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News Release - "Legacy Luncheon" Event Will Celebrate Excellence In Educator Effectiveness

Jan. 11, 2011

News Release

Gov. John Hickenlooper Will Speak At Colorado Legacy Foundation’s “Legacy Luncheon” Feb. 8; Event Will Celebrate Excellence In Educator Effectiveness

Excellence in educator effectiveness will be the theme of the Colorado Legacy Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon event on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Denver.

The focus of the 2011 awards will be teacher and school leader effectiveness. The awards will recognize and celebrate effective teachers, principals and school districts—in addition to their practices and leadership—across the state of Colorado.

Helayne Jones, president and CEO of the foundation, announced today that Gov. John Hickenlooper will attend the event and provide remarks.

“We are honored to have Gov. Hickenlooper attend and underscore the importance of this critical issue,” said Jones. “We are extremely excited about this year’s program and the opportunity to recognize the teachers and administrative leaders who are setting the standard across the state.”

The luncheon will be held at the Seawall Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to register for the luncheon:

The ”Legacy Luncheon” is attended by hundreds of individuals and organizations that are passionate about education. The foundation will prepare a series of tools to document and share the practices of its award winners later this year.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker of the event will be Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity and innovation who has worked with governments, Fortune 500 companies and international agencies. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His latest book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, was a New York Times best-seller and is being translated into eight different languages.

Sir Ken Robinson is passionate about creativity and innovation as an inspiration for redefining the education model. Jones added, “We are delighted that he will share his message with us and hope that he will also become an inspiration for school communities across Colorado looking to use innovation and creativity to improve the quality of education offered in our public schools.”

The Colorado Legacy Foundation has a history of highlighting success and providing a catalyst for the implementation of best practices statewide. The purpose is to inspire, identify and rapidly disseminate key initiatives of the Colorado Department of Education. The Legacy Foundation believes that many Colorado K-12 students deserve better outcomes from their public school experience and that it is time to celebrate the success of educators statewide who prove every day the art of the possible, and to support them in continuing their work and sharing it with others.

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