CEI cultivates systems improvement and a vision of what's possible for every Colorado student.
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We hold a unique place in Colorado's education landscape that allows us to make connections, move mindsets, spur possibilities, and drive system-level transformation to get the most promising practices off the ground and into classrooms.

We both share the excitement of what's working across Colorado and help set the stage for what's next in K-12 educational systems nationwide. We are:


Implementation Experts

CEI uses a data-driven approach to support the conditions needed to scale innovative strategies for improvement.
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Innovation Thought Leaders

CEI elevates innovative ideas around critical, systemic issues in education across the state of Colorado.
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CEI brings together the necessary stakeholders to share ideas, solve problems, and achieve district transformation at scale.
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Our Work

Systems change requires both a shift in practice and in mindsets. CEI helps teachers, school leaders, and district stakeholders to catalyze bold, comprehensive change in public education in Colorado. We share cutting-edge ideas in education, highlighting the work of educators who are leading the way, and engage in conversations in person and virtually that encourage debate and advance emerging topics in the education ecosystem. Read more about our work in:


High School Redesign

Competency-Based and Personalized Learning

The Lab at CEI



Educating Beyond Academics: Schools Seek Right Approach in Social and Emotional Learning

By Jessica Gibbs, Colorado Community Media Eighth-grader Kendall Meibos stepped shyly onto the stage at the Pepsi Center in Denver and peered over a lectern at the crowd around him. Filling stands typically reserved for Denver Nuggets or Colorado Avalanche fans were about 6,000 employees from the Douglas County School …

Rebecca Holmes: What Is School Quality, and Who Decides? We’re Bringing Together Educators, Families and Students for This Vital Discussion
A New Foundation for Accountability

By Rebecca Holmes The past few weeks have been a busy and conflicted time in Colorado around questions of school quality. As our state board voted to raise the “cut score” for elementary and middle school performance ratings by 8 percentage points, establishing a higher bar for schools across Colorado to achieve …

Lori Haukeness: The Design Team Ignites

By Lori Haukeness What aspirations and skills would the community like to see in the students who graduate from Montezuma-Cortez High School? This will be the focus of a design team made up of community businesses, school staff, students and higher education. This team will work together to create a …