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The CDE Scoop - January 16, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Accountability & Improvement

Thank You for Your UIP Submissions

The Jan. 15 deadline for submitting Unified Improvement Plans has passed. Thank you to the majority of districts for submitting their required plans on time. Several districts also submitted UIPs for the optional winter posting to, and those plans will be replaced on SchoolView in February. CDE will follow up directly with UIP Tracker contacts for districts who have yet to submit required plans.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108

Prepare for the TELL Survey; Packets Will Be Mailed Out Soon

The week of Jan. 28, schools will receive a packet of letters from the New Teacher Center that contains the individual seven-digit anonymous access code for teachers in the school. The packets will be addressed to the association representative in the building (or the principal if an AR is not identified). The packet contains directions for the AR/principal, individual letters with the codes (numbers are based on the head counts that were done in December) and a TELL Colorado poster to hang in a prominent place.

Representatives are asked to work with the administrator to:

•Set up a faculty meeting to take place on Feb. 4 or 5.
•Share key talking points about the TELL Colorado Survey.
•Disseminate the letters randomly. Teachers can switch their letters once received with other licensed educators based in their same school.
•Meet personally with anyone not in attendance to explain the process.

Please contact Christina Larson if you have questions about your packet or how letters and codes will be distributed.

TELL Colorado is an anonymous, statewide survey for all licensed, school-based educators to provide input on teaching and learning conditions. Colorado has contracted with the New Teacher Center to administer the survey.
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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Phone: 303-866-6811

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Read the Draft Student Learning Outcomes Guidance

CDE is releasing a draft of student learning outcomes/student growth guidance to provide a starting point for measuring student growth in relation to S.B. 10-191. While primarily intended for S.B. 10-191 pilot districts so that CDE can gather input, the draft guidance is being released broadly to allow all districts to preview and provide feedback. CDE will be using pilot experience and overall feedback to improve and add to this guidance over time (a revised version will be released in the spring of 2013). Use the "provide feedback" links throughout the website or contact Toby King (information below) to inform improvements to future versions of this guidance.
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For More Information, Contact:
Toby King
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6964

Exceptional Student Services

Attend "Developing Quality Transition IEPs: Weaving transition assessment throughout the IEP"

This basic level training, primarily designed for special education teachers, will address areas of improvement needed for AU compliance with Indicator 13 and development of quality transition IEPs. Participants will develop skills needed to view assessment data through a transition lens, and develop comprehensive courses of study, specific transition services and strongly linked annual goals that align with students' post-school goals. Participants will have hands on practice reviewing and writing quality transition IEPs.

This training is being offered by the Secondary Transition Services Team regionally. Choose from seven possible dates and locations to attend.
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For More Information, Contact:
Linda Tegtmeier or Becky Dancer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6703, 303-866-6885

Federal Programs

Join Title I Office Hours on Thursday, Jan. 17

Title I office hours are Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Staff will discuss changes to the consolidated application, changes to CFIRS monitoring, and the connection between Title I and catch-up growth.

Visit or call 866-601-0566 to attend.

Note: The webinar will be recorded and available on the Title IA website within a few days following the event.

For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842


Cast Your Vote for the Next One Book 4 Colorado

This week Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia launched the public book selection process for this year's One Book 4 Colorado. One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide initiative aiming to support family reading at home and instill a love of learning in Colorado youngsters.

The public is encouraged to visit the website and vote for their favorite book. This year’s top three book choices are Duck on a Bike, by David Shannon, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Coloradans can view videos (and cast their vote for/and provide input for) this year’s book choice by visiting the link below.

Public input as part of the book selection process, will be accepted through January 31. In selecting this year’s book, the OB4C steering committee will consider the public’s input along with recommendations from educators and program partners. The winning title will be unveiled at the OB4C opening event on May 6.
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For More Information, Contact:
Beth Crist
Colorado State Library
Phone: (303) 866-6908

School Finance

Read More About Sequestration

Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC have updated their documents to help explain the details and mechanics of sequestration.
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For More Information, Contact:
David Schneiderman
Grants Fiscal
Phone: 303-866-6689

Standards & Assessments

Participate in the Math on the Planes Workshop

Participants of this interactive-workshop will develop a deeper understanding of the foundations of numeracy and learn ways to assess these concepts within the Colorado Academic Standards.

By the end of the two-day workshop, participants will be prepared to use a free screener/diagnostic assessment tool with their students and interpret results to better inform instruction and intervention practices. Mary Pittman, CDE mathematics specialist will be the speaker for both days in February. There will be a follow-up week long math camp in June. If you participate in both workshops there is an option for a Math Interventionist Certificate from Adams State University.

The workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 & 23. Don't delay. Early registration ends Wednesday, Jan. 23.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary Pittman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303.854.4560

Participate in the Development and Review of TCAP Items

The Assessment Unit is looking for Colorado educators to participate in development and review of new TCAP items and TCAP scoring anchors.

Interested educators should follow the link below and select which opportunities they are interested in. Educators can participate in:

- Passage Review: Read and examine newly selected passages for bias and sensitivity issues
- Anchor Review: Examine student responses on TCAP to identify examples to be used as guides in the TCAP scoring process
- Item Review (CVAR): Examine newly developed TCAP items to ensure alignment to the standards, grade level and depth of knowledge appropriateness, and that new items are free of bias and sensitivity concerns.

Please help us spread our recruiting net wide as we are looking for as diverse and representative a field of reviewers as possible.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jason Clymer
Phone: 303-866-6808

Check Out Updated Radar Graphs

Updated radar graphs were posted on CEDAR prior to the holiday break. Information about the potential uses and limitations of these graphs was distributed to district assessment coordinators on Friday, Jan. 11. Please work with your district assessment coordinator to access this information.

For More Information, Contact:
Jasmine Carey
Phone: 303-866-6634

Support & Intervention

Utilize Safe2Tell to Prevent School Violence

The Safe2Tell program continues to provide students, parents, and the broader-school community with the ability to report threats to student and school safety. Behaviors of concern can be reported anonymously to 1-800-542-7233, or at Students may also text dangers to themselves or others in Jefferson, Adams Five Star and Denver Public Schools by texting S2T to 274637.

To receive information reported about a specific school, it is important for schools to update their contact information every semester with the Safe2Tell office. To do so, call the communications manager, Natasha Sansoni.
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For More Information, Contact:
Natasha Sansoni
Safe2Tell, Colorado Attorney General's Office
Phone: (719) 433-4768

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