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Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI)
EASI Application 2023-2024
Now open for applications.
EASI Grant Office Hours for Specific Supports
The EASI team and program leads will be offering office hours for select EASI supports. The goal of the office hours is to help EASI applicants understand the support, commitments involved, and get questions answered prior to submitting applications. Office hours are available for two supports- COMTSS and District Designed & Led. If your team is planning on applying for either route, we strongly encourage attendance for applicants.
EASI Grant- COMTSS Office Hour Registration
Wednesday, November 8th 3:00-4:00pm
EASI Grant- District Designed & Led Office Hour Registration
Thursday, November 9th 1:00-2:00pm
Background of the EASI Application
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) Improvement, 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.
The resources below are intended to support current and active EASI grant recipients.
Prior Year Applications
- 2018-2019 EASI Application
- 2019-2020 EASI Application
- 2020-2021 EASI Application
- 2021-2022 EASI Application
- 2022-2023 EASI Application
Please submit your AFR using the following Smartsheet link.