Business, Education and Government Leaders Gathered to Celebrate the Agility in Education Movement

DENVER – September 20, 2019 – The third annual Succeeds Prize — a partnership between Colorado Succeeds, mindSpark Learning and 9NEWS— brought together business, education, and government leaders to recognize Colorado’s most transformational education innovators and impact makers through six awards and $150,000 in cash prizes. “Together, we are driven by the belief that the educational system should respond to the diverse needs of learners rather than asking them to conform to the constraints of the existing structure,” said Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS lead anchor.

Sponsored by the state’s business community, The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s public schools and educators. “We need people who can innovate – who can go from possibility to practicality, and that’s what we honor here tonight,” said Joe Verrengia, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Arrow Electronics. The live broadcast awards ceremony will be followed by a yearlong effort to strengthen public schools through professional development and training for educators aimed at scaling successful innovations and practices across Colorado to impact the state’s nearly 900,000 students.

Event attendees enjoyed live music from Grandview High School students and a student DJ, innovative education experiences through virtual reality demonstrations, and the mindSpark Learning drone tent. Key stakeholders from the Colorado Department of Education, Colorado General Assembly and corporations from across the state joined educators and school leaders during the networking reception. For event photos, click here.

The Succeeds Prize offers awards in two categories: Transformational Impact and Excellence in Education. Each category has three awards.

The Succeeds Prize winners for 2019 are:

  • Transformational Impact in an Elementary School, presented by TTEC: Longfellow Elementary School 
  • Transformational Impact in a Middle School, presented by DaVita: Academy of Advanced Learning
  • Transformational Impact in a High School, presented by Slalom: La Veta High School 
  • Excellence in STEM Education, presented by Ball Corporation: Cañon City High School Pathways Program and SystemsGo 
  • Excellence in Education Innovation, presented by Janus Henderson Investors: Pueblo 70 and Parkview Medical Center – School to Employment (STEP) Program 
  • Excellence in Technology-Enabled Learning, presented by Arrow Electronics: St. Vrain Valley School District

In addition to receiving cash prizes, the winners will also receive customized professional training from mindSpark Learning, a non-profit dedicated to re-engineering education through educators with unique professional learning experiences for both the school leader and teacher. 

As the economy and labor market are evolving in unpredictable ways, Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning are dedicated to recognizing Colorado schools and educational programs that establish a mindset of lifelong learning and equip students to adapt and succeed in a future that will have jobs yet to be invented.

About 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 every student in Colorado can benefit. The Succeeds Prize is sponsored by the business community in partnership with Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS/KUSA, and mindSpark Learning.

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