About

Mission

Driving educational excellence for all Colorado students by harnessing the power of grassroots activism and stimulating wise investment in Colorado’s public schools, colleges, and universities.

Vision

All Colorado children—regardless of where they live or how they learn—graduate prepared to lead their best lives.

Great Ed is a statewide, nonpartisan organization that does not endorse political parties or candidates.

History

Great Education Colorado began in a Denver living room filled with parents sharing concerns about the chronic under-funding of public education that was affecting students’ educational experiences, civic and community unity, and economic prosperity. We have since grown to be a well-respected source of information and conduit of public input to the legislature and state leaders on issues around educational resources.

Current Activities

Design a State Budget that Reflects Your Values
Great Education Colorado and the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) have developed Mission: Possible, an interactive online budget simulation that allows Coloradans to make their own spending and revenue choices for the state budget. Great Ed and CASB teamed up on this project because we believe all state residents must understand Colorado’s fiscal challenges and all possible solutions. In Colorado, because of constitutional amendments, it is voters – not legislators – who make the most important decisions about how Colorado invests in its future.

Sign up for a School Tour
School tours provide participants with an in-depth look at the successes and challenges in Colorado’s classrooms. Discussions with parents, students and administrators allow a first-hand look at how state policies affect Colorado’s schools and students. Contact us to learn more about how you can attend an upcoming school tour.

Raising Public Awareness
Schedule a Presentation
 and Great Ed will come to your school, community organization or event and provide an opportunity to have a dialogue with your community on why quality education is the foundation of individual opportunity, community vitality and a prospering economy.

Education Funding Resources
Our Resources,  Frequently Asked Questions and Statistics pages answer pressing education investment questions and provide accessible and in-depth context to Colorado’s education funding crisis. Great Ed also keeps a close eye on where Colorado stacks up compared to the rest of the country on our Statistics page.

Connecting You with Your Legislators
Great Ed gives public supporters easy ways to help their legislators understand the importance of investing in Colorado’s classrooms. Through online actions and petitions,  legislator school tours, and face-to-face meetings in the Capitol, Great Ed supporters have the tools, training, and support to be effective advocates for Colorado’s students.

Online Tools
Great Ed uses online tools – website, Facebook, Twitterblog, and newsletters – to keep public education supporters informed and ready to take action.

Partnering for Collective Impact
Because so many statewide and community organizations share Great Ed’s vision of well-supported teachers, schools and colleges, Great Ed creates and staffs coalitions, giving partner organizations efficient and effective ways to act together for better funding.  For instance, the Great Futures Colorado Campaign was launched in 2010 and is a continuing coalition that advocates together and hosts an annual Statewide Organizing Conference.  Great Ed also partners with local community groups, helping them grow and provide their constituents with easy ways to take action on the state level.

Great Ed Policy / Communication Director Lisa Weil presents to a Denver PTSA

Colorado School Stories Project
Through the Colorado School Stories Project (a video catalog of more than 250 interviews with educators, parents and students from around the state), Great Ed continues to shine a light on the price that Colorado’s students are paying for our state’s failure to invest in their future.

Website

Great Education Colorado, www.greateducation.org, is powered by the fantastic, open source, Wordpress. It is designed and maintained by Steve Foster in Denver, Colorado.