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The CDE Scoop - October 24, 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 UIP Action Planning Training

Data Systems

Civil Rights Data Collection Submissions Due Dec. 7

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Colorado State Model Evaluation System Work Featured in NY Times

Visit the New Education Jobs Website

See the New Educator Effectiveness E-Newsletter

Exceptional Student Services

Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act

Sign Up for Autism Level 2 Training: Inclusion

Register Now for the Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention Symposium

Federal Programs

C-FIRS Tracker Gets an Upgrade

Innovation & Choice

Requesting Public Comment for ESEA Waiver Amendment 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Review Two New Online Studies

News & Notes

Join the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board

Colorado Literacy Week is Feb. 25 - March 1

Support & Intervention

Participate in a Survey on Credit Recovery Programs

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Register Now for 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 on 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.

Location and dates:
Pueblo on Tuesday, Oct. 30
Loveland on Thursday, Nov. 1

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


Data Systems


Civil Rights Data Collection Submissions Due Dec. 7

The 2011-2012 Civil Rights Data Collection is open through Dec. 7 for district submissions. Participation is important and mandatory under federal law for every school district, including all state-operated facilities for the deaf and blind, charter schools, and educational programs at juvenile justice agencies. The U.S. Department of Education sent CRDC communications to the contacts you designated this past spring.

The collection is conducted by the Office for Civil Rights. Since 1968 they have collected data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools, proving to be a valuable source of information about access to educational opportunities in public schools.

Contact the partner support center at the link below for more information.



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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Rose Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Colorado State Model Evaluation System Work Featured in NY Times

A New York Times reporter recently attended a daylong training session on the Colorado State Model Evaluation System at the St. Vrain Valley School District. St. Vrain Valley is a pilot district for the Colorado State Model Evaluation System and district leadership, principals and teachers were in attendance to learn about the new evaluation system and its intent to support teachers and provide meaningful feedback for their professional development.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: Lams_K@cde.state.co.us



Visit the New Education Jobs Website

In an effort to assist Colorado’s public school districts, BOCES, charter schools and approved facilities in the recruitment of high-quality, highly effective educators, CDE has partnered with Teachers-Teachers.com – a premier online educator recruitment service – to offer free memberships through Sept. 30, 2013.

To register:
Visit http://www.teachincolorado.org and select “take me to teachers-teachers.com/Colorado”
Upon registration, a teachers-teachers.com consultant will contact you to provide an overview of the service, answer your questions and provide ongoing technical assistance. Any presently active, paid memberships will be extended appropriately beginning Oct. 1, 2013.

For information on the use of the site, please email colorado@teachers-teachers.com or call 877.812.4071 x65.


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For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Pino
Office of Professional Services & Educator Licensure
Phone: 303.866.6229
Email: pino_c@cde.state.co.us



See the New Educator Effectiveness E-Newsletter

Check out the re-designed Educator Effectiveness E-Newsletter! The October edition includes important updates and access to new resources.

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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: Lams_K@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act

CDE is recommending changes to the rules for the administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act. A draft of the proposed changes as well as details about the State Board of Education rulemaking hearing can be found at the link below.

Oral testimony is welcome at the rulemaking hearing, and written comments, due by Dec. 31, may be submitted to the Office of the Colorado State Board of Education by e-mail to state.board@cde.state.co.us or to the following address:
Office of the Colorado State Board of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80203

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For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Rodriguez
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6889
Email: rodriguez_j@cde.state.co.us



Sign Up for Autism Level 2 Training: Inclusion

This training will cover research on inclusive settings for students with autism. It is open to all participants who have previously attended the level 1 autism introduction training (two or three day). Those who do not meet this minimum but who have a similar content background are encouraged to inquire for individual enrollment decisions.

This training is offered at no cost by the Exceptional Student Services Unit/Autism team. For detailed information on the training and to view the flyer, click on the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us



Register Now for the Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention Symposium

CDE along with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center and the Office of Suicide Prevention are sponsoring a free Youth Suicide Prevention and Intervention training from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 29 at the Aurora Professional Learning and Conference Center.

The keynote address will be live-streamed from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Access information will be posted on the CSSRC website. For details and more information about the event, please visit the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Barb Bieber
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6933
Email: bieber_b@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. 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 are posted at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/FedPrograms/monit/index.asp.

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


Innovation & Choice


Requesting Public Comment for ESEA Waiver Amendment 21st Century Community Learning Centers

CDE seeks to amend the state’s ESEA waiver related to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. The amendment will allow CDE to waive the requirements in ESEA sections 4201(b)(1)(A) and 4204(b)(2)(A) that restrict the activities supported by the 21st CCLC grant program.

The flexibility waiver will allow CDE to leverage 21st CCLC funding to support expanded learning time during the school day in addition to activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session. The waiver request is not intended to impact current 21st CCLC grantees.

Written comments will be accepted through Nov. 9 and be included in the waiver amendment application.

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For More Information, Contact:
Katy Jackson
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6679
Email: jackson_katy@cde.state.co.us



Review Two New Online Studies

Two online studies, “A Study of ONLINE LEARNING: Perspectives of Online Learners and Educators” and “Characteristics of Colorado’s Online Students” are available for review.


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For More Information, Contact:
Amanda Heiney
Office of Online & Blended Learning
Phone: 303-866-6897
Email: heiney_a@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Join the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board

CDE is accepting nominations for the concurrent enrollment advisory board. For information about the board and their responsibilities, visit the link below. Interested parties should submit a resume and letter of interest by Oct. 31 to Misti Ruthven (contact information below).
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For More Information, Contact:
Misti Ruthven
DPSE
Phone: 303-866-6206
Email: ruthven_m@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Literacy Week is Feb. 25 - March 1

Building on last year’s exciting roll-out of Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, more programs and partners have been added to the movement.

For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Participate in a Survey on Credit Recovery Programs

CDE, in partnership with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning is conducting a survey of Colorado public high schools regarding the use of credit recovery programs. Data collected will help identify credit recovery programs currently in place, understand the perceived benefits and shortcomings of existing programs and determine what support is needed to develop more effective credit recovery programs.

District- and school-based staff who make decisions about credit recovery, online learning, alternative education, student academic placement, curriculum, and/or professional development for high school graduation initiatives are encouraged to participate.

Participation in this 35 minute survey is voluntary, but your responses are valuable.

The survey opens Monday, Oct 29 by Noon and can be accessed at the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Peter Fritz
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: (303) 866-6601
Email: fritz_p@cde.state.co.us






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