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The CDE Scoop - January 23, 2013

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Accountability & Improvement

Prepare for the TELL Colorado Survey

The third iteration of the biennial Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey opens Feb. 6 through Mar. 6. Educator and instruction letters, including confidential access codes, will be mailed to schools next week.

It's not too soon to start planning how to get a good response rate. In past administrations of the survey, schools made time available for staff to participate (e.g., during a staff meeting) or offered incentives (e.g., pizza party for schools meeting the 50 percent participation threshold).

You must have at least 50 percent participation and at least 5 participants to view your own school/district data. It is important to remind staff of the anonymity of the survey, and local plans for when the data will be used and for what purposes (e.g., improvement planning, budgeting, professional development planning).

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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Phone: 303-866-6811

Capital Construction

Apply Now for Building Excellent Schools Today Grants

The BEST 2013-14 grant cycle allows eligible applicants to apply for projects addressing health and safety issues, projects to relieve overcrowding, projects addressing technology and all other capital needs projects.

Completed grant applications are due by 4 p.m., March 1. Upon receipt, CDE staff will read and summarize the grant applications for the Capital Construction Assistance Board and the State Board of Education. The Capital Construction Assistance Board will meet as necessary to review applications and select applications to recommend to the state board for award. Projects approved by the state board for award will be awarded after the August state board meeting. BEST Lease-Purchase grant projects will be awarded after the COP close, approx. six months later.
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For More Information, Contact:
Scott Newell
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6717

Exceptional Student Services

Register Now for the Parents Encouraging Parents 2012-2013 Conferences

Parents Encouraging Parents conferences bring parents and professionals together to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate successes, and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability—from ages birth to 21.

In addition, the conferences promote partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and the community.

More detailed information, along with dates, times, and locations for the conferences, is provided at the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: Phone: PEP Hotline (303) 866-6846 or outside Metro Denver 1-877-834-0588
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Read "Brain Injury in Children and Youth: A Manual for Educators"

This manual provides information on the effects of an acquired/traumatic brain injury at each developmental stage, teaches changes in learning and intervention strategies, informs educators about social/emotional competency and 504 plans, RTI as well as special education.

Traumatic Brain Injury is a leading cause of death and disability among children ages 1 to 19 years old in the United States. There is a significant discrepancy between the incidence of TBI and the identification of children with a TBI for educational services.

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For More Information, Contact:
Deb Toliver
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6121

Federal Programs

Submit Revisions Beginning Feb. 11: Final Post Award Window

The second (and final) window for the 2012-2013 NCLB Post Award Revision Request will be open Feb. 11-28. This will be LEAs last opportunity to submit revisions.

The Post Award Revision Request System will be available at:

Final allocations are posted on the Grants Fiscal Management Unit webpage at:

LEAs may only submit one revision request during this window. Accordingly, revisions for every applicable Title Program must be included in the request. Separate requests cannot be submitted for individual Title Programs. Program consultants will not review requests until the submission window closes.

Resources are available on the Consolidated Application Training Center to assist with the submission process (

(1) a PowerPoint presentation with audio explains the purpose of the Post Award Revision Request System and how to submit a request (

(2) a step-by-step instruction list for submitting a request.
For programmatic questions, please contact the Title program consultant who read your application. For general questions, you can email and your inquiry will be directed to a consult who can assist.

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For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Miller
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6214

Get Involved with the Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program, "Food That’s in When School is Out!" needs your help. Help end childhood hunger in Colorado by joining the Summer Food Service Program as a sponsor, site, or volunteer.

SFSP was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The SFSP 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 SFSP sites.

Organizations that can sponsor the program include public or private non-profit school food authority; public or private non-profit residential camp; 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.
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For More Information, Contact:
Connie Harlow
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6650

Sign up for Monthly Technical Assistance Opportunities Focusing on English Language Learners

The Office of Language, Culture, and Equity in conjunction with Title III team is pleased to offer technical assistance opportunities. Webinars will take place on the last Wednesday of the month from 3 - 4:30 p.m. Webinars will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 29.

The topic for January is English language learners and academic language. The webinar will address questions like, "What is academic language?" and "Is academic language essential for preparing students in Colorado to become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a globally competitive workforce?" A questions and answer session will be a part of all scheduled office hours.

Meeting Name: English Language Learners and Academic Language
Date/time: Jan. 30, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Phone Number: 866.601.0566
To join the meeting:

Please note that while the call in number remains the same each month, the link to join the webinar changes from month to month.

For More Information, Contact:
Liliana Graham, Director, Office of Language , Culture and Equity
Federal Programs
Phone: 303.866.6138

Innovation & Choice

Submit Your Nomination for the 2013 Ignite Innovation Challenge

Share your successes and win cash prizes! Help us spread the word about the 2013 Ignite Innovation Challenge!

The 2013 Ignite Innovation Challenge is an online competition to find Colorado's most influential approaches to personalized learning. Dramatically personalized learning means that educators use what they know about students' background knowledge, approach to learning, and current level of achievement to engage even the most reluctant student, and provide the right instruction, at the right time, in a way that matches how they learn best.
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For More Information, Contact:
Laura Noonan
Expanded Learning Opportunities
Phone: 303-866-6276

Submit Your Request for Proposal for Expelled and At-Risk Student Services

The Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Grant Program RFP is now available. The EARSS program assists in providing educational and supportive services to expelled students and students at-risk for expulsion through a comprehensive range of strategies that are proven effective to help these populations of students.

This RFP is being released for a new 4-year grant cycle. Awards are contingent upon funding appropriated to the EARSS program in the FY14 state budget. It is anticipated that grant awards will be based on $1,000 to $3,000 per student served, depending on the intensity and length of services. Application training webinars will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 2:30–3:30 p.m. with a repeat on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9–10 a.m. Applications are due Tuesday, April 2. For more information on the application webinar and to access the RFP, please visit the web site below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Janelle Krueger
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6750

Standards & Assessments

Learn More About School Readiness Assessment and Funding

Beginning in the fall of 2013, local education providers are required by Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids to ensure all children in publicly-funded preschool or kindergarten receive an individual school readiness plan, informed by a school readiness assessment.

In December 2012, the State Board of Education approved Teaching Strategies GOLD for use in kindergarten classrooms. As additional assessment systems are identified and approved they will be added to a menu of choices.

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund Grant awarded to Colorado in 2012 will make funding available to help phase in a school readiness assessment system over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Fact sheets providing more information on the RTTT-ELCF and school readiness assessment can be found at the link below. CDE will host an informational webinar to provide updates on the implementation of school readiness provisions within CAP4K, recent State Board action, and the RTTT-ELCF on Thursday, Jan. 24, repeated on Tuesday, Jan.29, 3 - 4 p.m. The link for the webinar is

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For More Information, Contact:
Sharon Triolo-Moloney
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6781

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