Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program Intent to Apply deadline next week

The Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program supports a variety of learning experiences that usually occur outside of the classroom. Schools interested in participating during the 2024-25 school year should complete the Intent to Apply form by Wednesday, Dec. 6. The ILOP Application process webpage has more detailed information about the application process.

Learn more about ILOP here.  

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Accelerated Exam Fee Program applications open

To increase the number of students who take the AP and IB exams, the Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program provides funds to high schools to help students pay the exam fees. The application is due by Friday, Jan. 12.

For more information contact Marina Estrada Kokotovic at [email protected] or 303-866-6267.

CLDE Speaker Series: Holly Porter to speak about co-teaching

Register here for a virtual interactive session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with Holly Porter, the director of Language Supports and Services in Cherry Creek School District who has championed co-teaching. Discover more about the implementation science of this program and the transformational results in Cherry Creek. See a flyer for the event here.

For more information contact Victory Molina at [email protected] or 720-425-4372.

Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant now open

Applications for the 2023-24 Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant are due  by Monday, Jan. 15. Check the grant website for detailed information on the application process, resources, and a new FAQ.

For more information contact Alena Barczak at [email protected] or 303-548-8427.

READ Act Instructional Programming Review volunteer reviewers needed

CDE's Elementary Literacy and School Readiness Office seeks volunteer reviewers to apply to review Instructional Programming in English and Spanish aligned to the READ Act. Initial reviews will be conducted virtually on multiple days in January. The volunteer reviewer application will close Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Visit the 2021-22 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process webpage for additional information.

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Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. Register here.

For more information, contact Aislinn Wales at 720-614-2151 or [email protected]

Computer Science Standards public comment period open

Public comment for the proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards for Computer Science is open. Colorado residents are invited to provide feedback on the proposed revisions by Jan. 5.  To access the public comment survey and view the proposed revisions, view the Computer Science Standards Review Committee webpage. 

Email questions to Samantha Messier, director of Standards and Instructional Support, at [email protected].

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The 21st CCLC grant application window for Cohort 11 will open by Friday, Dec. 15, with applications due on Feb. 15. CDE will award approximately $3 million in 21st CCLC funding for Cohort 11, and individual grant awards will range from $50,000 to $180,000 per year per center. Priority will be given to those programs serving students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. For grant competition updates, visit the 21st CCLC webpage.

For more information contact Anna Young at [email protected] or 720-614-8666.

CLDE Speaker Series

Are you interested in how CCSD's co-teaching program has evolved over the past 16 years to benefit students, teachers, schools, and the district? Learn the benefits of a Co-Teaching Program with Dr. Holly Porter at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Register here.

See a flyer for the event here.

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Registration open for Parents Encouraging Parents Conference

Parents Encouraging Parents is a statewide conference designed to promote family and school partnerships by bringing families and professionals together for two days of educational opportunities, connection, and community.  Our winter 2024 PEP will be  Jan. 26-27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Aurora. Registration is open.

Consider adding a brief announcement and links on your websites, social media and  newsletters to inform families and professionals of this incredible learning opportunity. Early registration is encouraged due to limited space.

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New TEACH Colorado PSA

The U.S. Department of Education, and One Million Teachers of Color launched a new public service announcement to celebrate teachers and show the impressive skills, expertise and leadership teachers use to prepare students for success in our fast-changing world. Watch and share the PSA.

For more information contact Kate Hudnut at [email protected] or 970-485-2781.

Technical Advisory Panel: Rural representative membership opportunity

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

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

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TEACH Colorado redesigned its homepage to articulate the numerous incentives for ongoing use of the TEACH Colorado platform. The new dashboard experience has customized recommendations for the most relevant content, tools and services based on individual profiles and preferences. 

For more information contact Kate Hudnut at [email protected] or 970-485-2781.

GAINS Virtual Training

The Grants Program Administration team will host a virtual training session on the new grants management system, GAINS, at noon on Tuesday,  Dec. 5. This system overview is designed for Local Education Agencies and Local Educational Providers who were unable to attend the in-person training opportunities offered in September. Training will cover general navigation, funding applications, reimbursement requests, check lists, history log and comments. 

Visit the GAINS training website for more information and to register for the training session.

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Final week for feedback on the Colorado Academic Accelerator Grant Program

CDE seeks stakeholders’ feedback to help develop the new Colorado Academic Accelerator Program grant (“Math In Pre-kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade”).

This competitive grant program is designed to create community learning centers that:

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Accelerated Exam Fee Program now open

The Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program provides funds to high schools to pay all or a portion of AP and IB exam fees on behalf of eligible students. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 12.

For more information contact Marina Estrada Kokotovic at  [email protected] or 303-866-6267.

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

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].

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].

Student chefs needed for One Plate Challenge

Colorado School Nutrition Association seeks student teams for the fifth episode of the One Plate Challenge, a filmed mystery basket cooking competition. Student teams are critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges and compete for glory and prizes. Team applications are due Friday, Nov. 10.

The competition will be Friday, Feb. 15, at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus and will be aired at the CSNA Summer Conference and on social media. Find more information and a promotional flyer to share with students.  

For more information, contact Shannon Murray at [email protected]