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The CDE Scoop - January 4, 2012

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

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Accountability & Improvement

Unified Improvement Planning - New Website

To provide a wider array of resources, CDE has just launched a new UIP website. The new format and resources are available to help schools and districts as they update their Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs). Visit to access the new site directly. If you go to the old URL, you will now see a screen that re-directs you to the new site. Please remember to update your bookmarks.

The previous resources are still available. Now you will get to experience the website in an “easy to use” and interactive format. You will notice a UIP process map on the upper left-hand corner of the new homepage that guides you through the UIP process. Users may click on a step in the process map to be directed to resources available for that step.

As we continue to improve the new site, you will notice updates and current news listed on the UIP homepage. Look for announcements for new UIP resources, video clips, and written case stories, and training materials.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108

Reminder to Submit Unified Improvement Plans

The NCLB Accountability and State Accountability Instruments in the Tracker system are now open for UIP submissions due to CDE by Tuesday, Jan. 17. Resources for submitting your UIPs through Tracker are located on the bottom of the UIP resources page:

Plans due to CDE by Tuesday, Jan. 17 are summarized below:
Under State Accountability
-Schools: Turnaround Plans or Priority Improvement Plans
-Districts: Turnaround Plans or Priority Improvement Plans; High Priority Graduation designation.

Under NCLB Accountability
-Schools: None (districts review schools' Title I improvement plans)
-Districts: Title I Program Improvement or Corrective Action; 2141c Identification under Title IIA; Title III Program Improvement (missed AMAOs).

A summary of the submission process is available at:

In order for a review of the plans to be completed and feedback returned to you in a timely manner, please submit your UIPs on time.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-6108

Data Systems

Last Chance to Register for the Colorado PowersSchool User's Conference

The 2nd Annual Colorado PowerSchool Conference is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Student Achievement Resource Center in Cherry Creek. The conference will include two full days of PS sessions for all levels of users (beginning, intermediate & advanced) and school roles.

If you are new to PowerSchool or are looking for more advanced training; this could be the event you have been looking for! Click the link below for general information, register and view sessions.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tisha Bouwmeester
Phone: 303-989-5356 x 106

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Enroll Your District in the Visiting Teachers from Spain Program

The Visiting Teachers from Spain Program is an International Cooperation program sponsored by the Ministry of Education and over 25 U.S and Canadian departments of education and a large number of school districts in the U.S and Alberta (Canada). The program started in 1986, as a pilot experience in California and New York. Since then, it has expanded to over 25 states and has had over five thousand participant teachers.

The spirit of the program is based on multicultural understanding and cultural exchange. Its main objectives are, thus, built on these two strong foundations:

 Strengthen the relations between the U.S/Canada and Spain.
 Increase the quality of the teaching of the Spanish language in the U.S and Canada.
 Provide students with bilingual and multicultural education that prepares them for future personal, academic and professional success.
 Provide the Spanish teachers with an excellent opportunity for professional development and growth.

Teachers are pre-screened by the Ministry and interviewed and ultimately hired by the State/School District representative/s in Madrid. All are highly qualified, enthusiastic and experienced. Their English skills are assessed by the American / Canadian representative/s during the interviews. They come to the U.S under a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa and can obtain a temporary teaching license for up to three years, the duration of the J-1 Visa.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jami Goetz
Educator Licensing
Phone: (303) 866-6945

CDE Unveils Teacher Rubric for Initial Feedback

The Educator Effectiveness Team is conducting focus groups to refine the CDE Model Evaluation Teacher Rubric.

Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25
Location: Department of Higher Education, 1560 Broadway, Emily Griffith Conference Room, 19th floor, in Denver
RSVP: Call Toby King at 303.866.6964 or e-mail

Priority: Space is limited to the first 15 registrants that RSVP per session
Sessions: 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Noon to 1:30 p.m.;
1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Confirmation: You will receive an e-mail confirmation for the day and time you have registered, please bring this with you to the event.

Pilot districts: Pilot districts will have an opportunity to participate in focus groups outside of this two day window. Dates and locations to be determined.
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For More Information, Contact:
Toby King
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303.866.6964

Federal Programs

E-rate Training Available for All E-Rate Applicants

CDE is pleased to offer beginner and advanced training sessions for the 2012-13 E-rate funding year. Training is available for all E-rate applicants and service providers.
The beginner training session is designed to introduce new applicants to the E-rate process. This training will go over the history of E-rate, application process, and form completion. Applicants are encouraged to bring forms completed in previous years and documentation to complete the form 470 application.

The advanced session will cover topics that are suggested by attendees. If there is a specific topic of interest, be sure to add that topic when completing the registration form. Additionally, the 6th Report and Order and CIPA will be covered.

To register for training, visit
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLilah Collins
Office of Federal Programs Administration
Phone: 303-866-6850

News & Notes

Read the January Edition of the CDE Update

The January edition of the CDE Update is available at the link below. The Update provides a brief snapshot of the state's most significant education initiatives and key implementation milestones.

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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Office
Phone: 303-866-2334 or 303-866-6822
Email: CDE

Standards & Assessments

Colorado Standards Implementation Summit - March 6

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the Colorado Department of Education invite district teams to participate in a comprehensive and collaborative work session on the implementation of the Colorado Academic and English Language Proficiency Standards on Tuesday, March 6 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. We invite district teams including district and school level administrators responsible for implementing the standards, teacher leaders, and support services staff to participate in this no cost event.

A detailed invitation with registration information will be forthcoming.

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: (303) 866-6737

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Jan. 11

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its January board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Agenda highlights include:

Consider adoption of Rules for Standards for Charter Schools and Charter School Aurhorizers

Consider adoption of Rules for the Administration, Certification and Oversight of Colorado Online Programs

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


Love the Bus Campaign

Think about a specific group of employees that show up in the district long before anyone else. Rain or shine, freezing cold, or smoldering hot, they are there for the students of your district. Have thought where your district would be without them?

The Love the Bus program is designed to thank our school bus drivers on Valentine’s Day and share success stories with communities and the state.

With an educator toolkit, certificates, valentines and blank cards, has a plethora of ideas on how these unsung heroes can be recognized for the efforts they put in on every school day. They provide the safest form of transportation to and from school for our students across Colorado.
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For More Information, Contact:
Greta L. Bleau
School Transportation Unit
Phone: 303-866-6656

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