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The CDE Scoop - January 11, 2012

Note: These Scoop items may appear in a different order than seen in the original email publication.

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Unified Improvement Planning Resources

Reminder to Submit Unified Improvement Plans

Awards & Recognitions

Green Ribbon Schools Application Now Available

Capital Construction

Statewide Facility Assessment

Data Systems

14th Annual Infinite Campus User Conference

Exceptional Student Services

Registration is Open for the 2012 Cochlear Implant Videoconference to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24

Autism Level 2 Training: Inclusion, Thursday, Feb. 16

Federal Programs

Title I, Part A Office Hours on Thursday, Jan. 19

Supplemental Educational Service Providers RFP Now Available

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Pest Tip of the Month: Head Lice in Schools

The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act

News & Notes

Schools to Benefit from Colorado’s Successful Bid for Race to the Top - 3

Does Your School Have What it Takes to Win School of the Year?

Support & Intervention

School Counselor Corps Grant RFP Now Available

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Professional Development Webinars

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Unified Improvement Planning Resources

Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) - New Website
To provide a wider array of resources, CDE has launched a new UIP website. The new UIP website allows you to experience the website in an "easy to use" and interactive format. The UIP process map on the upper left-hand corner of the new homepage guides you through the UIP process. Users may click on a step in the process map to be directed to resources available for that step. The new format and resources are available to support schools and districts as they update their UIPs.

To access the new interactive UIP website directly, please visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/index.asp. If you access the website at the old URL, the screen will re-direct you to the new site. Please remember to update your bookmarks.

Tracker Resources
Tracker resources are available to support districts as they submit their UIPs. The resources include:
• Tracker 101 Tutorial - Details the basics of the Tracker system and illustrates the process submitters will use to upload and submit their UIPs to CDE
• Handbook for Submitting UIPs and Submitter Facts Sheet - These documents outline the submission process in Tracker (designed for January submitters)
• How to Reset Your Password - (designed for ALL submitters)
• Summary of Plan Submission Process - A summary chart and timeline of the submission process (designed for ALL submitters)
While many of these resources are geared towards districts required to submit UIPs in January, they contain useful information for all submitters.

UIP Online Tutorial
CDE has posted an online tutorial about the UIP process at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/media/training/UIPBasics/player.html.

UIP Examples
Among the most recent updates are four annotated, reviewed plans from 2010-11.

As we continue to improve the new site, you will notice updates and current news listed on the UIP homepage. Look for announcements for new UIP resources, video clips, and written case stories, and training materials.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-5149
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



Reminder to Submit Unified Improvement Plans

The NCLB Accountability and State Accountability Instruments in the Tracker system are now open for UIP submissions due to CDE by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Resources for submitting your UIPs through Tracker are located on the bottom of the UIP resources page: http://bit.ly/yd6b5o

Plans due to CDE by Tuesday, Jan. 17 are summarized below:
Under State Accountability
-Schools: Turnaround Plans or Priority Improvement Plans
-Districts: Turnaround Plans or Priority Improvement Plans; High Priority Graduation designation.

Under NCLB Accountability
-Schools: None (districts review schools' Title I improvement plans)
-Districts: Title I Program Improvement or Corrective Action; 2141c Identification under Title IIA; Title III Program Improvement (missed AMAOs).

A summary of the submission process is available at: http://bit.ly/y1EUuv

In order for a review of the plans to be completed and feedback returned to you in a timely manner, please submit your UIPs on time.
https://tracker.cde.state.co.us/Tracker/Security/Login.aspx
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Awards & Recognitions


Green Ribbon Schools Application Now Available

The Green Ribbon Schools application is now available. The Green Ribbon Schools program was recently launched by the U. S. Department of Education to recognize schools that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health, and provide environmental education to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

To be eligible for this award, Green Ribbon Schools will have achieved or made considerable progress toward the three pillars established in the program: 1) energy efficient buildings; 2) healthy students and school environment; and 3) environmental literacy of all students. The combined achievement in these three areas will be the basis for the Green Ribbon Schools award. All schools must meet high college- and career-ready standards, be in compliance with federal civil rights laws, and all federal, state and local health and safety standards and regulations.

While the award confers no federal funds, winners of the Green Ribbon, like Blue Ribbon Schools, may experience national and local press coverage, re-energized staff and parents, enhanced community support, increased application rates, and new private financial assistance. Winners will be invited to participate in national and local recognition ceremonies.

Applications are due to CDE on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Up to four Colorado schools may be nominated by Commissioner Hammond to the U.S. Department of Education. For more information and to access the application, please visit the website below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Program Administration
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


Statewide Facility Assessment

Facility assessment reports are still open for review. If you have asked that others in your district be given access rights, please forward them this e-mail so they may review the reports. To get additional reviewers added to your review teams please contact Dustin Guerin at the e-mail address below.

You have until Tuesday, Feb. 7, to review the reports for your district and provide comments, corrections or clarifications to CDE. CDE staff will address your comments and post a revised report, which will become static until next year. Once the static reports are posted, comments can be entered again but the reports will not be updated until the next cycle for annual data updates.

