Educator Shortage Action Plan

DHE, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, have outlined recommendations for recruiting and retaining more teachers in a strategic plan and complementary report submitted to the Colorado state legislature on Dec. 1, 2017. Read the press release.

House Bill 17-1003, signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May, requires DHE and CDE to develop a collaborative action plan that will outline the necessary steps to resolve the state’s educator shortage. Feedback and participation from interested individuals and groups is an essential component of the process and final action plan.


Town Hall Series

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and Colorado Department of Education hosted a series of town hall meetings this summer to inform a statewide educator shortage action plan. Educators, students, parents and concerned members of the public are encouraged to continue sharing their experiences and ideas for recruiting and retaining educators.

During the town hall meetings, participants reviewed existing research and discussed the perception of education careers, compensation and other factors contributing to the shortage.

Date & Time City/Town Town Hall Location
June 14, 2017; 3–4:30 p.m. Ridgway, Colorado Ridgway School District – Eagle’s Nest Room
1115 Clinton Street
Ridgway, CO 81432
June 23, 2017; 3–4:30 p.m. Parachute, Colorado Grand Valley High School
800 Cardinal Way
Parachute, CO 81635
July 28, 2017; 10:30 a.m.-noon Fort Collins, Colorado Colorado State University
Behavioral Sciences Building
Room A101
Fort Collins, CO 80523
July 31, 2017; 4:30-6:30 p.m. Centennial, Colorado Cherry Creek School District
Instructional Support Facility
5416 S. Riviera Way
Centennial, CO 80015
Aug. 1, 2017; 2-4:30 p.m. Denver, Colorado Mile High United Way CoBank Leadership Center
711 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80205
Aug. 2, 2017; 3-4:30 p.m Leadville, Colorado Colorado Mountain College – Leadville Campus
Pinnacle Resource Center/Library - Room 317
901 US 24
Leadville, CO 80461
Aug. 7, 2017; 3–4:30 p.m. Colorado Springs, Colorado University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Centennial Hall Auditorium
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Aug. 10, 2017; 2:30-4 p.m. Otis, Colorado Otis High School
518 Dungan Street
Otis, CO 80743
Aug. 14, 2017; 3-4:30 p.m. Ignacio, Colorado Ignacio High School
315 Ignacio Street
Ignacio, CO 81137
Aug. 18, 2017; 1-2:30 p.m. Limon, Colorado East Central BOCES Office
Main Conference Room
820 2nd Street
Limon, CO 80828
Aug. 23, 2017; 4:30-6 p.m. Las Animas, Colorado Las Animas Elementary School
300 Grove Avenue
Las Animas, CO 81054
Aug. 30, 2017; 4:30-6 p.m. Vilas, Colorado Vilas Schools
202 North Collingwood Avenue
Vilas, CO 81087
Sept. 6, 2017; 5-6:30 p.m. Monte Vista, Colorado Monte Vista High School
295 East Prospect Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144