New Funding Anticipated to Enhance Range and Add Numbers to Denver Metro’s Trainer Workforce

Hispanic/Latina teacher sitting beside young male student with a book

The College of Northern Colorado’s Heart for City Schooling (CUE) is uniquely positioned to assist fill the trainer scarcity within the Denver Metro
space. Since 2000, the middle has been enrolling and graduating paraeducators working
in native faculties, providing a hybrid program that pairs bachelor’s-level coursework
with medical instructing expertise that begins the primary day of this system. CUE’s
educator applications have persistently excessive commencement and placement charges (over 90%)
and its college students—70% of whom are folks of shade and 94% of whom are first-generation—carry
range to Colorado’s educator workforce.   

It is this success that introduced Maycomb Capital and BDTcatalyst, two influence buyers, to the desk. In 2022, the Neighborhood Outcomes Fund at Maycomb
Capital dedicated $600,000 over 5 years to extend CUE’s output of extremely expert
and educated academics. The fund’s versatile, mission-aligned mortgage is supported by a
warranty from BDTcatalyst, BDT & MSD Companions’ influence investing portfolio, which focuses on high-impact, place-based
firms and organizations with the objectives of unlocking capital and driving transformational

The $600,000 funding is meant to assist handle extreme trainer shortages as districts
in Colorado and throughout the nation wrestle to recruit and retain academics, significantly
academics of shade. The funding will present the assets mandatory to assist develop
a pay-for-outcomes trainer recruitment mannequin within the Denver Metro space. CUE at present
graduates roughly 30 college students yearly, over 90% are positioned in Colorado college
districts. The anticipated influence by the tip of the 2026-27 educational 12 months is roughly
250 new full-time academics and added range to Colorado’s educator workforce that
will higher assist outcomes for all college students, significantly college students of shade. 

“Many applications of CUE’s high quality merely don’t exist or are so small they’re unable
to actually make an influence within the wants of the schooling workforce ecosystem.”

— Eliza Harding

CUE has proven a optimistic monitor document in serving underserved, lower-income, first-generation,
and BIPOC populations that different applications of its variety haven’t skilled success
with. In the meantime, college districts are struggling to seek out expertise inside those self same

“Many applications of CUE’s high quality merely don’t exist or are so small they’re unable
to actually make an influence within the wants of the schooling workforce ecosystem,” mentioned Trendlines
CEO, Eliza Harding. “Moreover, there’s a lack of funding and assist to develop high-quality
applications that serve underserved/underrepresented communities and guarantee graduates
enter livable-wage jobs post-graduation.”   

Trendlines is a Denver-based native workforce improvement accelerator that has partnered
carefully with CUE to safe the funding and supply strategic helps to make sure
the middle’s sustainability and progress over the funding interval.       

“Different paraprofessional-to-teacher fashions restrict entry solely to these paraprofessionals
who maintain a bachelor’s diploma,” mentioned Jared Stallones, dean of UNC’s Faculty of Schooling
and Behavioral Sciences. “CUE is exclusive in that it meets college students the place they’re,
customizing schooling plans to maneuver them to a level and instructing credential from
no matter level they begin. This strategy represents what school-university partnerships
ought to be about; constructing applications that improve entry and lead to private and
skilled progress. Such applications change lives and rework communities. That is
what drew social capital buyers to accomplice with CUE and the colleges and communities
it serves.” 

Managed by Trendlines, the funding is a five-year funding with annual funds.
It gives a basis for what buyers hope may turn out to be a sustainable mannequin
for CUE that may additionally function a nationwide technique for para-to-teacher pipeline improvement
applications. Trendlines helps CUE sustainably broaden its operations by way of help
round recruitment, knowledge programs and efficiency administration.  

The mortgage is repaid on the premise of placement and retention charges after college districts
rent and retain CUE program graduates as full-time academics of their faculties. A number of
college districts have already agreed to accomplice with the middle on this pay-for-outcomes
association, together with Aurora Public Colleges, Cherry Creek Public Colleges, Sheridan
College District and the Denver College of Science and Know-how constitution community.  

Whereas the pay-for-outcomes mannequin is a departure from how college districts have traditionally
discovered new academics, which may contain touring to and recruiting candidates from
different states, it’s one thing CUE Director Rosanne Fulton has confidence in.  

“I consider pay-for-outcomes is completely sustainable,” mentioned Rosanne Fulton, director
of CUE. “This can be a grow-your-own sort of mannequin. We are able to recruit folks into this program
who’re already working within the faculties after which feed them proper again into the college
programs the place they need to serve.”  

Fulton attributes the success of CUE’s applications to the sturdy partnership it already
has with faculties and faculty districts, highlighting the distinctive split-day mannequin that
permits college students to work half-day as paraeducators at school districts throughout the Denver
Metro space within the morning the place they supply one-on-one tutoring, small-group instruction
and ultimately whole-group classes, and take lessons at UNC’s Denver Heart at Lowry
campus within the afternoon or night. This intensive, hands-on expertise results in decrease
trainer attrition charges as CUE graduates are typically extra invested within the communities
the place they work and perceive the calls for of instructing.  

“By the point they graduate, CUE college students have spent about 3,000-4,000 hours within the
faculties whereas they’re incomes their diploma, which is way over a median new
trainer” Fulton mentioned. “So, they aren’t solely benefiting from the high-quality programming
beneath the umbrella of UNC’s trainer educator programming of their lessons, they’re
studying lots of different key abilities from college district companions, principals, literacy
coaches and different school-based personnel.” 

Fulton mentioned the brand new funding will put processes in place that formalize recruiting
and placement partnerships with taking part districts to make sure the pipeline for
trainer candidates is seamless. The settlement additionally contains metrics that should be met
annually, demonstrating progress or upkeep in enrollment, commencement charges and
placements at outcomes-based paying metro-Denver space college districts, and funding
to rent an assistant director for CUE, who was employed this previous November, to offer
the extra assist wanted to assist this system broaden.  

Contemplating CUE’s confirmed historical past of success, Fulton is for certain this system has the
potential to satisfy the anticipated progress. Of the 1000’s of paraprofessionals at present
working in Colorado’s largest public college programs, she’s sure there are lots of
who would possibly dream about changing into a trainer. 

“I don’t assume we have to endure a trainer scarcity, but when we’re going to achieve success
in assembly the wants of a brand new and numerous educator workforce, we have to meet them
the place they’re. “

— Rosanne Fulton

“There are folks on the market already working in our faculties who don’t know what their
choices are to turn out to be a trainer, or they do not have the boldness to name and discover
out,” Fulton mentioned. “I don’t assume we have to endure a trainer scarcity, but when we’re
going to achieve success in assembly the wants of a brand new and numerous educator workforce,
we have to meet them the place they’re. 

“If we are able to get the partnership proper between college districts and faculties and better
schooling, then we’ve the chance to understand the very best for our college students,” Fulton
continued. “There’ll at all times be public faculties. There’ll at all times be actually good
academics and principals inside these public faculties and there’ll at all times be a necessity
for the trainer inhabitants to mirror the scholar inhabitants.” 

For extra details about CUE’s educator applications, go to their web site or contact Fulton at Info is supplied and visits are scheduled year-round, and college students can apply
or enroll at a number of factors throughout the semester. 

— written by Deanna Herbert

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