DPS Press Release on Succeeds Prize

Oct 28, 2020

Two Denver Public Schools Awarded Transformational Impact Award

Colorado Succeeds Recognizes Elementary and Middle Schools As Top Performers

Denver – Beacon Network Schools and Wyatt Academy were recently awarded the Transformational Impact Award in the Elementary School and Middle School categories in the annual The Succeeds Prize competition, organized by Colorado Succeeds. The awards program recognizes and amplifies top performing Colorado schools and educators for their work in building agile systems that support learners.

“We were a low performing school and now we are one of the highest performing middle schools in DPS,” said Alex Magaña, executive director of Beacon Network Schools. “What makes us unique is that we focus around blended learning, enrichments, character development and also critical thinking.”

Beacon Network Schools uses different class scheduling, enrichment providers and personalized learning for students that helped to change the school’s performance. Magaña says students felt like they had leadership opportunities that applied beyond the classroom.

Wyatt Academy spent time talking with their families one-on-one to better understand their needs and develop a school culture and instructional program that would best serve them.

“We found the courage to step outside the box and really create a community style of learning that serves our kids and our families,” said Kate Mishara, executive director of Wyatt Academy. “We really believe in inquiry-based, hands-on learning. We want our students to guide their own learning.”

Both schools received $15,000 each in prize money. Wyatt Academy is using the funds to boost their remote learning program for all learners. Beacon Network will use the funds to support enrichment offerings that can extended into a remote environment.

Applicants for the award are reviewed by Colorado Succeeds staff and an advisory committee of education, business, and philanthropic leaders in Colorado who support Colorado Succeeds in identifying finalists.

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