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Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports Online Academy on LearnWorlds is live

The Office of Learning Supports’ new Online Academy provides participants with on-demand training on topics related to COMTSS in Colorado. Courses are free and offer continuing education credits for course completion.

Topics include:
• COMTSS 101
• Team-Driven Shared Leadership
• Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision Making
• Family, School, and Community Partnerships
• Layered Continuum of Supports
• Evidence-Based Practices
• Implementation Science
• Response to Intervention
• Universal Design for Learning

Register online at comtss.learnworlds.com. For assistance navigating LearnWorlds, please email [email protected].

Visit the Online Academy and Training webpage for additional information.

PAEMST Awardees

Congratulations to Stephanie Basile and Michelle Dillard, Colorado's latest recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Stephanie Basile teaches at STEM Lab in Northglenn, part of the Adams 12 Five-Star School District, where she serves as the K-6 engineering and computer science teacher. See Stephanie's full award profile here.

Michelle Dillard teaches at Ford Elementary School in Centennial, part of Littleton Public Schools, where she teaches fifth grade. See Michelle's full award profile here.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The awards were established by Congress in 1983 and the president may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year from across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. territories as a group. The award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas.

2022-23 Concurrent Enrollment Grant Application available!

The Concurrent Enrollment Expansion & Innovation Grant program provides grants to partnering local education providers and institutions of higher education to expand and innovate concurrent enrollment opportunities to qualified students.

The 2022-23 grant awards up to $50,000 per approved applicant to be used through June 30, 2023.

Important dates:
• Wednesday, March 16: Application Q&A webinar
• Monday, April 18: Applications due
• Week of May 16: Initial notifications go out

For more information and to submit an application, visit the Concurrent Enrollment Expansion and Innovation Grant Program webpage.

Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation application coming soon

The TREP program, created by Senate Bill 21-185, allows for qualified students in an educator pathway to receive funding for up to two years of college tuition. Twelfth-grade students who are enrolled in at least one course in the educator pathway can qualify for this opportunity. Interested districts should submit an Intent to Participate by Monday, April 11. See the TREP website for more information.

Encourage future educators to sign up with TEACH Colorado for access to resources to get a head start on their careers. TEACH Colorado provides a variety of free resources to aspiring educators. Make sure the future teachers in your community are connected by encouraging them to sign up for free.

Visit the TREP webpage for additional information.

Submit a nomination for Serving Up Science

Submit a nomination for school nutrition professionals in your district to attend "Serving up Science: The Path to Safe Food in Schools" by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. This four-day program developed by experts in food science at Kansas State University and USDA takes place June 20-24 in Manhattan, Kan. This program equips professionals with science-based food safety information to take back to their cafeterias. Attendees will learn how to overcome food safety challenges and become leaders who can establish a food safety culture in their districts.

All travel costs are the responsibility of the participant or their employer. However, all other program expenses including meals and lodging are provided.

Learn more about the program on the Kansas State University webpage.

Local Food Program application now open

Applications for districts to participate in the Local Food Program for School Year 2022-23 are open. The LFP is a statewide pilot that provides funding for school food authorities to purchase Colorado-grown, raised, processed, and value-added products.

Register now for an informational webinar about the program at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

Districts considering applying should complete the intent to apply form by Friday, April 1.

The application closes Friday, April 15.

Advanced Educational Identification of Autism Training

Dr. Bryn Harris will present the workshop "Educational Identification of Complex ASD Cases: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Evaluations" from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, and 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children. Participants must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of attendance (six CDE hours). Partial credit will not be given.

This training is available to only those who have completed the CDE Educational Identification of ASD Toolkit training. Registration is limited. Priority will go to those who have not previously attended.

For more information on the workshop and to register visit the Autism Spectrum Disorder webpage.

K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training requirements

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.

Licensed teachers should submit documentation through the Colorado Online Licensing system. Non-licensed educators will submit their request for documentation approval form via Google form.

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

Find out more about the Mentor Grant Program

The Mentor Grant Program is open for applications. Grant funds can be used to help develop, support, or grow mentoring programs for new and pre-service teachers. Applications are due by Monday, March 28.

Applications and additional information are available on the Mentor Grant Program Webpage.

Volunteer as a reviewer for the Mentor Program Grant

Reviewers are needed for the Mentor Program Grant, a program that develops, supports, and expands mentoring programs for new teachers. Approximately $9.5 million will be available during the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Reviewers will score and provide feedback on grant applications.

