Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is open

Applications are open for the next round of Computer Science Teacher Education Grants, a program for postsecondary education of eligible teachers. Intent to Apply (encouraged, but not required) is due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Completed applications must be submitted through the new online application system, GAINS, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. 

View a webinar training session about the grant application that was held on Oct. 25.

For more information, contact Pam Lewis at [email protected] or call 720-576-4622. View this page to learn more information about the 2023-24 CSed Grants

Celebrate Family and School Partnership in Education Month

November is Family and School Partnership in Education Month, and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education and CDE are launching a social media campaign promote the importance of family, school and community partnerships.

Throughout the month, we encourage schools, families, students and our community partners to share examples of how they collaborate. Use #PartnerInEd #FSCPMonth2023 and connect with CDE social media to help spread the word. Follow this link for the FSCP Month Communications Toolkit.

For more information, contact Darcy Hutchins at [email protected].

CSCC funding and eligibility report is overdue

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report on an annual basis. This online report was due by Oct. 31 but schools may still send in their report, which helps CDE determine your eligibility and funding levels for the next fiscal year. Use this link to submit your report.

For more information, contact Brandon LaChance at [email protected].

UIP Public Posting and Access

Thank you to districts for submitting UIPs for the Oct. 16 deadline. See the publicly posted plans here. Note, publicly posted UIP’s can be updated at any time, by district users re-submitting for public posting.

For questions, contact Erin Loften at [email protected].

Request for Application for the Colorado Academic Accelerator Program opens Dec. 15

The Request for Application for the Colorado Academic Accelerator Program grant opens Friday, Dec. 15 with applications due by Thursday, Feb. 15. 

This competitive grant program is designed to create community learning centers that provide opportunities for academic enrichment and support activities during non-school hours, periods when school is not in session, or during extended learning hours, including tutorial services; and offer families opportunities for engagement in their student's education, including opportunities for mathematics literacy and related educational development.

Eligible entities are selected for a grant that runs for a period of three years. CDE will prioritize applicants that:

  • Adopt intervention strategies;
  • Use evidence-informed programs that build student skills in STEM and mathematics;
  • Use digital math accelerator programs;
  • Serve high-needs students, as determined by the department;
  • Have an established presence and relationship in the community;
  • Have demonstrated in the application how the eligible entity will meet the needs of diverse student populations.
CDE will award approximately $24 Million over a three-year span. This month, CDE will engage stakeholders to elevate student, family and stakeholder voice. Check for updates on the Academic Accelerator Grant page.

For more information or questions, contact Jozette Martinez at [email protected].

GAINS office hours to support pilot grants

The Grants Program Administration team will host weekly office hours on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. to support LEAs/LEPs on the access and use of the new Grants Administration Implementation and Navigation System (GAINS) in submitting applications for the two pilot grants in the system, the Computer Science Grant and the Colorado Charter School Program Grant.

Both grants are due in November, and these office hours are highly recommended for all applicants wanting additional technical assistance for GAINS. Registration link can be found on the GAINS training webpage. 

For more information contact Jess Hollingshead at [email protected].

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey launches Jan. 24

The 2024 Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey is an anonymous online survey of all school-based educators, building leaders, special service providers and education support professionals that will launch on Jan. 24.

The survey promotes discussions in schools and districts about instruction, planning time, professional development, school improvement and related policy issues. CDE will send headcount numbers based upon data from the 2022-23 Human Resources Collection to accountability contacts and human resource contacts. These count estimates will help determine the number of codes to send each school for staff to access the survey. Districts must confirm the numbers by Friday, Dec. 1.

Schools and districts must have at least 50% participation to view their own data. Inaccurate counts could result in an interference with schools getting their TLCC survey data back.

For more information, contact Lisa Steffen at [email protected].

Charter School Capital Construction Eligibility Report Due Oct. 31

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report (CSCC-01) on an annual basis. This online report is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to help CDE determine eligibility and funding levels for the next fiscal year.

Click here for more information.

ILOP Recruitment Webinar on Oct. 31

Do your students participate in work-based learning? Learn more about the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot (ILOP) Program and the benefits of having this program in your school/district. A webinar offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, will provide information on the ILOP Program, how to apply, and information from current schools/districts about their ILOP programming.

For more information, visit this website.

