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CDPHE letter about most recent changes to quarantine and vaccinations

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has adapted its quarantine guidance to follow updated CDC guidance, including in school settings.

CDPHE has posted a sample letter to parents and schools regarding the most recent changes to quarantine and vaccinations.

CDPHE to host webinar on Test to Stay school guidance

Leaders at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will host a webinar for superintendents on Monday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. on updated school guidance for Test to Stay programs. This guidance will be effective Tuesday, Feb. 1.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy and Laboratory Directory Dr. Emily Travanty will lead the webinar.

Join via Zoom.

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Passcode: 229590
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Apply to serve in the Dyslexia Working Group

A rural principal is needed to serve a two-year term on the Dyslexia Working Group. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The working group was established in the 2019 legislative session by the Colorado General Assembly through House Bill 19-1134. The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a Dyslexia Working Group to improve the identification of and educational support for students with dyslexia to improve their educational outcomes.

Visit the Dyslexia Working Group’s webpage for more information.

The 2022-25 State Adult Education and Literacy Act Grant application is open

The Office of Adult Education Initiatives is soliciting applications from eligible adult education providers that provide basic education, education leading to a high school equivalency credential, English as a second language instruction, or integrated basic education and skills training as part of a workforce development partnership or educational attainment. The application is open through Friday, March 11.

Approximately $650,000 is estimated to be available for the 2022-23 fiscal year. CDE anticipates awarding $50,000 - $100,000 each to two to seven grantees for a three-year period, subject to annual renewal.

Visit the Adult Education Initiatives Prospective Grantees webpage for more information.

CDE accepting public feedback on social studies

Public feedback on committee recommendations for standards revisions in social studies has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 1.

For more information, visit the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision Process webpage

Settings the Standards webinar

Michelle Malvey, a school health training consultant at CDE, is presenting a webinar at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, based on the premise that a healthy workforce leads to better outcomes for students, staff, families, and the community. She is a former principal, school psychologist, and teacher with a passion for making sure everyone in the school environment gets what they need on a daily basis. The webinar's focus will be on embedding employee wellness and “we care” practices into all that we do in schools including daily routines, team building, and the implementation of new initiatives.

Participants who attend the webinar will be able to:

  • Understand the value of investing in self-care work in the educational environment.
  • Acknowledge that resistance exists and the need to reframe our thinking around self-care.
  • Understand how they can embed staff emotional wellness into existing practices.
  • Identify two to three ways they will embed we-care strategies into their current structures and routines.

Sign up for the webinar via Zoom here.

Teaching and Learning CoLabs

CDE’s Office of Standards and Instructional Support's Teaching and Learning CoLabs are free professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and administrators and are developed in collaboration with institutions of higher education and state teaching organizations. This year’s CoLabs will be held around the state at the following locations: Colorado Mesa University on June 2 and the University of Northern Colorado with a tentative date of June 8. CoLabs will also be held at CSU Pueblo this June. Participants will be able to attend sessions focused on Reading, Writing, and Communicating, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, and Science. School leaders can register for sessions in the administration track. 

Computer Science Education Grant Program Round 2

The Colorado Computer Science Education Grant Program is open for the second round of applications through Friday, March 11, and awards will be distributed for use during the 2021-22 school year. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant that provides regional training and the Computer Science Education Grant that provides funding with the purpose of increasing enrollment and participation of traditionally underrepresented students in computer science education activities.

For more information, and to check for updates, visit the Computer Science webpage.

Early Graduate Program application resources available

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is offering additional application support for the Early Graduate Innovation Pilot Program. A recording of the informational webinar and slide deck is available on the program webpage.

CDHE will host an application office hour on Monday, Jan. 31, at noon. Drop-in participation is welcome, but please contact Jack Wolflink, program manager with your questions and/or application draft so he can provide specific support. You may also RSVP to Jack at the contact information below.

