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Request for applications for McKinney-Vento Homeless Education assistance is open

Request for Applications is open for community-based organizations who demonstrate qualifications pursuant to section 2001(b)(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Applicants must demonstrate a successful history of working directly with public school districts and schools statewide in at least one of the two purpose areas listed below:

  • Identify homeless children and youth through outreach and reengagement strategies statewide and provide wraparound services to reduce barriers to students attending and participating fully in school activities.
  • Direct distribution of emergency assistance and support to students and their families experiencing homelessness throughout the state to reduce barriers to students attending school and participating fully in school activities.

Applications are due Wednesday, Aug. 10.

K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training deadline is Aug. 1

All kindergarten through third-grade educators who teach reading and literacy skills in Colorado must complete their evidence-based reading training requirements by Monday, Aug. 1. Documentation that they complied with the K-3 evidence-based reading training requirements should be submitted by Monday, Aug. 15.

CDE offers a free self-guided training to all K-3 educators.

Learn about the requirements to complete this training and the completion options available for K-3 teachers on the teacher training webpage.

ACCESS for English Language Learners 2.0® 2022 growth files released

The 2022 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0® student growth detail files and individual student reports have been provided to District Accountability contacts via Syncplicity. All 2022 ACCESS growth summary data will be incorporated within the Data Explorer tool and posted to the CDE website later this summer.

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

Applications requested for the Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant program

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services grant applications are available on CDE’s website. The EARSS Grant awards will be for a six-month planning period followed by up to four years of implementation funding.

This grant opportunity is to provide educational services to expelled students, students who are identified as at-risk expulsion or at-risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism.

Eligible applicants include school districts, charter schools, alternative schools within school districts, non-public schools, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and facility schools. Non-public schools may apply for a grant pursuant to this section only to fund educational services that have been approved by the state board pursuant to section 22-2-107.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 2. An informational webinar will be available on the EARSS RFA webpage.

Summer P-EBT Approval

CDE and the Colorado Department of Human Services received federal approval to issue summer 2022 P-EBT benefits. There is no P-EBT application. Students may be eligible for P-EBT over the summer months if:

  • The student is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, and
  • The student was enrolled in an NSLP school as of May 2022, and
  • The student’s district reports student information to the P-EBT program.

Summer P-EBT benefits will amount to one lump sum for each eligible student in the amount of $391. Benefits will be issued to existing P-EBT cards or new P-EBT cards, if needed, in December 2022.

Schools and districts can share CDE’s outreach materials to encourage families to provide household information through their school nutrition services department.

More information for families about Summer 2022 P-EBT will be posted to CDHS’s P-EBT website over the next few weeks. Families can contact the P-EBT Support Center Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Paid Lunch Equity Update

Districts are not required to submit the Paid Lunch Equity tool to the CDE School Nutrition Unit or increase paid student prices for School Year 2022-23. This allows schools to price their paid lunches at a level that best addresses local needs. This flexibility does not apply to adult lunch prices. Districts are still encouraged to review their budget and assess paid lunch prices using the PLE tool to ensure costs are covered and the paid lunch prices this school year don’t adversely affect the nonprofit food service account in future years. Updated resources can be found on the PLE webpage.

Time is running out for teachers to complete evidence-based reading training

The deadline is approaching for Colorado’s educators who teach literacy to K-3 students to submit proof via the Colorado Online Licensing system that they completed their evidence-based training in teaching reading.

Teachers must complete the training by Monday, Aug. 1, and should submit their documentation by Monday, Aug. 15.

Please note that the READ Act training requirement is not mandatory to maintain a teacher’s license status in any way. The benefit of adding the READ Act training designation to an educator’s license is that the proof of completion will stay on the educator’s Colorado credentials for future years as they may change grade levels, schools or districts.

View the K-3 teacher training webpage for more information.

Pandemic-EBT data collection

CDE and the Colorado Department of Human Services obtained U.S. Department of Agriculture approval to issue Pandemic-EBT benefits for School Year 2021-22.

P-EBT benefit eligibility will be assessed for students when a school temporarily changed their learning modality due to COVID-19 anytime from Jan. 1, 2022, through May 31, 2022. A temporary change in learning modality includes providing full-time remote learning for all students or switching to a hybrid learning schedule.

CDE is requesting data for any school-wide changes in learning modality from Jan. 1, 2022, through May 31, 2022, via this survey. If more than five schools were impacted, contact [email protected] for reporting assistance. Otherwise, submit one form for each school impacted. Survey responses are due by Friday, June 24.

For questions or support, email [email protected].

Visit the School Meal Eligibility webpage for additional information.

Don't wait to complete K-3 teacher evidence-based reading training

All kindergarten through third-grade educators who teach reading and literacy skills in Colorado must complete their evidence-based reading training requirements by Monday, Aug. 1. Documentation that they complied with the K-3 evidence-based reading training requirements should be submitted by Monday, Aug. 15.

CDE offers a free self-guided training to all K-3 educators.

Learn about the requirements to complete this training and the completion options available for K-3 teachers on the teacher training webpage.

