October 2014 – Additional Information


Click on CEI’s 2013 Annual Report above to learn more about our work and how that work is funded.

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 Educator Effectiveness

 Health and Wellness

Next Generation Learning


 Colorado Legacy Schools

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Student Perception Survey (SPS) District Administration Planning Toolkit

The SPS Administration Planning Toolkit now includes teacher-created resources and specific learning paths for educators, principals, coaches, and district leaders. The toolkit provides district staff members with everything they need to plan survey administration and engage with results. Click here to explore the toolkit.

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Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact

Organizations that champion health and wellness in Colorado’s schools have issued a call to action—no more working in silos! They are ready to collaborate in new ways to better meet schools’ needs so that more students are healthier and achieve at higher levels. These partners have asked CEI to serve as the backbone organization for this statewide effort, known as – Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact. Could resources and professional development for schools be streamlined? Stakeholders across Colorado are exploring the possibilities. To learn more, click here.

Partner Events

‘Smart Mouths Smart Kids’: A Whole Child Approach for Health

Oral Health Colorado will unveil its “Smart Mouths Smart Kids” toolkit during its fall conference November 13-14, at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center. Participants can discover ways to increase access to oral health in schools and in their communities, and learn more about the stages of childhood development. For more information about the Smart Mouths Smart Kids conference, visit oralhealthcolorado.org.

CDE – Professional Development Events

Highly Effective Teaching in Secondary Physical Education: Putting All the Pieces Together

The new teacher evaluation system can seem like a puzzle. However, putting the pieces together seems far less daunting when teachers work on it together.

On November 17, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is hosting a workshop about the new teacher evaluation system. In this workshop, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza DIA, participants will sort through the teacher quality standards to see how they fit into the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards. Each standard – including content and pedagogy, learning environment, effective instruction, reflection on practice, and professional leadership – will be addressed. For more information, click here.

Partner Updates

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Safe Routes Grants

Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) uses a comprehensive approach to make routes safe for children who walk or ride bikes to school. Many community leaders, parents, and schools are using the program to promote healthy, safe options to get to and from school.

Sponsored by the (CDOT), the SRTS program offers $700,000 in grants. Applications are due November 14. Click here to download the application or contact Leslie Feuerborn, SRTS program manager, with questions.

The Colorado Health Foundation

Funding Opportunity: Healthy School Meals through Scratch Cooking

Ensure that all kids have healthy meals at school! The Colorado Health Foundation is providing grants to support equipment costs and other needs for school districts that are transitioning from processed school meals to healthy meals cooked from scratch. The maximum grant award is $250,000. To learn more about this funding opportunity, click here. The grant deadline is October 15, so apply soon!

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Maker Movement
Design Thinking Workshops
TIME Collaborative Webinar Series

In October, CEI’s next generation learning team will focus on opportunities for educators to design, build, and create innovative solutions to today’s most pressing problems. Through events and trainings, CEI will engage educators in interactive and meaningful experiences to build skills in design thinking and to explore innovative learning environments.

Maker Movement

Join CEI in Loveland on October 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., for a free film screening and reception of “Maker.” This event, “Make” Education Relevant and Inspiring, will focus on connections between the Maker Movement and education.

The Maker Movement, sometimes called the Third Industrial Revolution, subverts traditional manufacturing by building on innovative concepts such as open source, local manufacturing, crowd funding, and digital fabrication. Breaking the hobbyist movement stereotype, “Maker” delves deep into this ecosystem of design and manufacturing in the Internet era.

For more information about the Maker Movement, click here. And check out these blogs and articles about the Maker Movement and innovation in education:

Carry the conversation into the weekend for the NoCo Mini-Maker Faire, October 4-5, in Loveland, Colo.

Design Thinking Workshops

Design thinking is a creative but disciplined approach to understanding a problem from the perspective of the end user. With this deeper understanding, educators generate new ideas to solve problems, prototype, test, and iterate for maximum student benefit. Design thinking helps foster a mindset of possibility and innovation in public education.

DesignEDU 2.0 Workshop

DesignEDU 2 .0, hosted by CEI and CDE, will bring together forward-thinking K-12 educators to create innovative ideas and action plans.