The Early Graduate Pilot Program provides funding to low-income high school students who graduate early to pay for postsecondary education and training programs, including college and workplace learning programs like internships or apprenticeships. Five schools, districts, or groups of schools will be selected from the applicant pool by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education on Friday, March 4.

CDHE is also partnering with Colorado Succeeds to provide application and implementation support to interested schools and districts.

Student Re-engagement Grant Cohort 3 request for applications due Feb. 16

The Student Re-engagement Grant Cohort 3 is accepting new grant applications through Wednesday, Feb. 16. Colorado’s Student Re-engagement Grant provides educational services and supports to local education providers to maintain student engagement and facilitate student re-engagement at the secondary level. The grant, authorized by C.R.S. 22-14-109, is managed by the Office of Student Engagement and Dropout Prevention.

Funding for this three-year grant is awarded through a competitive process and is based on state appropriations. In each fiscal year, $1.9 million is distributed to grantees. The grant program focuses on LEAs serving sixth to 12th-grade students.

Visit the Student Re-engagement Grant Cohort 3 RFA webpage for more information.

K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training requirements

All kindergarten through third-grade teachers in Colorado should submit documentation of compliance with the K-3 evidence-based reading training requirements by Aug. 1. Teachers are asked to submit documentation through the Colorado Online Licensing system.

Learn about the hour, content, and assessment requirements to complete this training and the various training options available for K-3 teachers. 

Review Panel Application: Pre-K to kindergarten assessment alignment

CDE's Preschool through Third Grade Office (P-3) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in the Colorado Department of Human Services have initiated efforts to conduct research on Pre-K and Kindergarten School Readiness assessments used in Colorado to understand alignment and coherence needs.

Marzano Research is working in partnership with the OEC and P-3 staff to conduct activities in support of this project.

Currently, the P-3 and OEC Offices are seeking volunteers to take part in the process of reviewing Colorado Kindergarten Readiness Assessments and end of Pre-K standards. Selected applicants will form review panels in the areas of language and literacy, math, physical health and development, social-emotional development, and approaches to learning. Each panel will also include a national expert in the content area of the panel domain. Panelists will commit to attending three virtual review meetings and some independent reviews to take place between February and May for up to 16 total hours of time. Meetings will be scheduled based on panelist availability to maximize attendance.

Panel positions are limited. Complete the application as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified of their application status by early February.

Access the PDG PK-K Assessment Alignment Reviewer Application.

School code change request process

Districts/LEAs requesting a new school code, school name change, school grade change, and/or are seeking to close a school must submit the application, including the superintendent/executive director's signature, on or before June 30 for the 2022-23 school year.

The benefits of submitting on or before June 30:

  • Your on-time change requests will be incorporated into the school and district performance frameworks; thus the school characteristics for districts will not need to rely on the previous year’s characteristics.
  • For those using the Colorado Performance Management System (RANDA), submitting school code change requests early ensures the school code will be available for use in the performance management system. This is beneficial as it provides the opportunity to make adjustments in the system prior to the start of the evaluation cycle.
  • You will ensure that induction programs are attached to the appropriate school code.
  • Time to complete the online certification application, a late request would miss the deadline for the online certification application.

We cannot guarantee that your request will be approved if submitted after June 30 deadline.

Visit the Year-Round Collections – Directory webpage for more information.

Submit Annual Four-Day School Week Application by May 11

School districts operating a four-day school week (less than 160 scheduled days per school year) must submit a request for approval.

To be considered for the 2022-23 school year, districts must complete the application via the Directory in Data Pipeline by Wednesday, May 11. Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized.

In addition to submitting the four-day application through Data Pipeline, districts Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan or Accredited with Turnaround Plan that are submitting a district-wide application for all schools within the district to be on a four-day school week must submit the following additional information separately to Jhon Penn, executive director of Field Services, at [email protected]:

  • A copy of their respective school calendars.
  • Building class schedules.
  • Assembly schedules.
  • Bell schedule including lunchtime interval.
  • Professional development calendar.

