The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver and members of the Front Range Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) recently announced Hi Howard, former program officer at The Piton Foundation, as the new executive director for the Front Range BOCES. Howard assumed his role on July 12.
The Front Range BOCES historically has pooled and leveraged member school districts’ resources to provide cost-effective professional development to teachers and school leaders. BOCES will continue to focus the content of its services on professional development as it moves forward; how, when and where that content is delivered, however, will shift significantly.
“The opportunity to help the BOCES board to re-invent this organization into a 21st Century learning institution for member districts’ teachers and to lead it in new directions that capitalize on innovations and partnerships in the professional development industry is truly exciting,” said Howard. “I am looking forward to applying my business and non-profit experiences in this arena. I also relish the opportunity to bring to bear for member districts the vast array of resources within CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, which actively supports the BOCES’ operations.”
Howard has had a variety of careers in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. His private industry experience was with Andersen Consulting and United Airlines and his non-profit work included stints at Shorebank Corporation’s community development subsidiary and The Piton Foundation. It was at Piton that he discovered his passion for the field of education, 21st Century learning environments for teachers and low-income students in particular. Howard has served on the Denver Workforce Investment Board, boards of Goodwill Industries and Denver Employment Alliance and led various parent volunteer initiatives and committees within his sons’ Denver public school.