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The CDE Scoop - January 22, 2014

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Submit Your State Review Panel Application

Early Learning & School Readiness

Attend an Open Lab for Teaching Strategies GOLD

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Apply to Beta-Test the State Model Online Performance Management System

Exceptional Student Services

Register for Creating Meaningful Goals and Transition Services Using Assessment Data Training

Family Partnerships

Register for Family Engagement Trainings

Federal Programs

Submit Your Title I Consolidated State Performance Report Numbers for 2012-13

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Learn More About the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program

Attend the 2014 Directors' Conference

Play a Role in the Summer Food Service Program

Innovation & Choice

Submit Your Request for Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment Participation

News & Notes

Read the New Higher Education Newsletter

Attend the Manufacturing MicroSummit

Standards & Assessments

Register for Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Science and Social Studies Administration Training

Support & Intervention

Submit Your Application for Truancy Pilot Projects

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Accountability & Improvement


Submit Your State Review Panel Application

CDE is accepting applications for the 2014 State Review Panel. The panel plays a critical role in implementing Colorado's Accountability Law (SB 163). In particular, the panel provides (1) a critical evaluation of improvement plans for schools and district with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type and (2) recommendations to the commissioner and the state board on actions to be taken with schools and districts at the end of the accountability clock.

The State Review Panel is comprised of educational experts from across the state that represent a wide range of experiences (e.g., school and district leaders, curriculum specialists, teachers, school finance). Panelists may also have specialized knowledge (e.g., online and blended programming, charter schools, education in urban settings, education in rural settings). In addition to the full-day training, the estimated time commitment for the review process is approximately 10 hours. New this year, a small honorarium will be available for panelists' work time. Travel reimbursements will also be provided.

To apply to become a panelist, contact Lisa Steffen by Monday, Jan. 27.

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Steffen
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6676
Email: steffen_l@cde.state.co.us


Early Learning & School Readiness


Attend an Open Lab for Teaching Strategies GOLD

CDE is offering three open lab opportunities for the Front Range. Come ask questions or get the help you need.

The first open lab is today, Jan. 22 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Aurora Public Schools Professional Learning Conference Center, 15771 E. First Ave., in Aurora. The second open lab is Monday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Greeley School District Administration Building basement, 1025 9th Ave., in Greeley.

To RSVP for the Jan. 27 event, contact Amy Cameron by Sunday, Jan. 26. Registration for the Jan. 22 event is closed.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Cameron
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6185
Email: cameron_a@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Apply to Beta-Test the State Model Online Performance Management System

The Educator Effectiveness team, in partnership with RANDA Solutions, Inc., has been working on the development of the State Model Online Performance Management System. The system will include electronic interfaces and data collection tools for the evaluation rubrics, measures of student learning, the final effectiveness rating and reports with useful and actionable feedback for educators. Pending no major development issues, the State Model Online Performance Management System will be available as an option for all school districts in the 2014-15 school year. The application for schools and districts interested in beta-testing this system is available at the link below and is due Friday, Feb. 14. Technical and personnel requirements to be able to participate are outlined in the application.
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For More Information, Contact:
Joslyn Robich
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6221
Email: Robich_Joslyn2@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register for Creating Meaningful Goals and Transition Services Using Assessment Data Training

This is a professional development opportunity for special educators to learn how to develop individualized education programs which close the gap between students’ post-school goals and levels of academic and non-academic achievement.

The trainings will be held on the following dates from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A working lunch is provided.
-Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Adams 12 Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave., in Thornton.
-Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Double Tree Hotel, 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., in Colorado Springs.
-Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., in Grand Junction.

Special education teachers, mental health providers, speech/language pathologists, transition coordinators and anyone who develops or reviews IEPs at the secondary level are encouraged to attend.

To register, visit the link below. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 12.
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For More Information, Contact:
Ersin Sulukioglu
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6061
Email: sulukioglu_e@cde.state.co.us


Family Partnerships


Register for Family Engagement Trainings

The trainings are about promising practices in engaging all families as partners in education and will cover many topics, including examples of how schools and districts in Colorado are partnering with families.

This event is free and open to all interested participants wanting to learn strategies to implement family partnerships initiatives for student success including family partnership liaisons, district personnel, school personnel, parent leaders and district or school accountability committee members. It is recommended to attend the training as a district team.

Details for the trainings, as well as registration links, are available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-5921
Email: hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Submit Your Title I Consolidated State Performance Report Numbers for 2012-13

Districts that received Title I funds in 2012-13 need to submit numbers of students served to satisfy federal reporting requirements. This 2012-13 Consolidated State Performance Report is different than the 2013-14 collection being conducted through the Title I Data Interchange. If your district has not registered for a password for the 2012-12 report, do as soon as possible at http://bit.ly/1jzT31o.
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For More Information, Contact:
Donna Morganstern
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6209
Email: morganstern_d@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Learn More About the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program

More students may be eating breakfast next school year as schools across the state begin implementing the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program (H.B. 13-1006).

Beginning in the 2014–2015 school year, schools participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program with a free and reduced percentage from the prior year of 80 percent or greater must offer a breakfast at no cost to each student after the tardy bell.

