The Scoop, 15Sep21


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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This Week in The Scoop

Accountability & Improvement

Attend the Colorado Growth Model: Baseline Growth for Assessment/Accountability Contacts webinar

This webinar at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 is targeted toward district level users and will provide an overview of the new metric: baseline growth. The webinar will reference basics of the Colorado Growth Model and how fundamental principles of student growth percentiles and median growth percentiles are applied. Comparisons between cohort and baseline growth and distinctions between CMAS and WIDA ACCESS baseline growth will be described. An overview of reports and measures associated with the 2021 data release will be provided. The session will include time for participants to ask questions.

Click here link to join the webinar


For More Information, Contact:
Dan Jorgensen, PhD
School Improvement & Planning
Phone: 303-866-6763
Email: [email protected]

Early Learning & School Readiness

Round Two Colorado Comprehensive Literacy State Development applications

CDE will be reopening the Colorado Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant for Round Two of applications. The CLSD Grant is a federally supported grant intended to expand the use of evidence-based reading practices and interventions that advance literacy skills for children from birth to grade 12. Emphasis will be on historically underserved students including children in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities through educator professional development, literacy consulting support, development of a district-wide Comprehensive Local Literacy Plan and other high impact strategies. The CLSD Grant awards will be for four years. Round Two applicants will have a shortened year one (Jan 1, 2022-Sept 30, 2022) and a full 12-month grant cycle in Years 2-4 (Oct 1-Sept 30). There is a total of $15,401,552 available funds over the four year grant. Remaining Year One funds available for distribution is approximately $3.3 million.

The Request for Applications and application information webinar recordings for the CLSD Grant are available on the CLSD website.. The application portal will be open today and the application deadline is Friday, Oct. 29, by 11:59pm.

Please visit the CLSD page on CDE’s website for more information.

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For More Information, Contact:
Stacey Smith
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 720-595-1407
Email: [email protected]

Federal Programs

End of Year Report  deadline extension announcement

Due to programming delays, the FY 20-21 ESSA and ESSER Final Expenditure report will be due on Friday, Oct. 29. Districts and BOCES will submit final expenditure detail for the ESSA Consolidated Grants application through the ESSA Consolidated Grants application platform. ESSER expenditure detail will be reported through the ESSER Application Platform. We will send out notifications, provide training and technical assistance once the reporting function becomes available.

For More Information, Contact:
Steven Kaleda
Office of Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303.866.6724
Email: [email protected]

2022 United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program application now available

High school juniors or seniors are eligible to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program an educational experience for students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The USSYP brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government to meet with this outstanding group of young leaders - two high school juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity - for an intensive week-long education and leadership program. For 2022, the 60th Annual United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington D.C. March 5-12. Each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 8. For more information on eligibility, Colorado’s selection process and access to the application documents, visit the website below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Patricia J Gleason
Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 303-910-5721
Email: [email protected]

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

National Concussion Awareness Day is Friday, Sept. 17 

Following a concussion, research indicates that students should return to school after a short period of rest. If schools have a plan in place to monitor students, based on what we currently know about a concussion, students should:

Recover faster
Remain in school while recovering
Not fall as far behind and
Experience lower stress (anxiety and depression)

All due to having a school team who understands their needs. School personnel can take an active role in supporting their students who are impacted by taking CDE’s free online Return to Learn Concussion Management Team training.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Toni Grishman
Health and Wellness
Phone: 3035244321
Email: [email protected]

News & Notes

Register now for Colorado Applies Month and Colorado Free Application Days

Colorado Applies Month kicked off last week to support students on their journey to Colorado Free Application Days from Oct. 19 to 21. This year, students have three days to submit applications for free.

Colorado Applies Month emphasizes the importance of a postsecondary education and culminates in applying to an institution on Colorado Free Application Days, which students may apply for free at any public college or university and many private institutions from Oct. 19 to 21.

Register here.

Email questions to [email protected].

For More Information, Contact:
Megan McDermott
Phone: 720.394.3205
Email: [email protected]

Return on Investment Report now available

Recent data shows that those with a postsecondary education, were largely sheltered from the ramifications of the socioeconomic impact caused by COVID. Overall, data suggests that this same group earn more wages and live healthier lives. This year’s Return on Investment Report, reiterates the benefits of a postsecondary education and the mere opportunity that it affords which is choice. CDPHE published an annual return on investment report to assist lawmakers, taxpayers, students, and families in understanding the value of postsecondary education in Colorado.

View the Full Report here.

