CEI 10th Anniversary Banner
JULY 2017
School Retool Application Window Extended to August 4
CEI is connecting open-minded school leaders with an exciting and exclusive opportunity
to attend School Retool - a proven, one-of-a-kind leadership fellowship.
Act now to join the movement!
Educators Bring Brainpower to 2017 CEI Showcase
The 2017 CEI Showcase: Design the Future sparked imaginations and inspired plans for action for the 300-plus educators – many of whom stepped outside of their comfort zone – to explore ideas for meeting the needs of all students in Colorado. The event, held June 28-30 in Keystone, set the stage for teachers and others from the education sector to envision improvements and innovations that increase opportunities for student success.

AP Teachers Sharpen Skills in Denver

Last week, the 2017 AP for All Summer Institute (APSI) brought educators from around the globe to the Metropolitan State University of Denver campus for a deep dive into the craft of Advanced Placement instruction. CEI partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to present the annual College Board-certified Institute. This year’s APSI connected more than 600 teachers with opportunities to develop deeper content knowledge in their AP subjects, and identify strategies to effectively reach diverse student populations — students who might not otherwise consider enrolling in AP classes.
APSI session

Paving the Way: Putting Wellness Policy into Action
August 8, 2017, 2 p.m.

Local Wellness Policy Webinar #2

You have now updated your Local Wellness Policy, don’t keep it on a shelf! Join us as we dive into implementation, evaluation and actualizing the local wellness policy. Gain insight, strategies and tools aimed at helping districts take their Local Wellness Policies to the next level by:

  • Making the connection between health, wellness, and academic performance 
  • Garnering buy-in and engaging stakeholders
  • Implementing wellness policies
  • Assessing wellness policy and wellness policy implementation


  • Kristi Rolfsen, MS, RD
    Program Specialist - Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education
  • Amy Dyett, MAT
    Director of School Health - The Colorado Education Initiative
  • Ashley Schwader
    District Wellness Manager - Poudre School District

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Opportunities and Resources
Educator Shortage Action Plan Town Hall Series
The Colorado Department of Higher Education and CDE are hosting a series of town hall meetings this summer to inform a statewide educator shortage action plan. Educators, students, parents and concerned members of the public are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas for recruiting and retaining educators. Learn more
Educator Shortage Town Hall Series

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

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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