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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].

Charter School Capital Construction Eligibility Report Due Oct. 31

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report (CSCC-01) on an annual basis. This online report is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to help CDE determine eligibility and funding levels for the next fiscal year.

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ILOP Recruitment Webinar on Oct. 31

Do your students participate in work-based learning? Learn more about the Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot (ILOP) Program and the benefits of having this program in your school/district. A webinar offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, will provide information on the ILOP Program, how to apply, and information from current schools/districts about their ILOP programming.

For more information, visit this website.

ASCENT and TREP Estimated Program Participants

The Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) and Teacher Recruitment Education & Preparation (TREP) Estimated Program Participants Intent to Participate are due Monday, Nov. 13. If your school district is planning to participate in the ASCENT or TREP program next year, complete the 2024-25 Estimated Number of Program Participants Intent to Participate (ITP) web form for each program that you will participate in.

For more information, visit this website.

CLDE Speaker Series this Thursday

Register to hear  the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education speaker Grant Geis at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in a virtual webinar. This session will highlight Grant's successes in District 49 as the Coordinator of linguistically diverse education for the past five years. During that time he started a grassroots movement for professional learning that focuses on increasing the rigor in teaching language arts for all students especially multilingual learners. Teachers, principals, directors, superintendents, and community partners are welcome to join to listen to Grant, connect with other CLDE leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here.

Call for Peer Reviewers to Review Educator Preparation Content Endorsement Standards

CDE seeks educators from throughout the P-20 system, internal CDE content experts as well as higher education faculty to review the content standards of educator preparation programs. Reviews will take place in November, December and January. Fill out this form by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to sign up

Reviewers will be provided resources, including a training video, and support with any questions along the way. Reviews will take between two to five hours and will be completed on your own time on a rolling basis.  If you are unable to complete a review at this time but know someone who may be interested, please share this information. If you have questions, contact the Educator Preparation team at [email protected].

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Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is Open

The Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant is open for applications through the new grants management system called GAINS. This grant’s purpose is to promote the postsecondary education of eligible teachers who teach or wish to teach computer science in K-12 education.

  • 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.
A webinar will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 to provide information on this grant or the GAINS system.  For more information regarding this grant, visit the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant website.

2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Open

The 2023-24 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Process is open. During each review cycle, providers have the opportunity to apply to be added to the list. The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit core, supplemental and intervention instructional programs to be reviewed for inclusion on CDE's READ Act Advisory List. The Part I - Letter of Intent to Apply opened Oct. 16 and will close Friday, Nov. 3. For questions, contact [email protected].

Ninth Grade Success Grant Applications Open

CDE is accepting new grant applications for the Ninth Grade Success Grant through Monday, Oct. 30. An application training webinar was held on Oct. 3. The Ninth Grade Success Grant Program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to help improve the ninth-grade student experience by ensuring that ninth-graders develop the skills they need to continue to 10th grade and graduate from high school ready for a career.

For more information, click here.

Notify of FY24-25 BEST Grant Round by Nov. 30

The deadline for all applicants to notify CDE of their intent to apply for a BEST grant in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2024-25 grant round is Nov. 30. The intent to apply form, as well as the full grant round announcement, can be found on our website.
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Technical Advisory Panel: Rural Representative Membership Opportunity

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

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

By Monday, Dec. 4, applicants must submit a statement of interest and resume using this form to be considered. The selected candidate will be notified prior to January 2024.

CLDE Speaker Series on Oct. 19

Join the virtual interactive session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, with Grant Geis, coordinator of linguistically diverse education in District 49, as he shares his insights on professional learning, increasing the rigor in classrooms and implementation coaching cycles. This is also an opportunity to connect with other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) leaders across the state, as well as participate in a question-and-answer segment with Grant.

Register here for the session

Applications being accepted for the Facility Schools Board of Education

CDE's Office of Facility Schools seeks applicants for the recently vacated State Placement Agency Seat on the Facility Schools Board. The open seat represents one person from state-level child placement agencies within Colorado.  Membership term is three years with the board meeting monthly. Members serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses. To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter/letter of interest by Tuesday, Oct. 31, to Judy Stirman at [email protected]

New Data Culture Webinar Series Available

The new Building a Data Culture video series uses resources from the Institute of Education Sciences and What Works Clearinghouse to describe the five key areas needed to create a strong data culture in schools and districts. The series of short, on-demand webinars and related resources support the building of a data culture by school and district administrators and staff.

The five webinars include:

  1. Ensuring access to data
  2. Building knowledge and skills to use data
  3. Making meaning from data
  4. Clarifying data use expectations
  5. Leading to support a data culture

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Family, School and Community Partnerships Framework and Rubrics Released for Community-Based Partners

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships Framework and Rubrics has been released specifically for community-based partners, who may include out-of-school time programs, local community businesses and external partners such as libraries, faith-based communities, cultural organizations and public health organizations who engage regularly with youth and families.

These rubrics will help community partners self-assess their partnership practices and programs with families and schools.

Access the new FSCP P-12 Framework for Community-Based Partners here. 

Charter School Capital Construction Annual Reporting due Tuesday, Oct. 31

All charter schools eligible to receive Charter School Capital Construction funding are required to complete the Charter School Capital Construction Report on an annual basis. This online report is due by Tuesday, Oct. 31, and determines the funding levels for the next fiscal year.

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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Workshop Series

CDE's Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will offer educators a virtual workshop series provided by Natasha Quiroga that will focus on supporting the immigrant students and families of Colorado. The content will cover understanding the immigration legal system, dispelling common immigration misconceptions, analyzing federal policies impacting immigrant children (Title 42 and DACA), analyzing the Flores Settlement Agreement, trafficking victims’ protection act, as well as other various related areas of the immigration journey.

The sessions below are designed for superintendents, district leadership teams, coaches, general educators and English language development specialists.

  • Session 1: Immigration 101 - Thursday, Nov. 14, 2023, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Session 2: From the Border to the Classroom: Experiences of Unaccompanied Children - Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Session 3: The Long Road Ahead: The Path to the U.S. and the Legal Journey of Immigrant Students - Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Click Here for Additional Information

Ninth Grade Success Grant Applications are open

CDE is accepting new grant applications for the Ninth Grade Success Grant through Monday, Oct. 30. An application training webinar will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The Ninth Grade Success Grant Program provides funding to local education providers and charter schools to help improve the ninth-grade student experience by ensuring that students enrolled in ninth grade develop the skills they need to continue to 10th grade and graduate from high school ready for a career.

View the Ninth Grade Success Grant Request for Applications webpage to register for the application webinar and to apply.

Free crisis services available through Colorado Crisis Services

Colorado Crisis Services provides free, confidential and immediate support from trained professionals and peer specialists. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 844-493-TALK(8255), or texting TALK to 38255.

Colorado residents can also seek services in-person at walk-in centers, regardless of ability to pay.

To get help with a mental health, substance use or emotional concern—for you, or for someone you know visit the Colorado Crisis Services website.

CLDE virtual speaker session with Grant Geis on Oct. 19

Education leaders are invited to a 90-minute virtual speaker session with Grant Geis, culturally and linguistically diverse education coordinator in District 49, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

During the session, Geis will highlight the successful implementation of language scaffolds for multilingual learners. View the resources in the CLDE cohort planning Google folder ahead of the session.