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Don't wait 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.

Application window for the 2022-23 Principal Leadership Institute is open

The Principal Leadership Institute is a one-year program focusing on distributive leadership, where principal participants work alongside exemplary principals using a coaching framework. The program framework consists of job-embedded, actionable leadership seminars, monthly workshops, site visits, and coaching sessions with principal coaches. The philosophy of this model builds in high levels of support for leaders via principal coaches throughout the program to sustain and integrate the skills and behaviors learned during the seminars.

To apply, visit the Principal Leadership Institute webpage.

Upcoming teacher professional development workshops

TeachEngineering and CU Teach will host two-day professional development STEM workshops. These engineering design teacher PD workshops are endorsed by the American Society of Engineering Education. CU Graduate Teacher Education Credit is available for each workshop.

Learn more and register for the workshops on TeachEngineering's website.

Technical Advisory Panel: At-large membership opportunity

CDE seeks an additional member to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth.

Candidates who wish to be considered for the at-large seat must submit a letter of interest and resume before Friday, July 1. Applicants must demonstrate some level of expertise related to assessment, educational research, the Colorado growth model, and/or educational accountability. The selected candidate will be notified prior to Friday, July 15.

The required letter and resume should be e-mailed to Dan Jorgensen at: [email protected].

For additional information, visit the TAP webpage.

Last Teaching and Learning CoLab of the summer

Teachers and leaders are invited to attend a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching, and other organizations and CDE. The last CoLab for the summer is on Tuesday, June 21, and is 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 and to register, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs - Pueblo webpage.

2022-23 Computer Science Education Grant applications

The Computer Science Education Grant Program application window is open for the 2022-23 school year. The application process will run through the summer and awards will be distributed for use during the 2022-23 school year. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant, which provides funds for K-12 computer science teacher professional development, and the Computer Science Education Grant, which provides funding with the purpose of increasing enrollment and participation of traditionally underrepresented students in computer science education activities.


For more information, and to check for updates, visit the Computer Science webpage.

Congratulations to the Local Food Program Awardees

Twenty school districts were selected to participate in the Local Food Program for School Year 2022-23. The Local Food Program is a pilot program in its second year that gives money to child nutrition program sponsors for the purchase of Colorado-grown, raised, and value-added products. This program helps bolster farm-to-school activities and supports Colorado producers, farmers, and ranchers. A total of $500,000 has been awarded to the following sponsors:

  • Bayfield School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Calhan School District
  • Colorado Springs School District
  • Creede School District
  • Durango School District
  • Englewood School District
  • Greeley-Evans School District
  • Gunnison Watershed School District
  • Lake County School District
  • Mancos School District
  • Mapleton School District
  • Pueblo City School District
  • Sangre de Cristo School District
  • South Routt School District
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Swink School District
  • Thompson School District
  • Vilas School District
  • West End School District

Congratulations to these sponsors for their commitment to farm to school and purchasing Colorado Proud products.

Visit the Farm to School and Summer webpage to learn more.

Time is running out for teachers to complete evidence-based reading training

The deadline is approaching for Colorado’s educators who teach literacy to K-3 students to submit proof via the Colorado Online Licensing system that they completed their evidence-based training in teaching reading.

Teachers must complete the training by Monday, Aug. 1, and should submit their documentation by Monday, Aug. 15.

Please note that the READ Act training requirement is not mandatory to maintain a teacher’s license status in any way. The benefit of adding the READ Act training designation to an educator’s license is that the proof of completion will stay on the educator’s Colorado credentials for future years as they may change grade levels, schools or districts.

View the K-2 Teacher Evidenced-Based Reading webpage for additional information.

Join the Early Childhood Leadership Commission for a special town hall to welcome Dr. Lisa Roy

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission is hosting monthly town halls to provide updates about the Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Program implementation process and opportunities to get involved. Join the conversation to hear from members of the Governor's Early Childhood Transition Team, state agency leaders, and other early childhood champions as we work together to ensure all children, families, and early childhood professionals are valued, healthy and thriving.

