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Fall Equity Convening: Equitable Access to School Choice: Schools Meals

CDE's Fall 2023 Equity Convening - Equitable Access to School Choice: School Meals, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m.

Organized in partnership with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers, discussion will focus on providing equitable access to school meals for all students. Register here.

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View this email in your browser Wednesday, August 30, 2023 ** Action Item This Week in The Scoop Accountability & Improvement Learning & Results News & Notes Schools of Choice Standards & Assessments Accountability & Improvement District Accountabi

Join the Rural and Non-Metro Charter School Support Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. Throughout the school year, the Schools of Choice Unit will host the Rural and Non-Metro Charter Support Forum through a six-meeting virtual series. This forum aims to provide belonging, connection, network opportunities, and best practices for rural leaders. The first forum will focus on School Finance and Chart of Accounts. Register here.  


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Computer Science Committee Applications Open

Based on guidance from the State Board of Education, CDE will move forward with minimal revisions to the high school computer science standards.

Those interested in applying to participate on the Computer Science Standards Revision Committee should complete an application by Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Colorado Academic Standards for English language proficiency, physical education, and world languages will remain unchanged until the next revision cycle in six years.

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Conference on Equity in Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Education will host the Conference on Equity in Opportunity Oct. 26 and 27 in Denver. Discussion topics will include: fostering a diverse workforce in education, identifying hurdles to making a diverse workforce a reality, disseminating and amplifying promising practices and sharing information about grant funding to increase equity and access to funding opportunities.

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Matriculation Data Released

2023 matriculation data has been released to District Accountability Contacts via Syncplicity. All 2023 summary data will be posted on the District and School Dashboard, the Data Explorer Tool and CDE's website later this fall.

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

Extreme Heat Resources

Due to inclement weather, schools and districts may be asked about extreme heat protocols. Click here to review guidance from the National Weather Service on extreme heat, and to view other school safety and crisis materials from CDE.

Become an Early Childhood Educator Group Advising Webinar

The Early Childhood Career Navigation Team will offer a virtual information session alongside TEACH Colorado on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Upcoming sessions are on:

  • Aug. 24 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 28 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about steps to become an early childhood teacher, tips on choosing a personalized pathway and career and financial support opportunities. There will also be a Q&A session hosted by early childhood career advisors.

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Facility Schools Board Seat Vacancy

The Office of Facility Schools seeks applicants for the State Placement Agency Seat on the Facility Schools Board. The applicant is required to represent state-level child placement agencies within Colorado.

This is for a three-year term, with monthly board meetings. Members of the board serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses. Applications, including resume and cover letter, are due Friday, Sept. 15.

Applications can be emailed to Judy Stirman at [email protected].

New Resources Available from the Office of FSCP

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships website is updated to include a new webpage to link schools and districts with high impact strategies to partnership practices and additional resources.

Additionally, a new version of the FSCP P-12 Framework's Rubrics for district leadership teams is available. These rubrics provide a step-by-step process to identify family engagement starting points and prioritize next steps.

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Computer Science Committee Applications Open

Based on guidance from the State Board of Education, CDE will move forward with minimal revisions to the high school computer science standards.

Those interested in applying to participate on the Computer Science Standards Revision Committee should complete an application by Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Colorado Academic Standards for English language proficiency, physical education, and world languages will remain unchanged until the next revision cycle in six years.

Please visit the Standards Review and Revision page for more information.

2023 Assessment, Growth Results Available

Results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, PSAT, and SAT assessments that were taken in the spring as well as the growth information were released at last week's State Board of Education meeting.

The results are available on CDE's website.

COSI Seeks Applications for Youth Mentorship Scholarship program

COSI will provide $25,000 grants to youth mentorship organizations focused on LGBTQ+ youth, disabled youth, youth of color and youth at risk of being involved in the criminal justice system. Organizations can use funds to provide scholarships to students who work as mentors in their programs and attend a public Colorado Institution of Higher Education.

The application portal opens on Friday, Sept. 1, and applications are due by Sunday, Sept. 10.
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2023 Edition of Promising Partnership Practices

The 2023 collection of Promising Partnership Practices is available online for schools, districts and other education organizations in Colorado to highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success.

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New Online Courses: Family, School, and Community Partnerships

The Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships released three new, free, self-paced online courses: FSCP in Elementary School, FSCP in Middle School, and FSCP in High School.

Each five module course focuses on Colorado’s P-12 FSCP Framework and promising partnership practices for their respective school level. Upon course completion, participants receive five CEUs.

Register for the courses here.

Upcoming Webinar: Accreditation and Request to Reconsider

CDE staff will host an hour long informational walkthrough of the 2023 accreditation and request to reconsider process on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.

Districts must submit the Accreditation Form in the Accreditation Portal by Friday, Sept. 22 and request to reconsider materials by Monday, Oct. 16.

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2023 Assessment, Growth Results Available Thursday

Results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, PSAT, and SAT assessments that were taken in the spring as well as the growth information will be released on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the State Board of Education meeting.

The results will be available on CDE's website after 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Early childhood educators eligible for loan forgiveness

Applications for the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Early Childhood Educator Loan Forgiveness Program are open until Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Early childhood teachers, special service providers, paraprofessionals, assistant teachers, directors, child development teachers, ECE mental health professionals, and floaters currently employed full-time at a licensed childcare center in Colorado are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in federal student loan forgiveness.

Funds will be disbursed over nine months. Priority will be given to qualified applicants working in childcare deserts and bilingual educators early in their careers.

Learn more and view the application materials here.

If you have questions, contact [email protected].

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Autism Literacy Institute

Autism Literacy Institute Tier 1 and Tier 2 trainings will be offered again this year. This training includes in person and virtual sessions in October and January.

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State Grants to Libraries funding available for Fiscal Year 2023-2024

Funding is available to eligible, public school, public, and academic libraries to supply grants for library materials. Eligible libraries will receive a minimum of $4,500 to provide educational materials in libraries to improve literacy and learning.

Guidelines and eligibility forms are on the State Grants to Libraries webpage along with projected funding amounts

Eligibility forms are due by Friday, Sept. 15.

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships in High Learning Cohort Application Due Sept 1st

The Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships is recruiting for the second FSCP in High School Learning Cohort.

This virtual opportunity is a statewide cohort of high school teams who will participate in four virtual sessions from September to March to learn best practices in FSCP in High School using Colorado’s P12 FSCP Framework and User’s Guide.

Learn more about the FSCP in High School Learning Cohort and register at this link by Friday, Sept. 1.