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Youth vaping strategies sought by DOL

The Colorado Department of Law seeks information about strategies to combat youth vaping in schools and communities and the effectiveness of these strategies. In addition, the DOL seeks input on how grant funding could help address this issue.

If you have input on vaping affecting youth in Colorado, visit the DOL’s Funding Opportunity webpage.

The DOL is particularly interested in responses from school districts, BOCES and nonprofits who would potentially carry out a grant project focused on the prevention, abatement or cessation of youth vaping.

The DOL will release a Request for Applications for grant opportunities to address youth vaping in Colorado based on this input.

School Nurse Professional Development grant application available

The School Nurse Professional Development grant, funded through CDC’s COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding, will support local education providers in their efforts to provide professional development opportunities for school nurses that increase current school nurse capacity and/or retain qualified school nurses. Allowable expenses include:

  • School nursing professional development tuition and registration fees.
  • Travel expenses to attend school nursing professional development events, including lodging, per diem and mileage reimbursement.
  • School nursing professional development speaker and/or facilitator fees.
  • School nurse-related publications, such as reference texts.
  • School nursing professional dues
  • School nursing licensing renewal fees.

Approximately $100,000 is available for the 2023-24 school year. Awards will likely range from $1,000 to $5,000, based on the amount of funding requested and the number of applications received. See the Request for Applications on the program webpage for more details.

Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility grant program applications open

Eligible local education providers can apply for the Menstrual Hygiene Products Accessibility Grant, which was created to provide menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students and make products accessible to students regardless of their gender identity. Approximately $100,000 is available to award for the 2023-24 school year, and awards are anticipated to be between $1,000 and $5,000. Funding can be used to acquire and distribute menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students and install and maintain dispensing machines and disposal receptacles for menstrual hygiene products. An informative webinar is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 10. This program is open to Colorado educational providers who serve 50% or more students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch.

Review the program website and Request for Applications for more information.

Register for the free CDE Equity and Excellence Conference

Registration for the 2023 Equity and Excellence Conference is open. The free Equity and Excellence Conference, titled “Strengthening and Expanding Practices: All Students and All Educators Emerging Stronger,” will convene Nov. 1-2. The goal is for attendees from diverse professional backgrounds to strengthen and share ideas, strategies and plans for how to improve best first instruction through evidence-based and best practices.

Find out more on the Equity and Excellence Conference webpage.

Facility Schools Board seat vacancy

Applications are being accepted for the Facility Schools Board of Education. The open seat represents one person from a state-level child placement agency within Colorado. The term of membership is three years, and the board meets monthly. Members of the board serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses.

Send a resume and a cover letter/letter of interest by Saturday, Sept. 30, to Judy Stirman at [email protected].

Join a district/BOCES leader focus group

The Educator Development team is hosting a focus group to gain insights into the support needed for a successful transition to a district/BOCES leadership role. If you have made this type of transition within the last five years, consider joining CDE staff for a one-hour focus group 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, via Zoom.

Youth Advisors Selected and Appointed for the 2023-25 Colorado Academic Standards Committee

Colorado Education Commissioner Susana Córdova selected and appointed two youth advisors to help review the state's education standards for the 2023-25 Colorado Academic Standards revision process. The two advisors are: 

• Sophie Tipper, Cherry Creek High School
• Coryn Cole, Clear Creek High School

Per legislation passed last year through Senate Bill 23-008, the youth advisors will serve a two-year term and may be able to serve more than one term.

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CCSP Call for Grant Reviewers

The Schools of Choice is conducting the 2023 Colorado Charter School Program Start-up Grant Competition and needs volunteers with experience in charter schools to read and review grant applications. This program provides grant funds and technical assistance for up to four years to new and expanding charter schools. Click on this link to learn more about the CCSP Grant and upcoming competition or email inquiries to [email protected].

Postsecondary Programs & Related Student Data Webinar

CDE's Student October Count team and the Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness team will hold a Collaborative webinar at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, to discuss Postsecondary Programs and Related Student Data. Click here for more information or to join this webinar, which is for both postsecondary staff and data respondents.

2024 United States Senate Youth Program Application Now Available

The U.S. Senate Youth Program application for Colorado students is available.

The USSYP is an educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government to meet with this outstanding group of young leaders -- two high school juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity -- for an intensive week-long education and leadership program. For 2024, the 62nd annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 2–9 in Washington, D.C. Each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

High school juniors or seniors with demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs, and community service, are eligible to apply.

Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 20. Visit this link for more information on eligibility, Colorado’s selection process and application. 

Insufficient State Data Ratings Webinar

Join this webinar for an explanation of the Insufficient State Data or ISD rating definition and description in the performance frameworks, and provide general considerations for improvement planning. Register here to join the webinar at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8

Regional Accountability support tour – In-person training, work sessions and consultation

Beginning next week, CDE's School Improvement and Planning team will offer in-person sessions to support district and school leaders with accountability and improvement planning efforts. Participants can select from multiple session options, including options for work time with available consultation of CDE staff.

Click here for training dates, location and registration links. 

Charter School Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Leader Support Forum

Schools of Choice will host a forum to support leaders of color in the charter industry and ground them in support, learning, and problem-solving on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. The Schools of Choice Unit wants to invest in leaders of color to promote school and community outcomes, personal retention, student outcomes and equity and provide a space that will offer leaders of color networking and access to skills that influence change and enhance overall leadership, management, and operation of a charter school. Register at this link.

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District Accountability Committees - District Administrator Networking

Join a virtual networking session on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. for district staff that support DACs to share facilitation strategies, successes, opportunities and collaborative problem solving. There will also be a quick overview of DAC expectations by CDE staff.

Click this link to register.

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Required Submission for All Districts: Accreditation Form

District Accountability Contacts must review and submit the Accreditation Form by Friday, Sept. 22, to sign off on school plan types and the district accreditation ratings. All request materials must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 16, if a district would like to request a change in school or district ratings. Guidance, tools, and opportunities for support are available on the accreditation and request to reconsider website.

Preliminary Frameworks Released

2023 preliminary transitional frameworks were provided to District Accountability Contacts via Syncplicity. Ratings will be incorporated within the District & School Dashboard and posted to the CDE website this fall.

For questions related to Syncplicity, training support, or the Colorado growth model, email [email protected].

Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. The public meeting will be held via Zoom, the link to register is available on the TAP webpage.

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CLDE Virtual Speaker Session with Catherine Baldwin-Johnson on Sept. 28

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will host a virtual speaker series on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

Catherine-Baldwin Johnson, former director of CLDE in Jefferson County Public Schools, will discuss instructional transformation for multilingual learners. The session covers best practices, passionate advocacy, empowering staff and strategic district leadership. District leaders statewide can join. Register via the link in the flyer.

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Sign up now to receive up to $1,000 for classroom supplies from DonorsChoose

The Colorado Department of Education, in collaboration with DonorsChoose, is providing $1,000 in funding to help teachers purchase classroom supplies. Every Colorado PreK-12 public school teacher is eligible to apply for this opportunity while the $11 million in COVID-19 relief funds last. Since funding is limited, submit as soon as possible for the best chance to get your project approved.

Register to Attend Training Opportunities for CDE's New Grants Management System

CDE's department-wide grants management system, GAINS, will launch this fall and will streamline and consolidate multiple CDE application systems and processes into a single location and system.

CDE will host in-person trainings from Tuesday, Sept. 19, to Thursday, Sept. 28, for external system users, as well as one virtual training.

Registration information for the Grand Junction event is now available on the GAINS webpage.

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