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



Let’s Add Something Extra Special to the 4-day School Week
Students show off project

By Elaine Menardi | Not long ago, I found a statistic that blew my mind: 104 of 178 school districts in Colorado operate on a four-day school week. My brain started to race in an effort to address two key questions: What could we do with that extra day? And …

Animas High Class Found to Help Lower Suicide, Depression Risk
Students in discussion group with Teacher Shane Nelson

By Mary Shinn, The Journal | Students had lower risks for suicide and fewer symptoms of depression after participating in a class at Animas High School that was built on seeing their lives as heroic journeys and strong relationships among the students. Animas High teacher Shane Nelson designed the class …

Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute

Learn more about the 2019 Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute (APSI), happening July 15-19, 2019 in Denver! Registration is now open for the 2019 AP for All Summer Institute (APSI), July 15-18, 2019. AP educators from across the nation and around the world to will convene at Metropolitan State …