Mary Jo Bode
Coordinator of Educator Support Services for BVSD and Clinical Professor for Boulder Valley Schools and the University of Colorado at Boulder
Won 13th annual O’Rourke Prize presented by Learning Forward Colorado


Presenter: Sandy Ripplinger, Assistant Superintendent

This annual award “honors an exemplary leader of professional learning and collaborative practices who has significantly impacted the learning of educators.” Mary Jo was nominated for the O’Rourke Prize by Sandy Ripplinger, BVSD Assistant Superintendent, who said, “Mary Jo’s work in our District has centered on the concept of continual improvement of teachers as professional educators so that they become increasingly skilled to meet the challenges of our 21st century learners.” Sandy noted that Mary Jo has a “remarkable talent to build a trusting partnership as a consulting colleague while ensuring a focus that is data-driven, standards-based, reflective, and grounded in evidence about best practice. Her skill in helping teachers access and seek their own resources supports teachers to feel confident and a part of a professional network.”