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The CDE Scoop - November 13, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Register for a Unified Improvement Planning Progress Monitoring Sessions - Grand Junction Location Added for Dec. 3

Capital Construction

Complete the Certification of Eligibility for Charter School FY2013-14 Capital Construction Funding Form

Provide Feedback About the Building Excellent Schools Today Grant Application Evaluation Tool

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Register to Attend the Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series

Exceptional Student Services

Attend the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

Attend an Educational Interpreters -- Access and Qualifications Webinar

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

View the U.S. Department of Agriculture Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

Library

Apply for the Highly Effective School Library Recognition Award

News & Notes

Register for the Colorado Association of School Executives Winter Leadership Conference

Join the Colorado Legacy Foundation

Attend the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Meeting

Standards & Assessments

Attend the Math on the Planes Conference

Learn About the Approval Process for New Interim Assessments

Support & Intervention

Finish the GED Test by Dec 2013

Participate in a Survey Regarding Early Warning Systems to Identify Students at Risk of Dropping Out

Complete the Alternative Education Needs Assessment Survey by Friday, Nov. 15

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Register for a Unified Improvement Planning Progress Monitoring Sessions - Grand Junction Location Added for Dec. 3

Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, the progress monitoring session focuses on implementing a continuous improvement cycle across the school year that brings the UIP alive. Participants work with and plan for interpreting data from the most common interim assessments and early literacy assessments used in Colorado. They will build a plan for using interim assessment data throughout the school year to determine if action steps are having the desired effects on student learning. Participants will identify how to use data from implementation benchmarks to evaluate the degree to which major improvement strategies are being implemented, and make adjustments as needed. This session will also address how to engage various stakeholders, including school accountability committee members, in progress monitoring. Participants will leave with processes, protocols and tools for engaging with local planning teams to monitor the progress of school and district improvement efforts.

The UIP progress monitoring sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Denver North Metro Thursday, Nov. 19; in Pueblo on Saturday, Nov. 21 and in Grand Junction on Friday, Dec. 3. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UIPFall2013.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


Complete the Certification of Eligibility for Charter School FY2013-14 Capital Construction Funding Form

All Colorado school districts and the Charter School Institute are required to complete the CSCC-02 eligibility form. Original signatures are required from the school district or Charter School Institute and the charter school. Once all the forms are received and the pupil count audits are complete, the remaining Charter School Capital Construction funding will be distributed on the new calculated amounts.

The form is available at http://bit.ly/1apq5xt and is due to CDE Friday, Dec. 6.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dustin Guerin
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6263
Email: guerin_d@cde.state.co.us



Provide Feedback About the Building Excellent Schools Today Grant Application Evaluation Tool

The Office of the State Auditor recently completed a performance audit of the Building Excellent Schools Today program. The auditors recommended that the Capital Construction Assistance Board utilize a standardized grant evaluation tool when selecting applications for financial assistance. The assistance board drafted a grant application evaluation tool and is seeking feedback from school districts, charter schools, BOCES and other stakeholders directly affected by the BEST program.

The draft grant application evaluation tool is available at the link below. Please take a few minutes to review the grant application evaluation tool and provide feedback to the division by Wednesday, Nov. 27. All comments and considerations will be reviewed at the CCAB board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kevin Huber
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6492
Email: huber_k@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Register to Attend the Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series

To support districts as they navigate the new evaluation process, the Educator Effectiveness team is offering a series of webinars on timely topics. The next webinar is on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 3:45-5:15 p.m. This technical assistance webinar will take a deeper dive on the mid-year review process with a focus on questioning strategies for reflection and how to synthesize evidence gathered. To register for this webinar, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Majors
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6678
Email: Majors_T@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Attend the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee is Thursday, Nov. 21 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Anchor Center, 2550 Roslyn Street in Denver. Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 15 to DeLinda Rose at rose_d@cde.state.co.us.

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee is a state-level committee mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children/youth with disabilities. The committee includes parents of and individuals with disabilities, educational service providers, administrators, and representatives from a variety of related agencies. Participation is statewide and representative of diverse disabilities.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Attend an Educational Interpreters -- Access and Qualifications Webinar

Access to instruction for many students who are deaf/hard of hearing in Colorado public schools is impacted by the use of educational interpreters. The Educational Interpreter Advisory Board and CDE are conducting a webinar to inform the field of current educational interpreting research and to gather feedback on recommendations for increasing educational interpreting standards.

Leilani Johnson from the University of Northern Colorado, DO IT Center; Brenda Schick from University of Colorado, Boulder and Ruth Mathers from CDE will present during the webinar.

The webinar is Thursday, Nov. 14 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cdeedinterpreters.

Live sign interpreting is available. For questions about registration, contact Tesia Swanstrom. For all other inquiries, contact Ruth Mathers.

