To many, this notion is alarming. Here at Colorado Succeeds, we embrace this new reality and the opportunity it provides.
The pace of change is accelerating at an exponential rate. The needs of learners are becoming more complex and their interests increasingly more diverse. We find ourselves in a world where learners must develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to succeed in an uncharted future and adapt to a dynamically changing world.
Our call is clear: Engage the business community to support the creation of agile learners and agile systems ready to meet the needs of an evolving workforce.
We began 2018 with the unveiling of the Vision 2030 Framework: The Future of Education in Colorado. This model, developed in partnership with our members, outlines the transferable competencies and educational experiences students need and the system principles we must support for learners to succeed in this Age of Agility.
Here’s a look back on how we collectively put the Vision 2030 Framework into action in 2018. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
This initiative included voter polling, an employer survey, an economic impact study, and a robust interactive website that contained gubernatorial candidate responses to questions about our education priorities.
Colorado Succeeds supported legislation incentivizing industry credential attainment. Due to the overwhelming demand, the program was extended for 5 years. High school students in Colorado have earned over 9,000 credentials in just two years. The majority of credentials earned were in skilled trades, technical services, STEM, and IT.
The Colorado STEM Champions led in the development of a web-based tool to support the expansion and development of high-quality career exploration and pathway opportunities connecting stakeholders to ideas, resources, and one another.
35 business leaders joined us for a 3-day trip to the Bay Area to develop a deeper understanding of what innovation in education looks like outside of Colorado.
For the second year, Colorado Succeeds partnered with 9NEWS and mindSpark Learning to host The Succeeds Prize to honor and reward exceptional educators, showcasing excellence and impact in Colorado schools.