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Statements from National School Boards Association and Connecticut Association of Boards of Education on Dr. Miguel Cardona's Nomination as Secretary of Education

Alexandria, Va. (December 22, 2020) - In response to the nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) issued the following statements:


Anna Maria Chávez, Executive Director and CEO of the National School Boards Association (NSBA):

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Governor Polis Declares January School Board Recognition Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2021

Governor Polis Proclaims January 2021 as School Board Recognition Month

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis issued an official proclamation recognizing January as School Board Recognition Month. The proclamation reads in part, "school board members are extraordinary people who invest many hours of volunteer work to tackle the enormous job of governing our school districts and whose actions and decisions help impact the present and future lives of young Coloradans."

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CDE News Release - Preliminary data shows 3.3% decrease in 2020 school enrollment with biggest drop in early grades

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Governor Polis Signs Bills Into Law

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 7, 2020

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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CASB's 80th Annual Business Meeting

The 80th Annual Business Meeting for the Colorado Association of School Boards is today, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.

The Business Meeting will be held via Zoom and only Delegates may join the call. Just like the recent Delegate Assembly held through Zoom, it will be live streamed on the CASB website for CASB members who are not Delegates. CASB members can log into the website to view. For help with login, click here

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Governor Polis Announces Back-to-School Working Group

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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Governor Polis Calls Special Session of 72nd General Assembly


For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Conor Cahill | [email protected] 


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CASB Letter to Governor Polis: Working Together

The following letter was sent to Governor Polis on Thursday, November 19 in response to the press conference held this week. 

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CDE News Release: School and district ratings to remain the same this year

Nov. 12, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

News Release

School and district ratings to remain the same this year

Extension of K-3 teacher training requirement to be considered next week

DENVER – The Colorado State Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday and Thursday extended the school and district ratings assigned in 2019 to this year. With the cancellation of state assessments in spring 2020, the accountability system was paused by Gov. Jared Polis’ Executive Order in March and later codified by the legislature in the School Finance Act. Districts and schools will not receive performance framework reports or updated plan types in 2020. 

Extension considered for READ Act K-3 teacher training 
In response to the challenges teaching are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the board considered providing kindergarten through third-grade teachers with a six-month extension to meet the READ Act requirement to complete evidence-based training in teaching reading. The board will take up the proposal again during a special meeting scheduled for Nov. 19. 

About 23,000 teachers in Colorado must complete the training, as required by changes the legislature made in 2019 to the READ Act. The legislation requires teachers to complete the training before the beginning of the 2021-22 school year and provides an allowance for CDE to grant a one-year extension if districts demonstrate a good cause for their inability to comply. The proposal considered by the board would extend the deadline to January 2022. 

In other action, the board declined to consider a district waiver application from the Education reEnvisioned Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The Innovation Schools Act gives only districts -- not BOCES -- the ability to request waivers from certain state statutes, so the board found the BOCES to be ineligible for the waivers under state statute.







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Troops to Teachers helps veterans start careers in the classroom

Troops to Teachers helps veterans start careers in the classroom
 

On this Veteran’s Day, CDE would like to highlight the work of Troops to Teachers, which helps military service members and veterans start new careers in the classroom. The program is run through the U.S. Department of Defense and provides counseling, financial aid and placement for veterans to help facilitate a successful transition to teaching. 

The Troops to Teachers consortium between Colorado and New Mexico, now in its third year, assists teacher candidates enrolling in educator preparation programs and veterans currently serving as educators in Colorado and New Mexico school districts. 

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For More Information, Contact:
Korey Brown
Phone: 303-945-5537
Email: [email protected]

Governor Polis Announces Millions in Education Grants for Colorado

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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The Association of Latino Administrators Announces its New Executive Board

 

 

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Gov. Polis Provides Update on State’s Response to COVID-19, Urges Coloradans to Step Up & Do Their Part to Slow Spread of Deadly Virus

For Immediate Release

Monday, November 9, 2020

Conor Cahill |[email protected] 

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Denver teacher named 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year Gerardo Muñoz teaches social studies at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker

Oct. 29, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division, 720-668-6434

News Release

Denver teacher named 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Gerardo Muñoz teaches social studies at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker

DENVER – Gerardo Muñoz, a social studies teacher at Denver Center for International Studies at Baker in Denver Public Schools, was named Colorado’s 2021 Teacher of the Year in a special virtual ceremony today.

