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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 – …

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Youth Connections Investment Grows to $9.5 Million to Support the Social, Emotional & Mental Well-Being of Colorado Students

As schools continue to navigate fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, Colorado is witnessing a youth mental health crisis that, while not new, has reached urgent levels as both a public health and public education challenge. A new investment of more than $3.5 million in grant funding was announced today to …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Social Emotional Solutions: A monthly blog showcasing strategies and bright spots for Colorado’s schools

Introduction It has been over a year since Colorado Children’s Hospital declared a state of emergency in youth mental health. As we near the end of July, those of us in schools feel the weight of continued crisis in stories of struggling youth and educators and wonder what the upcoming …

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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 …

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Leading for Transformation – Part 3 of 3

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO This month’s newsletter closes a three-part series on exemplary actions we’re seeing from those leading for transformation in this moment – celebrating our wins. Celebrating big and small wins and shining a light on bright spots to inspire possibility have been cornerstones of …

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Pre-AP
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 – Friday, July 1, 2022

AP educators from across the nation and around the world will convene to discover strategies, and resources to ensure all AP students succeed — including students typically underrepresented in AP courses such as students of poverty and color.  CEI and St. Vrain will host the College Board-endorsed professional development event, where consultants will …

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Recovery Summer Coalition Funds 11 Programs for Colorado Children and Families

$350,000 in funding will support summer programs that focus on equity, engagement, and wellness following pandemic disruptions The Recovery Summer Coalition (the...

St Vrain Places Priority on Staff Social Emotional Wellness

By Susan Paulsen, CEI Strategic Communications Manager Efforts to meet student needs begin with meeting staff needs St. Vrain Valley...

Sensemaking Stimulus Funds with Colorado School Districts – What We’re Asking and What We’re Hearing

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO Like many of you, my team and I at CEI are paying close...

Up-Close with Harrison School District Leaders

By Susan Paulsen, CEI Strategic Communications Manager Q & A with Superintendent Wendy Birhanzel and Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial...

Students Lead the Way

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO When was the last time you really “stood in the shoes” of a...

What Might be Possible in 2021?

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO The disruptions of 2020, long in some communities and shorter in others, pushed...

Q & A with Colorado Leader, Educator Dr. Cile Chavez

The newly-announced Dr. Cile Chavez Fellowship has been created to inspire diverse, under-represented education leaders to join the Rural Superintendent...

A Warm Welcome to George Welsh!

CEI is looking forward to the arrival of George Welsh in 2021. A 24-year veteran superintendent, George will bring his...

Colorado Classroom Project Expands Access to Literacy Instruction

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO I wanted to break our regular cycle of end-of-month newsletters to share some...

What’s Needed… and What’s Next

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO This has been a tough, turbulent, and challenging month for communities in Colorado....

Purposeful Partnership in the Time of COVID

By Landon Mascareñaz, CEI Vice President of Community Partnership Right now across Colorado, tens of thousands of families have embarked...

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO This is a challenging time for schools and districts across Colorado. The impact...

Social-Emotional Development: Creating Relationship-Rich School Ecosystems

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO It’s been a very exciting start to the new year here at CEI....

Caring for Colorado Foundation and Colorado Education Initiative Announce “Youth Connections”

Statewide Effort Supports Mental Health and Well-Being in Middle and High Schools Caring for Colorado Foundation (CFC) and Colorado Education...

Setting a Foundation for Intentional and Equitable Student Learning

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO Last year, CEI worked with just over 50 Colorado school districts. The diversity...

Supporting Whole Communities Through a Redesign and Reimagining Process

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO Happy Holidays!  This has been a big year for us here at the...

CEI and Colorado Succeeds Combine Efforts to Launch Homegrown Talent Initiative

Imagine families, schools, businesses, and higher education coming together to support high school students in finding their passions, engaging with...

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