This month: Meet Dr. Roy and hear about her vision for early childhood in Colorado
Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is open

Submit 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 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 the Teacher of the Year webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process and to access the online application form.

Request for recommendations: Colorado Educator Talent Pool

CDE is accepting recommendations for distinguished educators. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. Recommendations for elementary educators new to the profession, who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability are especially needed. A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. Recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20.

For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage.

Dyslexia Working Group Membership

Apply for one of four membership positions available on the Dyslexia Working Group. The working group was established in the 2019 legislative session by the Colorado General Assembly through House Bill 19-1134. The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a Dyslexia Working Group to improve the identification of and educational support for students with dyslexia to improve their educational outcomes.

CDE is seeking to fill the following memberships:

  • Rural Principal
  • A school district literacy specialist
  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia and a disability
  • Director of special education

Online applications will be accepted at through Friday, June 17. CDE will notify applicants no later than Friday, June 24.

To achieve a diverse membership, applications will be reviewed based on the consideration of the geographical representation and individual knowledge and experience for the required representative of the working group.

Questions can be sent to Floyd Cobb at [email protected]

For more information about what is required to apply, visit the application website.

Applications requested for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant program

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant program Request for Applications is available. The EARSS Grant awards will be for a six-month planning period, followed by up to four years of implementation funding.

This grant opportunity is to provide educational services to expelled students, students who are identified as at-risk expulsion or at-risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism.

Eligible applicants include school districts, charter schools, alternative schools within school districts, nonpublic schools, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, and facility schools. Nonpublic schools may apply for a grant pursuant to this section only to fund educational services that have been approved by the state board pursuant to section 22-2-107.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept., 2. 

For full details, and informational webinar or to access the application materials, visit the EARSS RFA 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 and professional teaching, and other organizations. 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 will 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 and to register, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs webpage.

Update on Variance Waiver Requirements for School Year 2022-23

For the second year in a row, CDE will provide districts and schools the opportunity to request a Variance Waiver to the posted guidance regarding Blended Learning Courses and Supplemental Online Courses as outlined in the 2021 Student October Count Audit Resource Guide. These sections of the Guide will remain the same for the 2022-23 school year.

Variance Waivers granted during the 2021-22 school year are good for two years; however, schools/districts needing an additional year must still complete a formal request by Wednesday, June 15.
Schools/districts that need a variance waiver for the first time may also submit a request by Monday, Aug., 15.

Information on how to submit the applicable requests can be found on CDE's website.

I Matter Program renewed, now extended through June 30, 2023

In May 2022, the Colorado State Legislature renewed I Matter, a program that provides up to six free counseling sessions for any Colorado youth. With the new funding, the program will extend until at least June 30, 2023, and could continue until June 30, 2024, depending on how quickly funds are expended.

Learn more about the program's renewal in the Colorado Department of Human Services' press release. A digital toolkit is also available to share I Matter in your communities. Download the digital toolkit with social media posts and a platform overview that explains what to expect when utilizing the website and services.

Free I Matter materials can be ordered through the program’s online ordering form. Visit IMatterColorado.org or YoImportoColorado.org to sign up for services in English or Spanish.

Join BrainSTEPS CO

Increase your administrative unit's capacity to meet the complex needs of students who have experienced a brain injury by joining BrainSTEPS Colorado. BrainSTEPS teams assist students with all severities of brain injuries, including concussions. All training, materials, coaching/consultation, and support will be provided at no cost to districts in the program.

For more information and to download the application, visit the BrainSTEPS Colorado webpage.

Applications are due Friday, Sept. 2.

Don't wait to 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.

Professional Development Needs Survey

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support invites all Colorado educators to participate in a voluntary survey so that the department better understands the needs of the educators currently in the field. Please share this with others who can contribute. The Professional Development Needs Survey will be open through the end of June.

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 and to register, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs website.