The Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Legacy Foundation, and the New Teacher Project have announced the launch of a $1 million initiative to boost the number of effective teachers and principals in public schools across the state.
Funded by a two-year, $800,000 grant from the Denver-based Rose Community Foundation and an additional $200,000 raised by the New Teacher Project, the Colorado Educator Effectiveness Project will work to identify and expand educator preparation programs that successfully prepare effective teachers and principals — and eliminate those that don't. Over the next two years, the Colorado Department of Education will work to align its staff and activities to better recruit, prepare, support, and retain effective teachers and school principals, while the Colorado Legacy Foundation will convene groups focused on educator effectiveness to identify help needed by school districts, pinpoint opportunities for collaboration, and complement existing efforts.
Over the same period, the New Teacher Project will audit Colorado's public education policies, programs, and funding streams and work to identify opportunities to support the effectiveness of all educators. Colorado, which was a round-two finalist in the Department of Education's Race to the Top Fund, will use the results to inform its goals and strategies for supporting educators statewide.
"This project will ensure that the more than 830,000 public school students in Colorado are ready for success in work and college when they complete high school," said Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones. "To do that, we must provide an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective principal in every school."