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Thursday, July 16, 2020

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Accountability & Improvement

** Apply to be part of the COVID-19 Policy Implication Stakeholder Group

The application for the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group was released this week, seeking a broad group of stakeholders from all different parts of the state. The legislature included the creation of the group in the School Finance Act as a way to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption of the 2019-20 school year, including student transition to remote learning and the cancellation of the state assessments, accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluation systems.

The group will discuss how the cancellation of state assessments will impact accountability, accreditation, and educator evaluations during the 2020-21 school year and whether future modifications are needed for these areas in response to the pandemic.

As specified in the law, the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group will be formed under the direction of Commissioner Katy Anthes and is expected to be convened around the time the 2020-21 school year begins and will meet regularly through December. 

The group will include representatives with diverse viewpoints about assessments, accountability, and educator effectiveness by including individuals impacted by these systems, individuals with expertise in these systems and individuals engaged in advocacy around these systems.  

If you are interested in applying or know someone who would be good for this, please fill out and submit the application by no later than Tuesday, July 28. 

For More Information, Contact:
Rhonda Haniford
Associate Commissioner- School Quality and Support
Phone: 303-866-6202
Email: [email protected]

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0®, Growth Detail & Summary Files Released

The 2020 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® student growth detail files and district/school summary files have been provided to District Accountability contacts via Syncplicity. English Language Proficiency Growth historical results for the state and by district/school are available within the State Accountability Data Explorer visualization tool.  All 2020 ACCESS growth summary data will be incorporated within the Data Explorer tool later this month.

Individual student ACCESS growth reports (also known as the ‘ISRs’) were not included as part of this release but will be made available to accountability contacts within the next few weeks.

For More Information, Contact:
Dan Jorgensen, PhD
School Improvement & Planning
Phone: 3038666763
Email: [email protected]


Capital Construction

Filling Vacancy on Capital Construction Assistance Board (BEST Grants)

The Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Assistance Board (the Building Excellent Schools Today Grant Program) has two upcoming vacancies—both for a member who is a school facilities planner or manager at the time of appointment or has recent experience as a school facilities planner or manager. Board members serve a maximum of three two-year terms.
One position will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, as early as Friday, July 31.
One will be appointed by the State Board of Education as late as Sept. 10.

To learn more about the Capital Construction Assistance Board please visit: Or, if you have any questions, or wish to apply for the position, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Andy Stine, Director of Capital Construction, at: [email protected] by Friday, July 24, 2020.

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For More Information, Contact:
Andy Stine
Capital Construction
Phone: 303.866.6717
Email: [email protected]


Educator Talent

Principal Resources available for school leaders

CDE created a Principal Resources webpage that brings together internal and external resources to support principals and school leaders. Resources around planning for the 2020-21 school year, such as the Turnaround Network’s Launching Unfinished Learning and Virtual Hiring webinar series, are also available on the COVID-19 Resources for Principals webpage. Principals and school leaders are encouraged to visit these newly developed webpages and/or connect with CDE Principal Leadership Cross-Unit Work Group team members with any questions or ideas.

For More Information, Contact:
Robyn Hamasaki
Educator Talent
Phone: 303-866-6628
Email: [email protected]


Federal Programs

Submit Your Application for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year is now available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher in any state-approved or accredited school, kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status, to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The Colorado Teacher of the Year candidate must have the respect and admiration of their colleagues and:
• Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence.
• Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
• Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large.
• Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning.
• Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

Applications for this honor will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 27.  To access the application and additional program information for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year, please visit the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Patricia Gleason
Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 3038666143
Email: [email protected]



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