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Inspire is a $12 million endowment campaign

dedicated to funding an innovative faculty compensation structure that rewards teachers for their contributions in the classroom, as well as their impact in advancing Graland’s program.

The heart of Graland is its teachers.

We believe that faculty are the center of a Graland education, and we are driven to ensure that future Graland students benefit from high-caliber instructors during the foundational years of their education. The best and brightest teachers connect with students and inspire them to reach further. They also acknowledge that their own growth furthers student growth.

We’re looking ahead to the future of Graland.

At a time when the cost of living in Denver is skyrocketing and there is a national teacher shortage, Inspire’s $12 million endowment will fund a new faculty compensation design that is forward thinking and is essential for faculty retention and recruitment. It raises Graland faculty salaries to be competitive locally and nationally and rewards exceptional teaching. To have the biggest impact on program growth and student learning, the compensation model encourages collaboration, innovation and leadership. This new design recognizes how our faculty can influence and advance our educational program at Graland in ways that will foster student growth for many years into the future.

We need a long-term commitment to our faculty.

While parts of the new compensation model are being funded by tuition and operational efficiencies, the $12 million Inspire endowment is essential to maintain the long-term viability of the structure. Inspire ensures that Graland has the funds to commit to the continual growth of our faculty, separate from other operational considerations or necessities.

We’re Innovating in Education

Rather than continuing to use an outdated model that rewards teachers solely for years of experience and educational degrees, this new approach acknowledges what teachers do, not just what they look like on paper.
The new design uses a banded model defined through concentric circles. The central two spheres recognize faculty for being the masters of their craft and inspiring excellence in the classroom — the core of what we do at Graland. The next two spheres are about reaching higher and going deeper through collaboration, innovation and leadership. With these practices, our teachers can influence and advance our educational program in ways that will continue to foster student growth. By inspiring excellence both within and beyond the classroom, our faculty have a broader impact.

Donate Now

Support Inspire to support our teachers.

Thank you so much for joining with Graland as together we make a commitment to the excellence of our faculty.

All gifts to the Inspire Campaign are 100% tax-deductible.
Funds raised for the Inspire Campaign endowment will be managed by The Graland Country Day School Foundation, a separate entity established in 1993 to oversee Graland’s endowment.

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  • Inspire Committee Members

    Peter and Amy Corrigan, Co-Chairs
    John, Jr. ’92 and Andi Freyer, Co-Chairs
    Luke ’86 and Susan Beatty
    Louis and Erica Bissette
    Jon-Erik ’92 and Brooke Borgen
    Justin ’91 and Tobey Borus
    Tim and Nancy Buese
    Max ’87 and Ramey Caulkins
    Josh Cobb, Head of School
    Denny and Liza Coughlin
    Christopher and Lauren Davis
    Bernie Dvorak and Amy Blair
    Ryan ’93 and Griffen O’Shaughnessy
    Brandon and Deb Ridenour
    Andrew and Sarah Martin ‘95 Stettner

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.