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Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is open

Applications are open for the next round of Computer Science Teacher Education Grants, a program for postsecondary education of eligible teachers. Intent to Apply (encouraged, but not required) is due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Completed applications must be submitted through the new online application system, GAINS, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. 

View a webinar training session about the grant application that was held on Oct. 25.

For more information, contact Pam Lewis at [email protected] or call 720-576-4622. View this page to learn more information about the 2023-24 CSed Grants

Call for Peer Reviewers to Review Educator Preparation Content Endorsement Standards

CDE seeks educators from throughout the P-20 system, internal CDE content experts as well as higher education faculty to review the content standards of educator preparation programs. Reviews will take place in November, December and January. Fill out this form by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to sign up

Reviewers will be provided resources, including a training video, and support with any questions along the way. Reviews will take between two to five hours and will be completed on your own time on a rolling basis.  If you are unable to complete a review at this time but know someone who may be interested, please share this information. If you have questions, contact the Educator Preparation team at [email protected].

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ILOP Recruitment Webinar on Oct. 31

Do your students participate in work-based learning? Learn more about the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot (ILOP) Program and the benefits of having this program in your school/district. A webinar offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, will provide information on the ILOP Program, how to apply, and information from current schools/districts about their ILOP programming.

For more information, visit this website.

ASCENT and TREP Estimated Program Participants

The Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) and Teacher Recruitment Education & Preparation (TREP) Estimated Program Participants Intent to Participate are due Monday, Nov. 13. If your school district is planning to participate in the ASCENT or TREP program next year, complete the 2024-25 Estimated Number of Program Participants Intent to Participate (ITP) web form for each program that you will participate in.

For more information, visit this website.

Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is Open

The Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is open for applications through the new grants management system called GAINS. This grant’s purpose is to promote the postsecondary education of eligible teachers who teach or wish to teach computer science in K-12 education.

  • Intent to Apply (encouraged, but not required) is due by 5 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 10.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the NEW online application system, GAINS, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
A webinar will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 to provide information on this grant or the GAINS system.  For more information regarding this grant, visit the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant website.

CLDE Speaker Series this Thursday

Register to hear  the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education speaker Grant Geis at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in a virtual webinar. This session will highlight Grant's successes in District 49 as the Coordinator of linguistically diverse education for the past five years. During that time he started a grassroots movement for professional learning that focuses on increasing the rigor in teaching language arts for all students especially multilingual learners. Teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, and community partners are welcome to join to listen to Grant, connect with other CLDE leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here.

2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Open

The 2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process is open. During each review cycle, providers have the opportunity to apply to be added to the list. The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit core, supplemental and intervention instructional programs to be reviewed for inclusion on CDE's READ Act Advisory List. The Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply opened Oct. 16 and will close Friday, Nov. 3. For questions, contact [email protected].

Ninth Grade Success Grant Applications Open

CDE is accepting new grant applications for the Ninth Grade Success Grant through Monday, Oct. 30. An application training webinar was held on Oct. 3. The Ninth Grade Success Grant Program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to help improve the ninth-grade student experience by ensuring that ninth-graders develop the skills they need to continue to 10th grade and graduate from high school ready for a career.

For more information, click here.

Charter School Capital Construction Eligibility Report Due Oct. 31

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report (CSCC-01) on an annual basis. This online report is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to help CDE determine eligibility and funding levels for the next fiscal year.

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Notify of FY24-25 BEST Grant Round by Nov. 30

The deadline for all applicants to notify CDE of their intent to apply for a BEST grant in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024-25 grant round is Nov. 30. The intent to apply form, as well as the full grant round announcement, can be found on our website.
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Technical Advisory Panel: Rural Representative Membership Opportunity

CDE seeks one rural representative to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, which serves as an advisory body to CDE regarding the implementation of the Colorado Growth Model and the Educational Accountability Act.

