CEI 10th Anniversary Banner
JUNE 2017
Equity Project is Moving the Needle in Southwest Colorado
CEI is proud to have partnered with our friends in Southwest Colorado to launch the American Indian Measurable Success (AIMS) initiative. This project focuses on dramatically increasing college readiness and success for American Indian students in Southwest Colorado.

Recently collected data reflect a very successful first year, exceeding expectations for engagement in college preparatory coursework, and in the number of American Indian students heading to college.


Summer Learning, Networking Unfolds in Southwest Colorado 

CEI recently partnered with the San Juan BOCES, Fort Lewis College, and the Three Rivers Education Foundation to present the 5th Annual Growing Together Summit (GTS 2017). The event was the result of the extraordinary collaboration of the nine school districts that comprise the San Juan BOCES, and brought more than 225 participants from the Four Corners region together for professional development and networking opportunities.

2017 CEI Showcase Sessions Announced!
The 2017 CEI Showcase: Design the Future is less than two weeks away! Registrants should be on the lookout for an email from Sched.org with a prompt for you to create a password and log in. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to view all breakout sessions, build your own schedule to be emailed to you each day of the event, and interact with session facilitators and other attendees.
 2017 CEI Showcase: Designing The Future
Pre-register to attend select breakout sessions
There’s no need to pre-register for any of the 30+ sessions featured at this year’s Showcase — except for the STEM Design Challenge and the expeditions. Visit bit.ly/myshowcase2017 to pre-register and build your schedule.

Stories from the Field
Middle-Schoolers Demonstrate Design Prowess with
Solar-Charged Backpack
The STEM Mentor Pilot was launched this year to see what would unfold when industry experts from STEM professions partnered with middle school teachers and students to solve real-world challenges. Marshall Woody, a teacher at Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs, and a participant in the pilot, recently delivered a stellar example of how middle-schoolers can excel when given an opportunity. Learn how student teams engineered solar backpacks and which design was selected by the client.


Attention Principals!
Do you want to change the status quo of public education? Do you believe in access to Deeper Learning outcomes for ALL students? Are you willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience? If so, consider participating in the Fall 2017 School Retool professional development fellowship!  schoolretool_red
School Retool helps educators deliver on Colorado’s vision for next generation learning – an approach that lets students connect with the larger world, learn about careers, work on solving social problems, and develop skills they need to be happy, healthy, and productive adults.

2017 APSI: Where Teachers Become Learners
July 10-13, 2017 | Denver, Colorado
More than 400 educators from Colorado and beyond will participate in four days of focused learning at the 2017 AP Summer Institute. This convening will deliver effective instructional strategies to reach diverse student populations from a variety of backgrounds, many of whom may not be as academically prepared as the traditional AP student.

Ramp Up School Health in 2017-18 with Smart Source
Schedule your first wellness team meeting of the 2017-18 school year and complete the Smart Source inventory to determine your school health efforts for the year. Smart Source opens September 1, and for the first time, schools will receive an immediate report to inform goal setting and priorities across all components of school health.
Contact smartsource@coloradoedinitiative.org to get started.

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Opportunities and Resources
The Succeeds Prize Application Window Now Open
The Succeeds Prize will give away nearly $100,000 in cash prizes at a live celebration on Oct. 3, 2017. As part of this, The Succeeds Prize is offering $15,000 to the winner of The Excellence in Education Innovation Award. Any Colorado public school teacher, group of teachers, school, or district may apply by submitting a recent video-pitch that provides the overall vision for an innovative idea. Learn more

Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities
Wednesday, June 21, 12-1 p.m.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a quarterly webinar series to highlight examples of efforts to reduce lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities. The June webinar will feature Denver Water and Denver Public Schools. Register online to participate.
Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities
Great Outdoors Colorado School Yard Initiative Application Window Open
Change your students’ school experience with a GOCO School Yard Initiative (SYI) grant. SYI grants help schools, which apply in partnership with their local governments, to construct outdoor spaces where kids enjoy unstructured play and outdoor learning. Visit GOCO.org/schools to watch the SYI webinar, read the how-to apply guide, and submit your application. The deadline is January 9, 2018.
GOCO School Yard Initiative


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