Community Engagement Initiative

CCEE Co-Leads the Community Engagement Initiative

Applications to join the 5th Cohort of LEAs within the Community Engagement Initiative are now open. For more information, click the button below to the view the CEI’s website.

As part of the System of Support, the CCEE serves as a co-lead in managing and facilitating the work of the statewide Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) which is designed to:

  • Build capacity in communities and districts to have “difficult conversations” with each other and build trust, with a focus on improving outcomes for pupils.
  • Identify effective models of community engagement and metrics to evaluate those models.
  • Develop effective peer-to-peer partnerships between districts and COEs, utilizing CCEE’s PLN structure, to deepen community engagement.
  • Scale-up this work to improve community engagement statewide and incorporate practices that prove effective towards district and COE continuous improvement efforts.

CEI 1.0

The CCEE co-directs CEI 1.0 alongside:

In the 2022-23 school year the CEI represents 44 Local Education Agencies (schools, school districts, and county offices of education) from as far north as Shasta County to as far south as Imperial County. You can view the full list of CEI partners on the CEI website by clicking the button above.

CEI 2.0

In May 2022 the Governor’s budget included language and funding to expand the work, deliverables, and scope of the Community Engagement Initiative, as well extending it’s operational timeline until the end of the 26-27 school year. You can read the full language of the statute here.

The CEI co-directs CEI 2.0 alongside:


If you are interested in more information about the CEI, please visit the CEI website. To learn more about CCEE’s role in the CEI, please contact Steven Sterling Mitchell, CCEE Assistant Director of Community Engagement at [email protected].



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