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The CDE Scoop - January 30, 2013

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Read More About Unified Improvement Plan Reviews and Feedback

CDE is reviewing approximately 250 plans that have been submitted for the required review. As feedback becomes available in February, it will be uploaded in Tracker and contacts will be notified.

Feedback will include recommendations to help strengthen the plan, as well as specifications for any required changes (if applicable). In the meantime, school and district personnel should continue implementing strategies articulated in the plans. This is a continuous improvement cycle; they should not wait for “approval” from the state.

If a district needs to upload updated or additional information into the winter submission cycle within Tracker, please enter a comment into the system that indicates new information has been added. Select the option to have a copy of the comment sent to Jamie Baker (baker_j@cde.state.co.us) so CDE is aware that additional documents have been added.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Upload Your Statewide Course Codes by Feb. 1

All districts are expected to map their local middle school and high school course codes to the statewide standard course codes by Friday, Feb. 1. Future projects are dependent on the completion of these course codes.

A webinar is available which walks through the process of mapping course codes and explains how to upload the mapping to CDE.
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p5d6pl2a70n/

All of the websites and tools required to complete the course code mapping can be found in the PowerPoint provided at this link: http://www.cde.state.co.us/EDIDProject/download/OctoberWebinar.pptx

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For More Information, Contact:
Kevin Smith
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6723
Email: smith_kevin@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Register for 2013 School Nurse Regional Workshops

School nurse regional workshops will be conducted in 12 sites around the state this year. All school nurses are encouraged to attend this important all day training. On this year’s agenda will be CDE and CDPHE updates, immunizations, head injury management, emergency and trauma care and diabetes care in schools.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathleen Patrick
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: patrick_k@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


Coming in March: School Counselor Corps Grant RFP

The 2013-2014 School Counselor Corps Grant RFP will be available in March for education providers that are not currently participating in the program. Approximately $480,000 will be available for the new RFP, which will focus on planning in the first year and implementation in the second and third years of the grant. First-year grants will range from $20,000 - $50,000 with increases in years two and three for plan implementation. Priority will be given to eligible LEAs that have not received funding previously from the program.
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For More Information, Contact:
Misti Ruthven
Postsecondary Preparation & Success
Phone: 303-866-6206
Email: ruthven_m@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Check Out the New Fact Sheet Resource Page

In an ongoing effort to offer support to the education community, the Communications Division has published several fact sheets. These short documents provide a high level understanding on many hot topics in Colorado’s education system. Make sure to visit the page often as new fact sheets will continue to be released.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: Lams_K@cde.state.co.us



Join the Colorado Legacy Foundation

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with CDE and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity-building has two exciting positions available.

CLF seeks a Manager for the Health & Wellness Initiative to lead and coordinate the work of the newly-launched School Health Policy and Practice Data Collection System in close partnership with the CDE and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

CLF also seeks a Data and Systems Design Specialist to support the work of CDE’s Health & Wellness team and Information Management Services Unit, specifically the newly-launched School Health Policy and Practice Data Collection System, a partnership among CLF, CDE, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jean De la Mata
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303-736-6477
Email: jobs@colegacy.org



Attend the Feb. 6 Webinar on Low-cost Educational Resources for Students

Could students in your school benefit from online access from home or school to 500 popular magazines, 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents and more--for LESS than the cost of one encyclopedia set? Could your teachers benefit from dedicated tools for health, science, research, and history databases in the classroom?

If so, attend a free webinar Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. Learn more at http://bit.ly/WxwltT.

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For More Information, Contact:
Kris Johnson
Colorado State Library
Phone: 303.866.6900 |or| 303.422.1150
Email: johnson_k@cde.state.co.us






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