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The CDE Scoop - October 17, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Register Now for the UIP Action Planning Training

UIPs Submitted During the Fall – will be posted on SchoolView in Nov.

Capital Construction

New BEST Project Awardees Invited to Webinar on Oct. 18

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Apply Now for National Board Certification Scholarships

Exceptional Student Services

Register to Attend Specific Learning Disabilities Math Instruction

Federal Programs

C-FIRS Tracker Gets an Upgrade

Attend the Title IA Office Hours Webinar

Register Now for E-rate Training

School Finance

2012-13 IDEA Budget Revision Window Open Nov. 1-16

Standards & Assessments

Access PARCC Sample Items and Tasks Online

Early Literacy Assessment Software License RFP Posted

Attend One of the Last READ Act and School Readiness Regional Meetings

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Register Now for the UIP Action Planning Training

Have you revised your data narrative? Are you ready to take the next step in the improvement planning process? Registration is open for the action planning training sessions, which build the data analysis and root cause identification processes. Participants in these sessions will identify or update annual performance targets and identify interim measures. Participants will also work through the process of identifying or updating major improvement strategies and associated action steps to address their root causes.

Locations and dates:
Pueblo on Tuesday, Oct. 30
Loveland on Thursday, Nov. 1
*The date for the Loveland training was incorrectly listed in last week’s Scoop

To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012UIPProcess.

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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us



UIPs Submitted During the Fall – will be posted on SchoolView in Nov.

Districts that opted to submit revised Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) for posting on SchoolView during the fall submission cycle will see their plans updated in November.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


New BEST Project Awardees Invited to Webinar on Oct. 18

Capital Construction is hosting a series of webinars for districts that have recently been awarded a BEST project. The webinars will provide an overview of resources and requirements for new BEST projects, both cash and certificate of participation. Topics include an overview of website resources, BEST staff assistance, draw requests, procurement, and special requirements for COP/bond projects. Staff will be available to take questions.

Superintendents and district staff or consultants engaged in the implementation of a BEST grant are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 18, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Link: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/best-new-project/
Call-in: 610-214-0000, access code: 966830#



For More Information, Contact:
Kristin Lortie
Public School Finance Unit
Phone: 303-866-6184
Email: lortie_k@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Apply Now for National Board Certification Scholarships

CDE has scholarship funding available for 25 teachers who want to become nationally certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The cost is $2,565 and applicants can receive $1,500 of the fee paid through scholarships administered by CDE. Once fees are paid, candidates have until the end of March to complete their certification packets.

Information about the application process and the scholarships are available at the link below.


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For More Information, Contact:
Anne Marie Roberts
Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing
Phone: 303-866-6648
Email: roberts_a@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register to Attend Specific Learning Disabilities Math Instruction

This interactive, full-day workshop has general applicability for students with math needs up to Algebra and will specifically focus on the content related to place value, addition and subtraction, and beginning problem solving. Special educators, general educators, and administrators are encouraged to attend.

Flyer and registration information are available under “Professional Development Opportunities” on the Specific Learning Disability webpage (below). You can also find dates and locations listed at the link.

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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


C-FIRS Tracker Gets an Upgrade

The C-FIRS Tracker System will be upgraded to version 3.0 on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The home screen and navigation are updated. CDE will provide training and hold a webinar on the new interface.

Webinar login information:
Title: C-FIRS Tracker Upgrade to Version 3.0
Date/time: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m.
Dial-in: 866-601-0566
To join the meeting: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r35s9elwavv/

Tracker resources, which will be updated within the week, are posted to the Federal Programs Unit Monitoring page at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/FedPrograms/monit/index.asp.

For More Information, Contact:
Barb Vassis
Federal Progams Administration
Phone: 303-866-6065
Email: vassis_b@cde.state.co.us



Attend the Title IA Office Hours Webinar

Title I, Part A will hold its monthly office hours on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9-11 a.m. The topics for Oct. are a question session about annual measurable achievement objectives, a PowerPoint for schools to use with Title I parents, and information about the READ Act and Title I. The web link and phone number for the office hours webinar are available on the Title IA webpage provided below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Program Administration
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us



Register Now for E-rate Training

Beginner and advanced training sessions for all E-rate applicants and service providers for the 2013-14 E-rate funding year is now available. Click on the link below for more details, information on dates, times and locations and to register.

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For More Information, Contact:
DeLilah Collins
Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 303.866.6850
Email: collins_d@cde.state.co.us


School Finance


2012-13 IDEA Budget Revision Window Open Nov. 1-16

The 2012-13 IDEA Part B & Preschool budget revision window opens Nov.1 thru Nov.16. Contact David Ferris or Vicki Graham via e-mail (provided below) before Nov. 1 to request that a budget be opened.


For More Information, Contact:
David Ferris or Vicki Graham
Office of Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6911 or 303-866-6129
Email: ferris_d@cde.state.co.us or graham_v@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Access PARCC Sample Items and Tasks Online

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) now has sample assessment items and tasks available online, providing educators, parents, and students an initial look at the types of items that will appear on next-generation assessments. They are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implement the Colorado Academic Standards and prepare for next-generation assessments. They are not intended to be used as practice tests and do not provide a comprehensive picture of how the new assessments will look. PARCC will continue to release items and tasks over time to represent the full range of assessment items and tasks that will eventually be included on the assessments. For more information and to view sample items and prototypes, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE _Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Early Literacy Assessment Software License RFP Posted

The 2012 School Finance Act (House Bill 12-1345) required CDE to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for state purchase of an early literacy assessment software tool. The individualized assessment software will provide immediate results, store and analyze those results, and recommend activities for students in kindergarten through third grade. On Oct. 1, CDE posted the RFP on the state’s Bid Information and Distribution System (BIDS). A link to BIDS can be found here: https://www.gssa.state.co.us/VenSols. The sole point of contact for vendors about the RFP is purchasing agent Eva Reynolds at 719-499-2367 or ereynolds520@comcast.net. The winning vendor must be selected by March 2013.

In early 2013, CDE will conduct an application process for districts to apply to receive licenses to use this early literacy software. Licenses will be issued based on criteria specified in the legislation, which includes selecting districts of varying student population sizes from diverse regions of the state, giving preference to local education providers with the highest percentages of kindergarten through third grade students who are below grade level in reading and with the highest percentages of schools that are eligible to receive moneys under Title I of ESEA.

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: (303)866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us



Attend One of the Last READ Act and School Readiness Regional Meetings

CDE is wrapping up a series of regional information meetings regarding requirements for school readiness (pursuant to SB 08-212, CAP4K) and the Colorado READ Act (HB 12-1238). Meeting dates and locations are listed at the link provided below. An additional in-person meeting has been scheduled for Colorado Springs. Once the location is finalized, information will be posted on the READ Act webpage.
A webinar covering the information from the regional meetings will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m.; access to the webinar will be available through this link: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r1afolxfi2p/. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the CDE website.
Registration for the regional meetings and webinar is not required.


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For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: (303)866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us






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