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Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) Application
2020-2021 EASI Application Coming Soon!
Request Access to EASI App
The Application Contact will receive an email with instructions for accessing the EASI app.
Planning Documents and Forms
Application Information Webinar
This webinar was recorded on September 23, 2019 and provides background information on the EASI Application, and walks through the online application system. If you require this information in an accessible format, please email Kim Burnham.
The application has been organized into four different routes: exploration supports, district designed and led, offered supports, and continuation. 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 detail (e.g., eligibility criteria, prioritization guidelines, evaluation requirements, local commitments) for each program or opportunity is 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:
- Diagnostic Review
- Stakeholder and Community Engagement Planning
- Improvement Planning
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.
- Accountability Pathways Planning and Implementation
- Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (CO-MTSS)
- Connect for Success
- School Turnaround Leadership Development Program
- School Turnaround Network
Continuation of CDE Offered Services Route
Identified school(s) is already participating in a program (e.g., Connect for Success, Turnaround Network). CDE and the LEA agree that continuing participation will result in improved results for the school.
Current grantees will work directly with CDE staff to fulfill current grant requirements. Please contact your program contact with any questions.
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.
- October 6, 2020
- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
- Location: Online
- Register for October 6 Support Fair
Virtual Office Hours
Dedicated technical assistance time with CDE staff members (via web-conference) may be scheduled in 20-minute time slots on Wednesdays (Sept. 30 – Nov. 18) from 3:00 – 4:00 pm and Thursdays (Oct. 1 – Nov. 19) from 10:00 – 11:30 am.
Registration information coming soon.
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.
Several types of external providers will attend the Expo:
- Holistic Diagnostic Review providers
- Providers who are on CDE’s Advisory List of providers for school redesign and improvement, representing the following categories:
- External Management providers
- Full district or school management, or
- Partial management focused on one or more of the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement (PDF) (i.e., culture shift, instructional transformation, leadership and talent development
- Leadership Development Providers
- Charter School / Charter Network providers
- Stakeholder Engagement specialist provider
- External Management providers
October 20, 2020
- 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Location: Online
- Registration information coming soon
Prior Year EASI Information
EASI Application Prior Year
Additional Prior Year Resources
- 2017-18 Approved EASI LEAs and Schools (XLS)
- 2018-2019 Approved EASI LEAs and Schools (XLS) (Coming soon)
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.