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Preliminary Frameworks Released

2023 preliminary transitional frameworks were provided to District Accountability Contacts via Syncplicity. Ratings will be incorporated within the District & School Dashboard and posted to the CDE website this fall.

For questions related to Syncplicity, training support, or the Colorado growth model, email [email protected].

Charter School Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Leader Support Forum

Schools of Choice will host a forum to support leaders of color in the charter industry and ground them in support, learning, and problem-solving on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. The Schools of Choice Unit wants to invest in leaders of color to promote school and community outcomes, personal retention, student outcomes and equity and provide a space that will offer leaders of color networking and access to skills that influence change and enhance overall leadership, management, and operation of a charter school. Register at this link.

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Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. The public meeting will be held via Zoom, the link to register is available on the TAP webpage.

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Required Submission for All Districts: Accreditation Form

District Accountability Contacts must review and submit the Accreditation Form by Friday, Sept. 22, to sign off on school plan types and the district accreditation ratings. All request materials must be submitted by Monday, Oct. 16, if a district would like to request a change in school or district ratings. Guidance, tools, and opportunities for support are available on the accreditation and request to reconsider website.

New Resources Available from the Office of FSCP

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships website is updated to include a new webpage to link schools and districts with high impact strategies to partnership practices and additional resources.

Additionally, a new version of the FSCP P-12 Framework's Rubrics for district leadership teams is available. These rubrics provide a step-by-step process to identify family engagement starting points and prioritize next steps.

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2023 Assessment, Growth Results Available

Results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, PSAT, and SAT assessments that were taken in the spring as well as the growth information were released at last week's State Board of Education meeting.

The results are available on CDE's website.

Computer Science Committee Applications Open

Based on guidance from the State Board of Education, CDE will move forward with minimal revisions to the high school computer science standards.

Those interested in applying to participate on the Computer Science Standards Revision Committee should complete an application by Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Colorado Academic Standards for English language proficiency, physical education, and world languages will remain unchanged until the next revision cycle in six years.

Please visit the Standards Review and Revision page for more information.

Matriculation Data Released

2023 matriculation data has been released to District Accountability Contacts via Syncplicity. All 2023 summary data will be posted on the District and School Dashboard, the Data Explorer Tool and CDE's website later this fall.

For questions related to Syncplicity, training support or the Colorado growth model, email [email protected].

Become an Early Childhood Educator Group Advising Webinar

The Early Childhood Career Navigation Team will offer a virtual information session alongside TEACH Colorado on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Upcoming sessions are on:

  • Aug. 24 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 28 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 26 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about steps to become an early childhood teacher, tips on choosing a personalized pathway and career and financial support opportunities. There will also be a Q&A session hosted by early childhood career advisors.

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Extreme Heat Resources

Due to inclement weather, schools and districts may be asked about extreme heat protocols. Click here to review guidance from the National Weather Service on extreme heat, and to view other school safety and crisis materials from CDE.

COSI Seeks Applications for Youth Mentorship Scholarship program

COSI will provide $25,000 grants to youth mentorship organizations focused on LGBTQ+ youth, disabled youth, youth of color and youth at risk of being involved in the criminal justice system. Organizations can use funds to provide scholarships to students who work as mentors in their programs and attend a public Colorado Institution of Higher Education.

The application portal opens on Friday, Sept. 1, and applications are due by Sunday, Sept. 10.
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Facility Schools Board Seat Vacancy

The Office of Facility Schools seeks applicants for the State Placement Agency Seat on the Facility Schools Board. The applicant is required to represent state-level child placement agencies within Colorado.

This is for a three-year term, with monthly board meetings. Members of the board serve without compensation, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses. Applications, including resume and cover letter, are due Friday, Sept. 15.

Applications can be emailed to Judy Stirman at [email protected].

2023 Edition of Promising Partnership Practices

The 2023 collection of Promising Partnership Practices is available online for schools, districts and other education organizations in Colorado to highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success.

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Youth involvement in standards

CDE is looking for youth advisors for the 2023-25 Colorado Academic Standards revision process. Every two years, the state is required to review and revise a portion of the Colorado Academic Standards. Recently passed legislation requires the state to include youth advisors in the standards review process.

The next set of standards to be reviewed will include computer science, English language proficiency, physical education and world languages.

Applications for youth advisors are available until Friday, Aug. 25. The youth advisors must be 14 to 19 years old and enrolled, attending or recently graduated from one of the following:

  • A Colorado junior high, middle or high school, including tribal schools, online schools, charter schools or approved facility schools
  • A nonpublic home-based educational program
  • A high school equivalency examination program
  • Or who have obtained a high school diploma through successfully completing a high school equivalency examination.

Youth advisors will serve a two-year term and may be able to serve more than one term. Click here for more information about youth advisors and the standards review and revision process.

The Family, School, and Community Partnerships in High Learning Cohort Application Due Sept 1st

The Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships is recruiting for the second FSCP in High School Learning Cohort.

This virtual opportunity is a statewide cohort of high school teams who will participate in four virtual sessions from September to March to learn best practices in FSCP in High School using Colorado’s P12 FSCP Framework and User’s Guide.

Learn more about the FSCP in High School Learning Cohort and register at this link by Friday, Sept. 1.

New Online Courses: Family, School, and Community Partnerships

The Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships released three new, free, self-paced online courses: FSCP in Elementary School, FSCP in Middle School, and FSCP in High School.

Each five module course focuses on Colorado’s P-12 FSCP Framework and promising partnership practices for their respective school level. Upon course completion, participants receive five CEUs.

Register for the courses here.

2023 Assessment, Growth Results Available Thursday

Results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, PSAT, and SAT assessments that were taken in the spring as well as the growth information will be released on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the State Board of Education meeting.

The results will be available on CDE's website after 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Upcoming Webinar: Accreditation and Request to Reconsider

CDE staff will host an hour long informational walkthrough of the 2023 accreditation and request to reconsider process on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.

Districts must submit the Accreditation Form in the Accreditation Portal by Friday, Sept. 22 and request to reconsider materials by Monday, Oct. 16.

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Autism Literacy Institute

Autism Literacy Institute Tier 1 and Tier 2 trainings will be offered again this year. This training includes in person and virtual sessions in October and January.

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Early childhood educators eligible for loan forgiveness

Applications for the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Early Childhood Educator Loan Forgiveness Program are open until Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Early childhood teachers, special service providers, paraprofessionals, assistant teachers, directors, child development teachers, ECE mental health professionals, and floaters currently employed full-time at a licensed childcare center in Colorado are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in federal student loan forgiveness.

Funds will be disbursed over nine months. Priority will be given to qualified applicants working in childcare deserts and bilingual educators early in their careers.

Learn more and view the application materials here.

If you have questions, contact [email protected].

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