It is important the information in the reports accurately reflects actual building conditions. Your comments and review will help assist CDE with capital construction grant awards in the future.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dustin Guerin
Office of Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6263
Email: guerin_d@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


14th Annual Infinite Campus User Conference

Join the Colorado Student Information System (CSIS) Users Group at the 14th Annual Infinite Campus User Conference which will be held at the Denver DoubleTree Hotel, Feb. 6 - 7. CSIS is made up of members of Infinite Campus users, and the goal throughout the conference is to assist you in learning, applying, and understanding how to make your life easier. CDE will present "What’s New in CDE Data Collection? LOTS!” to inform attendees of upcoming changes in departmental data collections.

The conference includes a choice of eight hands-on sessions, the opportunity to network with your peers on best practices, sessions on attendance, scheduling, ad hoc and more, round table discussions, sessions built for the novice, experienced user and even staff who work behind the scenes.

For additional information and to register for this conference, click on the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shellie Scobee
Phone: 303-646-1837
Email: sscobee@esdk12.org


Exceptional Student Services


Registration is Open for the 2012 Cochlear Implant Videoconference to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24

The 2012 Cochlear Implant Videoconference will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Designed for communication and audibility experts, this conference will broaden participants' understanding of the acoustics of spoken language and accessibility for students with hearing loss. Participants will observe the events of an initial cochlear implant stimulation, explore the "kit" that families receive at implantation, view a live demonstration of a MAPping appointment, and explore options for connecting cochlear implants to other devices such as iPods, computers, and FM systems.

The main conference site will once again take place at Children’s Hospital Colorado Conference & Education Center. Seven remote locations will be offered. Attendees must register online by Wednesday, Jan. 18 to attend and receive CDE credit.

This training is offered at no charge by the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jason Baggs
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6106
Email: Baggs_J@cde.state.co.us



Autism Level 2 Training: Inclusion, Thursday, Feb. 16

The Inclusion training will include a discussion on the research on inclusive settings for students with autism. The training will explore evidence-based practices for children with autism, and how they can be utilized to increase participation in inclusive school environments. Ideas and strategies for successfully including students with autism into the wider school community will be shared. This is a great training for practitioners responsible for developing concrete, intensive programs for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The training will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard, in Aurora. This training is offered at no charge by the Exceptional Student Services Unit/Autism Team.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tara Rolfe
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: rolfe_t@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Title I, Part A Office Hours on Thursday, Jan. 19

Office Hours Topic: Effective Practices in High Growth Title I, Part A Schools

Attn: Title I, Part A Directors and Program Coordinators

On Thursday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Title I, Part A will hold its monthly office hour session. This session will provide an overview of the study of the High Growth Title I, Part A Schools, the method used to study the schools, and the results thus far. This presentation will also be made at the National Association of Title I Directors in Seattle on Jan. 22 at 10:45 a.m. in Room 606-609.

The target audience for this session is Title I, Part A directors and coordinators. Title I, Part A teachers and principals may wish to participate as this webinar. To join the Jan. 19 webinar, please go to http://connect.enetcolorado.org/tia3/. You may also join the call by dialing 1-800-832-0736, and entering MeetingOne Conference Room Number 7133264.
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For More Information, Contact:
Trish Boland
Federal Programs Administration
Phone: 303-866-6998
Email: boland_t@cde.state.co.us



Supplemental Educational Service Providers RFP Now Available

The Supplemental Educational Services Providers Request For Proposal (RFP) is now available. The purpose of this RFP is to identify quality providers of Supplemental Educational Services to be included on the 2012-2013 Approved Supplemental Services Provider List. The main purpose of the Supplemental Educational Services Program is to:
• Increase the academic achievement in reading/ language arts or mathematics of eligible students as measured by the state’s assessment system; and
• Enable these students to attain proficiency in meeting state academic standards in reading/ language arts or mathematics.

This is not a competitive grant in that as many providers can be included on the approved provider list as meet the specified criteria. Proposals will be due on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Note: An application training will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon and an Application Training Webinar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on these trainings and to access the RFP, please visit the website below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Wes Montoya
Federal Program Administration
Phone: 303-866-6298
Email: montoya_w@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Pest Tip of the Month: Head Lice in Schools

Head lice cases tend to pop up in winter because hats and coats get thrown into piles and are shared. Head lice cause intense itching but do not carry or spread diseases; the embarrassment of head lice can be worse than the lice themselves.

In the past, head lice policies in schools emphasized that a child infested with head lice could not return to school until there are no nits (head lice eggs are called nits) in their hair. “No-nit” policies are discouraged by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There is no evidence that a no-nit policy prevents or shortens lengths of outbreaks (Pollack et al., 2000, Williams et al., 2001). Contact the school nurse or health department for policies in your district.

