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Mia Roybal, Pennock Elementary, District 27J
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a teacher because they make you feel smart and get you ready to be a grown up!

Mia Roybal
Pennock Elementary
District 27J

Mia Roybal
Pennock Elementary
District 27J

Trey Larson, Sandburg Elementary, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be an NFL football player, but if I don’t get drafted then I want to be an interior decorator on HGTV.

Trey Larson
Sandburg Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools

Trey Larson
Sandburg Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools

Citlali Marquez, Holyoke High School, Holyoke School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

Even though I’m not sure what I want to do after high school, education gives me an opportunity to be what I want.

Citlali Marquez
Holyoke High School
Holyoke School District

Citlali Marquez
Holyoke High School
Holyoke School District

Josh Zucker, Sandburg Elementary, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a scientist or join the army. I would create a time travel machine or a rocket ship that goes faster than the speed of light.

Josh Zucker
Sandburg Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools

Josh Zucker
Sandburg Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools

Lauren Smith, Lewis Palmer Elementary, Lewis Palmer School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I would love to be a veterinarian. I love animals and want to protect and help them. Especially Pandas!

Lauren Smith
Lewis-Palmer Elementary
Lewis-Palmer School District

Lauren Smith
Lewis-Palmer Elementary
Lewis-Palmer School District

Tyler Lamm, Holyoke High School, Holyoke School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to go to CU Boulder and I want to double major in sports journalism and public relations management with a minor in theater because I just really like talking and I’m good at building relationships with people.

Tyler Lamm
Holyoke High School
Holyoke School District

Tyler Lamm
Holyoke High School
Holyoke School District

Maddie Weiser, Meiklejohn Elementary School, Jeffco Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to do so many things when I grow up – be a leader, inspire people, and save the world. Like thousands of other kids in Colorado, I go to school every day to get an education so I can follow my dreams.

Maddie Weiser
Meiklejohn Elementary School
Jeffco Public Schools

Maddie Weiser
Meiklejohn Elementary School
Jeffco Public Schools

Chase Legg, Merino High School, Buffalo School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a forest manager.

Chase Legg
Merino High School
Buffalo School District

Chase Legg
Merino High School
Buffalo School District

Naomi Graff, New Vista High School, Boulder Valley School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

There is no limit to how much we can change what is going on in the world, and it is my intention to inspire as many people as I can. And together we can create something different – something we have never seen before.

Naomi Graff
New Vista High School
Boulder Valley School District

Naomi Graff
New Vista High School
Boulder Valley School District

Molly Walker, Merino Elementary, Buffalo School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a first grade teacher and work at the feed lot during summer breaks.

Molly Walker
Merino Elementary School
Buffalo School District

Molly Walker
Merino Elementary School
Buffalo School District

Emma Larson, Newton Middle School, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I love volleyball and hanging out with my friends. Yearbook is my favorite class because I like to take pictures.

Emma Larson
Newton Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

Emma Larson
Newton Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

Reb Heller, Merino Elementary, Buffalo School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a meteorologist.

Reb Heller
Merino Elementary School
Buffalo School District

Reb Heller
Merino Elementary
Buffalo School District

Katie Moraja, Englewood High School, Englewood School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be an author when I grow up to inspire people through words. I like telling a story in the best way I can. I love to read and that made me want to tell my own stories.

Katie Moraja
Englewood High School
Englewood Public Schools

Katie Moraja
Englewood High School
Englewood School District

Brycen Brainard, Webber Middle School, Poudre School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a video gamer.

Brycen Brainard
Webber Middle School
Poudre School District

Brycen Brainard
Webber Middle School
Poudre School District

Henry Brainard, Johnson Elementary, Poudre School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to sell solar panels and put them on houses.

Henry Brainard
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Henry Brainard
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Connor Waldron, Johnson Elementary, Poudre School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be 1) an inventor and 2) create movies and be a director.

Connor Waldron
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Connor Waldron
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Dylan Bartels, Johnson Elementary, Poudre School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a firefighter.

Dylan Bartels
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Dylan Bartels
Johnson Elementary
Poudre School District

Edward Lockley, Malley Drive Elementary, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to fly to the stars.

Edward Lockley
Malley Drive Elementary
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Edward Lockley
Malley Drive Elementary
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Makai Brooks, Cole Arts & Science Academy, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a website and game developer.

Makai Brooks
Cole Arts & Science Academy
Denver Public Schools

Makai Brooks
Cole Arts & Science Academy
Denver Public Schools

Zach Ford, Weber Elementary School, Jeffco Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

When I grow up I want to join the United States Navy and protect our country.

Zach Ford
Weber Elementary School
Jeffco Public Schools

Zach Ford
Weber Elementary School
Jeffco Public Schools

Kenya Brooks, Cole Arts & Science Academy, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to train horses when I grow up.

Kenya Brooks
Cole Arts & Science Academy
Denver Public Schools

Kenya Brooks
Cole Arts & Science Academy
Denver Public Schools

Sailor Nasi, Park Hill Elementary, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to help keep Colorado’s skateparks clean and friendly for all ages to enjoy.

Sailor Nasi
Park Hill Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Sailor Nasi
Park Hill Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Maggie Mayr, Ranch View Middle School, Douglas County School District
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a chemist when I grow up – I’ve known since I was in first grade!

Maggie Mayr
Ranch View Middle School
Douglas County School District

Maggie Mayr
Ranch View Middle School
Douglas County School District

Ethan Hebbert, Future Student, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want a future too.