ASCENT and TREP Estimated Program Participants

The Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) and Teacher Recruitment Education & Preparation (TREP) Estimated Program Participants Intent to Participate are due Monday, Nov. 13. If your school district is planning to participate in the ASCENT or TREP program next year, complete the 2024-25 Estimated Number of Program Participants Intent to Participate (ITP) web form for each program that you will participate in.

For more information, visit this website.

CLDE Speaker Series this Thursday

Register to hear  the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education speaker Grant Geis at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in a virtual webinar. This session will highlight Grant's successes in District 49 as the Coordinator of linguistically diverse education for the past five years. During that time he started a grassroots movement for professional learning that focuses on increasing the rigor in teaching language arts for all students especially multilingual learners. Teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, and community partners are welcome to join to listen to Grant, connect with other CLDE leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here.

Call for Peer Reviewers to Review Educator Preparation Content Endorsement Standards

CDE seeks educators from throughout the P-20 system, internal CDE content experts as well as higher education faculty to review the content standards of educator preparation programs. Reviews will take place in November, December and January. Fill out this form by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to sign up

Reviewers will be provided resources, including a training video, and support with any questions along the way. Reviews will take between two to five hours and will be completed on your own time on a rolling basis.  If you are unable to complete a review at this time but know someone who may be interested, please share this information. If you have questions, contact the Educator Preparation team at [email protected].

Click Here for Additional Information.

Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is Open

The Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is open for applications through the new grants management system called GAINS. This grant’s purpose is to promote the postsecondary education of eligible teachers who teach or wish to teach computer science in K-12 education.

  • Intent to Apply (encouraged, but not required) is due by 5 p.m.  Friday, Nov. 10.
  • Completed applications must be submitted through the NEW online application system, GAINS, by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17.
A webinar will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 to provide information on this grant or the GAINS system.  For more information regarding this grant, visit the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant website.

2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Open

The 2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process is open. During each review cycle, providers have the opportunity to apply to be added to the list. The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit core, supplemental and intervention instructional programs to be reviewed for inclusion on CDE's READ Act Advisory List. The Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply opened Oct. 16 and will close Friday, Nov. 3. For questions, contact [email protected].

Ninth Grade Success Grant Applications Open

CDE is accepting new grant applications for the Ninth Grade Success Grant through Monday, Oct. 30. An application training webinar was held on Oct. 3. The Ninth Grade Success Grant Program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to help improve the ninth-grade student experience by ensuring that ninth-graders develop the skills they need to continue to 10th grade and graduate from high school ready for a career.

For more information, click here.

Notify of FY24-25 BEST Grant Round by Nov. 30

The deadline for all applicants to notify CDE of their intent to apply for a BEST grant in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024-25 grant round is Nov. 30. The intent to apply form, as well as the full grant round announcement, can be found on our website.
Click Here for Additional Information

Technical Advisory Panel: Rural Representative Membership Opportunity

CDE seeks one rural representative to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, which serves as an advisory body to CDE regarding the implementation of the Colorado Growth Model and the Educational Accountability Act.

TAP members are appointed by the commissioner of education and serve three-year terms without compensation. Applicants must represent a rural community in Colorado and must demonstrate expertise with educational assessment, growth (including the Colorado growth model), research, and/or accountability.

By Monday, Dec. 4, applicants must submit a statement of interest and resume using this form to be considered. The selected candidate will be notified prior to January 2024.

CLDE Speaker Series on Oct. 19

Join the virtual interactive session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, with Grant Geis, coordinator of linguistically diverse education in District 49, as he shares his insights on professional learning, increasing the rigor in classrooms and implementation coaching cycles. This is also an opportunity to connect with other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here for the session

Applications being accepted for the Facility Schools Board of Education

CDE's Office of Facility Schools seeks applicants for the recently vacated State Placement Agency Seat on the Facility Schools Board. The open seat represents one person from state-level child placement agencies within Colorado.  Membership term is three years with the board meeting monthly. Members serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses. To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter/letter of interest by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Judy Stirman at [email protected]

New Data Culture Webinar Series Available

The new Building a Data Culture video series uses resources from the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clearinghouse to describe the five key areas needed to create a strong data culture in schools and districts. The series of short, on-demand webinars and related resources support the building of a data culture by school and district administrators and staff.

The five webinars include:

  1. Ensuring access to data
  2. Building knowledge and skills to use data
  3. Making meaning from data
  4. Clarifying data use expectations
  5. Leading to support a data culture

Click Here for Additional Information