Programs in Colorado that Model Agility in Education Awarded $90K in Prize Money

  • Colorado Succeeds announces 6 winners for The Succeeds Prize, the most prestigious award recognizing Colorado educators developing agile learners and systems
  • Winners receive $15,000 each to support their work and will be featured in 9NEWS storytelling.
  • Winners include Colorado schools, districts, and nonprofits serving learners pre-K-12.

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Colorado Succeeds announces 6 winners of The Succeeds Prize, the most prestigious award for Colorado educators. Winners have been selected for their exemplary programs that develop agile learners and prepare students to thrive in an everchanging world.

The Succeeds Prize is a collaboration between Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and the business community that seeks to recognize, and invest in, educators that are reimagining education to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist, tools not yet created, and problems not yet identified. By amplifying these educators, The Prize allows students and families across Colorado to benefit from their experience, insight, and lessons learned.

2021 Winners of The Succeeds Prize:

  • Winner for Early Childhood Education, presented by PNC Bank: Mile High Early Learning
  • Winner for Education Innovation, presented by Janus Henderson Investors: ACTION Zone, Aurora Public Schools
  • Winner for Personalized Learning, presented by DaVita: Greeley-Evans School District 6
  • Winner for Technology-Enabled Learning, presented by Ball Corporation: Warren Tech
  • Winner for Experiential Learning, presented by Slalom: Colorado Youth Congress
  • Winner for Career Exploration & Pathways, presented by TTEC: Clear Creek School District

Winners embody Colorado Succeeds’ Vision 2030 Framework outlining the education principles, experiences, and transferable competencies students will need to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. They represent a range of forward-thinking education solutions for students preK-12 that meet workforce demands, utilize innovative learning models, promote student agency, and prioritize the needs of students furthest from opportunity.

New this year, an award for Early Childhood Education was included to elevate the key role that early learning plays in long-term outcomes for students.

In addition to the $15K cash prize, winners will be featured in a televised 9NEWS storytelling campaign and will have opportunities to engage with Colorado Succeeds’ network of business, government, and nonprofit partners.

“After all the challenges our communities have faced over the last year, the need to amplify and support the innovations of Colorado’s educators has only been reinforced,” said Scott Laband, President of Colorado Succeeds. “They play a critical role in sparking the passion of our students and giving them the skills they need to tackle the problems of the future. We thank and celebrate them for their invaluable contributions to the success of all learners, and of Colorado.”

About The Succeeds Prize

The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado’s educators honoring transformational impact being led 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 the business community.  

Media Contact: Diane Metzger, Communications Manager, or (919) 357-1340.


Communications Manager
Colorado Succeeds