Upcoming Webinar: Accreditation and Request to Reconsider

CDE staff will host an hour long informational walkthrough of the 2023 accreditation and request to reconsider process on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.

Districts must submit the Accreditation Form in the Accreditation Portal by Friday, Sept. 22 and request to reconsider materials by Monday, Oct. 16.

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READ Act Principal/Administrator Training Available

Free READ Act principal/administrator training will be available Thursday, Aug. 10. To qualify for READ Act per pupil funding for the 2024-25 school year, districts must ensure school principals and district administrators complete the required training by Aug. 1, 2024.

An informational webinar will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10.

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Youth involvement in standards

CDE is looking for youth advisors for the 2023-25 Colorado Academic Standards revision process. Every two years, the state is required to review and revise a portion of the Colorado Academic Standards. Recently passed legislation requires the state to include youth advisors in the standards review process. 

The next set of standards to be reviewed will include computer science, English language proficiency, physical education and world languages.  

Applications for youth advisors are available until Tuesday, Aug. 15. The youth advisors must be 14 to 19 years old and enrolled, attending or recently graduated from one of the following:

  • A Colorado junior high, middle or high school, including tribal schools, online schools, charter schools or approved facility schools.
  • A nonpublic home-based educational program.
  • A high school equivalency examination program.
  • Or who have obtained a high school diploma through successfully completing high school equivalency examination.

Youth advisors will serve a two-year term and may be able to serve more than one term. Click here for more information about youth advisors and the standards review and revision process.

Register to Attend Training Opportunities for CDE's New Grants Management System

CDE's department-wide grants management system, GAINS, will launch this fall. GAINS will streamline and consolidate multiple CDE application systems and processes into a single location and system.

CDE will host in-person trainings from Tuesday, Sept. 19, to Thursday, Sept. 28, for external system users, as well as one virtual training.

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2023-24 Educator Recruitment and Retention Financial Assistance

The 2023-24 Educator Recruitment and Retention financial assistance application is open through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Qualified educators may apply for up to $10,000 to help finance their educator preparation program expenses. Recipients must teach in a shortage area for three years.

Additional application windows will open Oct.1 - Nov. 15 and Jan. 3 - Feb. 15.

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Upcoming Accountability & Improvement Planning Webinars

The School Improvement and Planning team will host these training webinars:

  • Accountability 101: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Stakeholder Engagement with the UIP: Thursday, Aug. 17, 10-11 a.m.
  • Data Dashboards for Improvement Planning: Thursday, Aug. 31, 10-11 a.m.
  • Year 1 Priority Improvement/Turnaround UIP Support Webinar: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

Visit the Accountability training webpage to register for a session.

Educator Shortage Survey Results

Results are available for CDE's Educator Shortage Survey, an annual, mandatory statewide survey for all districts and BOCES that employ educators. Learn more about the 2022-23 school year numbers of positions filled by shortage mechanisms, and numbers of positions going unfilled.

For assistance, contact the Educator Talent Research & Impact Office at [email protected].

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Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant Application

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant program application is available on CDE’s website. The EARSS Grant awards will be for a 6-month planning period in Spring 2024 followed by up to four years of implementation funding.

This grant helps provide educational services to expelled students, students who are identified as at risk of expulsion, students who are habitually truant or at-risk of becoming habitually truant, and/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, BOCES, and facility schools.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 21.

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CMAS Assessment Toolkit Now Available

CDE created communications materials in both English and Spanish to help families understand the results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests and the PSAT and SAT that will be publicly released on Thursday, Aug. 17. Resources include instructions on how to understand score reports, the role of state assessments, and an assessment FAQ.

Supplemental Online Options for Students- Fall Registration

Registration for Colorado Digital Learning Solutions is open until Wednesday, Aug. 23. All courses have a registration fee of $200, and courses begin on Aug. 23.

See the full CDLS catalog of over 250 courses.

Contact Dan Morris through email or call 303-917-3922 if you need more information.

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Assessment Communication Toolkit Now Available

State assessment results will be presented and publicly released at the Aug. 17 State Board of Education meeting. An assessment communication toolkit is available to help districts and schools communicate with families about CMAS, PSAT and SAT scores.

CDE Highly Mobile Youth Learning Cohort Virtual Convening

The Office of District Improvement Strategy and the Office of Student Support are hosting a virtual conference on Out of School Time for Highly Mobile Youth at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9,  for school and district leaders.

Participants will hear about successful OST programming and learn about options for OST from CDE.

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Federal Programs Office Hours

The Federal Programs & Supports Unit provides bi-weekly virtual support to Local Education Agencies through its ESEA/ESSER Office Hours.

Anyone responsible for the local administration and implementation of ESEA or ESSER programs is invited to join.

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Training Opportunities for CDE's New Grants Management System

CDE's first department-wide grants management system, GAINS, will launch this fall. GAINS will streamline and consolidate multiple application systems and processes into a single location and system.

CDE will host in-person trainings from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28, as well as one virtual training. 

Submit your information here to be notified of important registration information.

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Stakeholder Feedback Opportunity

The Elementary Literacy and School Readiness team seeks school leaders to participate in a stakeholder opportunity in August and early September on the READ Act School Administrator Course.

All stakeholder members will earn a certificate of completion for the 20-hour leadership course to upload to the COOL system as evidence they have met the legislative requirement.

For questions, contact [email protected].
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Training: Educational Identification of Autism

Registration for the Educational Identification of Autism training for the 2023-24 school year is open. This training will be presented virtually over three separate rounds. Participants will receive a certificate for 12 CDE contact hours at the completion of the training. Each round includes four sessions, three hours per session.

See the flyer for additional details.

READ Act Updated Grades 4-12 Reading Interventionist Training

The free updated READ Act teacher training with a K-12 focus is available Tuesday, Aug. 1. To qualify for READ Act per pupil funding for the 2024-25 school year, districts must ensure K through third grade teachers hired on or after June 1, 2023 and fourth through 12th grade reading interventionists as defined by the READ Act and Rule complete the required training by Aug. 1, 2024.
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2023 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® Growth Files Released

The 2023 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 student growth detail files and individual student reports have been provided to District Accountability contacts via Syncplicity. All 2023 ACCESS growth summary data will be incorporated within the Data Explorer tool and posted to CDE's website later this summer.

For questions related to Syncplicity, training support and/or the Colorado growth model, email [email protected].

State Review Panelists needed for 2023-2024

Recruitment for experienced Colorado-based educators to apply for the State Review Panel has begun. The panel is assigned to evaluate schools and districts at the end of the Accountability Clock and provide recommendations to the State Board of Education on required actions when schools and districts fail to make progress.

Applicants with experience and expertise in school or district turnaround, alternative education, experience as a superintendent, English language learning expertise, and those who are able to read and write in Spanish and English are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by Friday, July 28.
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Highly Mobile Youth Learning Cohort - Virtual Convening #2

The Office of District Improvement Strategy and Student Support is hosting a virtual conference, Out of School Time for Highly Mobile Youth at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

Participants will hear from leaders in Colorado who are implementing successful OST programming and learn about options for OST from CDE.
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