Virtual session on trauma-informed practices for teachers and school staff

Register to join an interactive virtual training at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 4, exploring Trauma-Informed Multilingual Education led by Elise White Diaz, educational consultant at Seidlitz Education. Uncover strategies for addressing the needs of diverse students with childhood trauma and navigating language and cultural barriers. 

Teacher Recruitment Education and Preparation 2024-25 slot allocation kick-off

If your school has students participating in TREP for the 2024-25 year, visit the TREP webpage to register for a webinar on at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, to learn more about submitting your slot requests. The slot request period will be from Friday, March 1, through Wednesday, May 1.

Informational CMAS Science and AEC performance framework results released

The 2023 informational performance framework reports containing 2023 CMAS Science for all districts and attendance/truancy results for Alternative Education Campuses have been provided to district accountability contacts via Syncplicity. For questions related to Syncplicity, training or support, email [email protected].

Attend an Educator Financial Aid Training in Denver

The second Denver metro region Educator Financial Aid Training will be this Friday, Feb. 9, at the University of Colorado Denver Student Commons Building. Use the registration form to join upcoming trainings and check future dates. These one-day, in-person trainings are designed for K-12 school counselors, advisors, educators and those involved with the FAFSA/CASFA processes at their school, organization or agency. Topics include updates and changes on the FAFSA, an overview of CASFA, Individual Career and Academic Plans, the FAFSA Completion Portal, My Colorado Journey and more. Eligible participants who complete this training will receive a $500 stipend as part of House Bill 22-1366 Improving Students’ Postsecondary Options.

Student End of Year and postsecondary programs collaborative webinar

Register to join a webinar on Student End of Year coding. Topics include: 

  • Postsecondary programs and program eligibility
  • Tools for data respondents and program staff to use when collaborating to support students planning to attend a postsecondary program
  • Student End of Year coding for students who will participate in ASCENTP-TECH Years 5-6, or TREP in 2024-25
  • Student End of Year coding for students who participated in postsecondary programs in 2023-24

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey live until Friday, Feb. 23

The free, statewide, biennial TLCC survey is available now. Because schools and districts need 50% participation to receive results, help ensure your school staff has the opportunity to participate. School support staff can be extra hard to reach, so be sure to leverage classroom relationships, lunch breaks and building team meetings to ensure codes are distributed to everyone. If you need information on who received survey codes in your building, contact [email protected]

Free Meaningful Career Conversation Trainings available through June 30

Meaningful Career Conversation Trainings are designed for anyone in a position to guide those seeking to enter the workforce, pursue a specific career path or change careers. Sponsored by CDE and created by Colorado Education Initiative and IndigoPathway, the training incorporates comprehensive content, including Individual Career and Academic Planning and its role in career advising. Participants will engage with a variety of resources to help them develop the skill sets, confidence and understanding to support learners of any age in pursuing new career opportunities and pathways.

Attend an Educator Financial Aid Training in Denver

The second Denver metro region educator financial aid training will be on Friday, Feb. 9, at the University of Colorado Denver Student Commons Building. Use the registration form to join upcoming trainings and check future dates. These one-day, in-person trainings are designed for K-12 school counselors, advisors, educators and those involved with the FAFSA/CASFA processes at their school, organization or agency. Topics include updates and changes on the FAFSA, an overview of CASFA, Individual Career and Academic Plans, the FAFSA Completion Portal, My Colorado Journey and more. Eligible participants who complete this training will receive a $500 stipend as part of House Bill 22-1366 Improving Students’ Postsecondary Options.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Speaker Series

Register to hear Jessica Martinez, former English language learner director of the year, speak about Strategic Goal Setting for Multilinguals at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Martinez will discuss how to plan with the end in mind, develop a vision, set goals and leverage collaborations using WIDA ACCESS data. Attendees will explore the common thread between Seal of Biliteracy, bilingual pathways and goal setting with CLDE directors, administration, teachers and students. 

