Applications due for Education Workforce Program

The Education Workforce Program provides funding that supports Colorado LEAs in securing a strong, talented education workforce that can ensure safe in-person learning, address learning loss, complete unfinished learning and meet the COVID-related needs of Colorado students. Through the assistance funded under this program, LEAs will be able to ensure ongoing and high-quality learning continues for all students. Applications are due by Friday, March 25.

Apply for the Mentor Grant Program

A competitive grant will be available for districts to apply for funding to increase the quality of their mentoring program, train and compensate mentor teachers, and increase supports for teachers in their first three years.

This grant will serve as an opportunity for districts to build, enhance and strengthen mentoring programs to ensure beginning teachers have the support necessary to build instructional capacity and effectiveness in the classroom. The competitive grant will be awarded for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. The application deadline is Monday, March 28. Applicants will be notified of final award status no later than Friday, May 13.

An application information webinar will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Visit the Mentor Grant webpage for grant details, including the informational webinar link.

2022-23 Annual 4-Day School Week Application is open

School districts operating a four-day school week (less than 160 scheduled days per school year) are required to submit a request for approval.

To be considered for the 2022-23 School Year, please complete the application via the Directory in Data Pipeline by Wednesday, May 11. Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized.

In addition to submitting the four-day application through Data Pipeline, districts accredited with Priority Improvement Plan or with Turnaround Plan that are submitting a district-wide application must submit the following additional information separately to Jhon Penn:

  • A copy of their respective school calendars
  • Building class schedules, assembly schedules
  • Bell schedule including lunchtime interval and professional development calendar.

CDE will review the additional materials for the use and prioritization of instructional time. The executive director of Field Services and the associate commissioner of School Quality and Support must recommend approval of the application before it is forwarded to the commissioner for consideration.

Visit the Directory in Data Pipeline for additional information.

School code change request deadline

Districts/local education agencies requesting a new school code, school name change, school grade change, and/or request for closing a school are required to submit the application, including the superintendent/executive director's signature, on or before Thursday, June 30, for the 2022-23 School Year. The submittal process opened on Feb. 3.

The School Code Change Request forms are located in the Year-Round Collections Directory on the Data Pipeline webpage.

The deadline to submit a change request is Thursday, June 30. Request approval cannot be guaranteed if submitted after June 30 deadline.

Visit the Year-Round Collections Directory for additional information.

TLCC survey window extended to Friday, March 4

In response to requests for additional time, the survey window will be extended until the end of the day Friday, March 4. Educators need 15 minutes to complete the survey that provides useful feedback for school and district improvement planning efforts.

More than 50 districts have hit the 50% participation threshold for the Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey, a statewide, confidential survey intended to provide schools, districts, and policymakers with reliable data on teaching and learning conditions.

Schools must have 50% participation and five responses to be able to access their data.

Codes are available in multiple ways:

  • Self-service portal
  • Online support form
  • Help Desk by toll-free number at 866-329-1530 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.) or by email.

For more information and helpful resources, visit the TLCC survey website.

Rural principal position open on the Dyslexia Working Group

A rural principal is needed to serve a two-year term 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.

Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Visit the Dyslexia Working Group webpage for more information.

Call for Materials: Implementing the Colorado Essential Skills

Colorado educators have done some amazing work to integrate the Colorado Essential Skills into their instruction. As part of efforts to develop a Colorado Essential Skills implementation guide, CDE is looking for examples of the integration of the skills into instruction.

Educators will be contacted for examples of lesson plans, videos, display materials, activities, coaching strategies, and any other instructional materials. While this collection is voluntary, resources are needed for all grade levels and content areas.

The materials should be collected by Friday, March 11. Submit resources on the Essential Skills webpage.

Applications open for Piton Fellowship Youth Cohort

Gary Community Ventures is accepting applications and nominations for its Piton Fellowship Youth Cohort, which is open to Denver-area 14- to 20-year-olds who are looking to expand their learning and accelerate their leadership journeys alongside a network of peers. Gary Community Ventures will prioritize applicants of color and youth from diverse backgrounds.

The Youth Cohort runs from Monday, June 20, to Friday, July 29, and fellows can expect to learn from inspirational changemakers, connect with their communities, build leadership skills, explore career pathways and develop as human beings. Those who complete the program will also receive a $2,100 stipend.

Applications and nominations for the early acceptance period are due Friday, Feb. 25, and will be prioritized over applications and nominations received in the final acceptance period, which ends Friday, April 1.

Visit the Gary Community Ventures webpage to learn more.

Last call for Early Graduate Program applications

The Colorado Department of Higher Education's Early Graduate Program application closes on Friday, Feb. 11, at midnight. The Early Graduate Pilot Program provides funding to help low-income high school students who graduate early pay for postsecondary education and training programs, including college and workplace learning programs like internships or apprenticeships. Five applicants will be selected by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education on Friday, March 4.

CDHE is also partnering with Colorado Succeeds to provide application and implementation support to interested schools and districts. 

Visit the Early Graduate Program webpage for more information.

Encourage staff to take the TLCC survey and reach 50% to receive results

A fourth of the state's eligible staff members already completed the Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey. Encourage participation in the TLCC survey by sharing how the district and schools plan to use results, providing protected time to take the survey, sending individual reminders or offering rewards or competitions.

