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Quality Teacher Recruitment Grant Program

Section 22-94-101, C.R.S. (Senate Bill 13-260), created the Quality Teacher Recruitment Program. The program authorizes CDE to award grants to organizations collaborating with school districts or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to recruit, select, train, and retain highly qualified teachers in areas that have had historic difficulty in attracting and keeping quality teachers. The program also includes funding for CDE to contract with a third-party evaluator to track and review the program’s outcomes.

Eligible applicants are required to have a documented history of recruiting, training, and retaining highly qualified teachers in areas of Colorado and other states that have had historic difficulty in attracting teachers and must demonstrate that the teachers it has placed achieved high academic growth from their students. Applicants are also required to obtain 100% matching funds from private or corporate donors.

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The next Quality Teacher Recruitment Application for the 2020-21 school year will be available in the fall of 2019. 


View the 2017-18 grant cycle report to learn more about how grantees have used funds to recruit, select, train, and retain teachers.  Please note that teacher effectiveness data is not included in this report in order to protect data privacy.  A separate addendum containing this information was submitted to the Colorado State Board of Education and Colorado Legislature.  The 2018-19 grant cycle report will be available in mid-fall 2019.

Quality Teacher Recruitment-Funding History

For further information, please contact Jennifer Simons,