“I am honored and excited to announce that Gerardo Muñoz has been selected as Colorado’s 2021 Teacher of the Year,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “In an exceptionally tough year, we are grateful to have outstanding educators like Mr. Muñoz who dedicate their time and energy to supporting our students. Mr. Muñoz is a respected leader in his school and community. He encourages students to speak up on important issues and inspires them to pursue their passions. We are excited to watch his journey as our Colorado Teacher of the Year!”
 
As Teacher of the Year, Muñoz will represent the entire profession in Colorado and be the public face of Colorado’s teachers. He will be entered as Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program competition and will receive many professional development opportunities. Muñoz, along with the country’s other teachers of the year, will be honored at a special ceremony at the White House and get the opportunity to go to NASA’s Space Camp. He will also become a member of the Colorado Education Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet.

“Mr. Muñoz is an incredible educator deserving of this honor,” said Susana Cordova, Denver Public Schools superintendent. “Mr. Muñoz taught both of my children while they were students in DPS, and I know firsthand how he impacted them during their time in his classroom. His dedication to his students is representative of many outstanding educators you will find in DPS classrooms. He inspires, guides and uplifts students on a daily basis, and I am honored to serve our students alongside him."







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10th anniversary ICAP Award nominations

10th anniversary ICAP Award nominations
Nominate your district or school for the 10th anniversary edition of the ICAP Awards. Access the Nomination form here. 

Awards will be given for:
• ICAP teams in 1) elementary school 2) middle school 3) high school 4) charter school and 5) district
• Promising Practices for integrated student-driven processes that are meaningful and equitable, and that emPoWeR students for Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness.

The ICAP Award committee, composed of ICAP facilitators and previous award winners, will review the answers and stories, models and/or examples of the ICAP process that you submit on the Nomination form.  Honorees will be featured in the upcoming PWR Playbook and in ICAP Birthday Showcases on 10th Birthday Tuesdays, January through May 2021.

Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 25. For more information, contact Robin Russel.

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For More Information, Contact:
Robin Russel
Office of Postsecondary Readiness
Phone: 720.576.2902
Email: [email protected]

Media Release: Colorado Receives Rural Broadband Grant


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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State Board of Education adjusts budget reduction proposal

Oct. 22, 2020
For more information, contact:
CDE Communications Division: 720-668-6434

News Release 

State Board of Education adjusts budget reduction proposal 

Revised CDE budget identifies $11.5 million in proposed reductions for fiscal year 2021-22

DENVER –  The State Board of Education during a special meeting today revised the Department of Education’s budget proposal for the 2021-22 fiscal year to include a total of $11.5 million in proposed reductions.   

During its regular meeting earlier this month, the board identified $29 million in reductions to education grant programs and the department’s operating expenses, an amount equal to 10% of CDE’s discretionary budget. Those reductions were identified in response to a request for state agencies to identify a 10% reduction in their budgets because of the economic decline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the most recent state budget forecast being more optimistic, the board fully restored proposed reductions in the School Counselor Corp Program, Concurrent Enrollment Expansion Grant, Career Development Incentives Program, Innovative Learning Opportunity Pilot, P-TECH and ASCENT. In addition, proposed cuts were reduced for BEST Cash Grants and Capital to Charter School Facilities.
 
The complete revised budget reduction proposal is available on the website. 

The revised budget reduction proposal will be submitted to the legislature in November for its consideration during the 2021 session.

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Colorado Lands USDA ReConnect Program Award for Rural Broadband Expansion

 

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Free copies of “The Little Red Fort” available for all preschoolers in Colorado

Free copies of “The Little Red Fort” available for all preschoolers in Colorado

The winning 2020 One Book Colorado selection has been announced. "The Little Red Fort", written by Brenda Maier and illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, will be available in English and Spanish through Sunday, Oct. 25, for every 4 year old in the state as part of the One Book Colorado program. Books are available through all public and military libraries in the state, as well as in every Denver Preschool Program classroom.

The program stems from the idea that providing young children with access to books promotes early literacy skills and helps parents and families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers. Research has shown that children are more likely to show up to their kindergarten classroom ready to read if they have had regular access to books and adults who read with them regularly. Visit the state’s new website, ReadWithMe.Today, to find tips and resources that can help parents make reading a part of their child’s daily routine.

Read the full news release here

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Free and reduced-price meals outreach toolkit

Free and reduced-price meals outreach toolkit

Use the new free and reduced-price school meals outreach toolkit to market the importance of applying and promoting the availability of free school meals. Sponsors can access print-ready and web materials, customizable flyers, social media templates and talking points.

For questions email, free&[email protected]

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