One treatment alone may not kill all the lice, so use a combination of treatments -- lotions, shampoos and combing. Some lice are resistant to commonly used insecticides in head lice shampoos. Vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, enzyme-based compounds, tea tree oil, or other alternative products advertised to dissolve the glue on the nits (to ease their removal) or kill the nits have not been proven to be effective. Mayonnaise, olive oil, melted butter and petroleum jelly allegedly suffocate the nits and lice, but this claim too is unproven.

We do not recommend applying pesticides to the school or home. Adult lice usually die within two days without a blood meal. Always keep each child’s hat and other clothing on separate hooks. Vacuum the classroom daily if a child is found infested with head lice. You can put pillow and other classroom items, which may have nits or lice on them, in a dryer and run on hot for 20 minutes to kill hatching lice.

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For More Information, Contact:
Deborah Young
Colorado State University
Phone: 970-491-1377
Email: deborah.young@colostate.edu



The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act

Senate Bill 11-040 also known as “The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act” went into effect Jan. 1, 2012. In response to this legislation, CDE developed Concussion Management Guidelines. The Concussion Management Guidelines were written to educate school districts on the legislation and to provide guidance to superintendants as they work to implement concussion management guidelines within their school district.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathy Patrick
Health and Wellness Unit
Phone: (303) 866-6779
Email: patrick_k@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Schools to Benefit from Colorado’s Successful Bid for Race to the Top - 3

Colorado will receive $17.9 million in Race to the Top Phase 3 funds. The state’s grant, disbursed over four years, is focused on Colorado’s four reform areas: (1) leveraging and expanding the state’s capacity; (2) implementing the Colorado Academic Standards through the work of Content Collaboratives; (3) supporting district implementation of the state’s educator effectiveness law; and (4) increasing access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education state-wide.

Half of the award is designated for district use and will be allocated based on Title I share distributions. Districts may pool their funds and collaborate with other districts through their BOCES or other collaborative structures to maximize the impact of the funding. Visit www.cde.state.co.us/index_educator_RTTT3.asp for the complete application and a spreadsheet of district allocation amounts.

CDE will work with the U.S. Department of Education this month to finalize the grant budget in order for funds to be accessed and disbursed. Also in January and February, CDE will work with districts to secure their participation in the grant. All districts are eligible to participate. Participation is based on a Memoranda of Understanding and defined scopes of work that relate to the key areas of the application outlined above.

Important Upcoming Deadlines:
* Week of Jan. 23 – Participation letters sent to districts with Memorandum of Understanding and scope of work
* Jan. 25, 3-4pm - Informational webinar
* Jan. 30, 12-1pm - Informational webinar
* Feb. 24 – Signed district Memoranda of Understanding due to the state to confirm participation in the grant (and the state will then calculate award amounts for all participating districts).
* Feb 29 – Award amounts released to participating districts so that districts can complete their scopes of work and budgets.
* March 14 - District scopes of work and budgets due
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For More Information, Contact:
Colorado Department of Education Race to the Top Office
Phone: 303-866-6274
Email: racetothetop@cde.state.co.us



Does Your School Have What it Takes to Win School of the Year?

The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain is pleased to announce the Ministry of Education of Spain contest for an Award for Academic Excellence: School of the Year 2011-12. The award is given to schools in the USA that show excellence in language education programs, specifically Content and Language Integrated Learning programs in English and Spanish (CLIL).

The competition is open to primary and secondary public, private, and charter schools in the USA that seek to improve student foreign language competence.

If you wish to participate in the competition, please find complete details and application instructions at the Embassy of Spain Education Office website at the link below. Please note that the application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Colorado Department of Education.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2012.
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For More Information, Contact:
Rosario Outes, Education Director, Consulate General of Spain
Phone: n/a
Email: rosario.outes@educacion.es


Support & Intervention


School Counselor Corps Grant RFP Now Available

The School Counselor Corps Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available for Education providers that are not currently participating in the grant program. The School Counselor Corps seeks to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools to increase the graduation rate within the state and increase the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to, and continue into postsecondary education.

This RFP is being released prior to the approval of an additional 3-year grant cycle and is contingent upon any funding appropriated to the School Counselor Corps program in May 2012. In order for this program to continue, funds must be appropriated for the program during the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session. This RFP is being released early to provide adequate time for planning quality proposals.

will be due on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. For more information and to access the RFP, visit the website below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Charles Dukes
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Unit
Phone: 303-866-6142
Email: dukes_c@cde.state.co.us



Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Professional Development Webinars

Please join members of the Colorado Statewide PBIS Initiative for series of interactive and informative webinars to support PBIS implementation.

Highlighted content includes:
• Getting Started with PBIS Implementation
• PBIS Implementation Seminar for District and Building Administrators
• Alternatives to Suspension
• PBIS Evaluation Tools: PBIS Assessment website, Benchmarks of Quality, Team Implementation Checklist, Self-Assessment Survey

Detailed information and registration for all events can be obtained through your PBIS Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator and/or the PBIS Initiative website.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Sullivan
Support and Intervention - RtI/PBIS Office
Phone: 303-866-6768
Email: sullivan_e@cde.state.co.us






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