Share your voice: Statewide tour to address educator shortages

Written by: Leslie Colwell
Date Posted: June 16, 2017

The Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education are embarking on a series of town hall meetings across the state to gather input for a strategic plan to address the educator shortages impacting Colorado.

These meetings will feature a focused discussion on ways to grow our existing educator pipeline and specific strategies to increase the numbers of individuals interested in careers in education. Parents, students, teachers, community members, business leaders and anyone else with an interest in ensuring Colorado’s schools remain strong are welcome to attend and participate. The collection of voices from around the state was required by HB17-1003, which the Children’s Campaign supported.

Additional information on these meetings, as well as an online survey for those unable to attend in person, is available on the DHE website. Future meetings have been scheduled:

  • Parachute: June 23
  • Fort Collins: July 28
  • Denver: July 31 or Aug. 1 (TBD)
  • Leadville: Aug. 2
  • Colorado Springs: Aug. 7
  • Otis: Aug. 10
  • Ignacio: Aug. 14 or 15 (TBD)
  • Limon: Aug. 17 or 18 (TBD)
  • Las Animas: Aug. 21
Leslie Colwell

About Leslie Colwell

Leslie Colwell serves as the Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives, leading the Campaign’s work to improve education in the state of Colorado. Before joining the Children’s Campaign in August of 2014, Leslie worked to facilitate partnerships and produce policy agreements, especially in the area of education as an Associate at The Keystone Center. Her professional experience includes working as Legislative Director for State Senator Mike Johnston, managing his education policy portfolio (including his office’s work on HB12-1238, Colorado’s READ Act, and SB13-033, ASSET), and directing a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie has also worked on Teach For America’s alumni team, and before that taught 6th grade Math and Earth Science as a TFA corps member at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the board of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO) and on the steering committee of the Colorado Afterschool Partnership.