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Wednesday, July 07, 2021

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Members needed for Committee of Practitioners

Members needed for Committee of Practitioners 

The Committee of Practitioners  is a critical stakeholder group for CDE's Federal Programs with a primary purpose of advising CDE regarding its implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act. The CoP operates to identify issues across regions of the state and facilitate two-way communication between CDE and the preK-12 education community throughout Colorado.

The membership of the committee includes representatives from local education agencies, non-public schools, and charter schools. Members include school and district administrators, teachers, parents, and members of local school boards. Committee members serve for an initial three-year term with the opportunity to extend membership beyond the initial term. A minimum of four meetings will be held per year. To apply for a position, fill out the 2021-22 application and submit to Emily Owen: [email protected]

For additional information, please reach out to Tammy Giessinger: [email protected] or Jeremy Meredith: [email protected]

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Message from Secretary of Education, Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D.

Good afternoon,

The U.S. Department of Education sent the following notice to all chief state school officers yesterday about monthly surveys to school districts and public school staff, pertaining to COVID-19 recovery efforts.

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CASB Serving You, 2Jul21

CASB Serving You!

July 2, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Colorado State Board of Education sends letter to Governor Polis

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Colorado State Board of Education sent a letter to Governor Polis encourages "encourage little-to-no state-level regulation of in-person learning next year." It goes on to read, "The experience gained during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as in previous years of experience mitigating influenza and other infectious disease outbreaks, have taught superintendents and their staff what strategies work best in their communities. During the upcoming 2021-22 school year, superintendents and local boards must have the authority to make decisions in support of unrestricted in-person learning."
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The Scoop_June 30, 2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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Mental Health America (MHA) is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC)!

Mental Health America (MHA) is now accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC)!

YMHLC identifies young adults (18-25) who have created programs and initiatives that fill gaps in mental health resources in their communities. From policy to apps and peer support to sports, MHA’s young adult leaders are making a difference to meet the needs of their peers. Selected applicants participate in a six-month cohort to connect and share ideas with other leaders from across the US.

In addition to attending monthly 90-minute meetings over the six-month term, YMHLC members will:

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Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund Community Stakeholder Engagement

Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund Community Stakeholder Engagement

Register for an ESSER Fund Community Stakeholder Engagement Listening Session

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education need your input and perspective to ensure Colorado makes the most impactful use of federal funds the state will receive to support students, teachers and schools recovering from the interruption to our schools as a result of COVID-19.

CDE will be hosting these virtual meetings to share information about the federal funds the state will be receiving and to spend the majority of the time listening to attendees and learning from your experiences. We’ll explore questions in a variety of areas to hear directly from attendees about the pandemic’s impact on students and educators to inform the use of these one time federal funds.

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CASB Serving You, 25Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 25, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

 

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CASB Serving You, 18Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 18, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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NSBA Poll Results

The National School Boards Action Center today released a national public opinion poll on public education. You can access the poll by going directly to the NSBAC website at https://nsbac.org The findings are from a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely 2022 voters with oversamples of 100 African American, 100 Latinx, 100 AAPI, 100 Native American, and 100 parents of school-age children who are likely 2022 voters. The poll results are available to the public.

 Some highlights include:

  • Voters continue to value the job public schools are doing in their community with 55 percent rating them positively.
  • Learning loss among students due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a key priority, with 88 percent saying it is a problem, including 65 percent who say it is a "very big" problem.
  • 89 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans, and 70 percent of independents view easier access to technology and broadband as important. The largest obstacle for public school districts, named by 66 percent of voters as challenging, was having quality broadband and internet access at home to attend school online.
  • 59 percent of voters think funding for public schools should be increased. Of those who believe it should be increased, 86 percent would support an increase in funding even if it meant they would pay more in taxes.
  • 61 percent of voters say it is better to allocate funds to improving public education and schools, compared to only 18 percent who support vouchers to pay for students to attend private or religiously affiliated schools.
  • 74 percent say a lack of personalized learning focused on individual needs is a problem. 
View NSBAC's 2021 National Poll

CDE COVID-19 Learning Impacts Toolkit

Toolkit 1.0 Design

The Learning Impacts Toolkit is a starting point for responding to the impacts of the pandemic. The content of the Toolkit will evolve over time to respond to needs of school and district leaders. The Toolkit consists of these components:

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The Future of Preschool in Colorado newsletter

Last November, Colorado voters passed a ballot measure that will pay for all children in their year before kindergarten to attend preschool at least 10 hours per week. With the program beginning in two years, policymakers must act now to identify how universal preschool will work. 

