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Education Transformation in 2021

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO Last week I had the honor of being recognized at Denver Business Journals’ 2021 Most Admired CEOs event.  The theme for this year’s awards was transformation, and I was thrilled to see that four of the 21 awardees lead education or youth-serving organizations. …

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2021 Aurora Institute Symposium
October 25 – 28, 2021
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Rebecca Holmes Named “2021 Most Admired CEO” by Denver Business Journal

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) President and CEO Rebecca Holmes has been named 2021 Most Admired CEO by Denver Business Journal. Selected from a field of more than 100 nominees, Holmes is one of 21 leaders in the Denver metro area to receive recognition for transformational leadership and community impact. In …

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New Behaviors from CEI

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO In my July message to the field, I reflected on the paradoxes of this moment, noting both lights on the horizon in Colorado in significant open policy windows, and the still-present weight of the last year with pandemic uncertainly still looming. In every conversation, …

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CEI Launches Future Ready Families Website

Effort Aims to Empower and Engage Parents and Caregivers as Partners in their Child’s Education Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is excited to announce the launch of FutureReadyFamilies.org, a robust website with proven tools, resources, and strategies to empower parents and caregivers as engaged partners in their child’s education and development. Conceived and curated by CEI President and CEO Rebecca …

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Emboldened and Humbled

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO Carrying two feelings at once is the idea behind Brené Brown’s two-word check-in. As we get ready to return from summer vacation following education’s hardest year in recent history, my team and I see light on the horizon. I feel simultaneously emboldened and humbled …

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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 Coalition), facilitated by Early Milestones Colorado (Early Milestones) and Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), is pleased to announce 11 grants to fund regional equity-centered efforts that leverage the upcoming summer for supporting Colorado children and …

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Webinar: AmeriCorps Partnerships
June 18, June 22, or June 23

Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is harnessing the power of AmeriCorps members to support student engagement and success in school – and CEI is thrilled to partner in supporting this effort! Following an unprecedented year for students, families, and school teams, additional academic skill building is a leading priority …

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Recovery Sessions with State and National Experts
June 15, 2021 from 12-12:45 p.m.

CEI is hosting a Sustaining Innovation Design Sprint throughout June to support Colorado school districts in their work to plan for “recovery” over the next three years. As part of this Sprint, we are leveraging the 5 Power Strategies from ERS as a framework for reflection and planning. Next week, we are …

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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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