Members of the Colorado Rural Education Collaborative (CREC) have a shared commitment to expanding student opportunity, enhancing educational quality, and enriching economic prosperity for rural Colorado.

All members recognize that the value of sharing resources and relationships requires a certain kind of leadership—trust, ingenuity, openness, innovation, creativity, transparency, respect, responsiveness, and a mission-first mindset. We recognize that we have a better chance of realizing our common purpose if we connect around high-impact innovations, share everything we can, secure additional resources through aligned action, and actively participate in a community of learning. We also know that we need to connect and not duplicate any of the numerous vital and relevant initiatives, organizations, people, and networks that are committed to a more positive future for rural Colorado students, schools, and communities.

If you would like to join the CREC, please contact Kirk Banghart at 

See below to learn more about the CREC Engagement Levels.

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