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Students Lead the Way

By Rebecca Holmes, CEI President and CEO When was the last time you really “stood in the shoes” of a young person in your school or in your life? Listened deeply? Maybe even shadowed them for a day to see what their learning and life experiences actually felt like? I’ve been inspired …

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Youth Led Equity Council in Mesa County Empowers Students to Design Community Culture

CEI and Mesa County Valley School District 51 have been working in partnership to support youth engagement and community advocacy efforts, through a grant from the Gates Family Foundation. Educators and students from Palisade High School (PHS) and Bookcliff Middle School in Grand Junction formed a Youth Led Equity Council …

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Social Emotional Redesign Network Opens Pathways for Student Activation

By Susan Paulsen, CEI Strategic Communications Manager Over the past few years, several Colorado high schools have been participating with CEI in the Social Emotional Redesign Network (SERN), engaging in networking and shared learning, acquiring comprehensive social emotional development content, and partnering with their students to build empathy. Thanks to …

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High School Students Weigh In…

High school students who are members of the Social Redesign Network team in Swink School District share what’s on their mind. These students have attended their senior year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic. …on COVID and Remote Learning: “My motivation has either been very up or very low. …

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AP for All Summer Institute
Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15, 2021

AP educators from across the nation and around the world will convene online 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 will host the College Board-endorsed professional development event, where consultants will guide attendees through …

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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 learning into students’ homes in ways we never could have predicted. The most responsive school systems in our state are starting to think quite differently about what 2020 has taught …

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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 Academy and bring their unique perspectives to the helm of Colorado districts. In this Q & A, Dr. Chavez, a retired superintendent, education thought leader, and Boettcher Foundation trustee, shares …

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RISE Grant Brings COVID Impact Recovery Ideas to Life in Clear Creek

By Susan Paulsen, CEI Strategic Communications Manager Clear Creek School District (CCSD) is a rural district serving just under 700 students, located 35 miles west of Denver. CCSD serves students in Clear Creek County, which was recently identified as #13 in the nation for where COVID will have the most …

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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 extensive experience in rural settings to our team, and will provide insight and vision that is aligned to CEI’s Design Commitments. George will be working closely with CEI’s Vice President …

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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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