READ Act Office Hours

The Elementary Literacy and School Readiness Office will host office hours twice a month beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, to discuss and explore topics related to READ Act implementation.

Questions can be submitted one week prior to the date of the scheduled office hours to ensure specific questions are answered.

To view the schedule or to register for an office hours session visit the ELSR Literacy Team Office Hours webpage.

Future Black Teachers’ free virtual event

The Teach on Purpose Webinar, at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 31, will provide aspiring Black educators with the opportunity to learn how they can discover and live out their purpose in the classroom. TEACH Colorado is hosting the panel with four nationally-recognized Black educators who will share how they live out their purpose in the classroom and in the education field. This event is perfect for high school and college students, and even professionals considering becoming a teacher.

For additional information and to register for the event visit the Teach on Purpose event webpage.

Email Annette Konoske-Graf at TEACH Colorado with questions, ideas or requests.

CDHE extends deadline for the Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness program

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is accepting applications for its Educator Loan Forgiveness Program until Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Temporary Educator Loan Forgiveness Program will be open indefinitely with the first review of students in February. Each program will grant up to $5,000 annually to educators currently serving rural districts or teaching in hard-to-fill positions.

Prospective applicants can check eligibility for both programs on CDHE's Educator Funding Opportunities webpage.

Computer Science Education Grant applications open

The Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program is open for a second round of applications through Friday, Feb. 17. Awards will be distributed for use during the 2022-23 school year. This includes only the Computer Science Education Grant, which provides funding with the purpose of increasing enrollment and participation of traditionally underrepresented students in computer science education activities.

For more information, and to check for updates, visit the Computer Science webpage.

Apply for the Early Literacy Grant - Professional Development

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 15, for the 2023-24 Early Literacy Grant – Professional Development application is open.

This grant opportunity is specifically intended for early literacy professional development for elementary educators and is meant to support Colorado educators in the implementation of scientifically based reading research programs and strategies for K-3 students.

There will be an application information webinar at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 on Zoom.

View the ELG- Professional Development webpage to apply for the grant.

2023 READ Act Professional Development Review

CDE is reviewing professional development applications for evidence-based training to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 22-004: Evidence-Based Training in Science of Reading.

The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit professional development to be reviewed for inclusion on the CDE READ Act Professional Development Advisory List.

The 2023 Professional Development Review process began Jan. 17, and will close Friday, Jan. 27 . For additional information and to submit a Letter of Intent, visit the 2023 READ Act Professional Development Review Process webpage.

Call for peer reviewers for Educator Preparation Content Endorsement Standards

CDE seeks peer reviewers for the endorsement standards content of educator preparation programs.

Interested reviewers should fill out this Google form by Friday, Jan. 27.

Reviews will take between two and five hours. Reviewers will be notified when content is available for review and a due date will be assigned at that time.

The Educator Preparation team will provide resources, including a training video, and will be available to answer questions.

Educators from school districts throughout the P-20 educational system, internal CDE content experts as well as higher education faculty are invited to sign up. Individuals with knowledge in the following content areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary
  • English Learner Requirements (can be reviewed by CLDE or ELA certified teachers, coaches, principals, etc.)
  • Math
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Teacher Mentor (can be reviewed by instructional coaches, principals, teacher evaluators, etc.)
  • Principal
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education
  • Science
  • Teacher Quality Standards (for alternative programs)

New online Family, School and Community Partnerships courses

The Office of Family, School and Community Partnerships has released two new self-paced online courses. All courses are free.

"Foundations of Family, School, and Community Partnerships" is a four-module course that provides those who are new to FSCP with a strong grounding in research and theories, the National Standards, high impact practices and the evolution of FSCP in Colorado. Upon course completion, participants receive four CEUs.

"Elevating Your Role as a Family Engagement Liaison" is a 10-module course designed for school-level family engagement liaisons to learn the research, policies and high-impact practices of FSCP. Participants will complete assignments that apply what they have learned to their current school context. Upon course completion, participants receive 20 CEUs.

More information can be found on the Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships Online Learning Center webpage.

Application deadline for Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet extended

The deadline for K-12 classroom teachers to submit their applications for a seat on the Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 31. This is an opportunity for Colorado teachers to share their hands-on classroom knowledge with state leadership on an advisory group that is made up of 22 practicing teachers from around the state representing small, medium, large, rural, suburban and urban school systems.

To be considered, teachers must submit their applications via the online system by Tuesday, Jan. 31. Candidates will be informed of their application status by Friday, Feb. 17. The application and details are available on the Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet webpage.

For questions or assistance, email [email protected].

Colorado Student Led Chess Association is hosting a tournament for educators

The Colorado Student Led Chess Association is planning a tournament for Colorado teachers and staff at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Mountain Vista High School Library in Highlands Ranch. Admission is free to any faculty and staff interested in playing. Fill out this Google form to sign up.

CSLCA is a non-profit, inclusive organization using chess to teach students critical thinking skills, planning strategies and decision-making. CSLCA gives back to the community by running charity tournaments, teaching workshops and training players to become future leaders.

