Important Manager Information!
Your team cannot be scheduled for their Regional Tournament until you have a Background Check on file and have completed the “Keeping DI Particapants Safe” course online.
Jeffco Regional T-Shirt & Pin
An excellent way to support the region and show your Jeffco DI pride is by purchasing a regional shirt and pin!
For only $15 a shirt ($16 for XXL) and $3 a pin, team members, team managers and parents can buy Jeffco shirts and pins.
Profits from our sales goes to support the teams in Jeffco DI Region.
Welcome to the Jeffco Region for DI Colorado! We’re so glad you’re here.
Our region supports all the schools in Jefferson County Public Schools, as well as schools in Clear Creek, Summit, and Grand counties, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.
Welcome To Jeffco
Greetings to our amazing Jeffco DI participants!
And – welcome to a new DI season. Before we share all the details we know at this point for the upcoming season, we’d like to express our deep appreciation for all the hard work and dedication you bring in support of our kids. DI can’t function without our Team Managers – and you are facilitating an experience for your team members that they’ll remember fondly throughout their lives. You’re also helping them to develop life-long skills like creative problem solving, self-expression, self-advocacy, teamwork, time and budget management, as well as completing the innovation process. They’ll rely upon these skills throughout the rest of their educational experience – preparing them to be more confident, capable, and successful as a result.
So – simply stated, thank you. You ROCK!
Now – on to the great stuff we have in store to support YOU this year! Please read the enclosed information about the Team Manager training schedule (we have something new in store this year – design your OWN experience!), parental support, as well as where to find important resources on the DI websites (both Colorado’s as well as the international DI site).
Jeffco Regional Tournament:
March 14, 2020 at Jefferson High School
Attaching yourself as the manager of record for your team ensures you can access all of the program and challenge materials available to you. It also allows us to communicate important information to you directly. If you are co-managing with anyone else, all managers can, and should, sign up. You can do this at destinationimagination.org.
One of our all-time favorite quotes is this, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.…” Harry Truman said this more than 60 years ago, and it still rings true today – especially for Team Managers. We, as adults, can’t actually “do” anything for our team – except to encourage them and love them throughout their DI experience. It’s up to them, yes, but they depend upon you – our Team Managers – to be their rocks, their support system and their inspiration.
You inspire us – THANK YOU for all you do!
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Jeffco Challenge Masters
Technical – The Big Fix
Scientific – First Encounter
Fine Arts – Picture This
Improv – To The Rescue
Engineering – In the Cards
Service Learning – It’s About Time
Rising Stars – Blast Off
Team Manager Trainings
DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.
New Team Manager Training: Covers the basics: an overview of the program, what you’ll need to get started, Instant Challenge, team building etc. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot and comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. This training will not discuss any of the long-term challenges.
Team Manager Training: These training opportunities are located throughout the Denver Metro Area, Pueblo, Durango and on the Western Slope. This experience offer the richest, most complete training. You get to interact with experienced team managers and volunteers, all of whom are eager to help. The agenda for the Denver Metro trainings: Team Manager Training Agenda 110219
There is no charge for trainings. It’s included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.
Destination Imagination of Southwest Colorado is hosting an Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop on Saturday, January 25th, 1:00-3:30 PM at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango. The first 2 hours will be workshops focused on different aspects of Instant Challenge such as storytelling and using materials. The last 1/2 hour is reserved for Q&A with our tournament volunteers about IC or other parts of your DI journey. Come one, come all!! Please let us know you’re coming by registering online here. Required training for the Appraisers of the Improv Challenge-To the Rescue Registration for this webinar is required, Please Click Here to RSVP
This event is free of charge.
Destination Imagination of Southwest Colorado is hosting an Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop on Saturday, January 25th, 1:00-3:30 PM at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango. The first 2 hours will be workshops focused on different aspects of Instant Challenge such as storytelling and using materials. The last 1/2 hour is reserved for Q&A with our tournament volunteers about IC or other parts of your DI journey. Come one, come all!!
Please let us know you’re coming by registering online here.
Required training for the Appraisers of the Improv Challenge-To the Rescue
Registration for this webinar is required, Please Click Here to RSVP
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Wine & Wisdom nights are an opportunity to get together with other Team Managers and discuss specific topics. Or if you have an issue you need to talk over with other Team Managers this is the place for you. Bring a drink and light snack to share. This is an adults only evening, please leave the kids at home.
This evening is hosted by Dacia Donohue, an experienced Team Manager and current DI Colorado Board Member. If you are interested in attending email Dacia at Dacia Donohue for the address.
Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!
Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record
By now, your team has most likely read through all of the exciting Challenges of the 2019-20 season. If you’ve chosen your Challenge, you may have even started working on its solution already! Each year, our Challenge Writers work hard to make sure they develop fun and engaging academic Challenges for all of our participants and knowing which Challenge your team is participating in this season helps us identify the most popular Challenges, as well as better gauge the number of teams that are competing worldwide.
We need you to take a few minutes to enter your team’s information, including your Team Name, Team Challenge, and Challenge Level, in our Resource Area.
If this is your first time accessing the Resource Area, this portal will allow you to download documents, such as practice Instant Challenges, as well as ask Team Clarifications. So please go ahead and dig around while you’re in there!
HOW TO ENTER YOUR TEAM’S INFORMATION:
- If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/shop.php/auth/account/create_new_account and entering your information.
- Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/resources.php.
- Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
- Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
- Click on Add Team, and then enter either the Team Number and order number (this information will come from the person who purchased the team number) OR the Team Number and the postal code.
- If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams.
- Click on the pencil icon to the left of your Team Number and then add/edit your organization name, team name, and the Challenge/Level your team will be participating in this season. Remember, you can change the Challenge if your team decides to make a switch from their original plan. However, once you’ve competed in your first tournament, you cannot change your Challenge.
Important: Because our scoring program is tied to the information you provide, please make sure everything is accurate!
In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, DI Colorado requires all team managers to have background checks. Please review our detailed Youth Protection Policy here.
There are several ways in which Jeffco Team Managers can complete a background check.
- Managers who are teachers or other school employees may submit a scan or photo of their teacher license number and their current district ID to Rob.
- Other Managers should check with their school office and follow their volunteer procedures. We do not need a copy of the report, but rather an official notification on letterhead from the school, signed by an administrator, that a background check has been passed and is on file.
- If none of these options are suitable, you may use Sterling Volunteers through our State Office– (Click Here)
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All of the methods outlined above are confidential, and your personal information does not reside with DI Colorado. We will only have an indication if you have been cleared or not cleared. If a team manager is not cleared to work with students that volunteer has the right to have his/her case reviewed by the agency providing the background check. Your Regional Director will be notified that your team cannot compete in the regional competition unless a new team manager is provided and has cleared a background check.
Links to email newsletters…
Eileen Naslund, Regional DirectorEileen@jeffcodi.com
Paul Naslund, Regional Directorpaul@jeffcodi.com
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 7:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tonight’s Topics: Solution Troubleshooting, Instant Challenge Tips RSVP to Dacia Donohue at firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a drink and light snack to share. If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp 10:00 am
Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge 7:00 pm
Jeffco Region IC Day–Teams from All Regions Welcome 8:00 am
Jeffco Region IC Day–Teams from All Regions Welcome @ Dunstan Middle School
Jan 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come Practice your Instant Challenge Skills and get your team appraised and coached on this important part of the program. Cost is $40 for Jeffco teams, $45 for other regions. Contact Paul to Register.
To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills and creativity.
The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.