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Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) Application

2019-2020 EASI Application

Request Access to EASI App

Interested LEAs:

Designate an Application Contact and submit their contact information here.

The Application Contact will receive an email with instructions for accessing the EASI app.

Log In to EASI App

Log in to Online EASI Application

See our Contacts section if you have general or budget-related questions or need support with the EASI application.

2019-2020 EASI Application Resources

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.

EASI Application Routes

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:

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.

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.

Technical Assistance

EASI Support Fairs

LEA and school staff are invited to participate in an event designed to highlight supports and funding available through the EASI grant process. Attendees will be able to meet and connect with CDE staff, learn more about CDE-offered services, and work with their teams to plan for the application process.

Virtual Office Hours

Dedicated technical assistance time with CDE staff members (via web-conference) may be scheduled in 15-30 minute time slots on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 25, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 26, from 10:00-11:00 am
  • Tuesday, October 1, from 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 8, from 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 9, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 16, from 2:00-3:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 17, from 9:00-10:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 23, from 9:00-10:00 am

Register for office hours here


LEAs and school staff are also invited to a separate event, which will follow the EASI Support Fairs, to meet with and interview external providers who can support school and district improvement strategies.

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
    • Leadership Development Providers
    • Charter School / Charter Network providers
    • Stakeholder Engagement specialist provider)

October 14, 2019

Prior Year EASI Information

Additional Prior Year Resources


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.


Additional EASI Application and Support Coordinator Contacts

General Application Questions:

Laura Meushaw
Send an email to Laura

Kim Burnham
Send an email to Kim

Online Application Technical Assistance:

Kim Burnham
Send an email to Kim

Budget Questions:

Evan Davis
Send an email to Evan