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News and Updates

  • Applications for  the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program are due by Friday, June 28. The  Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides elementary students access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Contact Vivien Skrupskis at [email protected] or 720-672-4243 for questions.

  • Applications for the 2024-25 Local Food Program are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. The Local Food Program pilot funds the purchase of locally grown, raised, or processed products. Applications are open to school districts that served a maximum of  2.15 million in the 2023-24 school year. Contact Becca Boone at [email protected] or 720-450-4357 for questions.

  • Check out our new guide on data pipeline collections and state assessment systems. This new accountability data resource connects data pipeline collections and assessments to how the data is used in our accountability system. 

Opportunities for school and district staff

Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19: Save the date for our 2024 Landscape of Wellbeing and Belonging Conference in Colorado Springs. The conference will focus on addressing the social, emotional, and comprehensive wellness needs of students, staff, and families.

Opportunities for school and district leaders

  • Register for our Enhancing School Safety Regional Training
    • Westminster: Thursday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Front Range Community College. 
    • Alamosa: Friday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  at Adams State University 
    • Grand Junction: Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at R-5 High School
    • Sterling: Friday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 Northeastern Junior College

Opportunities for educators

Wednesday, July 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Join Dr. Carol Salva in Boulder for 7 Steps to a Language-Rich, Interactive Classroom. Topics include differentiating instruction for students at varying proficiency levels and creating powerful learning supports

Connect and Engage

  • State Board of Education invites public comments on transportation rulemaking. Proposed technical changes would ensure the rules (1 CCR 301-25 and 1 CCR 301-26) reflect federal regulations, state statutes, and best practices for safe transportation of students. The board welcomes public comment at its August meeting; find more information about the meeting and public comment on our website

  • Nominations are open for the Colorado Educator Talent Pool. Nominees must be classroom teachers or principals with at least five years of experience. Talent pool educators are invited to statewide opportunities such as advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. Nominations are due by Tuesday, June 18.

Updated Unified Improvement Plan Resources

The new Unified Improvement Plan is now available on the Unified Improvement Planning webpage. Visit the webpage for updated resources, information on access and to register for office hours.

TLCC Results Available at

Results from the 2024 Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey of teachers, education support professionals, special service providers and school leaders are available on the TLCC website. Statewide, more than 45,000 school staff members participated, or 50% of those eligible for the survey. Reports include trend data from 2020 as well as school demographics. Trainings, interpretation resources, and survey summaries are also available on the TLCC website.

Flexible Learning and Alternative Instructional Models learning opportunity

CDE is hosting a learning community meeting about Alternative and Flexible Instructional Models on Thursday, May 23,, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This meeting will explain the flexibilities in the recent changes to the Rules for the Administration of the Public School Finance Act (1 CCR 301-39). Participants will have opportunities to share ideas and resources for programming that meets documentation requirements and identify barriers to flexible learning models. Learn more and register on the Online and Blended Learning webpage.

Register for the May 2024 Project AWARE Lunch and Learn

The Colorado Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) team is hosting a Lunch and Learn webinar about Addressing Attendance to Improve Student Engagement on Wednesday, May 15, at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This learning opportunity is open to anyone in Colorado. Register here and share with your networks. If you have any questions email Colorado Project AWARE at [email protected].

Celebrate our school lunch heroes

School Lunch Hero Day is on Friday, May 3. Colorado’s school nutrition professionals work tirelessly to ensure all meals meet rigorous nutrition standards, are appealing to students, and reflect the culture of their communities. Find a variety of ideas, resources, and tools to celebrate on the School Lunch Hero Day website and the School Nutrition Association website

Win a gift card by taking the Scoop reader questionnaire

To make sure we are sharing the information of greatest interest to our readers, we want to know more about you! Please take a few minutes to share your insights with the CDE Communications Team, via a brief questionnaire, and be entered to win a $10 gift card to Starbucks.

Shape the future of cybersecurity education

Colorado K-12 and college educators will convene at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and virtually to discuss the future of cybersecurity education from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Attendees will learn about the state of cybersecurity education in Colorado and available resources, how to drive alignment among stakeholders, and network with other educators interested in growing opportunities in K-12 cybersecurity education. Learn more and register to join online or in person.

For more information email [email protected]

The Scoop reader questionnaire

To make sure we are sharing the information of greatest interest to our readers, we want to know more about you! Please take a few minutes to share your insights with the CDE Communications Team, via a brief questionnaire.

District Accountability Committees: District and School Committee coordination

Register to join a virtual networking session at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, for district staff who support DACs to share facilitation strategies, successes, opportunities and collaborative problem-solving. This session will focus on coordination between District and School Accountability Committees. 

Seeking qualified state review panelists by Friday, May 3

SchoolWorks, an independent education consulting firm contracted to support the work of CDE and the Colorado State Board of Education in overseeing the work of the State Review Panel, seeks applicants to serve on the State Review Panel during the 2024-25 school year. 

Panelists are assigned to schools based on areas of expertise to evaluate whether a school or district has met the requirements for a recommended state accountability action. Applicants must be Colorado residents and experts in school/district turnaround, alternative education and English language learning. Learn more and apply on the SchoolWorks website by Friday, May 3. 

For more information email [email protected].

Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Families: Bridging the Language and Cultural Gap with Don Vu

Don Vu, a former award-winning teacher and principal,  will share his experiences as a refugee from Vietnam from his book, Life, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and how to provide literacy pathways for immigrant students. Continuing Education credits will be offered for full attendance and can be applied toward the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education 45-hour licensure renewal requirement. Join this virtual event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Register via Zoom.

For more information contact Alice Collins at [email protected].

Help build the Colorado Educator Talent Pool

Each year, CDE asks for recommendations for the Colorado Educator Talent Pool to help us identify talented teachers and school leaders to participate in statewide growth opportunities including advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. Colorado Educator Talent Pool nominees should:

  • Have a minimum of five years of experience;
  • Serve in a school-level role; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional instructional practice and leadership.

Nominees should be classroom teachers or principals, and CDE is particularly interested in increasing the number of early career nominees with five to 12 years of service in schools. Visit our website for more information and to complete the Talent Pool Recommendation Form by Tuesday, June 18. 

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UCCS GenCyber Combo Camp

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is hosting a cybersecurity training camp for high school students and teachers from Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26. The teacher roster is full, but UCCS is still looking for high school students interested in cybersecurity. The UCCS GenCyber Combo Camp, funded by the National Security Agency, is an innovative way to educate both teachers and students in the same classroom. Attendees will learn the basic skills of defending a computer network using the Network Defender Essentials curriculum. Students must apply by Friday, April 12.

For more information email [email protected]

Shape the future of cybersecurity education

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is partnering with Education Pathway National Center and a variety of educators across the state to move cybersecurity education forward. Higher Ed and K-12 educators across Colorado will convene on Monday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. to discuss the future of cybersecurity education and how best to grow opportunities in cyber for our young citizens. Register to join in person at UCCS Kevin W. O’Neil Cybersecurity Education & Research Center or online via Zoom.

For more information email [email protected]

Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative professional development event

The Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative is hosting a free professional development event on Thursday, May 9, in Colorado Springs and virtually. The event includes a general session, Healthy Schools Priorities: Creating Focus Across the WSCC Model. View the event schedule and register today. In-person registration closes Tuesday, April 30, or when the event reaches capacity. 

Contact Jacklyn Thompson at [email protected] with questions.