page you will see a box for the PREMIUM CODE, please put in the code below:

      • Premium Access Code: orderly-spider-7006

      • If you already have a free account, look for the “Have a Premium Code?” on the upper right hand corner when you log into Listenwise and put the code in there to join the Premium account.

    • Set up your classes: Click on Classes in the toolbar. Click on Add New Class button on the right. Name your class and accept the privacy policy for this class. The system will generate a new Class Code that you will give to your students to join your class.

    • Add Students: Once you have a class code, tell students to go to and have them sign up for Listenwise using the Class Code you give them.

    • Browse the lessons or current events to find the best ones for your classroom.

    • Your free access will expire on May 31, 2020

Class Dojo


Denver Post E-Edition

How to Translate Websites

Paper Cover Sheet

Some students may not have access to a device or internet service when working from home. This Cover Sheet should be used to standardize paper packets when sending them home with students.

Support Contacts

Technology HelpDesk

Submit a Ticket


Teachers & Staff: 970-328-9088

Students & Parents: 970-328-9077

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How Can Learning Services Help You with Distance Learning?

Instructional Support Help Form

Robin Madison, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator

Areas of support include:

  • Support for professional learning communities and building-level teams for academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth

    • Virtual meetings for PLC work: interventionists, K-5 math, K-5 literacy, ILT/BLT

    • Work with prevention specialists on SEL and trauma informed instruction

    • Locate and share remote learning resources preK-5, 6-8

    • Support with no-tech and low-tech resources for students

  • Provide evidence-based practices and strategies for educators

    • AVMR resources, K-5 literacy

    • Support with small group instruction

  • Encourage and model skillful use of data for decision making

    • Remote learning progress monitoring

    • Frontline support for student plans

  • Recommendations for materials to enhance family, school, and community partnerships

    • Create resources to support families with remote learning

  • Help with intervention plans in literacy, math, and behavior

    • Frontline support: 504, MTSS, READ

      • Support with accommodations and interventions/groups

    • Clean up the back-side of Frontline for compliant and complete plans

Renee Westenfelder, Curriculum Coordinator

Areas of support include:

  • Support with utilizing resources

  • Support obtaining data usage and reports from online resources

  • Provide webinars or other distance PD for resources

  • Work with vendors to obtain licenses

  • Help with understanding standards and Survival Guides

  • Assistance with planning to meet standards

Mary Ann Stavney, Learning and Instruction Specialist

Areas of support include:

  • Provide professional learning for resources associated with remote learning, specifically:

    • Assessment and grading practices

  • Provide 1:1 or small group coaching for teachers struggling with remote learning, specifically:

    • Planning for presentation & interaction with content and skills

      • Using Screencastify, Nearpod, and additional tools

    • Designing opportunities for collaborative learning

      • Designing effective Google Meeting learning opportunities

    • Designing assessments and providing feedback

      • Refining rubrics and using them to guide meaningful formative assessment practices as well as online tools such as Flipgrid

  • Provide continued support to New Educator Induction Participants

Jessica Martinez, Director of Multilingual Education

Areas of support include:

  • Professional learning/support for ELD & Bilingual teachers with instructional practices & materials for language learners, including English language development, Spanish language development and bilingual education.

  • Guidance and support for ELD teachers on federal and state protections for English language learners, including assessment, language acquisition monitoring, redesignation, programming & review, and ELL plans.

  • Alignment of interpretation, translation and other methods of connecting with ELL parents.

  • Guidance/support for Seal of Biliteracy and Bilingual Pathway Awards.

Amber Gonzalez-Cortes, Multilingual Instructional Coach

Areas of support, include:

  • Identifying and modeling remote learning ELL instructional strategies and resources

    • English Language Development Resources - online and offline

    • 4 Domains of Language activities - online and offline

    • Flipgrid Oracy Practice

    • ESL Library resources

  • Support for implementation of cross-content language development strategies for multilingual students in remote learning

    • Co-planning for ELLs online and offline in content areas

Tia Luck, Equity Coordinator

Areas of support include:

  • Support staff and schools to build a culture of belonging and cultural competence through remote learning

  • Support equity, access, and inclusion in remote learning

  • Collaborate with administrators, teacher leaders, and teachers to refine culturally responsive teaching practices and adapt those practices to remote learning

Gifted Education Department

Karen Espegren - Gifted Education Coordinator

  • Provide direction and support for building based gifted specialists

  • Provide support for principals, teachers and parents related to questions about:

    • Gifted services and programming

    • Universal screening/post-screening

    • Gifted testing and identification

    • Grade and single subject acceleration

    • Early Access to Kindergarten or first grade

    • Advanced Learning Plans

Gifted Education Specialists

  • Provide social emotional supports and virtual check-in meetings for gifted students

  • Provide optional social-emotional activities, tasks and resources for gifted students

  • Provide resources and ideas to support classroom teachers in:

    • Designing curriculum extensions and enrichments for high-ability students

    • Providing advanced content for gifted students

  • Create activities and tasks, available for students who previously participated in advanced intervention groups, using existing online tools

  • Liaise with and support building staff via PLCs and grade level meetings

Areas of support include:

  • Lead Gifted Education teachers in supporting classroom teachers in gifted education

  • Support the social-emotional needs of gifted students and integrate these needs into ongoing programming options offered

  • Develop and facilitate gifted identification and acceleration procedures and assessments, and advanced learning plan development

  • Foster the assimilation of gifted education into MTSS and assessment programs

  • Facilitate communication and liaise with families: GT Handbook, GT Procedures, SENG Parent Series, District Newsletters, ECS Gifted web page, GT events

  • Collaborate with Special Education and Multilingual Education department personnel to support teachers and students

  • Be a support, spokesperson and advocate for gifted students and gifted education

Anne Heckman

Areas of support include:

  • Work with ILTs to support alignment of teacher leader roles and responsibilities with the goals of their School Improvement Plans while working from home.

  • Support PLC and coaching efforts while working from home.

  • Work as a thought-partner and problem-solver for principals and teacher leaders while working from home.

  • Work with Teacher Leaders as coaches and professional learning facilitators while working from home.

  • Recruiting and interviewing process while working from home.