During two full-day sessions, educators will practice helping a local school use design thinking to solve a current challenge. In a follow-up session, participants will hear how the school used their ideas and will share how their own work is evolving.

Session 1: October 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Session 2: October 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Follow-up: January 22, 2015, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To learn more about DesignEDU 2.0, visit our website.

DesignEDU 1.0 Workshop – An Introduction

As an introduction to design thinking, CEI is partnering with Colorado Academy and Denver Public Schools’ Office of School Reform & Innovation to host DesignEDU 1.0 on November 8. This fast-paced, interactive learning workshop will give educators experience and practice using design thinking to develop new skills for their classrooms.

Interested in co-facilitating or participating in this metro Denver event? Please email Tara Jahn, Associate – Next Generation Learning, CEI.

Free Online Design Workshop – Human-Centered Design

Want to learn more about design thinking, but can’t attend one of CEI’s trainings?

While this course is not affiliated with CEI, Acumen has teamed up with IDEO.org to offer a course on the principles of human centered design. For a real design challenge, attend this course and create a prototype. Apply the design process to develop innovative solutions for change.

Human Centered Design (with IDEO.org) starts October 14. The five-module course runs for seven weeks. Click here to register.

Free Live Webinar Series – Leveraging Partners to Personalize Learning

In Colorado, schools and communities are increasingly in need of partners that can help develop and facilitate next generation learning environments. Join CEI for a six-part webinar series to explore how Colorado schools are rethinking time, talent, and resources. Hear from local and national experts and share strategies to make extended learning time successful. This series will share the promising practices and lessons learned by TIME Collaborative Schools in Coloradoas well as examples of how to effectively use community partners to expand learning time for students. The Colorado TIME Collaborative is a Ford Foundation-funded partnership between CEI and the National Center on Time and Learning.

Webinar #1: Understanding Extended Learning Time and the TIME Collaborative Project

October 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. MT

Moderated by Brittney Ames, Generation Schools Network (GSN)

Speakers: Tara Jahn, CEI; Mary Lindimore, NCTL; Chad Cookinham, GSN

This webinar will:

  • Introduce the purpose and benefits of extended learning time.
  • Share Colorado’s vision for next generation learning.
  • Discuss the resources available to schools, such as employing community partners to help develop and staff extended learning time programs.
  • Explain the TIME Collaborative project and present its practice of using community partners within schools.
  • Present GSN’s work on extended learning time in schools.

Click here to register!


 All webinars will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. MT and will be moderated by GSN. Guest speakers will be announced and will include experts from CEI, NCTL, and Children’s Aid Society.

Webinar #2: Managing Extended Learning Time — Staffing for Extended Learning Time, October 21

Webinar #3: Effectively Training Community Partners and School Staff on Extended Learning Time, November 4 

Webinar #4: Implementing Promising Practices around Community Partners and Extended Learning Time,November 18 

Webinar #5: Funding and Sustaining Extended Learning Time, December 2

Webinar #6: Creating Quality Extended Learning Time, December 16  

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STEM Champions

STEM Champions JPMorgan Chase and Battelle Memorial Institute are supporting the implementation of the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap in two exciting, important ways. JPMorgan Chase granted $50,000 to help low- to moderate-income youth access opportunities that will enhance their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills for in-demand occupations requiring less than a four-year degree, offering a path to a better standard of living. Battelle Memorial Institute committed $100,000 over two years to help students in Pueblo, Colo., achieve greater academic and postsecondary success by participating in the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative.

To learn more about The Colorado Education Initiative’s STEM Champions program, click here and go to the STEM Champions tab.

STEM Work Groups

The STEM Initiative is committed to developing definitions and measures of effectiveness across key STEM efforts. In addition to the Effective Employer Engagement work group, six new groups will focus on the following areas:

  • STEM in Early Childhood Education.
  • Policy.
  • Informal STEM Education.
  • Engaging At-Risk/Opportunity Youth.
  • STEM Schools.
  • Professional Development.

Scopes of work are now under development. Look for updates soon on the STEM Web page!