2022-23 High-Impact Tutoring Grant

CDE’s High-Impact Tutoring Program Grant is open. An application information webinar will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Intent to Apply forms are due Friday, Feb. 15, and applications are due Wednesday, March 1.

Visit the HITP grants webpage for application instructions. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Monthly co-Literacy webinars for grades 4-12

CDE is hosting monthly virtual conversations for leaders, teachers and other classroom practitioners who support literacy in grades four to 12. The webinars will include research, resources and Tier 1 instructional support.

The first session will be at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, via Zoom.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Funds to propel energy efficiency and renewables at Colorado schools

CDE's Capital Construction staff members are working with the Colorado Energy Office and the Governor’s Office to find grant opportunities to improve energy efficiency in Colorado schools and potentially align opportunities with Building Excellent Schools Today grants in the future. Visit the Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities program webpage for information on this initiative.

Below are two federal grants with applications due soon:

Concept papers for the Renew America Schools Grants are due Thursday, Jan. 26, and applications are due April 21. Schools can now apply for these grants with anticipated awards ranging from $500,000 to $15,000,000. Eligible activities include HVAC and lighting upgrades, renewable energy systems installation, alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure improvements. Priority will be given to schools that serve as community assets and those that serve the highest-need districts.

Energy Champions Leading the Advancement of Sustainable Schools Prize grants are due Tuesday, Feb. 28. Energy CLASS is accepting applications from up to 25 local education agencies to receive $100,000 to help staff and train administration and facilities personnel as energy managers.

View this webpage from the U.S. Department of Energy about the 2022 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Energy Improvements at Public K-12 School Facilities Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

2023 READ Act Professional Development Review

CDE is reviewing professional development applications for evidence-based training to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 22-004: Evidence-Based Training in Science of Reading.

The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit professional development to be reviewed for inclusion on the CDE READ Act Professional Development Advisory List.
The 2023 Professional Development Review process will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, and close Friday, Jan. 27 . For additional information and to submit a Letter of Intent, visit the 2023 READ Act Professional Development Review Process webpage.

For questions, contact [email protected].

State to close community COVID-19 testing sites Sunday, Jan. 15

Support for Community PCR COVID-19 Testing Sites will discontinue after Sunday, Jan. 15.

CDPHE’s free school testing programs will continue through at least the end of the 2022-23 school year.

CDPHE School Nurse Grant Program

CDPHE has announced the Expanded School Nurse Grant Program Request for Applications. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1.

The purpose of the RFA is to solicit applications from eligible school districts, boards of cooperative services and charter schools committed to increasing K-12 school nursing services in Colorado.

Applicants may submit all questions via email to [email protected] with the subject line: "School Nurse Grant Program RFA Questions," by Friday, Jan. 20. Answers to submitted questions will be posted on the CDPHE website by Friday, Jan. 27.

2023-24 School Counselor Corps Grant Program Request for Application opens Wednesday, Jan. 18

The 2023-24 School Counselor Corps Grant Program Request for Application window opens Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The purpose of SCCGP is to increase the availability and implementation of effective school-based counseling to help increase the state graduation rate and the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to and continue into postsecondary education.

Visit the SCCGP webpage to access the RFA and application materials.

Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Town Hall set for Jan. 24

Current and upcoming grant opportunities in the Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness will be discussed during the virtual town hall at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Register via Zoom.

View the PWR Town Hall Discussions webpage for additional information about the PWR Town Halls.

Applications increased by 2% during Colorado Free Application Days

Colorado students submitted nearly 64,000 college and university admissions applications during Colorado Free Application Days. The fifth annual statewide initiative took place Oct. 18 through Oct. 20. The initiative increased participation from last year’s effort and saved students more than $2.7 million in waived fees. See the 2022 fact sheet.

Participating institutions received 63,976 applications in total, a 2% increase over last year’s campaign. Colorado State University in Fort Collins led with 11,344 applications, followed by the University of Colorado Boulder with 10,481 and University of Colorado Colorado Springs at 5,621.

This year’s Colorado Applies Month effort reached nearly 5,000 students from 53 schools and organizations, which hosted more than 22 college application and FAFSA/CASFA completion events statewide.

Most colleges offer application fee waivers year-round for families who are stretched financially. Learn more about how to request fee waivers by visiting the 2022 Colorado Free Application days webpage on the CDHE website.

Educator loan forgiveness programs

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is accepting applications for its Educator Loan Forgiveness Program and the Temporary Educator Loan Forgiveness Program. Each program will grant up to $5,000 annually to educators currently serving rural districts or teaching in hard-to-fill positions. To qualify, teachers, administrators and special service providers must have a license valid in Colorado.

The Educator Loan Forgiveness program prioritizes applicants who serve in an approved rural school district or teach in content-shortage areas—subjects that historically attract fewer educators.

The Temporary Educator Loan Forgiveness Program prioritizes educators who joined the workforce in 2019 through 2022 and who serve in an approved rural school district or teach in content-shortage areas.

Prospective applicants can check eligibility on the CDHE website.

View the Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness webpage on the CDHE website for additional information.