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Colorado Academic Standards Competency Framework

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Throughout the state of Colorado, schools and districts have begun making a shift away from time as the constant and learning as the variable in… read more →

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Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health

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Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Download the complete School Behavioral Health Framework All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Health, Wellness, and Academics: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

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Lake County Intermediate School recently received statewide recognition for School Health and Wellness, where academic and health outcomes for Leadville kids have improved dramatically.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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School Retool: Small Hacks for Big Change

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See how Colorado school leaders are redesigning their school cultures with small, scrappy experiments called “hacks.”

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Motivated Readers and Writers: Elementary Literacy Design Collaborative

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LDC helps K-12 teachers improve how all students read, write, and communicate. Watch fourth-graders run through an LDC module. See them get engaged in reading and writing.

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Creating an Allies in Diversity Program

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This guide provides step-by-step instructions for establishing an Allies Club in your school. The guidelines are drawn in large part from the experiences of six Colorado middle schools as they created and sustained their Allies clubs.

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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TIME Collaborative: Expanding the School Day

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How schools structure time can determine whether students succeed. Learn how Colorado schools have created more and better learning time that has closed equity and achievement gaps.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate

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All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate Students who feel a positive connection with peers, teachers, and other adults in school are more likely… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

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Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District When Colorado students are living in poverty, come to school hungry, or… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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SpaceLab: Creating Space to Design the Future of Learning

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SpaceLab: Creating Space to Design the Future of Learning Reimagine professional learning — and reignite your passion for teaching. SpaceLab is CEI’s series of next… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Designing Community Partnerships to Expand Student Learning Toolkit

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Community partnerships can create next generation learning environments that expand learning time, engage students, and energize communities. See this step-by-step guide.

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Next Generation Learning Toolkit

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Explore Colorado’s vision for next generation learning. See how Colorado educators are improving learning environments to be personal and personalized; competency-based; co-created; safe and healthy; and time-, talent-, and technology-enabled.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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School Health and Wellness: Implications of State and Federal Legislation

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“CEI also publishes an annual guide showcasing best practices that address health and wellness in Colorado school districts and schools. See it here.”   Download… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Connecting Health and Learning is Vital to Student Success: An Overview of Relevant Research

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Use this resource to help make the case about the connection between health and student and staff success. It’s an overview of relevant research and literature, including key facts, quotes, and references — and success stories from Colorado schools and districts that have seen the benefits of addressing health and wellness.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Putting the Pieces Together: Educators on New Assessments

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In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, The Colorado Education Initiative has published three briefs highlighting the perceptions of educators in 26 school districts… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators, Policy Makers

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Putting the Pieces Together: Educators on Colorado Academic Standards

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In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, The Colorado Education Initiative has published three briefs highlighting the perceptions of educators in 26 school districts… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators, Policy Makers

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Putting the Pieces Together: Educators on the New State Model Evaluation System

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In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, The Colorado Education Initiative has published three briefs highlighting the perceptions of educators in 26 school districts… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators, Policy Makers

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Improving Success for All Students: A Toolkit for Using Data Effectively

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The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) has gathered innovative practices from across the state and compiled them into a Data Use Toolkit, which profiles educators who are changing the way all stakeholders see data and leverage data for improvement.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Pennington Elementary School: Expanding the Day to Boost Learning

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“We went to our whole staff, our parent and family community, and our kids, and we started with the question: ‘What would be the perfect… read more →

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Navigating Change

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Are you leading or working through a change process? This tool maps the stages of change with things that you may see and hear at each stage, along with questions you might ask to maximize your conversations by meeting people where they are in the change process.

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Teacher Perception Survey Toolkit

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CEI worked closely with 16 partner districts during a pilot process for Colorado’s Teacher Perception Survey (TPS) to identify best practices regarding survey planning, administration, and reporting. This comprehensive toolkit compiles all of the lessons learned and best practices that were gathered from this diverse group of partners.

Audience: Educators

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Students as Change Agents

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Students as Change Agents: The Use of Student Perception Survey and Climate Data Schools and districts throughout the country are beginning to use student perception… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Research on Colorado’s Student Perception Survey

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Additional resources to learn more about the Student Perception Survey.

