The mission of the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is to accelerate educational improvement and innovation across Colorado.
The vision of CEI is that every student in Colorado is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and ready to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow and beyond.
CEI is a statewide nonprofit organization that invests time, expertise and dollars in K-12 public education. We are rooted in a vision of equitable outcomes for every kid that drives a strong bias for action, focused on sustainable change to the system.
We are known as a visionary organization that fuses best practices with innovation, that is tuned into today's school dynamic and always mindful of what the future demands.
We work statewide alongside educators to redesign learning and bring innovative practices into classrooms. We believe Colorado's teachers deserve support to design and deliver the lessons that will produce the agile, ingenious workforce of tomorrow.
Through 13 years of work in school systems in Colorado, CEI has identified that there are six fundamental components of all breakthrough designs. We have integrated these Design Commitments into our expertise, philosophy, and impact strategies.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
For too long, Colorado's education systems have produced reliable, predictable, and significant gaps in achievement and growth for low-income students and students of color.
■ Interrupt bias in the system (race, class, gender, language)
■ Develop mindsets, practices, and conditions that disrupt inequity
Family & Community Partnership
In our dynamic and changing communities, schools and systems should be co-created and designed with stakeholders.
■ Help schools and districts evolve into open systems rooted in the values of the community
■ Partner with families and communities to create and affirm legitimacy and support
Social Emotional Development -- Embracing an equitable and expanded definition of student success requires schools and systems to implement integrated practices and conditions to develop positive outcomes for all students.
■ Support schools and districts to implement responsive systems that address an ecosystem approach to social emotional development
Leaders must demonstrate the mindsets and skills to lead with conviction, incorporating all of these design commitments in their efforts.
■ Support school and district leaders to lead this complex change
Students will not achieve these outcomes without a combination of agency, power, and purpose in and for their learning.
■ Partner with and empower young people
Educators at all levels of the system have the mindsets, skills, and space to design and manage school and system practices that are not currently the norm in many schools.
■ Support a combination of user-centered design and
continuous improvement methods for educators
■ Commit to a clear and shared vision
CEI holds 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. CEI is known as a visionary organization that fuses best practices with innovation who is tuned into the reality of today's classroom dynamics and always mindful of what the future demands.
For 10 years, we've worked as a supportive partner on the ground in over 150 urban, suburban and rural school districts. Today, at a time when education policy is shifting power back to the states, CEI plays three important roles as implementation expert, innovation thought leader and statewide convener.
Since its inception in 2007, CEI (formerly the Colorado Legacy Foundation) has played a pivotal role in advancing improvement and innovation in Colorado's public education system as a key partner to the Colorado Department of Education. Early on, CEI had an important influence in bringing focus to educator effectiveness, and creating awareness about the critical link between student health and academic achievement.
"The experiences I have had with CEI has been some of the best professional learning ever. CEI's events encourage cross-district, cross-state partnerships, relevant topics, high quality experiences. I've enhanced my own ability to deliver learning experiences within my own district thanks to CEI. The thinking and experiences are cutting edge, helping us consider what's possible for our students in the future." -District Administrator, Colorado
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.