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ALAS Outlines Priorities Following its 18th Annual National Summit Legislative Day

ALAS Outlines Priorities Following its 18th Annual National Summit Legislative Day

Areas of focus for 2021-2022 are migrant education, the Latino educator and administrator pipeline, and improving access to inclusive educational materials

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ALAS Celebrates its Platinum Partners for Shared Commitment to Latino-Serving Leaders

ALAS Celebrates its Platinum Partners for Shared Commitment to Latino-Serving Leaders

Curriculum Associates, Footsteps to Brilliance, Hazel Health, Imagine Learning, and Scholastic will all provide financial and in-kind support throughout the year

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LAST CALL: Draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Feedback Due Oct. 21

LAST CALL: Draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Feedback Due Oct. 21

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our statewide listening tour last week to learn about the draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan and share your feedback! Your questions and suggestions are extremely important as we work to establish a new, unified Department of Early Childhood that will align and strengthen the state’s early childhood services and programs, including the voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program.

There are only a few more days to provide your input - please share your questions, feedback and suggestions through a feedback form available here. All feedback is requested by Oct. 21.
 
Our momentum continues to grow, and we look forward to working alongside you to ensure all children, their families, and the early childhood professionals who support them are valued, healthy and thriving.

What's Next?

A final Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan will be submitted to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission on November 1, 2021. 

Join us for a Town Hall on Tuesday, November 2 at 5:30pm to hear how your feedback shaped the final plan and learn about our next steps together as we shift our attention to the recommendations on Colorado's voluntary, universal preschool program.  Learn more

Transition Advisory Group Meeting

 
Join us for the next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting! 
 

October 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

 

Monthly 
Town Hall


Join us for the next monthly town hall! Spanish language interpretation will be available.  Save the date! 


November 2, 2021 at 5:30pm

 
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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CASB Serving You, 15Oct21

CASB Serving You!

October 15, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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UCCS Student Survey Request

UCCS Student Survey Request

The following survey is from a UCCS student who is asking for board of education members or anyone in departments most closely related to decision making for educational progression to fill out this sustainability survey.
It is part of a group assignment for a class that asked students to create a sustainable new concept or idea. This student group chose to work on something to help education. 
The survey is electronically submitted and only takes 3-5 minutes. 
Take the survey

Frequently Asked Questions About the National School Boards Association’s Letter to the President

Frequently Asked Questions About the National School Boards Association’s Letter to the President

On September 29, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the President asking for federal assistance to stop threats and acts of violence against public schoolchildren, public school board members, and other public school district officials. In the days since, there has been some misinformation about what is—and what is not—in the letter, as well as questions about why NSBA sent the letter. NSBA is providing this Frequently Asked Questions document to help state association members address members’ concerns, correct misconceptions, and more fully explain NSBA’s position.

Why did NSBA send the letter to the President?

NSBA is a nonpartisan organization. This letter is addressed to the President to address a critical safety issue to public schools and school boards—it is not a partisan issue. The pandemic and our heightened political environment have created a lot of tension in our society that is playing out on social media and in everyday interactions, but especially at school board meetings. School board members have been in the spotlight since the start of the pandemic, but the level of vitriol has increased over the last few weeks, especially regarding mask mandates. NSBA also has policy that calls for the safety and health of students, employees, and visitors.

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CASB Serving You, 8Oct21

CASB Serving You!

October 8, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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DRAFT Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Now Available for Public Feedback

DRAFT Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan Now Available for Public Feedback

The Transition Working Group (TWG) today released the first draft of a plan to establish a new, unified Department of Early Childhood that will align and strengthen the state’s early childhood services and programs, including the voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program. The draft Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, which highlights recommendations for the department’s structure, governance, and priorities, can be found here.
 
We invite you to join us on our statewide listening tour Oct. 11-15 to share the draft plan and gather public feedback. In-person events will be hosted in nine locations across the state; two virtual events will also be held, and Spanish language interpretation will be available. All stakeholders are encouraged to attend. More information, including event details and registration, can be found here.
 
In addition, an online feedback form to collect input on the draft plan is available here. All feedback is requested by Oct. 21.
 
Our momentum continues to grow, and we look forward to working alongside you to ensure all children, their families, and the early childhood professionals who support them are valued, healthy and thriving.

Join us on a Statewide Listening Tour

Transition Advisory Group Meeting

 
Join us for the next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting! 
 

October 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

 

Monthly 
Town Hall


Join us for the next monthly town hall! Spanish language interpretation will be available.  Save the date! 


November 2, 2021 at 5:30pm

 
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

Survey from the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

Survey from the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance

The Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance has contracted with the Urban Institute to conduct a study on methods for counting at-risk students for school finance purposes. To facilitate stakeholder input, the Urban Institute has developed a short survey, which should only take five minutes to complete.

The committee would appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to share the survey with others who might be interested.

You can access the survey below.

