Filtered by category: Media release Clear Filter

SACPIE Announces Six Vacancies

SACPIE Announces Six Vacancies

 The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education announces six positions to be filled in Dec. 2021:

  • A parent representative from Congressional District 2 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A parent representative from Congressional District 3 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A parent representative from Congressional District 7 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A representative from a statewide organization that represents career and college guidance counselors.
  • representative from a nonprofit organization that partners with funding providers, state agencies, and service providers to assist organizations in providing services to improve the health and well-being of families and children.
  • Statewide organization that represents charter schools.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 1, with the anticipated three-year term start date of December. The State Board of Education appoints the six positions. Click on the link below to complete the application.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Phone: 13035628175
Email: [email protected]

Seeking Local School Board Member Representation: Apply to Join the Committee of Practitioners (CoP) by September 30, 2021

Seeking Local School Board Member Representation: Apply to Join the Committee of Practitioners (CoP) by September 30, 2021

The Committee of Practitioners (CoP) is a critical stakeholder group for the Federal Programs Unit at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  The primary purpose of the CoP is to advise CDE in the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of ESSA is to is to help all students in the state to reach academic proficiency, with particular focus on historically underserved students. Topics include accountability, grants management, and technical support to the field. The CoP plays a crucial role in elevating issues across the Colorado and ensuring strong communication between CDE and the K-12 education community.

Read More

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update

COVID-19 in Children: Colorado Situation Update
Webinar on Tuesday, August 31, at 12:00pm

We are seeing patients with respiratory illnesses – including COVID – as well as behavioral health needs that are resulting in significant increase in volumes at our hospitals much earlier in the year than usual. We anticipate those numbers will increase with the start of school as more respiratory viruses circulate.

Children's hospitals across the country are already seeing increased volumes and are facing mounting challenges as four factors converge, which makes taking preventative measures now so important: the increased transmissibility of the delta variant, an early start to respiratory season, the pediatric mental health crisis, and the shortage of front-line healthcare workers.

Read More

ALAS is Accepting Requests for Proposals for its National Summit October 7-9, 2021 in Washington D.C.


Kati Elliott
KEH Communications
[email protected]                            

Read More

Colorado General Assembly Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force Survey due 9/1/2021

Colorado General Assembly Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force Survey due 9/1/2021

The Colorado General Assembly Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force and corresponding Subpanel are conducting a survey. We would like to get broad feedback from stakeholders across Colorado on what investments and policy changes need to be made to transform the behavioral health system in Colorado, inclusive of both mental health and substance use. 

Our state has a historic opportunity to make strategic transformational investments to improve access to care, improve transparency and accountability, and end discrimination. The state has set aside $450 million dollars for one-time investments in behavioral health for use by December 31, 2026.  Please review the documents posted on the Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force webpage. Although Colorado has made some progress in addressing what is needed to improve the behavioral health system through legislative changes and with state and federal funds, there are still many gaps in services and specific populations of people are disproportionately impacted by lack of access to care. For additional information on recent assessments of these gaps, please review existing reports and recommendations

Read More

Financing Public Schools FY 2021-22

Financing Public Schools FY 2021-22


Three bills were enacted during the 2021 legislative session that substantively impacted the financing of public schools in Colorado:

  • Senate Bill 21-268 provided funding for school districts in FY 2021-22, modified the school finance formula, and made administrative and grant program funding changes. It was signed into law by the Governor on June 11, 2021 and took effect on that date.
  • House Bill 21-1164 began phasing out the total program mill levy tax credits that were put in place through the enactment of House Bill 20-1418.
  • House Bill 21-1325 reestablished the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance for two disadvantage.

This memorandum summarizes the primary funding changes for school finance which were enacted during the 2021 legislative session.  Estimates in this memorandum will be adjusted during the 2022 legislative session through the enactment of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) supplemental bill, based on actual pupil counts and local property tax collections.

Youth scholarships available for the CBHC Annual Behavioral Health Conference


CBHC Annual Behavioral Health Conference

Youth Scholarships Available - Apply by Sept. 3
The State Youth Council, in partnership with the Colorado Behavioral Health Council (CBHC), is excited to offer 17 youth scholarships for the 2021 CBHC Annual Behavioral Health Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.

Applications are due by Sept. 3.

