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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Accountability & Improvement

ACCESS for ELLs, 2020 individual student growth reports and growth files released
 

The 2020 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® student growth detail files, individual growth reports (also known as the “ISRs”) and a district/school summary file have now all been released 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 here.  All 2020 growth summary data for ACCESS will be incorporated within the Data Explorer tool within the next week.
For questions related to Syncplicity and/or the Colorado Growth Model, contact Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.

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

UIP Online System Upgrade
 

The UIP Online System has received a system-wide upgrade. While pages may look different, all functionality remains. Guidance is available on the UIP online system website here and an overview of the new layout is available here. Additional functionality has been added to the Online System, including data visualizations and future access to the Accreditation and Request to Reconsider submission forms. If you experience any problems or have any questions, please contact Kirby Stein.  
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kirby Stein
School Improvement Planning
Phone: 3038665499
Email: [email protected]

Federal Programs

Nominate an exceptional teacher for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year
 

Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 teacher? Nominate them to apply for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year award!

Each year K-12 classroom teachers are nominated and apply to represent  the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will automatically become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 31. To access the nomination form, please visit the link below. Once nominated, the nominee is invited to submit their application by Thursday, August 27.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Patricia Gleason
Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 303-866-6143
Email: [email protected]

News & Notes

School reopening guidance now available
 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in collaboration with CDE, released new guidance for the fall opening of schools this week. The guidance will help local public health agencies work with districts and schools to ensure the safest learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing specific recommendations schools should consider based on the level of COVID-19 in their communities.

Additionally, the guidance has age-group specific recommendations on mask-wearing, physical distancing, and keeping students in cohorts.

The guidelines are based on current evidence that suggests the risk of COVID-19 transmission between younger children and from younger children to adults is low, so preschools and elementary schools have different guidelines than middle schools and high schools.

The guidance is based on the latest science and health recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and others. The guidance incorporates feedback and ideas from a variety of sources, including an advisory committee of education stakeholders and a focus group of doctors, epidemiologists, local public health directors, and superintendents -- as well as thousands of written comments from parents, teachers, and community members.

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

Colorado families with school-aged students to begin receiving P-EBT food benefits
 

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) in collaboration with CDE has announced families will start to receive Pandemic-EBT benefits starting Wednesday, July 22. Click here to see the full press release.

More than 360,000 Colorado children are eligible for P-EBT benefits, which will reimburse families for the free and reduced-price meals that students missed while schools were closed in March, April and May because of COVID-19.

Families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as SNAP, or food stamps), and whose children attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, can expect to have benefits automatically loaded onto their EBT cards through Friday, July 31. Eligible families who don’t receive an automatic payment will need to apply for P-EBT funds. The application for P-EBT is expected to open the end of this month.

For more information including FAQs, training and resources visit the CDHS P-EBT webpage. For questions, email [email protected]

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Rachael Burnham
School Nutrition Unit
Phone: 303-503-2353
Email: [email protected]

Postsecondary Readiness

Concurrent Enrollment Grant Application Available!
 

The Concurrent Enrollment Expansion & Innovation Grant program is a funding opportunity to provide grants to partnering local education providers and institutions of higher education to expand and innovate concurrent enrollment opportunities to qualified students.

The 2020-2021 grant awards up to $50,000 per approved applicant to be used through Sept. 30, 2021.

Important dates:
• Aug. 5, 2020: Application Q&A webinar
• Sept. 14, 2020: Applications due
• Week of Oct. 26, 2020: Initial notifications go out
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Michelle Romero
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness
Phone: 303-877-4155
Email: [email protected]

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