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Social studies standards review committee presentation date change

The presentation of the final recommendations for revisions to Colorado’s social studies standards is being changed from the May to the June State Board of Education meeting. The change provides board members and the public adequate time to review proposed changes prior to the presentation from the social studies committee.

All meeting materials, including the committee’s final recommendations, are available on the standards review webpage.

Teaching and Learning CoLabs

This summer, teachers, and leaders are invited to attend Teaching and Learning CoLabs, a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching and other organizations, and CDE. The dates and host sites for this summer's CoLabs are:

· Thursday, June 2, hosted by Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction
· Wednesday, June 8, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley
· Tuesday, June 21, hosted by CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo

Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and/or content areas. Focus content areas for 2022 include English language arts, health, and physical education, mathematics, science, and computer science. Leadership-focused sessions will be provided for principals and other school leaders.

For more information, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs website.

2022 Colorado PAEMST Finalists

Congratulations to the Colorado state finalists for the 2021-22 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

  • Mathematics: Amanda Jaquette, Brown International Academy, Denver Public Schools
  • Mathematics: Amanda Sutton, Lesher Middle School, Poudre School District
  • Science: Allison LeWarne, Sunset Elementary School, Moffat County School District
  • Science: Autumn Rivera, Glenwood Springs Middle School, Roaring Fork Schools

These teachers' applications will be reviewed by a national selection committee convened by the National Science Foundation. PAEMST awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from NSF, and an all-expenses-paid trip for an award ceremony and professional learning and networking opportunities in Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science teachers. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983 and the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

Celebrate Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week

This week, May 2-6, is Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week, the perfect time to thank Colorado educators for their resilience, adaptability, and dedication to our students. CDE invites everyone to participate by giving thanks to the teachers in their lives.

To help districts and schools celebrate, CDE created resources to spread the word. Access social media graphics, sample posts, and more on the Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week webpage.

Resources to help families participate are also available on the Parent and Family Resources webpage.

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center is holding a free Summer Safety Symposium

The free virtual symposium brings together campus safety professionals; including administrators, mental health staff, law enforcement, security, emergency management, prevention and advocacy specialists, Title IX Coordinators, facilities, and IT professionals. This symposium was initially designed for staff of Institutions of Higher Education, but faculty members from K-12 schools and districts will also benefit, as the topics are directly relevant to their work.

For more information, and to register, visit the 2022 Virtual IHE Summer Safety Symposium website.

Final School and District Accountability Committee networking event is May 10

Join CDE, school and district staff, and accountability committee members to discuss School Accountability Committee and District Accountability Committee timelines, recruiting membership and onboarding plans in preparation for 2022-23 school year. This will be an opportunity to hear what basic expectations are for committees as well as promising practices from other committees around the state. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, via Zoom.

More information is available on the Accountability Committee Networking Series webpage.

Make a plan to complete K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training

All kindergarten through third-grade educators who teach reading and literacy skills in Colorado must complete their evidence-based reading training requirements by Monday, Aug. 1. Documentation that they complied with the K-3 evidence-based reading training requirements should be submitted by Monday, Aug. 15.

CDE offers a free self-guided training to all K-3 educators.

Learn about the requirements to complete this training and the completion options available for K-3 teachers on the teacher training webpage.

Office of Educator Preparation seeks stakeholder input on Adapted PE Standards

The Educator Preparation office will be looking at Adapted Physical Education endorsement standards and is putting together a stakeholder working group to provide input. The workday for the stakeholder group will be held virtually starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19.

We’re seeking participation from a variety of stakeholders, including:
  • District/BOCES PE teachers, special education directors, or teachers
  • Colorado physical education and special education preparation programs
  • CDE Physical Education and Special Education experts
  • Community and educational advocates
Interested participants are asked to complete the interest form by Monday, May 16. Notifications will be sent out to all interested participants on Tuesday, May 17, with the agenda and Zoom information.

Submit your applications for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Applications for this honor are due Wednesday, June 29.

Visit CDE's website for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process, and to access the online application form.

TLCC results emboargoed until May 11

Districts and their schools that met reporting thresholds received access to the embargoed Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey results this past week. An email was sent to superintendents and accountability and HR contacts with access information to access the reports. Results should be shared with appropriate district and school-level staff. The data will be available publicly on Wednesday, May 11.

Interpretation resources and guidance are available on the TLCC website.

Upcoming Improvement Planning training

The schedule for upcoming School Improvement and Planning training webinars is available.

  • Engaging Stakeholders in Improvement Planning webinar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.
  • Implementing and Progress Monitoring a School Improvement Plan webinar at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Visit the Unified Improvement Planning and Accountability training webpage to register for a session.

Applications for Dyslexia Pilot Program due on May 2

CDE is accepting applications for the 2022-23 Dyslexia Pilot Program. Applications are due by Monday, May 2. The program will include up to five schools in the year-long pilot of screening processes and implementation of intervention strategies for K – 3 students who may have dyslexia. Through the pilot program, schools will receive no-cost training and support.

