Our Work

Mindsets, Practices, Scale graphicWe hold a unique place in Colorado’s education landscape that allows us to make connections, move mindsets, spark possibilities, and find avenues to get the most promising practices off the ground and into classrooms. Our work is always collaborative. Whether we are working alongside a district superintendent, school leaders, or part of a collective effort with classroom teachers, state officials, and communities, our team is passionate about redesigning learning at scale to improve outcomes for all kids.

3 Big Bets

After a decade of working in partnership with Colorado’s most innovative public schools and districts, what we’ve learned about breakthrough change, teacher engagement, and results for students has sharpened our focus. Over the next few years, we will center our work around three areas we call Big Bets, chosen for the potential they have to transform the system.


Local Innovation in School Accountability

Over the last few years, there’s been a great deal of interest from schools and districts across the country in exploring a variety of accountability indicators, measures, processes, and tools that focus on continuous improvement.

Beginning in January of 2018, CEI’s President and CEO Rebecca Holmes and Senior Partner Elliott Asp wrote a series of papers exploring different approaches to accountability. Since then, we have been working with Colorado’s school and district leaders, asking them to share their ideas for innovation at the local level. We believe these ideas could inspire the next generation of school accountability in Colorado.

Learn more about our accountability work here.


In addition to the opportunity the Big Bets present for scalable systems impact, they each leverage the skills and experience we have honed over the last 10 years across the five initiatives below. We will continue to implement these programs throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

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