Kudos to Revere, Bayfield, Gunnison Watershed, Steamboat Springs, and Haden for getting more than 80% participation.

Kudos to Jefferson County School District, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek, Poudre, Douglas County, Boulder Valley for surveying more than 1,000 staff.

To see how your district or school is doing, view the real-time response rate tracker on the TLCC webpage.

Celebrate Public Schools Week, Feb. 21-25

Access Tools, Messaging, and More to Help Plan District Messaging and Communication

Each year, thousands of educators across the United States come together with the Learning First Alliance (LFA) for Public Schools Week, a time for administrators, teachers, specialists, teacher educators, parents, and school board members to host events for their communities and discuss the importance of public education. This year, Public Schools Week (PSW22) will be held Feb. 21-25.

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Update on Remote Learning Flexibilities for the 2022-23 School Year

CDE recently received questions from schools and districts about flexibilities for remote learning due to COVID-19 in 2022-23. Starting next school year:

  • CDE will continue to offer flexibility for districts to provide temporary remote learning options as a result of COVID-19 health concerns.
  • CDE will discontinue flexibilities for districts to provide 100% remote learning options to students enrolled in brick-and-mortar schools due to COVID-19.

Read the full announcement on the Remote Learning Supports webpage.

Partners needed to ensure Colorado’s kids and teens have access to free meals this summer

CDE is partnering with Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger and Hunger Free Colorado to increase access to the Summer Meals Program and retain sponsors and sites that were able to operate in response to the pandemic. In October 2021, more than 11 million free meals were served to kids and teens, which is a 60% increase from October 2020. Sponsors, sites, and state partners are needed to ensure youth continue to receive healthy meals during the summer when school is out of session. To help ensure summer meals are available in your community, become a program sponsor, site or state partner for the Summer Meals Program.

To learn more, visit the Summer Food Service webpage.

2022 CLDE Awards Applications now available

This year, the Office of CLDE will not host the Annual CLDE Academy due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. The Office of CLDE will continue awarding winners of the Student Art Contest and Distinguished Administrator in Support of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners.

  • Student Art Contest Theme: “Stronger Together”—Nominate elementary, middle, or high school student art for the “Stronger Together” Student Art Award. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on how they or others have been or might be, “Stronger Together” through the medium of fine art. Student art applications will be accepted until Friday, April 8.
  • Distinguished Administrator in Support of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners – 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]

Visit the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education webpage for more information.

Registration for the April 22 PEP Academy in Spanish

The Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conference is offering one PEP Academy in Spanish on Zoom on Friday, April 22. PEP brings families and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes, obtaining information related to parenting, educating, and partnering to support student learning. PEP is a nonspecific disability conference that focuses on commonalities. Please contact Joyce Thiessen-Barrett if you would like a flyer to send out to your staff and parents.

Visit the PEP webpage for more information.

New Child and Adult Care Food Program brochure

The Preschool Development Grant Quality Nutrition workgroup has developed the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) brochure specifically for child care center providers to explain the benefits of participating in CACFP. This resource is available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

All nonprofit licensed child care center providers are eligible for CACFP. For-profit child care centers are eligible if they have at least 25% of enrolled children or licensed capacity from families at 185% of the federal poverty line or below. Details on this can be found in the brochure. These resources and more are available on the CACFP website.

Visit CDPHE's CACFP webpage for more information.

Air Quality Improvement Grant Opportunity - Application deadline extended to Feb. 15

The deadline for applications for the Air Quality Improvement Grant has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 15. This second round of funding is for the acquisition, repair, maintenance, or upgrading of portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fans or filtration systems for classrooms made on or after April 1.

Only one application per district or authorizer should be submitted. Charters, individual district schools, and facility schools must submit an application through their district or authorizer. Individual school applications will not be accepted.

Visit the Air Quality Improvement Grants webpage for more information.

Upcoming Webinar: Improvement Planning Case Study

CDE will host an Improvement Planning Case webinar at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, that will follow the progress of a three-year accreditation plan with University Prep charter school aimed at addressing the educational disruptions due to COVID-19. The plan outlines a vision for the 2021-22 through 2023-24 School Years, the adjustments being made to the network's systems and structures to accelerate student learning and the intentional application of ESSER funds to support recovery efforts. The webinar will touch on the network's approach to planning, the original Acceleration Plan, and the lessons learned during the first half-year of implementation. 

Visit the case study webpage for more information or to register for the webinar.

TLCC Survey Open until Feb. 18

The Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) survey is open until Friday, Feb. 18. Already, 15,000 educators or about 17% of teachers have responded.

Nine districts reached at least 50% participation, and so far at least five responding districts will receive their data back in the spring. Some bigger districts are hitting the 1,000 respondents mark.

To see how your district or school is doing, view the real-time response rate tracker on the TLCC webpage.

Stay Engaged with the Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Planning Efforts!

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission recently approved the final recommendations to guide Colorado's voluntary, universal preschool program. This set of recommendations, as well as the Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, were guided by an extensive planning and engagement process. 

Access the Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, as well as the Executive Summary in EnglishSpanish and Arabic

Access the Universal Preschool Recommendations Full Report, as well as the Executive Summary in EnglishSpanish and Arabic

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