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Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) Application

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2020-2021 EASI Application

Request Access to the EASI Application

E-mail to request access.

Application Contacts will receive an email with instructions for accessing the EASI Application.

Online EASI Application

Log in to 20-21 EASI Application

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

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

EASI Application Revision Process Information

EASI Application Resources

EASI Application Introduction Videos

EASI Menu of Supports Introduction Videos

Planning Documents and Forms

EASI Application Planning Document (PDF)

  • Note: This resource is intended to provide information on EASI and to be used in planning responses to the application.
  • For an alternate version of this document, please email Kim Burnham.

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.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020
    • 9 am to 12 pm
    • Location: Online

Exploration Route Provider Training

View a recorded webinar focused on how providers can best serve partnering schools.

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

  • 9 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Online

Prior Years EASI Information

EASI Grant Revision Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions


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

Online Application Technical Assistance:

Kim Burnham
Send an email to Kim

Budget Questions:

Evan Davis
Send an email to Evan