CEI President and CEO Rebecca Holmes

Leveraging Recovery for Statewide Innovation and Scale

Message From CEI President and CEO Rebecca Holmes From CEI’s November 2022 Newsletter Over the past 18 months, CEI has helped to champion, cultivate, and support the investment of approximately $21M in new funding being invested in Colorado’s K12 systems over the next two to five years from a combination …

Teammate Spotlight: CEI Expands Our Leadership in Industry and Postsecondary Partnership, Communications Planning, and School Improvement

We are thrilled to have welcomed Shelley Banker, Claire Cecere, Tristan Connett, and Katie Kraft to our team in the last few months. These new hires help accelerate progress toward our 2023 goals and respond to increasing partner requests for expertise and support in postsecondary partnership, career-connected learning, communications and …

Social Emotional Solutions: October 2022

Social Emotional Solutions: A monthly blog showcasing strategies and bright spots for Colorado’s schools The Four Academic Mindsets – Something We Can Agree On By Finessa Ferrell, CEI Social Emotional Learning Specialist Introduction Every educator knows the power of asking the right question. In the 1980s when school attendance and …

Social Emotional Solutions: September 2022

Social Emotional Solutions: A monthly blog showcasing strategies and bright spots for Colorado’s schools Do Now! Creating Belonging in Colorado Classrooms By Finessa Ferrell, CEI Social Emotional Learning Specialist Introduction With back to school behind us, many of our conversations with teachers and school leaders include a common theme – …

Statewide Family Engagement Center to launch in Colorado

The U.S. Department of Education has selected the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to create and lead the Colorado Statewide Family Engagement Center (CO SFEC). In partnership with Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition (CSPC), and the Black Parent Network …

Social Emotional Solutions: August 2022

Social Emotional Solutions: A monthly blog showcasing strategies and bright spots for Colorado’s schools Five Mindsets to Start Your Year By Finessa Ferrell, CEI Social Emotional Learning Specialist Introduction If last year was a book title, it would be The Big Squeeze. Educators were pushed to their limits; it was …

Understanding Assessments: A Tool for Families

CEI, in partnership with Future Ready Families and Learning Heroes, is excited to share our new “Understanding Assessments: A Tool for Families” resource to support families in navigating the various assessments their students may engage in throughout a school year and how feedback from each can be used. As individual …

Education Leaders Patty Quinones and George Welsh Set to Join CEI Team

 Expanding School and District Support for Innovation and System Transformation CEI announced today that Patty Quinones and George Welsh will be joining CEI as Senior Partners, focused on deepening and expanding school and district support for innovation, leadership, and system transformation in Colorado and beyond. Welsh joins from Cañon City …