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Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) Application

2020-2021 EASI Application Now Available!

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Online EASI Application

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See Contacts section for general or budget-related questions, and application support.

DEADLINE EXTENDED
Applications due
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, by 11:59 pm.

[If applicants are ready to submit prior to 12/16, please do so, as this will allow CDE staff to start the review process and keep on track to award funding in mid-January.]


2020-2021 EASI Application Resources

EASI Introduction Videos

EASI Menu of Supports Introduction Videos

 

Planning Documents and Forms


EASI Application Routes

The application has been organized into four different routes: Exploration Supports, District Designed and Led, Offered Services, and Piloted Services. The routes have different criteria and ways of awarding funds geared to a specific intent. A summary of the routes and the individual services or opportunities can be found below. Additional details (e.g., eligibility criteria, prioritization guidelines, evaluation requirements, local commitments) for each program or opportunity are available below.

Exploration Supports Route

LEA is interested in funds and/or services to explore a solution (e.g., external diagnostic review, planning, community engagement) for the identified school(s) or particular populations within an identified school. This is a planning phase with a small allocation for implementation activities. The exploration supports include:

District Designed and Led Improvement Strategies Route

LEA has a plan or is already implementing a plan that meets school(s) needs and is interested in pursuing grant funds to support activities.

Offered Services Route

LEA is interested in applying for an existing CDE service aimed at improving school systems. Services may include a comprehensive approach that includes diagnostic review, planning, and implementation phases.

Piloted Services Route

LEAs and schools interested in applying for participation in a new piloted support aimed at improving school systems.


Technical Assistance

EASI Support Fairs

LEA and school staff are invited to participate in the EASI Support Fairs and Provider Expo. These virtual events will provide district and school staff the opportunity to learn about state and federal identification, meet and connect with CDE staff, learn more about supports programs provided through CDE, and connect with external program providers.

Virtual Office Hours

Technical assistance time with CDE staff members (via web-conference) will be available twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Dedicated sessions may be scheduled in 20-minute time slots.
    • Thursdays: 10 am - 11 am (October 1 – November 19)
    • Wednesdays: 3 pm - 4 pm (October 7 - November 18)
  • Register Here

Provider Information and EASI Expo

LEAs and school staff are also invited to a separate virtual event, which will follow the EASI Support Fair. The EASI Provider Expo is an opportunity for districts interested in a support that involves in partnering with an external provider to meet and connect with external program providers.

View the Provider "Get to Know Us" Video Gallery

Several types of external providers will attend the Expo:

Thursday, November 5, 2020


Prior Year EASI Information

EASI Grant Revision Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Prior Year Resources


Background

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and with revisions to the state’s Educational Accountability Act (HB 17-1355), Colorado is taking the opportunity to change the way school improvement (1003a through ESSA and the Transformation grant through HB 17-1355) funds are awarded to LEAs. Rather than multiple applications on separate timelines, CDE now streamlines school improvement opportunities into a single application and using a “needs-based approach” to award services and funding. Ultimately, the intent is to develop a robust process of matching schools’ needs with rigorous, evidence-based strategies and adequate resources. Additionally, awarded funds will enhance districts’ and schools’ ability to meet the ESSA and state requirements (e.g., stakeholder engagement, improvement plan, implementation of evidence-based interventions) in a way that directly benefits students.

Colorado is committed to aligning federal and state accountability to the degree possible. These grant funds are aimed at districts with schools that are designated as (1) Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CS) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TS), Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TS) under ESSA, and (2) Priority Improvement Turnaround or Watch through the state accountability system. Specific eligibility and prioritization requirements for each support is detailed in the Menu of Supports and the application.


Contacts

Additional EASI Application and Support Coordinator Contacts

General Application Questions:

Laura Meushaw
303-866-6618
Send an email to Laura

Kate Bartlett
720-765-6082
Send an email to Kate

Online Application Technical Assistance:

Kim Burnham
303-866-6916
Send an email to Kim

Budget Questions:

Evan Davis
303-866-6129
Send an email to Evan