Education is Our Responsibility
"The responsibility for educating a young person is not the student's responsibility alone, nor is it the job of the teacher alone, nor is it the obligation of the parents alone. It is a responsibility that belongs to all of us. Because we all reap the benefits when our citizens are well educated." —Dr. Jill Biden
The Future Depends On Teachers
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Teachers are experiencing a hero moment right now. Despite the severe challenges that COVID-19 has thrust upon educators and our school system, we have an opportunity: Remote learning has shown how difficult it is to teach and has fostered a deeper appreciation for teachers among parents, students and the public. Teachers are heroes. They are essential workers. They are integral to our nation’s recovery. They are innovating to adapt to our new reality, and are crucial to developing the next generation, who will prepare for future health crises and achieve social justice in our world.
“The Future Depends on Teachers” celebrates the role teachers play in shaping our students and our future and invites people to join a career that leaves a legacy they can be proud of.
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TEACH Colorado launched with a mission to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the state’s teacher pipeline.
Studies confirm that highly qualified teachers create the largest outcomes for students, and the benefits of a great teacher last throughout a student’s life. Yet, Colorado - like states across the nation - faces a teacher shortage.
According to Colorado Department of Education survey data for the 2018-19 school year, the state’s schools had to fill 7,773 teacher vacancies. Districts hired more than 900 long-term substitutes, retired teachers or emergency hires to fill the gap, while 264 positions remained unfilled all year.
This shortage hits particular subjects and rural areas the hardest, with special education experiencing the largest subject area shortage; small rural districts filled more than half of their teaching vacancies with long-term substitutes or other emergency hires. Compounding this issue, many districts struggle to find teachers who reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of Colorado’s increasingly diverse student population.
TEACH Colorado is a partnership among Colorado’s school districts, educator preparation programs, state agencies, and business and nonprofit groups to launch a comprehensive digital platform that recruits talented Coloradans into the teaching profession and provides the support they need to enroll in an educator preparation program.
TEACH Colorado is led by Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), and TEACH. Funding support is provided by the lead partners, Microsoft, Rose Community Foundation, Colorado Education Association, Boettcher Foundation, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Workforce Development Council.
The Future Teacher’s One-Stop-Shop
TEACHColorado.org offers everything prospective teachers need to evaluate teaching and take steps towards licensure.
- 1-on-1 expert advice
- How-to guides for getting licensed
- Teaching program application checklists
- Fee reimbursements and scholarships
- Customized email and text reminders
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- TEACH Colorado Press ReleaseRead the Release
A partnership of Colorado’s school districts, educator preparation programs, state agencies, business community and nonprofit groups announces TEACH Colorado.
- Announcing TEACH ColoradoRead
Your ultimate resource for becoming a teacher in Colorado has launched!