Partner Updates

CDE is updating its STEM program directory. If you have a STEM program you would like to submit, please click here.

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The Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative works to dramatically increase student enrollment and success rates in AP math, science, and English courses at schools across the state.

2014 Green Schools Summit

Educators in public schools are working hard to ensure all students have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life and contribute to their community. Achieving this goal requires strengthening science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and training.

Join the U.S. Green Building Council for the 2014 Green Schools Summit on November 14 at the University of Denver. The summit provides a unique opportunity for open dialogue between K-12 stakeholders, policymakers, and green building industry professionals.

CEI’sGreg Hessee, director, Initiatives, will facilitate the breakout session Partnering Schools with STEM Industry, from 11 a.m. to noon. In the 2013-2014 school year, CEI partnered with Xcel Energy and McKinstry to develop a STEM Mentors program. In this session, participants will share their experiences on the work and its outcomes. To learn more, click here.

To register and learn more about the summit, visit the U.S. Green Building Council website.

Council of Great City Schools Conference 2014 Annual Fall Conference

The Council of the Great City Schools brings together the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. On October 22-26, Milwaukee Public Schools will host the Council of the Great City Schools’ 58th Annual Fall Conference in Milwaukee.

Denver Public Schools will present successes from three of its high school campuses — Abraham Lincoln, Denver South, and Thomas Jefferson — during the 2013-2014 school year. With the support of the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative, these schools more than doubled the number of qualifying scores earned on AP math, science, and English exams from the previous school year. This included a 141 percent increase in the number of African-American and Latino students earning qualifying scores and a 191 percent increase in the number of female students earning qualifying scores on math and science exams.

The dramatic increase in the number and diversity of students succeeding in AP coursework led to the Denver Public Schools’ invitation to present at this conference. To learn more about the conference, click here. To learn more about the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative, visit CEI’s website.

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No matter how good the teaching, how interesting the curriculum, or how beautiful the school, students will not achieve unless they are healthy, feel safe, and have the skills to handle whatever may be going on in their lives. The Colorado Education Initiative’s (CEI’s) Health & Wellness Initiative is working for a systemic, strategic, and coordinated approach to supporting the whole child, which includes social, emotional, nutritional, physical, and safety wellness. With your support, CEI can create healthy and engaging learning environments, giving kids what they really need to succeed.

CEI’s Health and Wellness Initiative specifically works to increase standards and expectations for schools to improve the academic, emotional, and physical well-being of all Colorado students. CEI’s work on the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education standards, a health and wellness score card, healthy school policies, and efforts to reduce bullying will increase the opportunities for Colorado students to thrive.

Your investment in the Health and Wellness Initiative can make a critical difference for kids:

  • $75 provides a scholarship for one Healthy School Champions representative to attend CEI’s 2015 Healthy School Champions Summit and Luncheon (April 24, 2015).
  • $100 pays for Healthy School Champions Score Card banners for one school.
  • $365 provides a scholarship, hotel, and travel for two Healthy School Champions representatives to attend the next 2015 Summit and Luncheon.
  • $750 pays for a webinar to get the word out.
  • $4,000 supports the development of a case study video about a Healthy School district.
  • $365 provides a scholarship, hotel and travel for a school implementing social-emotional learning opportunities to send two staff to CEI’s 2015 Annual Summit.
  • $500 provides Brain Wise instructional materials to a school ready to implement this evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum.


  • Donate your time at CEI’s annual Health and Wellness Summit to raise awareness about creating healthy and engaging learning environments.
  • Consider becoming involved with Colorado’s Healthy Schools Collective Impact effort if you are passionate, have expertise and programs to build healthy school environments, and know how to implement best practices in school health.

 To learn more about Physical Health, contact Amy Dyett, director, Initiatives, Health and Wellness, at adyett@coloradoedinitiative.org or (720) 502-4716.

 To learn more about Social and Emotional Learning, contact Finessa Ferrell, director, Initiatives, Health and Wellness, at fferrell@coloradoedinitiative.org or (720) 502-4709.

 To make your investment today, follow this link or contact Kelly Hall, director, Development, at khall@coloradoedinitiative.org or (720) 502-4721.

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