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The CDE Scoop - January 2, 2013

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

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Accountability & Improvement

Submit Your Unified Improvement Plans by Jan. 15

Schools and districts with a priority improvement or turnaround plan type, and districts required to complete a student graduation and completion plan or are identified for improvement under Title III must submit their UIPs by Jan. 15. Some grant programs also require submission (e.g., TIG, TDIP) by Jan. 15. Plans are to be submitted through the online Tracker system, which is currently open.

A webinar will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. to walk through the process of submitting UIPs through the Tracker system. To connect to the webinar, visit:; for webinar audio, dial: 1-855-840-9121. Additional submission resources can be found on the UIP website.

CDE is also accepting UIPs during the winter cycle for the purpose of posting revised plans on SchoolView. Submitting UIPs for posting on SchoolView during the winter cycle is optional, and districts/schools that opt to submit plans for posting must do so through the online Tracker system by Jan. 15. Plans submitted during the winter cycle will replace the currently posted plans in February. All school and district plans must be submitted for public posting on SchoolView by April 15.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108

Capital Construction

Apply for an Environmental Education Grant

The Denver Children’s Environmental Health Center is announcing a request for applications to support Clean Air Projects: Educational Resources Linking Air Quality and Health.

Funding of these awards is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program. The competitive grants program supports the EPA’s efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues, to develop skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions, and to take responsible actions toward the environment. Through this initiative, grants will be available for up to $5,000 per award. Approximately 20-25 grants will be available.

Funding is provided for the following types of activities:
• Developing lesson plans
• Providing or implementing lesson plans/curriculum related to air quality and health
• Community action projects
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For More Information, Contact:
Krysten Crews
Phone: 303-270-2733

Exceptional Student Services

Register to Attend a Level 2 Autism Training on Transition

This comprehensive training will focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder specific transition assessments, planning and preparing the individual with ASD for employment and living environments. Writing meaningful and attainable transition plans for secondary students on the autism spectrum will be covered along with IEPs that meet Indicator 13 transition requirements for Colorado. IEPs that focus on autism specific best practices and educational programming for school and transition-aged students with ASD will also be covered. Practitioners responsible for developing solid transition plans and supports for students with ASD are encouraged to attend.

The trainings will be held in Greeley on Thursday, Jan. 17; in Trinidad on Thursday, Feb. 21; in the Denver/metro area on Thursday, Mar. 7 and in Grand Junction on Thursday, April 4.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969

Evidence-Based Instruction and Evaluation of English Language Learners

CDE in collaboration with the Bilingual School Mental health Network is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Samuel Ortiz on “Evidence-Based Instruction and Evaluation of English Language Learners.” The presentation will be held Thursday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Professional Learning Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton, CO 80241.

The morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will provide an overview on “Developmental Implications for Instruction, Intervention and Assessment.” This will be directed to a broader audience of school personnel including administrators, ESL teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists and school social workers. The registration fee is $15.

The afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. will be on “Bridging Research and Practice to Promote Fairness and Equity in Assessment,” and will be directed to school psychologists. The registration fee for the afternoon is also $15. To register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Barb Bieber
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6933

Federal Programs

Attend the January English Language Learners and Academic Language Webinar

The Office of Language, Culture, and Equity, in conjunction with Title III team is offering five new technical assistance opportunities focusing on English language learners in Colorado. The webinars are scheduled from 3 - 4:30 p.m. on the dates listed below. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend and participate.

Wednesday, Jan. 30; Wednesday, Feb. 27; Wednesday, Mar. 27; Wednesday, April 24
and Wednesday, May 29.

Phone Number: 866-601-0566. To join the meeting:

For More Information, Contact:
Liliana Graham, Director, Office of Language, Culture and Equity
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6138

News & Notes

Read the January CDE Update

This month's update highlights hearings on the READ Act rules, the summative assessment timeline, UIP winter review process and a new 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant opportunity.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE

Learn About the CDE Literacy Project

CDE is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity that will explore the foundations that are needed in order for students to read complex text successfully. Three professional development sessions will be held regionally in January, February, and March, and a summary conference will be held in April. Information related to registration, dates, and locations can be found on the CDE literacy webpage.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016

Participate in the Child Welfare Education Liaisons Survey Beginning Jan. 7

The Child Welfare Education Liaison Survey is coming the week of Jan. 7.

The Office of Dropout Prevention and Engagement is working to close the achievement gap by increasing educational stability for the most vulnerable student populations. CDE launched the Foster Care Education program in September. The next step is to assess the status and needs of schools to better serve students in foster care. In January, an electronic survey will be sent to child welfare education liaisons in each local education agency to get a snapshot of the work that is happening in schools/districts. The results will be used to identify best practices and develop materials and trainings for the field. Look for the survey link in next week's Scoop!
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For More Information, Contact:
Sheree Conyers
Dropout Prevention and Engagement
Phone: 303-561-2192

Standards & Assessments

Review the Assessment Frameworks

Assessment frameworks for the new summative and alternate science and social studies assessments were posted for field review on Dec. 21. The frameworks prescribe the percent representation of each of the reporting categories/standard areas that will appear on the summative and alternate assessments as reflected in the assigned number of score points. They also specify the evidence outcomes/extended evidence outcomes that are eligible for inclusion on the state assessments.

Click on the links below to find additional information about the assessment frameworks and to access the proposed assessment frameworks and feedback questionnaires. Feedback received will inform refinements of the assessment frameworks. Please use the questionnaires that can be found in the links to provide feedback by Friday, Jan. 18. Final assessment frameworks that incorporate feedback from the field are expected to be released in late February.

Summative Science Assessments

Summative Social Studies Assessments

Alternate Science and Social Studies Assessments

For More Information, Contact:
Glen Sirakavit
Phone: 303-866-3266

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Jan. 9 & 10

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its January board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 9 & 10. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the CDE offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.


Wednesday, Jan. 9
-Election of chairman and vice chairman
-Appointment of board legislative liaisons
-Legislative update
-Revenue forecast update
-Presentation on postsecondary workforce readiness

-Rulemaking Hearings
-Lt. Governor's briefing
-2012 Blue Ribbon Schools
-Consider adoption of the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act
-Update on SB 191 Content Collaborative Work on Resource Bank

Thursday, Jan. 10
-Rules for the Administration of the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act)

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting and a detailed agenda including support documents is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817

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Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-866-6822 or 303-866-2334

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