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Student Perception Survey Administration Planning Toolkit

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In an effort to create an effective and reliable tool that provides teachers with relevant and actionable feedback from their students, CEI created Colorado’s Student Perception Survey (SPS). This toolkit compiles lessons learned and best practices and offers a variety of options for finding the right process for your district.

Audience: Administrators

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Student Perception Survey Coaching and Feedback Toolkit

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This toolkit provides resources for administrators, evaluators, and coaches to introduce the survey to teachers, conduct coaching conversations around results, and ultimately use survey results to inform teacher practice.

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Student Perception Survey Teacher Reflection Toolkit

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CEI worked with teachers to design this toolkit to give teachers a comprehensive overview of Colorado’s Student Perception Survey and offer resources and tools for using survey results to inform practice.

Audience: Educators

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The Colorado STEM Education Roadmap

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Vision for STEM Education in Colorado Colorado will be the most innovative state in the country in growing a local talent pipeline by ensuring all… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Educator Evaluation Tool Kit

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In order to meet the needs of every student, all educators need frequent opportunities for professional growth, including ongoing feedback and targeted professional development. In support of these goals, CEI developed the Educator Evaluation Planning Tool to help school districts implement new educator evaluation requirements.

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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2016 Healthy School Champions Magazine

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Check out how 43 Colorado schools that are 2016 Healthy School Champions award winners create health and wellness programs to support student learning. Download the… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Measuring School Climate: A Toolkit for Districts and Schools

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“Given the importance of school climate in bullying prevention, we recommend that districts and schools focus on measuring school climate rather than narrowly focusing on… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Blended Learning in Rural Colorado: Status and Strategies for Expansion

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Download PDF “Blended learning can – and in some places already is – replacing seat time with competency-based learning, extending learning beyond the school building… read more →

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Principal Implementation of the State Model Evaluation System

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Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Supporting Teacher Practice The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) traveled across the state to learn from pioneering principals who have adopted… read more →

Audience: Administrators

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Weaving the Pieces Together: Standards, Assessments and Educator Evaluations

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“The state’s educator evaluation system helps ensure that every child in every classroom has an excellent teacher and excellent school leaders who are fully supported… read more →

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State Council for Educator Effectiveness

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“Education in Colorado is universally accessible, individually customized, and continuously improving. It provides the foundation for all Coloradans to become healthy individuals, productive workers, and… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators, Policy Makers

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Next Generation Learning Self-Assessment Tool

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Next Generation Learning Self-Assessment Tool For our nation to lead in a global society, we must maximize the potential of every student to contribute as… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Seeing is Believing Videos

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Next Generation Learning ‘Seeing is Believing’ Video Series Schools across Colorado are redesigning teaching and learning to better prepare the next generation of learners for… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Selecting and Using Multiple Measures to Evaluate Educators

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“Other states that are combining measures of professional practice with student academic growth measures are finding that many teachers are scoring high on the elements… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Show Me the Money: Writing a Successful Grant Application

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Show Me the Money: Writing a Successful Grant Application Successful grant writing is part art and part science. This Webinar will provide specific tips and… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Working as a Consortium

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“Bigger consortia with a truly shared goal may (counter-intuitively) come to a consensus more easily as compared to smaller groups, as the need to compromise… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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District Leaders Guide: Using Evaluation Results

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Download PDF “In Eagle County Schools, teachers focus on improving student achievement through a continuous cycle of professional coaching and weekly, structured cluster group meetings. Cluster groups… read more →

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Collaboration in Support of Student Outcomes: Guide for BOCES and Rural Districts

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Download PDF “Through the Integration Project, the BOCES now provides districts with the help and support we need to be better administrators and evaluators; to… read more →

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Alternatives to Food Rewards in the Classroom

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“Schools are finding ways to meet and implement the CHPE standards. They are creating and promoting a healthy environment, offering healthy options throughout the school… read more →

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Creating Caring Environments Video Series

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Creating Caring Environments for All Students Safe and Welcoming Schools Video Series In Colorado, the impact of bias-based bullying is disproportionately felt by many students,… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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How Colorado Legacy Schools Can Help Your Student

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“Students who earn qualifying scores on AP exams are three times more likely to graduate from college than students who do not take AP classes.”… read more →

Audience: Community Partners, Educators

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Raising the Bar for Teaching & Learning in Thompson School District

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Download the PDF “I am a facilitator who helps them access their own knowledge and each other’s knowledge. On assessments, in their work and… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Reimaging Human Capital to Support Expanded Learning Time