Take the survey

Your input will help guide the Urban Institute's work, ensuring that a full set of alternative at-risk measure options are explored and assessed. To ensure that your feedback is included in the analysis, please complete this survey by Tuesday, October 12.



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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces Recipients of its 2021-2022 Leadership Awards

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces Recipients of its 2021-2022 Leadership Awards

18 outstanding leaders to be recognized at the ALAS 18th Annual National Gala and Awards Dinner Oct. 9th in Washington, D.C.

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School Bus Rebate Programs

School Bus Rebate Programs 

Please be aware that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opened up two School Bus Rebate programs yesterday. These programs provide funding to replace older diesel buses with cleaner school buses.

    • Note: The new ARP rebates exclusively fund electric school bus replacements at a rebate amount of $300,000 per bus, but the rebates are narrowly targeted to school districts estimated to have high student poverty levels. School districts and private fleets serving public schools must check the eligibility list at the link above to determine if they qualify to apply to this new program. The ARP rebate webpage also includes a table comparing the two rebate programs.

You will find separate applications, program guides, and FAQs at the two sites above. The programs will follow the same timeline, with applications due by Friday, November 5, 2021, at 4pm EST.

CASB Serving You, October 1, 2021

CASB Serving You!

October 1, 2021
CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life, and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

ADVOCACY


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Studies Provide Evidence That Masks Protect Children From Coronavirus

Two Studies Provide Evidence That Masks Protect Children From Coronavirus

The New York Times (9/24) reported that “two studies, published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provide additional evidence that masks protect children from the coronavirus, even when community rates are high and the contagious Delta variant is circulating.” One study in Arizona “found that schools that did not require staff and students to wear masks were 3.5 times as likely to have a virus outbreak as schools that required universal masking.” Meanwhile, the second study “looked at infections among all children in 520 different counties across the United States, and found that once the public school year started, pediatric cases increased at a far higher rate in counties where schools did not require masks.” To view the articles, click here and here.


Colorado schools without mask mandates have higher COVID transmission, state data shows (Denver Post)

State health officials also note that cases among kids also significantly higher in counties with lower vaccination rates

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Wearing A Mask And Getting Vaccinated Helps Reduce COVID Case Rates Among School-Aged Kids (CPR)

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Early Childhood Leadership Commission Update

TRANSITION PLANNING ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Statewide Listening Tour Oct. 11-15 + Town Hall

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Join Us Oct. 11-15 for a Listening Session in Your Community!

Building on its longstanding commitment to serving children and families, Colorado is creating a new unified state department to oversee early childhood care and education, including the state’s voter-approved universal preschool program. Join us October 11-15, 2021 for a listening session near you

Spanish language interpretation will be available at both Virtual Listening Sessions. Obtenga más información y registrerse para un evento aqui.

Masks are recommended at all locations. We are committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all participants. If you need language or sign language interpretation, alternative formats or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Kristina Heyl at [email protected].

Visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/tour to learn more and sign up for a session near you! 
 

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Monthly
Town Hall
 

Join us for the next monthly town hall!  Spanish language interpretation will be available. 
 

October 5, 2021 at 5:30pm

 

Transition Advisory Group Meeting


Join us for the next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting!
 

October 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

 
Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

Early Childhood Leadership Commission will host monthly informational Town Halls

Join us for a Statewide Listening Tour!

We will be holding listening sessions around the state to share the draft transition plan and hear feedback directly from parents and caregivers, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, Early Childhood Councils, and other stakeholders in communities across Colorado. Families are strongly encouraged to attend and share feedback. Save your seat - register for a meeting near you!

Obtenga más información y registrerse para un evento aqui!

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Mental Health America Toolkit

A lot of kids and teens haven't been able to feel safe or stable over the last year because of the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways it has disrupted “normal” life. MHA’s 2021 Back to School toolkit, “Facing Fears, Supporting Students,” aims to help students, parents, and school personnel recognize how feeling unsafe can impact mental health and school performance, and what can be done to help young people who are struggling with their mental health. 

Due to popular demand, we have also created Spanish-language fact sheets and worksheets that can be downloaded separately here.

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How Money Matters: Creating Adequate, Equitable, and Sustainable School Funding

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SACPIE Announces Six Vacancies

SACPIE Announces Six Vacancies

 The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education announces six positions to be filled in Dec. 2021:

  • A parent representative from Congressional District 2 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A parent representative from Congressional District 3 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A parent representative from Congressional District 7 who serves on a school or district accountability committee.
  • A representative from a statewide organization that represents career and college guidance counselors.
  • representative from a nonprofit organization that partners with funding providers, state agencies, and service providers to assist organizations in providing services to improve the health and well-being of families and children.
  • Statewide organization that represents charter schools.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 1, with the anticipated three-year term start date of December. The State Board of Education appoints the six positions. Click on the link below to complete the application.

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For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Phone: 13035628175
Email: [email protected]

NSBA, AASA Issue Joint Statement Calling for End to Threats and Violence Around Safe School Opening Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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