This opportunity is extended to students aged 18-22 interested in the behavioral health field. Scholarship recipients will receive full paid conference registration and three nights complimentary hotel accommodations, and will be paired with one of Colorado’s Community Mental Health Centers for mentorship. Learn more about the opportunity.
Apply by Sept. 3
This year's conference will take place in Breckenridge at the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. This learning experience will provide an opportunity to hear two keynote speakers and over 80 experts in their field from across Colorado and the country. 
Learn More About the Conference
If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]. 

Governor Polis Discusses State’s Response and Recovery Efforts, Announces More Vaccine Incentive, Programs to Keep Kids in School

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Conor Cahill | [email protected] 

Read More

2022 Colorado Superintendent of the Year award


Announcement from CASE regarding 2022 Colorado Superintendent of the Year award


As the statewide membership organization for public education leaders, CASE is always eager to share the stories of outstanding leadership in our public schools. Honoring award winners each year is a tremendous privilege and a process we are always excited to coordinate. As CASE members, you are aware of your colleagues, mentors, supervisors, and friends who are so deserving of recognition, and whose leadership is worthy of celebration.

With that in mind, we hope you’ll consider nominating an exceptional superintendent for the 2022 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Superintendent of the Year for Colorado. Our Colorado winner will automatically become eligible for next year’s national award.

Read More

Toolkit and Resources for 2021 School Guidance

Toolkit and Resources for 2021 School Guidance

This toolkit and the resources included within it were developed in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials and the Colorado Department of Education.

Read More

CHSAA Board of Directors Reflects at Retreat

General 8/7/2021 3:13:27 PM

CHSAA Board of Directors Reflects at Retreat

Story Links

CHSAA Board of Directors Reflects at Retreat
AURORA – On Friday and Saturday, the Colorado High School Activities Board of Directors convened for its annual retreat to discuss its approach to guiding the Association into the upcoming school year.
The tone of the two-day meeting, led by new board president Luke DeWolfe, was positive and forward-thinking throughout while the Board of Directors worked to redesign its plan and philosophy for the future.

"The CHSAA Board is ready to provide opportunities for kids to participate in activites," CHSAA Board President Luke DeWolfe said. "This weekend was an excellent opportunity for us all to reconnect as state leaders serving education-based activities. It was an opportunity for the Board to take some valuable time to discuss our vision, mission and core values – and to collectively share our 'whys' for doing what we do – and we will continue to focus on the needs for all student-athletes and programs across the state of Colorado."

“Thanks to CHSAA for helping to elevate the gifts and talents in our student-athletes that the world communities need,” said Tony Exum Sr., who serves in the Colorado House of Representatives. “Keep on keeping on.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on this distinguished Board,” said Dr. Emma Rae Martinez, Superintendent of Schools for South Conejos School District. “It is refreshing to know this board is solution-focused. I live in belief that when someone comes to me with a problem, they should also have a solution or they are part of the problem.”
“The CHSAA Board Retreat provided a great opportunity for the members to connect with each other and our 'whys' (individual and collective) as we enter the upcoming school year and work to create and enhance relationships and communication as we all strive to meet the vision and mission of CHSAA and provide opportunities for all of our students from all parts of the state,” said Alfie Lotrich, District 9.

"A retreat is always an opportunity to evaluate where you were, where you are and where you are going," CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. "And my staff and I are just ready to work collaboratively with the CHSAA Board of Directors."

Mental Health America (MHA) is accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC) until August 20.

REMINDER: Mental Health America (MHA) is accepting applications for our 2021-2022 Young Mental Health Leaders Council (YMHLC) until August 20.

YMHLC identifies young adults (18-25) who have created programs and initiatives that fill gaps in mental health resources in their communities. From policy to apps and peer support to sports, MHA’s young adult leaders are making a difference to meet the needs of their peers. Selected applicants participate in a six-month cohort to connect and share ideas with other leaders from across the US.

In addition to attending monthly 90-minute meetings over the six-month term, YMHLC members will:

Read More

State updates school guidance ahead of the school year

State updates school guidance ahead of the school year

Statewide, (July 30, 2021): The state updated the practical guide for operationalizing school guidance today, recommending that local public health agencies and school districts consider either mask requirements for all unvaccinated individuals-- or a masking requirement for all individuals in schools, particularly in higher-risk environments. The updated guidance comes in response to the CDC releasing new guidance earlier this week and as the state defends itself against the Delta variant.