Email your questions to [email protected]

For More Information, Contact:
Megan McDermott
Phone: 720.394.3205
Email: [email protected]

Early Childhood Workforce Listening Sessions

To ensure that the voices of families, members of the workforce, and program providers are central to the design of the new Department of Early Childhood, the ECLC is holding listening sessions for members of the early childhood workforce to share their experiences to better understand how the current system is working and how it can be improved. We hope to hear from early childhood professionals across Colorado including home visitors, mental health specialists, early intervention providers, family child care providers, preschool teachers, child care providers, and others who work directly with children and families.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 12 to 1 p.m., Register here
Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Register here

Spanish language interpretation will be available at both sessions; Arabic language interpretation will be available in the evening.

For more information, visit the Early Childhood website.


Colorado Recovery Plan, Ready to Rise

Through the Colorado Recovery Plan, funding is available to support job seekers, workers, and students in getting the skills, training, work experience, and support services needed for in-demand jobs and careers.
Whatever previous education or training, the opportunities in the Colorado Recovery Plan can support Coloradans in completing the credential or degree needed for a quality job.

For more information visit the Ready to Rise website. 

For More Information, Contact:
Megan McDermott
Phone: 720.394.3205
Email: [email protected]

Postsecondary Readiness

Virtual Capstone Workshops - coming this fall

Join your colleagues and peers for an in-depth conversation and workshop about developing a Capstone process that includes all students. The focus will be on how to include students with an Individualized Education Program.
- Bring your capstone process or ideas
- Join a facilitated conversation about your successes and barriers
- Bring a team to workshop your capstone for students with an IEP

Choose the date that works for you:
- Monday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. Registration closes on Monday, Sept. 20
- Wednesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration closes on Wednesday, Sept. 29

Register for the Capstone Workshop.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Robin Russel
Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness
Phone: 303.866.2908
Email: [email protected]

Standards & Assessments

PAEMST Awards – nominations and applications open

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teaching.

Principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public may nominate exceptional Colorado STEM teachers who are currently teaching grades K-6 for the 2021-22 award year. Eligible teachers may also apply directly on the PAEMST website

The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 7, and the application deadline is Sunday, Feb. 6.

For More Information, Contact:
Maya Garcia
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: 3035037988
Email: [email protected]

Setting the Standard Webinar series

CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support is offering an ongoing webinar series that will be facilitated by CDE and national experts in the areas of interventions, equity, social emotional learning, and math. The webinars are held the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The next webinar will be Wednesday, Oct. 6: Foundations of Educational Equity: Positioning Ourselves To Do The Work.

Visit the Setting the Standard Webinar Series webpage for more information.

For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Hurley
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: (303) 866-6453
Email: [email protected]

September's CoMath Conversation: How do we retain our math teachers?

Join us for the next CoMath Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 16, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., when we'll review some research, share ideas, and hope to slow down the hire/rehire cycle and increase math teacher retention. Please register in advance for this meeting via Zoom

For More Information, Contact:
Raymond Johnson, Ph.D.
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: (303) 866-6582
Email: [email protected]

Student Pathways

Applications requested for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant program

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant program is issuing this Request for Applications to award grants for a six-month planning period  and up to four years of implementation funding.

This grant opportunity is to provide educational services to expelled students, students who are identified as at risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism or disciplinary action as identified pursuant to section, and to truant students.

Eligible applicants include school districts, charter schools, alternative schools within school districts, to nonpublic schools, to BOCES, and facility schools. Nonpublic schools may apply for a grant pursuant to this section only to fund educational services that have been approved by the state board pursuant to section 22-2-107.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 3.  An informational webinar will be available on the EARSS RFA webpage below. 

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Amy Werpy
Student Engagement Dropout Prevention
Phone: 720-470-7558
Email: [email protected]

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief- Homeless Children and Youth (ARP-HCY II) Formula Grant

The U.S. Department of Education under section 2001(b)(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is providing additional funding to help support school districts in serving students experiencing homelessness. The purposes of this funding include increasing the identification of homeless children and youth, providing wraparound services considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing assistance needed to enable children and youth experiencing homelessness to attend school and participate fully in school activities. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Wednesday, Dec. 1, by 11:59 p.m.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Dana Scott
Student Pathways, Office of Student Support
Phone: 303-866-6791
Email: [email protected]

Support & Intervention

School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant accepting applications

The School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant program is now accepting applications. School districts on behalf of a school or multiple schools, CSI, charter schools, BOCES, and facility schools are eligible to apply. Awarded grantees can receive up to $35,000 per school, per year to reduce bullying. Funds are allowed for salary and benefits, stipends, evidence-based bullying prevention best practices, family engagement, and more.

Priority points are available for applicants based on the rate of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, minority students, students with disabilities, and rural or small rural status.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Adam Collins
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 3038666622
Email: [email protected]

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