2019 High School Redesign Accelerator – FAQs

2019 High School Redesign Accelerator – FAQs

Why June 26-28?
It is the perfect planning time! Join us to create a plan for the 2019-2020 school-year.

Why teams? Can I come as an individual?
We all know that change sticks when we have partners in creation, implementation, and accountability. And isn’t your team awesome? Spend some time together in a new setting, surrounded by new ideas and expert coaching. Together, the acceleration will happen.

We can accommodate a limited number of individuals, but you do not receive discounted pricing. We encourage you to find teammates to join you!

Which track should I choose?
CEI has intentionally curated three tracks for teams to choose from. All team members will participate in the same track, together. This will allow you to go deep into one area rather than learn just a little about all three. There is limited capacity for each track, so don’t miss out on securing your spot today!

Our theory of change posits that schools need to attend to three practice areas to support High School Redesign. Each lever is described in brief below. Choose the track that you have the most interest in learning more about or that you want to grow in the most.

  • Rigor – The school is committed to ensuring that every student is challenged with a rigorous educational program
  • Relevance – The school is committed to ensuring that every student’s educational program is relevant and meaningful for them
  • Social Emotional Learning – The school is built upon a foundation that supports the social and emotional development of every student

If you still have questions about which track to choose please contact Anh Ngo, ango@coloradoedinitiative.org, and we’ll help you decide!

Why no designated hotel? How do we get around?
We think that the most innovative space to inspire and engage create thinking about high school redesign is a high school! So, the Accelerator itself will take place at recently renovated Northfield High School on the Paul Sandoval Campus. And knowing that schools have all all different budgets and comfort levels, we’re leaving the lodging decisions up to you. We have a few recommended places we love but no contracted room block.

Northfield High School is a 17-mile drive (23 minutes) from Denver International Airport. We encourage teams to rent a car. There is limited public transportation in the area. The closest RTD (rail) station is Central Park (about 10 minutes away).

Drury Inn & Suites Denver Stapleton
4550 N Central Park Blvd, Denver, CO 80238
$154.99 per night, please make reservations on or before Tuesday May 21, 2019 in order to receive this special rate.
Group code: 2362595
(5 minutes from Northfield High School)

Residence Inn by Marriott Denver
4667 North Central Park Blvd, Denver, CO 80238
$204 per night for a Studio with 2 Queen Beds Room
Please make reservations on or before 4PM(MST) May 24, 2019 in order to receive this special rate. 20 rooms available
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Staybridge Suites Denver – Stapleton
8101 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238
(5 minutes from Northfield High School)

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Stapleton
4444 Havana St, Denver, CO 80239
(6 minutes from Northfield High School)

Renaissance Denver Stapleton
3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207
(10 minutes from Northfield High School)

What happened to Showcase?
Historically, CEI has hosted an annual conference where we showcased the work and progress of our partners across various projects. Since shifting to our new strategy centered on our 3 Big Bets, we’ve also shifted our conference. There will be no Showcase in 2019. Instead, we’ve designed the High School Resdesign Accelerator to support

Will there be teams from outside of Colorado?
Yes! We are excited to expand our invitation to the Accelerator to school teams both within and outside of Colorado. There are no other conferences dedicated to this topic in our region and we want teams from across the country to be able to bring their perspectives to Colorado. As you can see, we’ve designed the conference to bring the experts to you. We have nationally-recognized experts in high school redesign who will be speaking and coaching teams at the Accelerator

I’m interested in sponsoring the Accelerator. Can I?
Yes. We have sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Liz Kuehl, lkuehl@coloradoedinitiative.org, for more information.



June 26-28, 2018


Northfield High School on the Paul Sandoval Campus

5500 Central Park Blvd.

Denver, CO 80238


For additional questions, please contact Anh Ngo, ango@coloradoedinitiative.org



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