CEI 10th Anniversary Banner

APRIL 2017

CEI believes that effective school systems respond to the needs of their students, teachers, communities, and the economy. Instead of trying to change their students to fit their schools, responsive systems change their schools to fit their students. CEI is proud to work with brave, visionary systems that dare to lead the way.

2017 Showcase: Design The Future
June 28-30, 2017 | Keystone, Colorado


The 2017 CEI Showcase: Design The Future invites educators to come together in Keystone to reimagine, inspire, and design the future of student learning in Colorado’s classrooms.

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. 

 2017 CEI Showcase: Designing The Future

Stories from the Field
Colorado Students Demonstrate Next Generation Learning
A contingent of education professionals from throughout the country recently visited Colorado to participate in a Next Generation Learning tour. Their mission: See firsthand what a classroom looks like where students take charge of their learning, then travel home with ideas for moving learning forward in a new way.

More than 30 teachers, philanthropic partners, and other members of the education community toured Trailblazer and Martinez elementary schools in Colorado Springs, and Conrad Ball Middle School in Loveland.

Kindergarten Genius Hour ideas

Gill Foundation and Ball Corporation Commit $140,000 to
Colorado STEM
STEM Champions Gill Foundation and Ball Corporation have pledged $140,000 to support Colorado STEM, a strategy of CEI. This funding will help accelerate the engagement of education, business, and community partners to continue to implement the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap, Colorado’s plan to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and opportunities that prepare Coloradans for success in college, career, and life.

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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 APSI.

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.


Continue to Follow the Innovative Work of the SpaceLab Design Network

The SpaceLab Design Network is moving along with its work to design the future of learning, with the second workshop taking place this month. Follow and share their experiences and efforts through the Learners of Colorado blog or by engaging on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpaceLabCO.


What We’re Reading...

Opportunities and Resources
Alliance Project Grants for Middle Schools

The Alliance Project partners cultural and science organizations with teachers to create curriculum and learning opportunities for students. Performances, workshops, guest artists and scientists, and field trips are included in the grant, which covers expenses for approximately 25-30 events at a value of approximately $7,000 in goods and services over the course of a year. The application deadline is April 26, 2017.

Provide Input on the Name and Topic Areas of the New Colorado Educator Survey

The Colorado Teaching and Learning Conditions survey (formerly TELL Survey) is under revision to ensure that it yields the most relevant and meaningful results possible. It will be administered again in early 2018. This statewide survey provides educators the opportunity to share their perceptions of their school conditions. It is intended to give schools, districts, researchers, and policymakers a way to study and respond to important factors that influence student growth, effective practices, and staff mobility. CDE is inviting education stakeholders to respond to a short 3-question form by April 30 to weigh in on setting priorities for the revised survey and selecting a new name.
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Provide Feedback on the Colorado Academic Standards

CDE has developed an online standards review system to enable all Coloradans to provide specific feedback on each and every expectation within all 10 content areas of the Colorado Academic Standards. This opportunity will be available until Sunday, April 30.
Respond by April 30
Apply to Join the Education Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet

Fifteen teachers from around the state will be selected to advise on policy implementation and provide ideas on improving education for all students. Educators with at least three years of classroom experience are invited to apply by Friday, May 5.
Ed Commissioner's Cabinet
Is Your School in the Running?

The National Foundation of 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.


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