Knowing this, Governor Polis asked the Colorado Children’s Campaign to lead a process of gathering input from state and local leaders, early care and education advocates, preschool providers, educators, and families. Early Milestones Colorado supported this process by assisting with data, research, and policy insights. We also produced seven topical briefs to share findings from the Future of Preschool in Colorado Engagement Process
 
Published in April, the first three briefs provided an overview of the work and explored universal preschool governance and funding. We are now pleased to offer the remaining four briefs of the series, which discuss the early childhood workforce, program quality, participation, and community input.

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The final brief, which summarizes community input from more than 60 listening sessions, is also available in Spanish.  
 
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Explorando el futuro del preescolar en Colorado 


Estimados amigos y colegas,

En noviembre pasado, los votantes de Colorado aprobaron una medida electoral que pagará para que todos los niños en su año antes del jardín de infantes asistan al preescolar al menos 10 horas por semana. Con el programa comenzando en dos años, los tomadores de decisiones deben actuar ahora para identificar cómo funcionará el preescolar universal.

Sabiendo esto, el Gobernador Polis pidió a la Campaña de los Niños de Colorado que liderara un proceso de recolección de aportes de líderes estatales y locales, defensores de la educación y cuidado temprano, proveedores preescolares, educadores y familias. Early Milestones Colorado apoyó este proceso al ayudar con datos, investigaciones y perspectivas de políticas. También producimos siete informes de actualidad para compartir los hallazgos del Proceso de Compromiso del Futuro de Preescolar en Colorado.

Publicado en Abril, los tres primeros informes proporcionaron una visión general del trabajo y exploraron la gobernanza preescolar universal y la financiación. Ahora nos complace ofrecer los cuatro breves restantes de la serie, que discuten la fuerza laboral de la primera infancia, la calidad del programa, la participación y el aporte de la comunidad.

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El informe final, que resume la entrada de la comunidad de más de 60 sesiones de escucha, también está disponible en español.  
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CASB Serving You, 11Jun21

CASB Serving You!

June 11, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning

Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) is tasked with approving a plan to transition to the new agency, as well as to guide the state’s new universal preschool program. As part of this transition process, the ECLC will engage a wide range of stakeholders—including parents/families, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, and others—to ensure recommendations are representative of the unique and diverse voices across Colorado. You can learn more about these efforts here (Spanish version here).

You’re invited to participate in this important process by completing an online interest form in English or Spanish to share the perspective you would like to bring to the Transition Advisory Group or one of its Subgroups no later than June 21, 2021. 

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Education in a Pandemic: The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students

Federal education officials highlight a host of pandemic-induced inequities in a lengthy report touching on everything from learning loss to mental health consequences. The department also announced a series of “equity summits” starting June 22 and regulations to ensure pandemic stimulus money is distributed equitably to districts and schools.

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CASB Serving You, 4June21

CASB Serving You!

June 4, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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The Scoop, June 2, 2021

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

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CASB Serving You - May 28, 2021

CASB Serving You!

May 28, 2021
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CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

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Bridging the Talent Gap Survey

Help make sure employers voices are heard by getting the word out about Bridging the Talent Gap 

To ensure Colorado has a skilled and educated workforce, it is crucial that the voice and needs of employers guide the development of lasting solutions for increasing attainment and addressing local skill shortages. Due to the importance of building talent development solutions that are industry-driven and data-informed, partners in the TalentFOUND network are leading efforts to administer the Bridging the Talent Gap employer survey. The survey is designed to understand the skills gaps Colorado businesses face and identify how education and training programs can help close those gaps.

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