Colorado Digital Learning Solutions summer courses and expanded opportunities

Thanks to Federal CARES funding, Colorado Digital Learning Solutions is able to offer summer term courses to all districts at a much-reduced rate of $50/student per course.

Summer Semester information can be found on the CDLS Website.
View the Summer Catalog of Courses here.

CDLS is also providing students with access to on-demand homework help and course support along with scheduled targeted tutoring sessions, at no additional cost.

Contact Dan Morris at [email protected] if you have any questions on how to access these summer term options for your students.

Visit the CDLS website for additional information.

Join the Family, School and Community Partnership P-12 Framework Collaborative in 2022-23

Join a collaborative of districts using the Family, School, and Community Partnership P-12 rubrics in continuous improvement. Collaborative teams may attend quarterly cluster meetings and receive coaching support from CDE using the FSCP P-12 Framework and Rubrics to guide annual planning and implementation. Over the course of the school year, teams will determine starting points, strategies, progress monitoring benchmarks, as well as integration opportunities with the Unified Improvement Plan and Progress Monitoring tools. Sign up to participate by Friday, June 3.

Visit the FSCP P-12 Framework Collaborative webpage for additional information.

Submit a Promising Partnership Practice by Friday, June 3

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education is collecting promising partnership practices from schools, districts, early childhood programs, and institutes of higher education across the state to publish in the seventh annual Promising Partnership Practices—Colorado book. The purpose of this book is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.

For more information, to view previous practices, and to submit a new practice, visit the Family-School-Community Partnerships website

Make a plan to complete K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training

All kindergarten through third-grade educators who teach reading and literacy skills in Colorado must complete their evidence-based reading training requirements by Monday, Aug. 1. Documentation that they complied with the K-3 evidence-based reading training requirements should be submitted by Monday, Aug. 15.

Teachers may submit evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in teaching reading for CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements. This application closes Wednesday, June 1.

CDE offers a free self-guided training to all K-3 educators.

Learn about the requirements to complete this training and the completion options available for K-3 teachers on the teacher training webpage.

Department of Early Childhood opens applications for Local Coordinating Organizations

The Department of Early Childhood has opened applications for Local Coordinating Organizations. LCOs will coordinate the early childhood system in their community, including the mixed delivery system of Universal Preschool. A proposed LCO map and school district guide has been released along with the application. The application is due Monday, June 20. The transition team will be offering virtual office hours to answer applicant questions Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Download the application and catchment area map.

Presente su solicitud AHORA para ser asesor en el Consejo de Asesoría de Regulaciones del Departamento de la Primera Infancia de Colorado

La Comisión de Liderazgo de la Primera Infancia dirige la búsqueda del primer grupo de asesores del Departamento de la Primera Infancia de Colorado (CDEC, por sus siglas en inglés) para formar parte del primer Consejo de Asesoría de Regulaciones (RAC, por sus siglas en inglés).

El Consejo de Asesoría de Regulaciones (RAC), que consta de 15 miembros, asesorará al Director Ejecutivo del CDEC en el desarrollo de reglas para guiar las funciones, programas y servicios que el nuevo departamento supervisará. El RAC representará una amplia variedad de opiniones y perspectivas de escenarios urbanos, suburbanos y rurales y que representan diversas razas, etnias, estados migratorios, edades, orientaciones sexuales, identidad de género, culturas e idiomas. Esperamos solicitudes de cualquier persona a la que le apasione la atención y la educación de niños pequeños desde que nacen hasta los 5 años, sus familias y los profesionales que los apoyan. ¡Aprende más aquí!

¡Presente su solicitud a más tardar el 30 de mayo de 2022 a fin de que lo consideren para este importante trabajo!

Apply NOW to be an advisor on the Colorado Department of Early Childhood’s Rules Advisory Council

Advisors are needed for the Colorado Department of Early Childhood's first Rules Advisory Council. This 15-member RAC will advise the CDEC executive director on developing rules to guide the functions, programs, and services that the new department will oversee. The RAC will represent a wide range of voices and perspectives from urban, suburban, and rural settings, and who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, immigration status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, and language. Learn more about the RAC on this flyer.

Apply by Monday, May 30, to be considered for this opportunity.

Early childhood education educators and early childhood mental health consultants can now apply for loan forgiveness

Up to $5,000 in federal student loan forgiveness is available annually to early childhood education educators and mental health consultants. Priority will be given to those early in their career and bilingual professionals. The first round of applications closes Wednesday, June 15. With limited funds, not all who apply will receive the award. This is a two-year program. Applicants must re-apply annually to be considered.

This program is a partnership between the Office of Early Childhood within the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Application instructions and a checklist of information can be found on CDHE's website. Additionally, financial wellness support, including help navigating the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, counseling to find the best student loan repayment strategy for your situation, and more, will be made available free of charge to up to 3,000 program applicants.