Beginning in the 2015–2016 school year and each year thereafter, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program with a free and reduced percentage from the prior year of 70 percent or greater must offer a breakfast at no cost to each student after the tardy bell. Schools must implement programs by the first day of the school year in which they are required to participate.

The Office of School Nutrition is currently developing an implementation guide, resources and trainings to assist districts with Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program implementation.

Check out the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program fact sheet at http://bit.ly/1aHtKYS.

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For More Information, Contact:
Amanda Mercer
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6659
Email: mercer_a@cde.state.co.us



Attend the 2014 Directors' Conference

The Directors’ Conference is an annual gathering of Colorado Child Nutrition Program foodservice directors and professionals hosted by the CDE's Office of School Nutrition. The conference provides educational sessions and updates related to the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. This year’s conference will take place from Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Friday, Feb. 28 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo.

Conference sessions will cover the following topics: USDA regulations, administrative reviews, meal pattern requirements, standardizing recipes, competitive foods, financial management, health and wellness grants and much more.

The training is free of charge and includes all meals. The only cost to participants is lodging and transportation to and from Pueblo.

To register for the conference, contact Stacey Macklin at macklin_s@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6661. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 14.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heather Hauswirth
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6871
Email: hauswirth_h@cde.state.co.us



Play a Role in the Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The program operates during school vacations, primarily in the summer months – from May through September. Free meals, that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved program sites.

Help end childhood hunger in Colorado by joining the Summer Food Service Program as a sponsor, site or volunteer.

Organizations that can sponsor the program are:
-a public or private non-profit school food authority;
-a public or private non-profit residential camp;
-a public or private non-profit college or university participating in the National Youth Sports Program;
-a unit of local, county, municipal, state or federal government; or
-any other type of private non-profit organization

For more information, contact the Office of School Nutrition at 303-866-6661.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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For More Information, Contact:
Ashley Moen
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6653
Email: moen_a@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


Submit Your Request for Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment Participation

Districts have until Saturday, Feb. 1 to submit their requests for the number of qualified students that plan to participate in ASCENT for the 2014-15 academic year. Requests are accepted and can be submitted at http://bit.ly/1inu2J5.

After submitting this request, districts have until Thursday, May 1 to submit an official affidavit with their final ASCENT participation request. At that time, districts will also submit a list of specific students that will utilize the slots. A webinar will be scheduled before Thursday, May 1 to provide additional information for submitting final numbers, affidavit and student information.
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For More Information, Contact:
Michelle Camacho Liu
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-866-6596
Email: liu_m@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Read the New Higher Education Newsletter

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has a new monthly newsletter. Higher Ed Headlines will feature the latest news and events, along with resources and factoids that could be helpful in your work. You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/LN1U9. Read the first edition at the link below. Please share ideas for newsletter topics by emailing Julie Poppen.
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For More Information, Contact:
Julie Poppen
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Phone: 303-866-3662
Email: julie.poppen@dhe.state.co.us



Attend the Manufacturing MicroSummit

The Colorado Community College System invites you to attend one of six educator/business micro-summits to build a manufacturing career pathway beginning in middle school and continuing through high school with postsecondary options. A new $25 million federal grant was awarded to Colorado to accelerate manufacturing equipment, training, and job placement. Sessions are: Pueblo, January 24; Larimer/Weld, Feb. 20; Denver,February; Colorado Springs, Feb/March; Montrose, March 3; and Grand Junction, TBD.
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For More Information, Contact:
Scott Stump
Phone: 303-595-1578
Email: scott.stump@cccs.edu


Standards & Assessments


Register for Colorado Measures of Academic Success: Science and Social Studies Administration Training

District assessment coordinator training for CMAS: science and social studies will be conducted in the next two weeks. Trainings will be offered in Grand Junction, Durango, Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Limon, Greeley and twice in the Denver area. DACs are encouraged to bring an additional district representative of their choosing who is involved in data input or in coordinating this spring’s CMAS administration. DACs have been sent registration information directly. District technology coordinators have been participating in their own regional trainings over the course of the last couple of weeks and are not the target audience for the administration trainings. Questions regarding these trainings should be directed to Margo Allen.

For More Information, Contact:
Margo Allen
Assessment
Phone: 303-866-6929
Email: allen_m@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Submit Your Application for Truancy Pilot Projects

The Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice announced the availability of juvenile diversion funds to pilot four truancy pilot projects. The purpose of these pilots is to learn and document (1) the causal factors of truancy, (2) the effective prevention approaches that keep youth in school and on track academically and socially and increase school and student engagement and (3) the systems changes needed to successfully address truancy. This opportunity is available to community cross disciplinary collaboratives although an individual agency or organization will have to serve as the applicant agency.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. The Juvenile Diversion Program is beginning a new three year funding cycle, so successful applicants will then be eligible to apply for two additional years of funding. The entire grant processes will be paperless. A link to a webinar about how to apply through the online grant management system is available at http://bit.ly/1aJlckd.
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For More Information, Contact:
Meg Williams
Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance
Phone: 303-239-5717
Email: meg.williams@state.co.us






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