CEI 10th Anniversary Banner

MAY 2017

The partners who invest in our work are helping us create an innovative education climate where every Colorado student has a chance for success. By sharing knowledge and collaborating with the Colorado Department of Education and other state agencies, school districts, business and community stakeholders, we are amplifying voices from the field and identifying a shared vision and pathway for collective impact in public education.

Bring Out Your Inner Innovator, Improver, and Changemaker!
Magic on stage at 2016 Showcase

The 2017 CEI Showcase: Design the Future invites educators to come together to explore a continuum of sessions focused on building mindsets, developing skills, and cultivating a bias toward action – all required to achieve lasting, meaningful change in our classrooms and systems.

 2017 CEI Showcase: Designing The Future
Learn how the 2016 Showcase led to a $10,000 national award for Gypsum Creek Middle School students

Showcase Scholarships Available!

CEI is committed to having all voices in Colorado education represented at Showcase and has a limited number of registration scholarships available to help make this a reality. If you are a member of a diverse population and/or work in a small or rural district, you are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, CEI has found participants gain more from Showcase when they attend with others from their district, so please encourage your colleagues to register. 

Register now and plan to participate in creative and innovative sessions where you will network, co-create, and collaborate with colleagues to design unique solutions that will transform the future of learning for all students.

The 2017 CEI Showcase is sponsored by the Western Dairy Association.

Stories from the Field
Restoration Project Provides Lessons in Engineering, Renovation and Life Skills
Colorado STEM Champion McKinstry recently partnered with students from the engineering program at John F. Kennedy High School to design and implement some high-performance modifications to a 51-year-old greenhouse on the school's roof.

At the ribbon cutting held on May 16, students and engineers shared their experiences about the transformation that took six months to complete. 

Ribbon Cutting at JFK Greenouse

Colorado School Districts Awarded $1.5 Million for Social and Emotional Wellness Programs
CEI is partnering with Kaiser Permanente to advance a culture of health and wellness at 13 schools in five Colorado school districts.

Five Colorado school districts will receive a combined $1.5 million in Thriving Schools behavioral health grants. The grants are designed to increase access to mental health and wellness programs. As a part of the three-year grant, which will be awarded in August 2017, CEI will provide technical assistance, including advising, thought partnership, training, coaching, and facilitation.


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!

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.

The Highest-Rated APSI in the West

It's Been 10 Years!

Save the date and join CEI for our 10th Anniversary Party during the evening of October 10, 2017. This celebration will be a unique, interactive, and fun event showcasing all that CEI has done to improve and innovate education in Colorado.  Plan now to join us as we look back over the past 10 years and talk about the next 10 years to come.

 10 candles

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Opportunities and Resources
Funding for Expanded Computer Science Education

The Colorado Education Initiative is committed to expanding the number and diversity of students succeeding in rigorous computer science courses in Colorado. With generous funding from the Gill Foundation, organizations including CEI, the Colorado School of Mines, and Code.org will partner to provide 80 educators with two years of AP Computer Science Principles training, instructional coaching, and academic supports for students. Contact Greg Hessee to learn more.

Funding opportunity

2018 Colorado Teacher of the Year Application Available

Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher in any state-approved or accredited school (kindergarten through grade 12) who is planning to continue in an active teaching status. The award recipient will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Applications are due Thursday, June 1.

Colorado Teacher of the Year application

Is Your School in the Running?

The National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils wants to reward your elementary or middle school for showing leadership in getting and keeping your students fit. Nominate your school to be in the running to receive a $100,000 Don’t Quit! state-of-the-art fitness center. If your school serves students between the ages of 8-13 years old and has a 900-1,500 square foot space ready for brand new fitness equipment, apply today! Applications are due by June 2.

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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