To apply, fill out this form. For questions, please email [email protected].

Visit CDHE's website for additional information.

Request for Recommendations: Colorado Educator Talent Pool

CDE maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state, and who may also ultimately be considered for a prestigious recognition.

We are fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. What is particularly lacking is representation from elementary educators new to the profession with five to 12 years of experience, who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability.

A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. Recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20.

For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, please visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage.

Submit your application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Applications for this honor will be due by Wednesday, June 29. Visit CDE's webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process, and to access the online application form.

Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth to meet May 19

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. The public meeting will be held by Zoom.

The meeting agenda will focus on growth participation calculations, ELP on-track growth, and other accountability-related topics.

Visit the TAP webpage for additional information.

New Learning Cohorts for 2022-23 school year

CDE is offering new learning cohorts for school and district leaders for the 2022-23 school year to support learning and collaboration in targeted areas of school improvement. Learning cohorts will convene for three to six sessions to learn together, share and observe practices of other schools, and discuss strategies for implementation. The cohorts will meet via Zoom and/or in-person sessions depending on the cohort. Learning cohorts are free to participants. Districts may be required to cover costs of travel if applicable.

CDE will host the following cohorts for the 2202-23 school year:

  • Alternative Education Campus
  • Best Practices in 6-12 Grading
  • Improving District Services for English Learners
  • Online School & Program Leaders

View the Learning Cohort webpage to apply, and access additional information on each cohort.

Social Studies Standards Review Committee presentation date change

The presentation of the final recommendations for revisions to Colorado’s social studies standards is being changed from the May to the June State Board of Education meeting. The change provides board members and the public adequate time to review proposed changes prior to the presentation from the social studies committee.

All meeting materials, including the committee’s final recommendations, are available on the standards review webpage.

Teaching and Learning CoLabs

This summer, teachers, and leaders are invited to attend Teaching and Learning CoLabs, a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching, and other organizations and CDE. The dates and host sites for this summer's CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 2, hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction
  • Wednesday, June 8, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley
  • Tuesday, June 21, hosted by CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo

Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and/or content areas. Focus content areas for 2022 include English language arts, health, and physical education, mathematics, science, and computer science. Leadership-focused sessions will be provided for principals and other school leaders.

For more information and to register, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs website.

CoMath Conversation

Join in for the May CoMath Conversation at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. This month's topic is "What should we do when the teaching strategies we see promoted in other content areas aren't the ones we want to use in math class?" This conversation will give participants time to discuss examples, explore some crosswalks and weigh the pros and cons of different perspectives and approaches.

To participate, register via Zoom.

2022-2023 Computer Science Education Grant Applications

The Computer Science Education Grant Program application window will open for the 2022-23 school year on Tuesday, May 17. The application process will run through the summer, and awards will be distributed for use during the 2022-23 school year. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant that provides funds for K-12 computer science teacher professional development and the Computer Science Education Grant that 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 or contact Chris Summers.

Communication Toolkit for the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation Program

Communication Toolkit for the Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation program is available. The Toolkit has resources for districts, community colleges, social media teams, advisors and counselors, and pre-service teaching organizations.

Save the Date: Colorado Free Application Days are Oct. 18 - 20

This year’s Free Application Days will be Oct. 18 - 20. As part of Colorado Free Application Days, which was expanded from one to three days in 2021, every Colorado public college and university, and several in-state private institutions, waived application fees for in-state students only. More than 62,000 applications were submitted during the event in 2021, an increase of 10% compared to 2020, saving students more than $2.5 million in waived application fees. Nearly half of the applications, 45%, were submitted by students of color and more than a third were submitted by first-generation students, 37%.

Postsecondary report shows decreases in the college-going rate for the Class of 2020

“Pathways to Prosperity: Postsecondary Access and Success for Colorado’s High School Graduates,” released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education shows that for 2020 grads, the college-going rate was 50.5%, a more than 5% decrease from 2019. The state’s rate is more than 10% lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed the 2020 national college-going rate was 62.7%. However, the percentage of students who earn a college credential while in high school continues to increase. According to the report, when factoring in students who earned a credential through concurrent and dual enrollment programs, the total postsecondary success rate increased to 52%.

Learn more on the CDHE website.

Nominate a Student for the Celebration of Educational Excellence

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services are partnering with multiple organizations and community partners to recognize young people involved in foster care or youth services who have graduated from high school, received a GED, or obtained a college degree this year. Graduates in attendance will have a chance to attend the resource fair and the celebration.

When: Thursday, June 9
Time: Resource Fair 4 - 5:30 p.m.; Celebration 6 - 7:30 p.m. A virtual option is available.
Where: University of Colorado Denver - Auraria Campus, Tivoli Student Union, Turnhalle

Visit CDHE's website for additional information.