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In 2011-2012, The Colorado Education Initiative partnered with four Colorado School districts that were committed to thinking creatively about their school calendar and use of… read more →

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Incorporating Student Performance Results from Non-Tested Grades

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“Advances in growth and value-added models in education have contributed to the interest in using changes in student test scores over time as part… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Students Mentoring Students (SMS) Curriculum

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“SMS is intended to reach beyond the freshmen class by building cultural competencies and a solid sense of community necessary for ensuring a safe and… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Innovative Approaches in School Climate: Using Students as Agents of Change

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View the webinar below to learn about innovative approaches in school climate.

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Survey of Approaches to Evaluate Educators in Non-Tested Grades & Subjects

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Download PDF “The primary lever for encouraging states to tie student achievement results to educator evaluations is the Race to the Top (RTTT) fund,… read more →

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Statewide Blueprint for Bullying Prevention

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Statewide Blueprint for Bullying Prevention “We had to re-frame our thinking and once we did we realized we were actually resource-rich with all our community… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Youth Engagement Resources

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Youth engagement is a critical component in creating a supportive environment for social and emotional wellness and academic growth for students. This page serves as… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Safe and Welcoming Schools Resources

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To assist schools and districts in implementing the Department of Health and Human Services’ best practices for bullying prevention framework, CEI has developed and compiled an… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Blended Learning Webinar

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Learning Series Interactive Webinar: Blended Learning This webinar features experts and fellow practitioners that engage participants in: Gaining a basic understanding of blended learning. Beginning… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators, Policy Makers

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Personalized Learning Webinar

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Learning Series Interactive Webinar: Personalized Learning This webinar features presentations from David Gregory, founder of the education change management group G&D Associates, as well as… read more →

Audience: Educators

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Comprehensive Health and PE Resources

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Integrated Instructional Units From the Spring of 2015 through the Fall of 2016, educators have been engaged in developing integrated units for the elementary grades… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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How to Build AP Programs that Excel

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How to Build AP Programs that Excel: Best Practices for School Leaders FACILITATE extended learning opportunities for students. Develop AP-specific peer tutoring (bring in members… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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Teacher Toolbox for Physical Activity Breaks in the Secondary Classroom

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Download the Toolbox Download the PPT “When students go for a mile run in gym, they are more prepared to learn in their… read more →

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Transforming School Climate Toolkit

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“… a 2011 study showing that evidence-based instruction in social and emotional learning boosts academic achievement by, on average, 11 points on standardized tests.” … read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Red Hawk Elementary Movement Toolkit

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The Colorado Education Initiative believes the Red Hawk Movement Toolkit inspires and provides the know-how to bring a movement program to life. Red Hawk’s program has been… read more →

Audience: Educators

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Recess Rocks!

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“We must enhance the duration and intensity of physical exercise in order to allow the human body an optimal learning experience.”`– Heather Beck, Chief Academic… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Myth Busters

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Dealing with Pushback Creating a healthy school that serves nutritious meals, teaches children about healthy eating, provides lots of opportunities for physical activity and offers… read more →

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School Health Services Best Practices

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School Health Services Best Practices School health services — whether led by a nurse or approached as a school-based health center — help students assess… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health Best Practices

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health Best Practices A comprehensive approach to school social, emotional and mental health includes systemic improvements to school climate and culture… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Workplace Wellness Best Practices

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Workplace Wellness Best Practices More than 93,000 people are employed by school districts in Colorado. This sizable work force has a huge influence on the… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Health Education Best Practices

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Comprehensive Health Education A comprehensive approach to health education includes physical, social-emotional and personal wellness as well as high-risk behavior prevention, which includes injury, alcohol,… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Physical Activity Best Practices

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Physical Activity Best Practices More than one in 10 Colorado children is obese. Lack of physical activity is a leading cause of obesity; a poor… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Best Practices Guide for Healthy Schools

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Welcome to CEI’s Healthy Schools Best Practices Guides The Colorado Education Initiative publishes an annual guides that showcase best practices in Colorado school districts and… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Community Partners, Educators

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Nutrition Best Practices

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Poor diet is one of the leading causes of obesity; inadequate physical activity is the other. Obese children are at higher risk for medical conditions… read more →

Audience: Administrators, Educators

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