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Healthy Meal Incentive grants for small and/or rural School Food Authorities

Healthy Meal Incentives Initiative, Action for Healthy Kids is offering recognition awards to celebrate rural School Food Authorities that are making significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through June 30. 

The Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project: 2024-25 Letters of Intent to Apply

CDE is accepting letters of intent to apply for the 2024-25 ELAT Project. The project supplies a State Board-approved early literacy assessment tool at no cost to a school or district for teachers to obtain real-time assessments of reading skill levels of K-3 students. Use the Letters of Intent to Apply form to submit by Wednesday, Feb. 7. Learn more on the ELAT webpage.

Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture  is accepting applications for a two-year SCALES grant, which will provide up to $150,000 to rural School Food Authorities. Applications are due by Monday, Jan. 26. Awards include technical assistance support from Lunch Assist.

Annual Local Food Purchasing Program 2023 Legislative Report

Read the Local Food Purchasing Program 2023 Legislative Report to learn more about the successes and challenges of the two-year pilot program to incorporate local food into child nutrition programs. Learn about key takeaways for the expansion of the program in the 2024-25 school year available to all sponsors operating the Healthy School Meals for All Program. 

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cohort 11 Grant Competition now open

Colorado’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Cohort 11 grant applications are due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Intents to Apply are strongly encouraged and due Thursday, Feb. 1. Approximately $3 million in 21st CCLC funding will be awarded to establish or expand community learning centers. Grants awards will range from $50,000 to $180,000 per year per center with priority given to programs serving students in high-poverty, low-performing schools. 

CDE will host weekly office hours for 30 minutes every Tuesday at 9 a.m. for potential applicants to ask the 21st CCLC team any program or fiscal questions about the Cohort 11 Request for Application. To access office hours Zoom links and recordings, application materials, technical assistance opportunities and resources, visit the 21st CCLC Cohort 11 webpage.

Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado survey codes sent to survey coordinators

Packets with bundles of survey codes have been sent to survey coordinators this week in preparation for the Wednesday, Jan. 24, launch of the TLCC Survey If you need information on the assigned survey coordinator, contact [email protected] or [email protected]

District staff supporting the TLCC survey may want to consider ways to promote the survey such as newsletter updates, social media campaigns and communications from the superintendent, board president or district leadership on the importance of participation and how the district intends to use the results. 

Colorado Academic Accelerator Program Grant training webinars

The CO-AAP Request for Applications is due at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. A training webinar video will be available on the CO-AAP webpage this week. Register here for office hours at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays in January on the following topics:

Jan. 4 - Program design and participation
Jan. 11 - Budget discussion with Tricia Miller, CDE fiscal manager
Jan. 18 - Collaboration with CBOs, LEAs and external organizations
Jan. 25 - GAINS discussion with Mandy and Jess from CDE GAINS administration


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Exceptional Children’s Educational Act High-Cost Reimbursement applications

Applications and instructions are available for reimbursement of special ed high-cost student expenditures for the 2022-23 fiscal year. In Administrative Unit and Out of District applications are due Friday, March 1.  

For more information contact Vicki Graham at [email protected] or 720-237-7541.

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado Survey coordinator training on Jan. 10

In preparation for the TLCC survey launch on Wednesday, Jan. 24, CDE and Panorama Education will host an optional survey coordinator training session. The hourlong session will include resources and best practices designed to ensure all districts and schools are prepared to support strong response rates and leverage results. 

Register here for the Zoom training at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10. A recording and the presentation slides will be shared on the TLCC Survey website.

For more information email Panorama Education at [email protected] or the CDE TLCC team at [email protected].

Computer Science standards revision public comment closes Friday

Public comment for the proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards for Computer Science closes Friday, Jan. 5. Input will also be collected on currently adopted standards for English Language Proficiency, Physical Education and World Languages. See the computer science standards review and revision webpage for more information

If you have questions about how to access the survey, contact Samantha Messier at [email protected]

Computer Science Standards public comment period open

Public comment for the proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards for Computer Science is open. Colorado residents are invited to provide feedback on the proposed revisions by Friday, Jan. 5. The public comment survey and proposed revisions are available on the Computer Science Standards Review Committee webpage. 

Email questions to Samantha Messier, director of Standards and Instructional Support, at [email protected].

Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant now open

Applications for the 2023-24 Automatic Enrollment in Advanced Courses Grant are due  by Monday, Jan. 15. Check the grant website for detailed information on the application process, resources, and a new FAQ.

For more information contact Alena Barczak at [email protected] or 303-548-8427.

Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program Intent to Apply deadline next week

The Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program supports a variety of learning experiences that usually occur outside of the classroom. Schools interested in participating during the 2024-25 school year should complete the Intent to Apply form by Wednesday, Dec. 6. The ILOP Application process webpage has more detailed information about the application process.

Learn more about ILOP here.  

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Computer Science Standards meetings are open to the public

On Nov. 8, the Colorado State Board of Education asked that the Colorado Computer Science Review and Revisions Committee reconvene to revise the K-8 academic standards for computer science in addition to the previously revised high school standards. For the schedule of reconvened meetings or to access the committee meetings via Zoom, visit the Standards Revision webpage.

For more information contact Pam Lewis in the Office of Standards and Instructional Support at [email protected] or 716-984-8420.

CLDE Speaker Series: Holly Porter to speak about co-teaching

Register here for a virtual interactive session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, with Holly Porter, the director of Language Supports and Services in Cherry Creek School District who has championed co-teaching. Discover more about the implementation science of this program and the transformational results in Cherry Creek. See a flyer for the event here.

For more information contact Victory Molina at [email protected] or 720-425-4372.

Applications opening soon for two Out of School Time program grants

CDE will award approximately $3 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding and approximately $8 million in Colorado Academic Accelerator Program funds. 

Both grant programs seek to establish or expand community learning centers that will accelerate student learning by providing academic support and enrichment as well as family engagement activities in Out of School Time programs. OST programs are regularly attended by students and their families when school is not in session. Applicants to both grants may apply for up to $180,000 per center per year. Both applications will open by Friday, Dec. 15 and are due on Thursday, Feb. 15.

To learn more about the grant programs, technical assistance opportunities and tools and resources for applying, visit the 21st CCLC webpage and the CO-AAP webpage

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TLCC Survey - Update headcount by Friday, Dec. 1

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 Wednesday, Jan. 24.

CDE emailed headcount numbers based upon data from the 2022-23 Human Resources Collection to accountability contacts and human resource contacts in November. 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.

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Accelerated Exam Fee Program applications open

To increase the number of students who take the AP and IB exams, the Accelerated College Opportunity Exam Fee Grant Program provides funds to high schools to help students pay the exam fees. The application is due by Friday, Jan. 12.

For more information contact Marina Estrada Kokotovic at [email protected] or 303-866-6267.

GAINS Virtual Training

The Grants Program Administration team will host a virtual training session on the new grants management system, GAINS, at noon on Tuesday,  Dec. 5. This system overview is designed for Local Education Agencies and Local Educational Providers who were unable to attend the in-person training opportunities offered in September. Training will cover general navigation, funding applications, reimbursement requests, check lists, history log and comments. 

Visit the GAINS training website for more information and to register for the training session.

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TEACHColorado.org version 2.0

TEACH Colorado redesigned its homepage to articulate the numerous incentives for ongoing use of the TEACH Colorado platform. The new dashboard experience has customized recommendations for the most relevant content, tools and services based on individual profiles and preferences. 

For more information contact Kate Hudnut at [email protected] or 970-485-2781.