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Teachers can add licenses and certifications to myColorado app

CDE is partnering with the myColorado app to provide certified educators with access to digital versions of their certificates. To access certificates in the myColorado wallet download the myColorado app, create an account, and download certificates into the myColorado wallet. To learn more about myColorado and the Educator Certificates, visit the myColorado FAQ page

Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant Program call for application reviewers

The CO-AAP application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15. If you are interested in reviewing applications, complete an interest form regarding your experience and availability by Monday, Feb. 12. Desired areas of expertise include the implementation of STEM programming (particularly mathematics and science), high-impact tutoring, academic enrichment programs, youth development programs or other out-of-school time programs and implementing strategies for equitable, diverse and inclusive educational programs. Responding with your availability does not guarantee your participation. Responses after the deadline will be considered for alternate readers.

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey live until Friday, Feb. 23

The free, statewide, biennial TLCC survey is available now. Because schools and districts need 50% participation to receive results, help ensure your school staff has the opportunity to participate. School support staff can be extra hard to reach, so be sure to leverage classroom relationships, lunch breaks and building team meetings to ensure codes are distributed to everyone. If you need information on who received survey codes in your building, contact [email protected]

Informational CMAS Science and AEC performance framework results released

The 2023 informational performance framework reports containing 2023 CMAS Science for all districts and attendance/truancy results for Alternative Education Campuses have been provided to district accountability contacts via Syncplicity. For questions related to Syncplicity, training or support, email [email protected].

Virtual session on trauma-informed practices for teachers and school staff

Register to join an interactive virtual training at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 4, exploring Trauma-Informed Multilingual Education led by Elise White Diaz, educational consultant at Seidlitz Education. Uncover strategies for addressing the needs of diverse students with childhood trauma and navigating language and cultural barriers. 

The OERColorado Project

Open Educational Resources Colorado is a digital library of educational textbooks and classroom materials across core subject areas and Career and Technical Education as well as a collaboration space for PK-12 educators. Visit OERColorado’ s YouTube channel to learn how to use these resources.

Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant Program call for application reviewers

The CO-AAP application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15. If you are interested in reviewing applications, complete an interest form regarding your experience and availability by Monday, Feb. 12. Desired areas of expertise include the implementation of STEM programming (particularly mathematics and science), high impact tutoring, academic enrichment programs, youth development programs or other out-of-school time programs and implementing strategies for equitable, diverse and inclusive educational programs. Responding with your availability does not guarantee your participation. Responses after the deadline will be considered for alternate readers, should the need arise.

Leveraging family, school, community partnerships in problems of practice

Register for a virtual interactive session on Understanding the Foundations of Family, School, Community, and Partnerships related to highly mobile youth populations at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Highly mobile youth can include unaccompanied minors, housing-insecure students, newcomers, foster youth and more. Review high impact practices and CDE framework information while interacting with other Colorado educators. This session is a CDE cross-department effort led by Paula Gumina, Jessica Stroope, Adrienne Cruz and Victory Molina.

Free Meaningful Career Conversation Trainings available through June 30

Meaningful Career Conversation Trainings are designed for anyone in a position to guide those seeking to enter the workforce, pursue a specific career path or change careers. Sponsored by CDE and created by Colorado Education Initiative and IndigoPathway, the training incorporates comprehensive content, including Individual Career and Academic Planning and its role in career advising. Participants will engage with a variety of resources to help them develop the skill sets, confidence and understanding to support learners of any age in pursuing new career opportunities and pathways.

2024-25 School Counselor Corps Grant applications open

Applications for the 2024-25 School Counselor Corps Grant are open until Thursday, March 7. Learn more and register for an application webinar at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, on the SCCG webpage.

Attend an Educator Financial Aid Training in Denver

The second Denver metro region educator financial aid training will be on Friday, Feb. 9, at the University of Colorado Denver Student Commons Building. Use the registration form to join upcoming trainings and check future dates. These one-day, in-person trainings are designed for K-12 school counselors, advisors, educators and those involved with the FAFSA/CASFA processes at their school, organization or agency. Topics include updates and changes on the FAFSA, an overview of CASFA, Individual Career and Academic Plans, the FAFSA Completion Portal, My Colorado Journey and more. Eligible participants who complete this training will receive a $500 stipend as part of House Bill 22-1366 Improving Students’ Postsecondary Options.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Speaker Series

Register to hear Jessica Martinez, former English language learner director of the year, speak about Strategic Goal Setting for Multilinguals at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Martinez will discuss how to plan with the end in mind, develop a vision, set goals and leverage collaborations using WIDA ACCESS data. Attendees will explore the common thread between Seal of Biliteracy, bilingual pathways and goal setting with CLDE directors, administration, teachers and students. 

Click here to see a flier for the event

Colorado Academic Accelerator Program Grants competition open

Colorado’s Academic Accelerator Program applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Intents to Apply are strongly encouraged and are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1. 

CDE will host weekly office hours for 30 minutes at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday for potential applicants to ask the CO-AAP team any program or fiscal questions about the Request for Application. To access office hours Zoom links and recordings, application materials, technical assistance opportunities and resources, visit the CO-AAP webpage.

Apply for the Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant - Cohort 7

Apply for the Cohort 7 of the Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant by March 13

The Comprehensive ELG Program is designed to improve early literacy through evidence-based reading instruction. For support navigating CDE’s new grants management system, GAINS, the Grants Program Administration team offers weekly office hours. Register to attend the application information webinar at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31

Apply for the Early Literacy Grant - Professional Development

Apply for the 2024-25 ELG – Professional Development by Wednesday, Feb. 28. This grant supports Colorado educators in implementing scientific and evidence-based reading programs and strategies for K-3 students. For support navigating CDE’s new grants management system, GAINS, the Grants Program Administration team offers weekly office hours. Register to attend an application information webinar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30

Monthly literacy conversations to support students on READ plans beyond third grade

A Reading, Writing and Communicating Content specialist in the Office of Standards and Instructional Support will host a monthly virtual conversation examining the newly released guidance to support secondary students who remain on READ plans past third grade. The conversations will focus on writing READ plans, goal setting and progress monitoring, effective assessments and collecting a body of evidence to exit a student from a READ plan. The first session will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29. Register for the sessions via Zoom

District Accountability Committee district admin networking

Register to join a virtual networking session at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, for district staff who support DACs to share facilitation strategies, successes, opportunities and collaborative problem-solving. This session will focus on coordination between DACs, districts and local boards.

Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado survey is live

The statewide TLCC survey is live through Friday, Feb. 23. Association representatives or school leaders were sent survey codes the week of Jan. 15. Schools and districts need 50% participation and at least five respondents to receive results. For more information on survey coordinator assignments and headcounts or to track participation, visit the TLCC website

Healthy Meal Incentive grants for small and/or rural School Food Authorities

Healthy Meal Incentives Initiative, Action for Healthy Kids is offering recognition awards to celebrate rural School Food Authorities that are making significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 30. 

Annual Local Food Purchasing Program 2023 Legislative Report

Read the Local Food Purchasing Program 2023 Legislative Report to learn more about the successes and challenges of the two-year pilot program to incorporate local food into child nutrition programs. Learn about key takeaways for the expansion of the program in the 2024-25 school year available to all sponsors operating the Healthy School Meals for All Program.