Justin Darnell

Launch Network


Justin has been an educator in Denver for 15 years.  He is the 2010 CO Teacher of the Year and co-led the transformative Teacher Leadership and Collaboration initiative in Denver Public Schools.  In 2017, he partnered with Sarah Rauenhorst to co-found the Launch Network and close the academic and opportunity gap for families in Denver.

Name of Venture: Launch Network


Type of venture: Program

Launch date:  Spring 2017

Grade levels: K-5

Target Geography: Northeast Denver

Additional Fellowships: The Fellowship of the Ring

Success to date: Students in program average 2 years of growth in math and literacy per year as measured by MAPs and Istation.  100% of students scored in “normal range” for district social emotional measure (only 20% when starting program). 100% of families express feeling valued and identify positive changes in theirs and their child’s life.

2019-2020 plans: Partnership in place with 3 Northeast Denver schools