Application window for the 2022-23 Principal Leadership Institute is open

The Principal Leadership Institute is a one-year program focusing on distributive leadership, where principal participants work alongside exemplary principals using a coaching framework. The program framework consists of job-embedded, actionable leadership seminars, monthly workshops, site visits, and coaching sessions with principal coaches. The philosophy of this model builds in high levels of support for leaders via principal coaches throughout the program to sustain and integrate the skills and behaviors learned during the seminars.

To apply, visit the Principal Leadership Institute webpage.

Upcoming teacher professional development workshops

TeachEngineering and CU Teach will host two-day professional development STEM workshops. These engineering design teacher PD workshops are endorsed by the American Society of Engineering Education. CU Graduate Teacher Education Credit is available for each workshop.

Learn more and register for the workshops on TeachEngineering's website.

Technical Advisory Panel: At-large membership opportunity

CDE seeks an additional member to serve on the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth.

Candidates who wish to be considered for the at-large seat must submit a letter of interest and resume before Friday, July 1. Applicants must demonstrate some level of expertise related to assessment, educational research, the Colorado growth model, and/or educational accountability. The selected candidate will be notified prior to Friday, July 15.

The required letter and resume should be e-mailed to Dan Jorgensen at: [email protected].

For additional information, visit the TAP webpage.

Last Teaching and Learning CoLab of the summer

Teachers and leaders are invited to attend a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching, and other organizations and CDE. The last CoLab for the summer is on Tuesday, June 21, and is hosted by CSU-Pueblo in Pueblo.

Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and/or content areas. Focus content areas for 2022 include English language arts, health, and physical education, mathematics, science, and computer science. Leadership-focused sessions will be provided for principals and other school leaders.

For more information and to register, see the Teaching and Learning CoLabs - Pueblo webpage.

2022-23 Computer Science Education Grant applications

The Computer Science Education Grant Program application window is open for the 2022-23 school year. The application process will run through the summer and awards will be distributed for use during the 2022-23 school year. This includes the Computer Science Teacher Education Grant, which provides funds for K-12 computer science teacher professional development, and the Computer Science Education Grant, which 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.

Congratulations to the Local Food Program Awardees

Twenty school districts were selected to participate in the Local Food Program for School Year 2022-23. The Local Food Program is a pilot program in its second year that gives money to child nutrition program sponsors for the purchase of Colorado-grown, raised, and value-added products. This program helps bolster farm-to-school activities and supports Colorado producers, farmers, and ranchers. A total of $500,000 has been awarded to the following sponsors:

  • Bayfield School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Calhan School District
  • Colorado Springs School District
  • Creede School District
  • Durango School District
  • Englewood School District
  • Greeley-Evans School District
  • Gunnison Watershed School District
  • Lake County School District
  • Mancos School District
  • Mapleton School District
  • Pueblo City School District
  • Sangre de Cristo School District
  • South Routt School District
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Swink School District
  • Thompson School District
  • Vilas School District
  • West End School District

Congratulations to these sponsors for their commitment to farm to school and purchasing Colorado Proud products.

Visit the Farm to School and Summer webpage to learn more.

Time is running out for teachers to complete evidence-based reading training

The deadline is approaching for Colorado’s educators who teach literacy to K-3 students to submit proof via the Colorado Online Licensing system that they completed their evidence-based training in teaching reading.

Teachers must complete the training by Monday, Aug. 1, and should submit their documentation by Monday, Aug. 15.

Please note that the READ Act training requirement is not mandatory to maintain a teacher’s license status in any way. The benefit of adding the READ Act training designation to an educator’s license is that the proof of completion will stay on the educator’s Colorado credentials for future years as they may change grade levels, schools or districts.

View the K-2 Teacher Evidenced-Based Reading webpage for additional information.

Join the Early Childhood Leadership Commission for a special town hall to welcome Dr. Lisa Roy

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission is hosting monthly town halls to provide updates about the Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Program implementation process and opportunities to get involved. Join the conversation to hear from members of the Governor's Early Childhood Transition Team, state agency leaders, and other early childhood champions as we work together to ensure all children, families, and early childhood professionals are valued, healthy and thriving.

This month: Meet Dr. Roy and hear about her vision for early childhood in Colorado
Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is open

Submit applications for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Applications for this honor are due Wednesday, June 29.

Visit the Teacher of the Year webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process and to access the online application form.

Request for recommendations: Colorado Educator Talent Pool

CDE is accepting recommendations for distinguished educators. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. Recommendations for elementary educators new to the profession, who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability are especially needed. A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers, as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. Recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20.

For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage.

Dyslexia Working Group Membership

Apply for one of four membership positions available 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.

CDE is seeking to fill the following memberships:

  • Rural Principal
  • A school district literacy specialist
  • A parent of a child who is identified as having dyslexia and a disability
  • Director of special education

Online applications will be accepted at through Friday, June 17. CDE will notify applicants no later than Friday, June 24.

To achieve a diverse membership, applications will be reviewed based on the consideration of the geographical representation and individual knowledge and experience for the required representative of the working group.

Questions can be sent to Floyd Cobb at [email protected]

For more information about what is required to apply, visit the application website.