A recorded informal webinar about the pilot program and application are available on the Colorado Dyslexia Pilot Program webpage.

CoMath Conversation: What happens when our desired math teaching strategies aren't what's promoted in other content areas?

Join the May Co Math Conversation at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19. This conversation will give participants time to discuss examples, explore some crosswalks and weigh the pros and cons of different perspectives and approaches.

To participate, register via Zoom.

Schools of Choice Unit Presents: Topic-Based Webinar: Adult Resilience and Stress Management within a We-Care Culture

The Adult Resilience and Stress Management within a We-Care Culture webinar will explore how school climate impacts indicators of staff wellbeing and how a culture of we-care is essential to supporting teacher resilience and stress management. This interactive webinar will provide social-emotional wellness tools and resources and is designed for anyone who works in schools or who supports schools including, but not limited to, teachers, cafeteria staff, transportation employees, administrators, paraprofessionals, office staff, and custodial staff.

Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how a positive school culture and climate is essential for staff wellbeing.
  2. Participants will be able to understand resilience and reflect on how it relates to stress management.
  3. Participants will engage in social-emotional wellness tools that can be used to assess and support their own well-being.

Join us via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

Schools of Choice Unit presents: Rural and Non-Metro Charter School Support Seminar

Join The Schools of Choice Unit for the Rural and Non-Metro Charter School Support Webinar at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 6. This training provides essential guidance and highlights relevant topics impacting charter schools in rural school communities. Plan to join or forward this opportunity to your charter schools.

Schools across Colorado face similar challenges in navigating the ongoing challenges of teacher recruitment and retention, declining enrollment and supporting staff and students' social-emotional well-being. Learn innovative and impactful strategies from rural school leaders, advocates, and support organizations to reignite your passion and enhance your chartering practices.

Topics highlighted during this webinar include:

  • Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Rural Communities
  • State of the State, highlighting rural school hot topics and advocacy strategies
  • Lessons in Leadership, highlighting best practices for leading rural charter schools

Register for the webinar on Zoom.

Celebrate Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, which is the perfect time to thank Colorado educators for being role models for adaptability and resilience, especially in the hard times we've experienced these past few years. CDE invites everyone to express gratitude for the teachers in their schools and districts.

Next week, share a post, image or video with a sign thanking a teacher on any social media site using the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO. To help districts and schools celebrate, CDE has created a number of resources to spread the word. Access social media graphics, sample posts, and more on the Teacher Appreciation Week webpage.

We have also highlighted Teacher Appreciation Week resources that parents and families can use. Send them to the resources for parents webpage for ways they can participate.

Updated School Year 2021-22 outreach materials

The School Year 2021-22 outreach materials encourage families to provide household income information for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program benefits. These materials have been updated to include additional information regarding the need for households to update address and parent/guardian information as well as highlighting school meal benefit carryover status into next school year. Sponsors can use these materials to encourage households to apply by highlighting the benefits, such as potentially qualifying for P-EBT and starting the school year off with school meal benefits in place.

For questions, email free&[email protected].

Visit the School Nutrition webpage for additional information

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day!

School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 6, offering an opportunity to raise awareness and applaud the many child nutrition professionals who have a positive impact on Colorado’s students. Our school lunch heroes provide healthy, nutritious meals that fuel students throughout the day and help them be focused and ready to learn – all while overcoming massive challenges caused by supply chain and staffing shortages.

Find easy ideas, resources and tools on the School Lunch Hero Day website to help celebrate School Lunch Hero Day in your district.

Summer and School Meal Program operations update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced further guidance on operations for summer 2022 and School Year 2022-23:

  • Summer Food Service Program operations in 2022: state agencies may request waivers for non-congregate meal service and parent/guardian pickup when impacted by COVID-19. In addition, sponsors will be able to use other approved data sources to determine area eligibility for sites, no waiver required.
  • National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program operations in School Year 2022-23: state agencies may request waivers for non-congregate feeding and parent/guardian pickup when impacted by COVID-19 offer versus serve at the high school level, mealtime requirements, and alternate sites for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program when impacted by COVID.

Other waivers that state agencies may request include Food Service Management Company contract duration, Local Wellness Policy triennial assessment due date, and on-site reviews and reporting. CDE’s School Nutrition Unit is applying for all waivers to provide as much flexibility as possible to sponsors. These flexibilities will not be in place until the waivers are approved by USDA. Register for the next On the Menu call on Thursday, April 28, to learn about the waivers in more detail.

Consolidated Application in-person regional work sessions

The Office of Federal Programs and Supports is hosting in-person Consolidated Application work sessions. CDE staff will be available to support local education agency staff in completing the 2022-23 Consolidated Application for ESEA funds. These work sessions are designed to support LEAs in completing the application by the Thursday, June 30, deadline.

Register for one of the sessions through the links on the Regional Network Meeting webpage.