SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Succeeds Prize

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:30 – 9 PM
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

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The 2018 Succeeds Prize
The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators. It honors the transformational impact Colorado’s public schools and educators are leading across the state.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House 1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

RECOGNIZING, CELEBRATING, AND SCALING INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS and mindSpark Learning have joined forces to present The Succeeds Prize.

The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators. It honors the transformational impact Colorado’s public schools and educators are leading across the state. It also serves as a year-long campaign to implement and scale successful innovations and best practices so that every student in Colorado can benefit.

On October 3rd, 2017, nearly 800 leaders from Colorado’s business, education, and government communities joined together to recognize Colorado’s educators as the heroes they are. The Succeeds Prize awarded Colorado’s public schools and educators $137,000.

The event was just the first step for The Succeeds Prize. We will now begin to study what makes our winners and finalists successful and share this with educators statewide to benefit all of Colorado’s children.

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WHAT

A collaborative effort between Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning, The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators. It is a live, one-of-a-kind awards ceremony, followed by a year-long effort to strengthen our state’s public schools through professional development and training for educators aimed at scaling successful innovations and practices across Colorado.

WHO

  • 1,000 business and civic leaders, educators, policymakers, and community members
  • Hosted by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, mindSpark Learning, and the Colorado business community.
  • Other exciting aspects include a cocktail reception, VIP Teachers’ Lounge, live reveal presentation of awards, and professionally produced videos of the nominees, to be aired during the ceremony.

WHEN & WHERE

Join us on September 18, 2018 for The Succeeds Prize live reveal celebration.

  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:30-9 PM
  • Where: The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Photos from the 2017 Succeeds Prize

SPONSORSHIP

 For information about 2018 sponsorship and media packages, please contact Ashley Andersen.

The Succeeds Prize is presented in partnership by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning, along with the instrumental support of the business community. 2017 Impact & Reach:

$137,000

Awarded

to scale best practices & innovation

700

Attendees

across business, education, and government

17,000

Viewers

on 9NEWS and Facebook Live

6.6

Million

social media impressions during the event

Plus, #TheSucceedsPrize trended on Twitter

Join Us

 

Thanks to our Inaugural Sponsors!

 

Award Sponsors

  • Excellence in Education Innovation

  • Transformational Impact in an Elementary School

  • Transformational Impact in a Middle School

  • Transformational Impact in a High School Award Sponsor

    Transformational Impact in a High School

  • Excellence in STEM Education

    Excellence in STEM Education

  • 9-news-logo

    Excellence in Educational Leadership

Valedictorian Sponsors

  • Boeing logo
  • climax
  • collegeinvest
  • EKSH logo
  • first-western-finan-logo
  • Giving Generations Foundation

  • GreatWest, Empower Retirement
  • issac-corp-logo
  • JE Dunn
  • kaiser
  • KeyBank_logo_Key_Bank
  • Lockton
  • Orica
  • usbank
  • us engineering

Supporting Sponsors

  • accruit-logo
  • Borgen Consulting

  • DanoneWave
  • Delta-Dental_Logo_Green1
  • LandTitle logo
  • OfficeScapes logo
  • Peak
  • sage
  • Saint Joseph Hospital Logo

In-Kind Sponsors

  • 9-news-logo
  • applejack
  • UniversityOfDenver-Signature
  • Lacome Events Logo

Community Partners

  • logo_denver_scholarship_foundation

The 2017 Succeeds Prize awards were revealed on October 3rd, with winners presented their award on stage by sponsors. $15,000 in cash prizes were awarded for each category to fund ongoing success. Check back soon for more information on 2018 prizes and sponsorship opportunities.

Transformational Impact in an Elementary School (grades K-5)
Transformational Impact in a Middle School (grades 6-8)
Transformational Impact in a High School (grades 9-12)
Excellence in STEM Education (school)
Excellence in Education Innovation (classroom, school, or district)
Excellence in Education Innovation (classroom, school, or district)

*INNOVATION AWARD

The Succeeds Prize seeks to support Colorado’s educators in bringing their best ideas forward. The Excellence in Education Innovation award, sponsored by Janus Henderson Investors, will help supercharge implementation of a current innovation, or provide the seed funding for a new idea or concept based on proven results and potential impact. Our goal is to fund the most innovative idea impacting public schools while also highlighting the exciting work happening across Colorado for other educators to learn from.

Who is Eligible:  Any Colorado public school teacher, group of teachers, school, or district.

How to Apply:  Please check back in the coming months for information about the 2018 award. 

Click here for more Information on the Innovation Award.

2017 Excellence in Education Innovation Finalists:


 

Maggie Dering
DSST: Cole High School


 

Deb Harding
& Tara Hardman
STEM Launch K-8


 

Courtney Luce
The Fred Tjardes School
of Innovation

TRANSFORMATIONAL IMPACT SELECTION COMMITTEE

The selection committee advised the methodology for selection, conducted school visits, and determined winners in the Transformational Impact Awards, sponsored by TTEC, DaVita, and Western Union.

