Across Colorado, we're growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
Home to unparalleled natural beauty and a flourishing economy, it is no wonder Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country. With a pioneering spirit dating back to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, Colorado has long attracted fearless, innovative leaders and entrepreneurs eager to play an active role in moving the state forward.
Even so, the natural beauty and booming job market mask deep and longstanding educational inequity. Known as the "Colorado Paradox," our state attracts college graduates at higher rates than nearly any other, but ranks 50th in the nation when it comes to our own high school graduates continuing on to college. With more than half of Colorado jobs predicted to require higher education skills in the coming decade, tens of thousands of local students will continue to be denied access to opportunity around them.
The opportunity to reimagine public education is now. Over the last 10 years, Teach For America has helped shape the education system in Colorado, driving dramatic improvements for kids. From gubernatorial candidates to the classroom, Teach For America's impact in Colorado Springs and Pueblo grow larger every year, and in Denver, our members have a deep presence in 75 percent of high-poverty, high-performing schools and account for one in 10 teachers and one in five school leaders. Since our launch of the Denver region 11 years ago, 50,000 students in Denver (up from 10,000) have access to performing schools. Such progress is impressive, but it has not been enough for the 40,000 Denver students who remain in underperforming schools. The next phase of innovation will require bold leaders, and that’s where you fit in.
Changemakers come to Colorado. Our state continues to be recognized for its progressive and innovative education landscape. People who have big ideas about how we can do this work differently move to Colorado to see those ideas brought to life. Change is happening in Colorado.