Complete a short interest form by Monday, March 28.

Visit the Mentor Grant Program webpage to learn more.

Update on K-12 Education Accountability Systems Performance Evaluation

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor and its contractor, the Human Resources Research Organization, continue to work on the performance evaluation of Colorado's K-12 education accountability systems required by House Bill 21-1294.

HumRRO will engage with districts, schools, and parents to invite participation in online surveys and, in some cases, virtual interviews and focus groups. Communication about these activities will be sent the week of March 21 directly to district superintendents for further dissemination to district and school personnel and parents, as applicable.

Participation in the surveys, interviews, and focus groups is voluntary. However, the OSA and HumRRO encourage districts, schools, and parents to recognize the value that their participation will have for providing information to the Colorado General Assembly about the effectiveness of certain aspects of Colorado's current K-12 education accountability systems.

Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet Thursday, March 17

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, via Zoom.

The meeting agenda will focus on the accountability rulemaking process and related topics.

Visit the TAP webpage for additional information.

New Learning Cohort: Leading for Engaging, Rigorous Instruction

CDE is offering a math and English language arts learning cohort for school and district leaders from May through the 2022-23 school year that will focus on developing understanding, tools, and action planning. Participation in the cohort includes some funding for participation and implementation. The learning cohort will convene for five sessions through May 2023 to learn, share and observe practices of other schools, action plan and discuss strategies for implementation. Cohorts will meet via Zoom and/or in-person sessions.

View this flyer for more information.

SEFAC Opening for Small Rural or BOCES Fiscal Member

The Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee (SEFAC) has a vacancy for a small rural or BOCES fiscal member.

SEFAC was established in 2006 by House Bill 06-1375 and is the Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with the allocation of an annual appropriation, currently $4 million. The committee has the discretion to award grants to administrative units for students with disabilities who qualify as “high cost” students. In addition to analyzing the high-cost applications and awarding grants to administrative units, the SEFAC produces an annual report to the legislature which includes special education data from the collection year, current fiscal year, and changes the committee recommends regarding the manner of distributing funds to Administrative Units for special education programs through the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA).

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Self-paced, virtual ICAP book study March 18 – May 16

Sign up to participate in the first ICAP Book Study by Friday, March 18.

The group will be reading "Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know" by Adam Grant. Join ICAP Champions Kristin Hefflon, student services coordinator with St. Vrain Valley Schools, and Allison Lusero Hoffman, director of counseling in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, who will lead the discussion and who have collaborated with the CDE Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness and CTE in Colorado. Some participants may be eligible for five hours of continuing education credit.

Find more details on the ICAP webpage.

Deadline for distinguished administrator in support of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners Award Friday, March 11

Nominate a distinguished administrator who has created successful outcomes and supported the academic, linguistic, and social-emotional needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Administrator award applications will be accepted until Friday, March 11.

For CLDE questions, contact Rebekah Ottenbreit at [email protected].

For nomination process questions, contact Patricia Gleason at [email protected].

For more information and to access the application, visit the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education webpage.

TLCC results expected in April or May

CDE thanks the nearly 44,000 educators and staff, who completed the Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado survey.

Districts that met the threshold of at least 50% participation and/or have schools that met these criteria will receive an embargoed link this spring to access data. Data will be available publicly via the TLCC Survey website by the end of April or in early May.

A webinar to share out statewide trends and resources for schools and districts to dive into their results will take place in May. CDE-facilitated work sessions are also available by request.

More information on the webinar and resources will be shared via The Scoop in a few weeks.

Visit the TLLC survey webpage for additional information.

A rural principal is needed to serve a two-year term on the Dyslexia Working Group

The application window for a rural elementary principal to serve on the Dyslexia Working Group is open through Friday, April 1.

Click Visit the Dyslexia Working Group webpage for more information and to submit an application.

ESSER K-8 Mathematics Curricula & K-3 READ Act Instructional Programming Grant Program

CDE is creating a grant program to support the purchase of high-quality, standards-aligned K-8 mathematics curricula and K-3 READ Act-approved instructional programs. This grant is being funded under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) state reserve. The due date for applications is Friday, April 29.

For detailed information about the grant program and to view the recorded application information webinar, see the program webpage.

Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program - Second Round

The Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program is open for the second round of applications through Thursday, March 11. Awards will be distributed for use during the 2021-22 school year. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant and the Computer Science Education Grant.

For more information, and to check for updates, visit the Computer Science webpage or contact Chris Summers at [email protected] or 303-866-6576.