CDE will review the additional materials for the use and prioritization of instructional time. The executive director of field services and the associate commissioner of school quality and support must recommend approval of the application before it is forwarded to the commissioner for consideration.

Visit the Year-Round Collections – Directory webpage for more information.

Air Quality Improvement Grant Opportunity -- Due Jan. 31

This is the final week for CDE to accept second round applications for the acquisition, repair, maintenance, or upgrading of portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fans or filtration systems for classrooms made on or after Friday, April 1. The application closes on Monday, Jan. 31, and funds must be expended and reimbursed by June 30.

Note: Only one application per district or authorizer should be submitted. Charters, individual district schools, and facility schools must submit an application through their district or authorizer. Individual school applications will not be accepted.

Visit the Air Quality Improvement Grants webpage for more information.

Join Colorado Broadband Office for a Capital Projects Listening Session

Colorado is receiving $171M in State Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The Colorado Broadband Office will provide a brief update on the eligible uses and timeline of these funds and then open each session with some guided questions to hear your feedback on the needs of your community. Register ahead of time at the provided link. 

Everyone is welcome to participate (ISP, community members, COGs, Rural Electric, Community Anchor Institutions, Utilities, Non-profits,etc) 

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Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Hosts Second Annual Virtual National Career Fair Feb. 11-12, 2022

School districts and education companies from across the country will be on hand to meet with potential new hires

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 20, 2022) – In order to help organizations that are affected by ongoing staff shortages and individuals who are looking to enter the education field, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting a virtual National Career Fair from 1 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 11 and Feb.12, 2022. School districts and education companies from across the country will be at the online event to recruit for a wide variety of jobs, including teachers, school counselors, school and district superintendents, and other education positions, as well as for company jobs such as education consultants. The event includes workshops for job seekers with interview tips, resume feedback, and mock interviews. For school districts and companies, it offers an opportunity to make connections with the ALAS network to support diversity within staff.

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CoMath Conversation: Acceleration, Pathways, and Tracking in Middle School Math

What are the latest debates and best practices for acceleration in middle school mathematics? Should students be skipping a grade? Who should take Algebra 1 as an eighth-grader? Who is helped and who is harmed by some of these practices? For the January CoMath Conversation, attendees will have the chance to share what they are doing in their schools. Because this tends to be such a lively conversation, we'll save discussion of high school for a future CoMath Conversation. To join, register via Zoom.

LEPs may apply for the Fund My Future Grant

The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) program has launched the new Fund My Future Grant, which will award up to $1.5 million in grants to LEPs for student aid completion programs. This grant focuses on increasing student aid application completion (FAFSA/CASFA) among high school seniors in Colorado. COSI is seeking proposals from local education providers interested in receiving funds to help implement programming and student services with the goal of having all high school seniors complete an application for student aid before graduation.

Some highlights of this opportunity include:

  • Successful proposals must require students to complete the FAFSA/CASFA before graduation unless the requirement is waived under conditions approved by the LEP.
  • Funds will be disbursed to:
    • Support strategies to increase awareness and completion of FAFSA/CASFA, or;
    • Hire staff to focus on student aid applications in addition to general college-going support to increase postsecondary access.
  • Grants begin July 1 (or earlier depending on the application period and program structure), and funds will be available for use through June 30, 2026. Grant terms may vary depending on the award.

More information on the timeline as well as application materials and support can be found on the COSI website. An informational webinar will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. Use this Zoom link to access the meeting.

Rural principal needed to serve two-year term on the Dyslexia Working Group

The application process is open for a rural principal to serve on the Dyslexia Working Group. The working group was established in the 2019 legislative session by the Colorado General Assembly through House Bill 19-1134. The legislation directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a Dyslexia Working Group to improve the identification of and educational support for students with dyslexia to improve their educational outcomes.

Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 15. Visit the Dyslexia Working Group's webpage for more information.