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  • A+ Denver is a non-profit independent civic organization formed to help Denver transform its public school district into the best in the country and to make increased student achievement and public school reform a top priority in the Denver community.
  • Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), serves as the dynamic voice for education leadership in all Colorado public schools.
  •   Colorado Association of School Boards(CASB), advocates the interests of local boards of education to groups both within and outside the education community, and also provides information, services and training programs to support school board members as they govern their local school districts.
  • The Centers (Center for the Improvement of Public Management and the Center for Public/Private Sector Cooperation), School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, work to enhance the capacity of diverse communities and public, private and nonprofit organization to solve problems and meet the challenges of change by: planning and problem solving, leadership training and development, training and technical assistance, and applied research and program evaluation.
  • The Connecticut Center for School Change consults with school districts to create customized programs designed to improve student outcomes.  The Center uses a system-wide, integrated approach focused on improving instructional practice and building leadership across all levels of a school system to achieve district goals.  Established in 1994 by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Center became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in January 1999. 
  • The Clayton Foundation , is a leading resource in Early Childhood Education in Colorado through The Clayton Early Childhood Resource Institute and its engagement in strategic public-private partnerships focused on the development of a cohesive system of early care and education.
  • Colorado Children’s Campaign , the leading bi-partisan voice for children from the state capitol to communities across the state, focusing on expanding access to quality healthcare, early childhood experiences and K-12 education.
  • Colorado Department of Education , The Consolidated Federal Programs Unit Title I-A, NCLB
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education , By coordinating policy and state resources for the state's 27 public institutions as well as several hundred proprietary schools and overseeing two key loan programs, the Department seeks to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Coloradoans. The Department helps bring cultural and artistic education opportunities to citizens in each of Colorado's 64 counties.
  • Colorado Division of Housing
  • Colorado Parent Information Resource Center , is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement to support school and family partnerships in Colorado that lead to increased student and school achievement.
  • Colorado Succeeds is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving education for workforce development.
  • The Colorado Math, Science, Technology , Engineering Education Coalition (COMSTEC) Colorado Math, Science Technology and Engineering Coalition (COMSTEC) is dedicated to bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused organizations together throughout the state, serving as an intermediary to increase communication and progress in STEM education as well as replicate innovative practices. As a statewide organization focused on STEM education, COMSTEC believes that through the partnerships with all of the key stakeholders - business, education and government - that forward progress will be achieved in developing Colorado’s skilled 21st Century workforce.
  • Colorado STEM Network , (CSN) grant project is intended to coordinate closely with the P-20 Council and the Governor’s Job Cabinet. The goals of project are nested within Governor Ritter's ambitious ten-year plan to halve the state’s high school dropout rate and double the production of postsecondary certificates and diplomas. The Colorado STEM Network is funded through a grant from the National Governors’ Association from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Intel Corporation.
  • The Colorado Trust , an independent grantmaking foundation dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado.
  • College-in Colorado , started by the State of Colorado as a statewide effort to improve college access and change expectations about college for all Colorado students, particularly low-income and minority students.
  • Colorado Afterschool Network  is committed to supporting quality after school programs in Colorado.
  • Colorado Parent Information Resource Center  funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement to support school and family partnerships in Colorado that lead to increased student and school achievement.
  • The Daniels Fund 's mission is to partner with individuals, organizations, and communities to recognize inherent value, develop abilities, and provide opportunities in order to fulfill our collective potential.
  • Denver Public Schools , is Denver County's unified school district.  CEPA projects with DPS include research, evaluation and strategic planning.
  • Donnell Kay Foundation improves public education and drives systemic school reform in Colorado through solid research, creative dialogue and critical thinking.
  • Evaluation Center at UCD School of Education and Human Development is, as a collaborative enterprise, is to promote evidence-based practices and policies through inquiry-based evaluation processes and products.
  • Governor Ritter’s Office of Policy and Initiatives works on behalf of Governor Bill Ritter to develop his agenda for Colorado. The Office works with the legislature, state agencies, citizen groups, and others to develop policies to make Colorado an even better place to call home.
  • Metro Denver WIRED , funded by the US Department of Labor, WIRED is a partnership between industry, workforce, education, and economic development in the seven-county Metro Denver region and two-county Northern Colorado area.
  • Metropolitan Denver Homeless Coalition (MDHI), is a coaltion working with homeless assistance agencies in the seven-county Denver metropolitan area to coordinate the delivery of housing and services to homeless families, individuals, youth and persons with disabilities. The seven participating counties include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. MDHI is governed by a Board of Directors with 25 members representing homeless service providers, government agencies, business community and consumers.
  • The Piton Foundation is a private, operating foundation to develop and implement programs to improve education, expand economic opportunities for families, and strengthen lower-income communities.
  • Rose Community Foundation , serves primarily organizations and institutions in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. The Foundation also makes grants to statewide organizations and initiatives when these efforts benefit people living in the seven-county metropolitan area in the areas of aging, child and family development, education, health, and Jewish life.


  • Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) was founded in 1993 at the University of Washington. CRPE engages in independent research and policy analysis on a range of K-12 public education reform issues, including finance & productivity, human resources, governance, regulation, leadership, school choice, equity, and effectiveness.  CRPE has established a Colorado branch at CEPA/SPA for its work.
  • Education Policy Research Centers' Network is a  network of state-based, university-affiliated policy-research centers who are part of an active learning community that seeks to increase the opportunities to connect leaders in the field; to share and disseminate current research findings and effective practices on improving schools and student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public; and foster opportunities to strengthen ongoing and future programs of research. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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