Transformational Impact

What are the Criteria?

Using the criteria from year one and the vision Colorado Succeeds has for The Succeeds Prize, the selection committee produced the following criteria for winning schools in the 2018 Transformational Impact categories:

  • Demonstrated impact on student learning and preparation for college and career
    • Gains in test scores, graduation rates, and acquisition of 21st century skills
  • Innovative approach to school/program design and implementation
    • Ideas that can be replicated and scaled for the benefit of students statewide
    • Culture that rewards and challenges students to elevate their life goals and expectations and rewards them for taking risks, failing, and then refining their approach
  • Demonstrated impact on growing the whole child
    • Fostering a love of learning, acquiring diverse skills, and supporting well-rounded interests

What is the Selection Process?

The selection process for the Transformational Impact Awards is a five step process is 2018:

  1. Colorado Succeeds hired Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA Consulting) to create an index to rank schools using publicly available data (from CMAS) and identified the top 25 schools in elementary, middle, and high school grades.
    • The index is weighted accordingly: 40% of the is a composite measure of student growth, 40% a composite of overall achievement controlled for students socioeconomic status, and 20% is an equity measure that is a composite of the performance on students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
  2. APA Consulting then prepared a spreadsheet with more information on the top 25 schools in each category, while masking their names so that they remained anonymous to the selection committee. The committee looked through the data and information on the spreadsheets to discuss and debate which schools were most compelling, and narrowed the list down to 7 schools.
  3. Colorado Succeeds then sent a short survey to each of the 7 schools requesting short answers to solicit more information. The selection committee divided up into three groups, one for each award, insuring that membership of each sub-committee avoided any conflicts of interest. These sub-committees selected the three finalists using the information from the surveys and the data prepared by APA.
  4. Members of the subcommittees then visited all three finalist campuses in their category, meeting with students, parents, teachers, leadership and observing classrooms.
  5. Finally, the whole group will convened to vote for winners in each category. Each subcommittee presented a summary of their visits. The committee as a whole, excluding those with a conflict of interest in a given category, then discussed and voted for a winner using private ballot.


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 and former interim Commissioner, Colorado Department of Education

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 Counsel, Rimini Street

Flyod 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 Winner 2017

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

Christine 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, Pagosa Springs

Mark Sass
Colorado State Policy Director, TeachPlus; US Dept. of Education Teaching Fellow; Teacher at Legacy High School in Adams 12

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

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