TAP members are appointed by the commissioner of education and serve three-year terms without compensation. Applicants must represent a rural community in Colorado and must demonstrate expertise with educational assessment, growth (including the Colorado growth model), research, and/or accountability.

By Monday, Dec. 4, applicants must submit a statement of interest and resume using this form to be considered. The selected candidate will be notified prior to January 2024.

Applications being accepted for the Facility Schools Board of Education

CDE's Office of Facility Schools seeks applicants for the recently vacated State Placement Agency Seat on the Facility Schools Board. The open seat represents one person from state-level child placement agencies within Colorado.  Membership term is three years with the board meeting monthly. Members serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses. To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter/letter of interest by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Judy Stirman at [email protected]

CLDE Speaker Series on Oct. 19

Join the virtual interactive session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, with Grant Geis, coordinator of linguistically diverse education in District 49, as he shares his insights on professional learning, increasing the rigor in classrooms and implementation coaching cycles. This is also an opportunity to connect with other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here for the session

New Data Culture Webinar Series Available

The new Building a Data Culture video series uses resources from the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clearinghouse to describe the five key areas needed to create a strong data culture in schools and districts. The series of short, on-demand webinars and related resources support the building of a data culture by school and district administrators and staff.

The five webinars include:

  1. Ensuring access to data
  2. Building knowledge and skills to use data
  3. Making meaning from data
  4. Clarifying data use expectations
  5. Leading to support a data culture

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Charter School Capital Construction Annual Reporting due Tuesday, Oct. 31

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report on an annual basis. This online report is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, and determines the funding levels for the next fiscal year.

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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Workshop Series

CDE's Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will offer educators a virtual workshop series provided by Natasha Quiroga that will focus on supporting the immigrant students and families of Colorado. The content will cover understanding the immigration legal system, dispelling common immigration misconceptions, analyzing federal policies impacting immigrant children (Title 42 and DACA), analyzing the Flores Settlement Agreement, trafficking victims’ protection act, as well as other various related areas of the immigration journey.

The sessions below are designed for superintendents, district leadership teams, coaches, general educators and English language development specialists.

  • Session 1: Immigration 101 - Thursday, Nov. 14, 2023, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Session 2: From the Border to the Classroom: Experiences of Unaccompanied Children - Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Session 3: The Long Road Ahead: The Path to the U.S. and the Legal Journey of Immigrant Students - Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Family, School and Community Partnerships Framework and Rubrics Released for Community-Based Partners

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships Framework and Rubrics has been released specifically for community-based partners, who may include out-of-school time programs, local community businesses and external partners such as libraries, faith-based communities, cultural organizations and public health organizations who engage regularly with youth and families.

These rubrics will help community partners self-assess their partnership practices and programs with families and schools.

Access the new FSCP P-12 Framework for Community-Based Partners here. 

2023-24 Local Food Program Grantees

The list of School Food Authorities participating in the 2023-24 pilot year of the Local Food Program is available on the Reimbursement and Funding Nutrition webpage.

Approximately $500,000 was awarded to the sponsors for the purchase of Colorado grown, raised, processed and value-added products. The goal of this program is to help bolster farm to school activities and support Colorado producers, farmers and ranchers.

Stakeholder feedback for Spanish Instructional Program rubrics

CDE seeks stakeholder feedback on the rubrics used to evaluate Spanish Instructional Programs for the READ Act Instructional Programming Advisory List. The review window for stakeholder feedback is Tuesday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 13.

Stakeholders wishing to provide feedback on the Spanish rubrics should complete the application via Smartsheet. The rubrics and feedback form link will be shared through email with eligible stakeholders on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Visit 2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process for more information on the review process.

For questions, contact [email protected].

Free crisis services available through Colorado Crisis Services

Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential and immediate support from trained professionals and peer specialists. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 844-493-TALK(8255), or texting TALK to 38255.

Colorado residents can also seek services in-person at walk-in centers, regardless of ability to pay.

To get help with a mental health, substance use or emotional concern—for you, or for someone you know visit the Colorado Crisis Services website.