Legend, Grandview named finalists for Succeeds Prize

Top prizes are $15,000, and winners will be named during Sept. 19 event

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Legend High School and Grandview High School were recently named finalists for The Succeeds Prize, a competitive statewide awards program to honor schools, districts and teachers who are reimagining education to prepare students for the workforce of the future.

Winners will be announced during a free event Sept. 19 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Each winner will be awarded $15,000. Each of the finalists receives a $5,000 award.

Presented by Colorado Succeeds, 9News and mindSpark Learning, The Succeeds Prize offers awards in two categories: Transformational Impact and Excellence in Education.

Through a robust selection process involving education, business and philanthropic leaders, 18 school programs were identified as finalists for The Succeeds Prize. Programs being recognized this year range from innovative solutions for workforce demands in different industries and school settings, to compelling internships and work-based learning models, as well as district-leading innovative school designs.

“In Colorado, there are outstanding examples of schools and districts innovating the way they prepare students through developing real-world skills, expanding access to growth and development opportunities and instilling a lifelong love of learning,” Scott Laband, president of Colorado Succeeds, said in a news release. “The Excellence in Education finalists stand out as true examples of what Colorado schools are doing to keep pace with the changing world around us.”

Experts predict that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet, and that many of today's jobs are susceptible to automation, the release said. Through The Succeeds Prize, now in its third year, the Colorado business community seeks to recognize and reward educators reimagining education. This year's finalists are engaging their community to deeply engage students with their learning.

“If we want to see schools innovate at scale, we have to elevate and invest in what is working. The Succeeds Prize not only rewards the efforts of educators who are making an impact in Colorado, but it also offers a platform supported by the business community to inspire education and policy leaders across the state,” Laband said in the release.

Anyone interested in attending the free event Sept. 19 can register at https://coloradosucceeds.org/succeeds-prize/the-succeeds-prize/. The event will also be televised live on 9News (KUSA) from 8-9 p.m. on the day of the event.

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