Click here to see a flier for the event

Leveraging family, school, community partnerships in problems of practice

Register for a virtual interactive session on Understanding the Foundations of Family, School, Community, and Partnerships related to highly mobile youth populations at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Highly mobile youth can include unaccompanied minors, housing-insecure students, newcomers, foster youth and more. Review high impact practices and CDE framework information while interacting with other Colorado educators. This session is a CDE cross-department effort led by Paula Gumina, Jessica Stroope, Adrienne Cruz and Victory Molina.

Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant Program call for application reviewers

The CO-AAP application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15. If you are interested in reviewing applications, complete an interest form regarding your experience and availability by Monday, Feb. 12. Desired areas of expertise include the implementation of STEM programming (particularly mathematics and science), high impact tutoring, academic enrichment programs, youth development programs or other out-of-school time programs and implementing strategies for equitable, diverse and inclusive educational programs. Responding with your availability does not guarantee your participation. Responses after the deadline will be considered for alternate readers, should the need arise.

2024-25 School Counselor Corps Grant applications open

Applications for the 2024-25 School Counselor Corps Grant are open until Thursday, March 7. Learn more and register for an application webinar at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, on the SCCG webpage.

Colorado Academic Accelerator Program Grants competition open

Colorado’s Academic Accelerator Program applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Intents to Apply are strongly encouraged and are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1. 

CDE will host weekly office hours for 30 minutes at 9:30 a.m. every Thursday for potential applicants to ask the CO-AAP team any program or fiscal questions about the Request for Application. To access office hours Zoom links and recordings, application materials, technical assistance opportunities and resources, visit the CO-AAP webpage.

Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado survey is live

The statewide TLCC survey is live through Friday, Feb. 23. Association representatives or school leaders were sent survey codes the week of Jan. 15. Schools and districts need 50% participation and at least five respondents to receive results. For more information on survey coordinator assignments and headcounts or to track participation, visit the TLCC website

Monthly literacy conversations to support students on READ plans beyond third grade

A Reading, Writing and Communicating Content specialist in the Office of Standards and Instructional Support will host a monthly virtual conversation examining the newly released guidance to support secondary students who remain on READ plans past third grade. The conversations will focus on writing READ plans, goal setting and progress monitoring, effective assessments and collecting a body of evidence to exit a student from a READ plan. The first session will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29. Register for the sessions via Zoom

Apply for the Early Literacy Grant - Professional Development

Apply for the 2024-25 ELG – Professional Development by Wednesday, Feb. 28. This grant supports Colorado educators in implementing scientific and evidence-based reading programs and strategies for K-3 students. For support navigating CDE’s new grants management system, GAINS, the Grants Program Administration team offers weekly office hours. Register to attend an application information webinar at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30

District Accountability Committee district admin networking

Register to join a virtual networking session at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, for district staff who support DACs to share facilitation strategies, successes, opportunities and collaborative problem-solving. This session will focus on coordination between DACs, districts and local boards.

Apply for the Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant - Cohort 7

Apply for the Cohort 7 of the Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant by March 13

The Comprehensive ELG Program is designed to improve early literacy through evidence-based reading instruction. For support navigating CDE’s new grants management system, GAINS, the Grants Program Administration team offers weekly office hours. Register to attend the application information webinar at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31

Interim Final Rule: Establishing the Summer EBT Program and Rural Non-Congregate Option in the Summer Meal Programs

The USDA released an Interim Final Rule to amend the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option regulations to allow flexibility for rural program operators to provide non-congregate meal service. This rule is effective as of Dec. 29 and written comments may be submitted to the USDA by Apr. 29. CDE’s School Nutrition Unit will provide additional guidance through The Dish and upcoming training sessions.

Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture  is accepting applications for a two-year SCALES grant, which will provide up to $150,000 to rural School Food Authorities. Applications are due by Monday, Jan. 26. Awards include technical assistance support from Lunch Assist.