Ethan Hebbert
Future Student
Littleton Public Schools

Ethan Hebbert
Future Student
Littleton Public Schools

Ariana Lavezza, Park Hill Elementary, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a celebrity singer because I really love to sing and make people happy.

Ariana Lavezza
Park Hill Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Ariana Lavezza
Park Hill Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Jabari Lottie, Manual High School, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I will become an environmental engineer and revolutionize alternatives to energy and water filtration.

Jabari Lottie
Manual High School
Denver Public Schools

Jabari Lottie
Manual High School
Denver Public Schools

Tallulah Cluff, North High School, Denver Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be an assistant to immigrants when I grow up because I think it is a very difficult journey and I want to help others.

Tallulah Cluff
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Tallulah Cluff
North High School
Denver Public School

Gwyneth O'Rourke, Skinner Middle School, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to be a teacher when I grow up because I want to educate little kids and I also think they are really cute.

Gwyneth O’Rourke
Skinner Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

Gwyneth O'Rourke
Skinner Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

Chloe Garcia-Lewis, Powell Middle School, Littleton Public Schools
I AM THE PROMISE OF COLORADO BECAUSE…

I want to grow up to help people the best way that I can, so that future kids get privileges just like I have.

Chloe Garcia-Lewis
Powell Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

Chloe Garcia-Lewis
Powell Middle School
Littleton Public Schools

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Do you care about

  • your property value?
  • your quality of life?
  • finding qualified workers?
  • civic leaders prepared to lead?

Quality education provides the foundation for community vitality and a vibrant economy. Great schools increase property values and serve as an economic engine for Colorado. Great schools are key to Colorado’s future.

Public schools play a crucial role in the growth, safety, health and well-being of our state.

In short, great schools help to create thriving communities for Coloradans.

Welcome to the Colorado Education Network

Colorado has nearly 900,000 public school students. Their experience in school will determine the future of this amazing state.

Thriving Schools Require a Supply of High Quality Teachers

Teachers are the underpinning of our public schools. Their dedication, knowledge and skills change lives each day. Addressing Colorado’s teacher shortage crisis is essential to move our state forward.

The Colorado teacher shortage crisis has been front-and-center in the news. This recent article from Chalkbeat Colorado provides a good overview on the issue:

Colorado education officials hope these three ideas will reverse the state teacher shortage (click to read full article)

Colorado education leaders are zeroing in on three broad ways to curb the state’s teacher shortage:

  1. increasing compensation,
  2. improving preparation and training, and
  3. “lifting the profession.”
Early Childhood Education Sets the Stage for Success

High-quality early learning experiences are associated with increased academic performance in school.

The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index Ranks the U.S. first of 121 Countries

Corporate leaders indicate they want students who are creative, innovative, collaborative and problem solvers. The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Index ranks the United States first of 121 countries.

The 2016 Global Innovation Index Ranks the U.S. fourth out of 128 Countries

Corporate leaders indicate they want students who are creative, innovative, collaborative and problem solvers. The Global Innovation Index ranks the United States fourth out of 128 countries.

The Global Creativity Index Ranks the U.S. Second of 139 Countries

Corporate leaders indicate they want students who are creative, innovative, collaborative and problem solvers. The Global Creativity Index ranks the United States second of 139 countries in the latest results (2015).

Colorado's Economy is Dependent Upon A Supply of Skilled Workers

Colorado’s economy needs skilled workers to help us compete globally and to meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers in our thriving aerospace, technology, and innovation sectors.

According to a study from the New American Economy, Colorado had 15.3 openings for every unemployed worker in STEM fields in 2016. (Denver students learn about careers in STEM, Denver Post)

Finding Qualified Workers to Fill Key Positions is Essential to Our Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that Colorado’s economy is on track to add 51,400 jobs this year. Job and real GDP growth is constrained by the low unemployment rate and the lack of qualified workers.

Construction Industry Needs Skilled Labor to Meet the Demand

Experts at Colorado State University’s department of construction management estimate that by 2025 there will be 96,000 vacancies in the construction trades — a 38 percent increase from today.

Learn more about Colorado’s shortage of construction workers in this Denver Post article — Blueprint for building crisis: Colorado has massive shortage of construction workers.

Providing Students with Real-World Experience Enhances Learning

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Students learn first-hand lessons from an industry expert, as well as in-depth lessons on culinary and business skills that prepare the teens for jobs in restaurants, hotels and beyond after they graduate.

Career and Technical Education Provides Academic and Technical Skills

Enrollment in career and technical education courses has surged in Colorado with more than 125,000 high schoolers and 20,000 middle schoolers enrolling in 2015.

More than 1,000 students are on the wait list at Warren Tech in Jeffco Public Schools.

Education And Civil Rights

Dr. Joyce Brooks shares her own life story linking the fight for civil rights and the critical role education plays.

Parent Speaks To Funding Issues In Colorado

Parent and education advocate Julie Keim shares why she joined the Colorado Education Network.

Every Child Deserves A Quality Education And A Fair Shot At Their Dreams

Parent and education advocate Maisha Fields explains why she joined Colorado Education Network and the importance of using our network to advocate for equitable funding for all Colorado students.

Public Education Supporter Speaks To The Need To Support All Districts

Parent and public school supporter, Sean Burke, explains why he joined the Colorado Education Network.

Adequate and equitable funding for all 178 school districts in Colorado

This school district administrator and parent explains why she cares about education in Colorado and why she joined the Colorado Education Network.

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