Katy Anthes
Commissioner, Colorado Department of Education

Elliott Asp
Senior Partner, Colorado Education Initiative

Lamont Browne
Executive Director of Autonomous Schools, Aurora Public Schools

Jessica Buckley
Principal, Escuela Valdez in Denver; The Succeeds Prize 2017 Winner

Andy Burns
Chief Operating Officer, Durango School District 9-R

Nicole Chatham
Corporate Council, Rimini Street

Floyd Cobb
Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Colorado Department of Education

Pat Donovan
Vice President of Business Development, Revolution Foods

Britney Gandhi
Principal, Mountain Vista Community School in Colorado Springs; The Succeeds Prize 2017 Winner

Joan Kniss
2002 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Rod Link
Principal, Pioneer Elementary School in Fort Morgan; The Succeeds Prize 2017 Finalist

Justin McMillan
Principal, Casey Middle School in Boulder

Mike Miles
CEO, Academy of Advanced Learning in Aurora and Colorado Springs

Rachel Ngola
Vice President of Finance, Cresa

Alyssa Pearson
Associate Commissioner of Accountability, Performance & Support, Colorado Department of Education

Christina Randle
2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year; First Grade Teacher, Soaring Eagles Elementary in Colorado Springs; The Succeeds Prize 2017 Finalist

Linda Reed
Superintendent, Archuleta School District 50 in Pagosa Springs

Mark Sass
Colorado State Policy Director, TeachPlus; Teacher at Legacy High School in Thornton

Lynne Valencia
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Denver7 – The Denver Channel

Jason Van Tiem
Senior Academy Dean, DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School; The Succeeds Prize 2017 Winner

Sean Wybrant
2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year; CTE Teacher, William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs

STEM AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE

The selection committee advised the methodology for selection, conducted school visits, and determined winner for the Excellence in STEM Education Award, sponsored by Ball Corp.

Chris Chavez
Director of Global Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Relations, Ball Corporation

Kellie Lauth
CEO, mindSpark Learning

Janet McGrew
Senior Recruiter, Orica

Manuel Ramsey
Principal, Bristol Elementary; The Succeeds Prize 2017 STEM Award Winner

Kathryn Regas
Graduate Program Associate, Orica

Melissa Risteff
CEO, Couragion

Sylvia Robinson
Communications & HR Program Manager, Tolmar

Ashley Ruiz
Diversity, Inclusion & Community Relations Director, McKinstry

Jacqueline Thompson
STEAM Coordinator, Bristol Elementary; The Succeeds Prize 2017 STEM Award Winner

Denise Whinnen
Director of Colorado Programs, The Gill Foundation

INNOVATION AWARD COMMITTEE

Participated as judges at the live pitch day, and determined the finalists and the winner for the Excellence in Education Innovation Award, sponsored by Janus Henderson Investors.

Sarah Bridich
School Leaders Study Lead Researcher, University of Colorado Denver; Adjunct Professor, University of Denver

Stephanie Donner
Chief Legal & People Officer, Galvanize

Graham Forman
Founder & Managing Director, Edovate Capital; Co-Founder, edGarage

Alex Hernandez
Partner, Charter School Growth Fund

Demesha Hill
Community Relations Manager, Janus Henderson Investors; Managing Director, Janus Foundation

Rebecca Holmes
President & CEO, Colorado Education Initiative

Kellie Lauth
CEO, mindSpark Learning

Mike Miles
CEO, Academy of Advanced Learning in Aurora and Colorado Springs; Former Superintendent, Harrison School District 2

Alon Mor
Founder, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill; Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Carrie Morgridge
Morgridge Family Foundation

Michael Simpson
Co-Founder & CEO, PAIRIN

Jeff Wasden
President, Colorado Business Roundtable

TECHNOLOGY ENABLED LEARNING AWARD COMMITTEE

Participated as judges at the live pitch day, and determined the finalists and the winner for the Excellence in Technology Enabled Learning Award, sponsored by Arrow.

Coming Soon!

2017 Highlights

Joy. Laughter. Gratitude. These are just some of the emotions that summarize The 2017 Succeeds Prize – an evening when Colorado educators and public schools received $137,000 for the impact they are leading locally.

We were thrilled to join forces with 9NEWS, mindSpark Learning, and Governors Hickenlooper, Ritter, and Owens to co-host The Succeeds Prize and recognize Colorado’s educators as the heroes they are.

We hope you will continue to join us in this endeavor to show educators across our state that we value their impactful work, we admire their commitment, and we are grateful for their partnership in future-building.

The 2017 Succeeds Prize Winners

Transformational Impact in a Middle School: Mountain Vista Community School

Transformational Impact in a High School: DSST: Green Valley Ranch

Excellence in Education InnovationDeb Harding & Tara Hardman, STEM Launch K-8

What People are Saying

“Thank you for the opportunity to refine our dream. We love our community. We love our school. We love our jobs.”
Tara Hardman, Teacher at STEM Launch K-8
“We’re here to honor those of you who make history every day by developing the minds of our children and challenging them to do more than they ever thought possible.”
Ken Tuchman, CEO of TeleTech
“If your goal was to make us feel important, you really did that.”
Manuel Ramsey, Principal of Bristol Elementary School
“In the country where I grew up, we called educators heroes. In the country where I live now, we call educators heroes, too.”
Hikmet Ersek, CEO of Western Union

Our Reach & Impact

$137,000
Awarded

to scale best practices & innovation

700
Attendees
across business, education, and government

17,000
Viewers
on 9NEWS and Facebook Live

6.6
Million
social media impressions during the event

Plus, #TheSucceedsPrize trended on Twitter

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