While the state guidance outlines how local districts and governments can operationalize CDC guidance, it is distinct in providing greater options for schools. The CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Read More

Early Childhood Leadership Commission will host monthly informational Town Halls


Monthly Town Hall


Monthly Town Hall - Aug 10 at 5:30pm

Starting in August, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission will host monthly informational Town Halls to provide families, providers, members of the workforce, and early childhood stakeholders with updates about the transition planning process and opportunities to get involved.
Join us on Tuesday, August 10 at 5:30pm for our first virtual Town Hall to hear:
  • New Department of Early Childhood’s Mission and Vision 
  • Highlights from the TAG and Subgroup meetings 
  • Upcoming ways to engage
Spanish language interpretation will be available.  

Save your seat - register now


El Early Childhood Leadership Commission esta organizando reuniones informativas mensuales para compartirles a familias, proveedores, miembros de la fuerza laboral y todos los interesados información acerca de todo lo que ha estado ocurriendo en el proceso de planificación de la transición y las oportunidades de participación para el próximo mes.
¡Únase a nosotros el martes 10 de agosto a las 5:30 pm para nuestra primera reunión virtual del pueblo! Proporcionaremos información acerca de:
  • La misión y visión para el nuevo Departamento de la Infancia
  • Aspectos destacados de las reuniones de los TAG y subgrupos
  • Otras formas de como participar
Habrá interpretación en español disponible.

Guarde su asiento - ¡regístrese ahora!


Program Providers

Programs Providers are invited to join an interactive listening session to share their experiences navigating the early childhood system.

AUGUST 3 ~ 12:00-1:00 PM

AUGUST 3 ~ 5:30-6:30 PM


Monthly Meeting

The Transition Advisory Group will hold its second meeting on Wednesday, August 4 from 3:00-5:00pm and will be discussing the programs and structure of the new Department of Early Childhood.

Learn more about the TAG and how to join the meeting HERE!


Meetings Next Week

Subgroup Meetings will meet again the week of August 9-13 to to advise and inform the transition planning process. 

Learn more about each subgroup, including the notes and recordings from previous meetings,  HERE!  

Or sign up to receive more information.
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit

CSFP Conference: After COVID, Now What? How Money Matters

Colorado School Finance Project’s Inaugural Conference

After COVID, Now What?
How Money Matters

Join CSFP as it hosts its Inaugural Conference. Join this in-person conference this fall.

Discuss and learn how to think about school funding in a post-COVID climate.

Read More

State supplemental program through CDLS and CEL are providing additional options for students statewide

State supplemental program through CDLS and CEL are providing additional options for students statewide

Learn more about how online learning is an effective instructional strategy that can and is expanding options for students across the state.

Read More

CDPHE releases back-to-school guidance

CDPHE releases back-to-school guidance

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released updated back-to-school guidance today based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for how K-12 schools can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations.The guidance has been posted on CDPHE's website.

View guidance

National School Boards Association Announces Interim Executive Director and CEO Chip Slaven, Formerly NSBA’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Starts New Leadership Role

NSBA Announces Interim Executive Director and CEO Chip Slaven, Formerly NSBA’s Chief Advocacy Officer, Starts New Leadership Role

Alexandria, Va., July 15, 2021

Today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced that Chief Advocacy Officer Chip Slaven has assumed leadership of NSBA as interim Executive Director and CEO.

“I am pleased to announce Chip Slaven as NSBA’s interim Executive Director and CEO,” said Dr. Viola M. Garcia, NSBA President. “Chip has more than two decades of experience as a passionate advocate for public education and our nation’s students. He’s a trusted voice who our state associations know and respect.”

Read More

New and Updated American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance

New and Updated AAP Guidance
Updated Guidance on Schools, Camp Amid COVID-19

In updated guidance for the 2021-22 school year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends in-person learning and urges all who are eligible to be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. In addition to vaccinations, the AAP recommends a layered approach to make school safe for all students, teachers and staff in the guidance. That includes a recommendation that everyone older than age 2 wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Given recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at summer camps, AAP also has released updated guidance on safety measures recommended at camps. 

Message from Secretary of Education, Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D.

Good afternoon,

The U.S. Department of Education sent the following notice to all chief state school officers yesterday about monthly surveys to school districts and public school staff, pertaining to COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Read More