CDE: The Scoop Newsletter


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

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This Week in The Scoop

Accountability & Improvement

April UIP posting flexibility

In response to the COVID-19 Policy Implications Stakeholder Group’s recommendations, the State Board of Education approved rules on March 10 to make the April 2021 public posting window optional; the new rules enable districts and schools to carry over the most recently posted plan to cover 2020-21. Read Act reporting requirements are still in place, and must be submitted by Thursday, April 15. For more detailed information, visit the UIP READ Act website. 
Districts and schools are still welcome to submit plans by Thursday, April 15, through the online UIP system and CDE will post those plans immediately. For districts wishing to exercise this new flexibility, no action is needed. CDE will add a note to the website explaining improvement plan status.

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For More Information, Contact:
Kirby Stein
School Improvement Planning
Phone: (720)454-2084
Email: [email protected]

Early Learning & School Readiness

Focus groups to discuss transition to kindergarten practices, policies and needs

The National P-3 Center, in collaboration with CDE and the Office of Early Childhood in CDHS, is recruiting school district leaders and administrators to participate in focus groups. Participants should include those responsible for implementing transition to kindergarten policies and practices. This project is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0054, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is to better understand school district opportunities, challenges, and needs related to the transition to kindergarten.

The focus groups will be conducted the week of March 29 and stakeholders who are explicitly responsible for kindergarten are encouraged to participate.
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For More Information, Contact:
Megan Prior Rogers
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 7203262880
Email: [email protected]

READ Act 2021 PD review stakeholder feedback solicitation & intent to submit window

The CDE P-3 office is seeking stakeholder feedback for the rubrics to be used in the upcoming 2021 review of professional development. Stakeholders are encouraged to view draft copies of the rubrics on the website and provide feedback using the related feedback forms.

The two categories of PD to be reviewed in 2021 will only include:
• Topic-Specific Professional Development Courses aligned to the READ Act
• Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultants

Please note that professional development courses designed to fulfill the READ Act K-3 Teacher Training requirement will be reviewed at a later date. Submissions for the K-3 Teacher Training category will not be accepted at this time.

Vendors who plan to submit applications to be considered for inclusion on the Advisory List of Professional Development in the Topic-Specific PD or Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultant Categories must complete the intent to submit form, linked on the website.  The submission window is now through Wednesday, March 31.

For questions regarding the Topic-Specific Professional Development course review, please contact [email protected]

For questions regarding Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultant review, please contact Laura Stelling at  [email protected]

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For More Information, Contact:
Andreia Simon
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 720-402-6049
Email: [email protected]

Exceptional Student Services

Facility schools board of education member seat openings

Two seats on the Facility Schools Board of Education are open for applications. A list of requirements can be found on the main page of the Office of Facility Schools website at the link below. The deadline for all applications to be received by the Office of Facility Schools is Friday, April 2.
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For More Information, Contact:
Molly Enright
Phone: 7206682089
Email: [email protected]

News & Notes

Safe2Tell virtual trainer spring cohort on April 23

The Safe2Tell Spring 2021 Virtual Trainer cohort will be held on Friday, April 23,  from 8:30 to noon. Attendees will learn about Safe2Tell core messaging, receive differentiated curriculum and extension activities for student ages, discuss how to create a high functioning Safe2Tell team and culture, and receive a free starter swag kit. There is no cost to attend.
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Postsecondary Readiness

2021-22 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 2021-22 grant awards up to $50,000 per approved applicant to be used through June 30, 2022.

Important dates:
• March 24: Application Q&A webinar
• April 19: Applications due
• Week of May 17: Initial notifications go out

For more information and to submit an application, visit the Concurrent Enrollment Expansion and Innovation Grant Program webpage.

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For More Information, Contact:
Michelle Romero
Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness
Phone: 303-866-6609
Email: [email protected]

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