Advocacy U

Great Education Colorado offers monthly workshops where we will demystify the role of being an advocate for Colorado students.

We’ll provide the background and skills needed to empower you to advocate on behalf of Colorado students.

Join us for one workshop or for the entire series!

October 20, 2017

Achieving Excellence Through Equity

Public meetings can actually be wonderful opportunities for an exchange of ideas. This workshop will focus on top strategies to help you effectively communicate your views to lawmakers, school board candidates and elected officials during public meetings.

Our guest speaker will be Jennie Belval, Vice-President of the Boulder Valley Board of Education.

There is no fee to attend. However, space is limited and registration is required. Sign up today!

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Past Events

Jan. 20, 2017

Education and Colorado State Governance

Ever wonder how Colorado’s governance structure is designed to support education?

How do the Governor, Legislature, State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education interact to support the education of about 900,000 students in our state?

Join us for our first Advocacy U event to hear from Representative Janet Buckner, Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee.


Feb 24, 2017

How can so many education bills be introduced each year?

Bills on school funding, charters, testing, data privacy, accountability and more just keep coming from the Gold Dome. And the changes at the federal level only further complicate this quickly evolving environment.

Join us for a briefing focused on hot topics for this legislative session and for an interactive conversation with several key legislators.

Senator Rhonda Fields

Senator Nancy Todd

Representative Dan Thurlow

March 17, 2017

Is it time to update the School Finance Act of 1994?

Does your child need a little extra help in a particular subject? Did you know that the state of Colorado provides just a fraction of the cost of addressing the needs of a special education student? That over 70% of students learning English receive no additional funding from the state? That folks in some tiny districts pay property tax rates that are seven times higher than rates in more wealthy districts? Or, that many rural districts are barely hanging on because of cuts?

Is it time to rewrite the School Finance Act of 1994 to try to address these school funding concerns?

April 14, 2017

Let’s talk government revenues and budgets in Colorado!

Talking about taxes may sound like a downer, but we promise this session will be quite the opposite. Not only is it possible to have a balanced, constructive and engaged dialogue on this topic, it’s critical in order to ensure we protect our quality of life.

May 19, 2017

Educational equity and this year’s legislative session

Educational equity is at the core of our vision statement — all children, regardless of where they live or how they learn, graduate prepared to lead their best lives. How did Colorado’s legislature advance the ball on educational equity this year? Topics include:

  • School finance wrap up​
  • Charter school bills
  • Teacher shortage legislation
  • Expulsion bill
  • Legislative Interim Committee

June 16, 2017

What does it take to run an effective campaign?

Targeting, persuasion, GOTV, top lines…Join us as we explain what it takes to run an effective campaign. The tactics and strategies are straightforward, but there are no shortcuts. The planning and work are essential to build the road to success.

July 14, 2017

The Perfect Class

What does an ideal classroom look like? Hear from local teachers and administrators how increased funding would impact their classrooms. Educators will address class size, coursework, room set up, technology, the arts, STEM and play.

August 18, 2017

Dire Straits

What are school districts doing “to get by?” Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about choices school districts are making across the state to adjust their budgets to reflect the current realities of school finance. This workshop will provide a look across the state to see what has been cut and what the impact has been on teachers, students and families. Our guest speakers for this workshop are:

Tracie Rainey
Executive Director
Colorado School Finance Project

Michelle Murphy
Executive Director
Colorado Rural Schools Alliance

September 22, 2017

Achieving Excellence Through Equity

When kids come to school, they bring a varied background with them, whether it is living below the poverty line, or not understanding the language they are being taught in, or experiences in their homes or neighborhoods that have had an impact on them. Kids don’t come in with the same background, and they don’t come in needing the same things.

If we are committed to moving all kids forward, if we are committed to making sure all kids have an equal opportunity for success, then we have to tell the truth —EQUAL is not EQUITABLE.

Our guest speaker is:

Lyn Bajaj
Principal, Field Elementary School
Littleton Public Schools