For More Information, Contact:
Tesia Swanstrom and Ruth Mathers
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6639 Tesia Swanstrom; 303-866-6909 Ruth Mathers
Email: swanstrom_t@cde.state.co.us; mathers_r@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


View the U.S. Department of Agriculture Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

The USDA released a letter from Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack and Secretary of Education Duncan highlighting the nutrition standards mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, “Smart Snacks in School.” These standards apply to all foods sold in school outside the school meal programs. These new standards go into effect in the 2014-15 school year. Successful implementation requires ample time to prepare for these changes. A team approach is very important and requires support not only from school nutrition personnel but school administrators, sports teams clubs and others involved in food sales.

This letter is available in the smart snacks in school section of the food and nutrition services USDA webpage at http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/allfoods.htm.

Additional resources for these new standards are located under upcoming policy and procedure on the Office of School Nutrition webpage at http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutricompetitivefoods.htm.

For More Information, Contact:
Julie Griffith
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6759
Email: griffith_j@cde.state.co.us


Library


Apply for the Highly Effective School Library Recognition Award

The Highly Effective School Library Program provides lifelong learning opportunities while supporting all schools as they strive to improve student achievement and prepare students for 21st century success. This prestigious award, now in its third year, recognizes outstanding school library programs.

Application directions and benefits of applying are posted at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/highlyeffective.

The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 16. For questions about the award, contact Judy Barnett, HESLP coordinator, at: jbarnett@coloradostatelibrary.org.
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For More Information, Contact:
Becky Russell
State Library
Phone: 303-866-6772
Email: russell_b@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Register for the Colorado Association of School Executives Winter Leadership Conference

The CASE Winter Leadership Conference connects education leaders throughout the state, providing opportunities to network, learn, share best practices and strategize. With more than 25 breakout sessions, an inspiring keynote address from best-selling author Chip Heath, legislative updates and pre-conference workshops on finance, technology and principal and superintendent leadership, there is something for everyone. This is Colorado’s premier winter event for school leaders looking to deliver on the promise of public education.

The conference will be held at the Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd. in Westminster.

Pre-conference workshops are Wednesday, Feb. 5 and the main conference is Thursday (all day) and Friday (half-day), Feb. 6-7.

For more information, including registration fees, visit the link below. For questions about the conference, contact CASE at 303-762-8762.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary McNeil
Colorado Association of School Executives
Phone: 303-762-8762
Email: mmcneil@co-case.org



Join the Colorado Legacy Foundation

The Colorado Legacy Foundation is 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.

The Colorado Legacy Foundation seeks a payroll and benefits accountant to work in collaboration with external partners and CLF staff to ensure that all payroll and benefit information is gathered and processed in a timely and accurate manner. This position reports to the accounting manager.

For detailed information and to apply for this position, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jean De la Mata
Phone: 303-736-6477
Email: jobs@colegacy.org



Attend the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Meeting

The next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant Avenue in Denver.

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education is a legislated council that was established in 2009. SACPIE’s mission is to review best practices and recommend to policymakers and educators strategies to increase family partnerships in public education, thereby helping to improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students' academic achievement throughout Colorado. SACPIE meetings are open to the public.
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For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-5921
Email: hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Attend the Math on the Planes Conference

Participants ​attending ​this ​two-day ​interactive ​workshop ​will ​have ​an ​understanding ​of ​strategies ​to ​organize ​learning ​activities, ​environments ​and ​direct ​instruction ​so ​that ​all ​students ​learn ​math ​content ​and ​participate ​in ​mathematical ​practices.

If you participate in both workshops there is an option for a CDE certificate of attendance or two semester hours from Adams State University.

The pre-conference is for those who missed last year's conference. This ​one-day ​interactive-workshop ​will ​help ​participants ​develop ​a ​deeper ​understanding ​of ​the ​foundations ​of ​numeracy ​(including ​the ​concepts ​of ​proportional ​reasoning ​and ​spatial-visualization) ​and ​learn ​ways ​to ​assess ​these ​concepts ​within ​the ​Colorado ​Academic ​Standards.

The pre-conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 20. The conference occurs Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. Early registration for the pre-conference and the two-day conference ends Monday, Jan. 20.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary Pittman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-854-4560
Email: pittman_m@cde.state.co.us



Learn About the Approval Process for New Interim Assessments

CDE initiated the process to determine approved interim assessments for use with the READ Act. Currently, the assessments approved for the purposes of CBLA (DIBELS, PALS, and DRA2) are approved for use with the READ Act. In September, the department initiated a request for information to solicit reading interim assessment tools and conducted an application process to engage practitioners from the field to assist with the review process. Reviewers met in October to review submitted assessment tools and make recommendations to the department for adoption. The department anticipates making recommendations to the state board on interim assessments at the December board meeting with a vote anticipated in January. Following the adoption of an approved interim assessment list, districts will have until July 1, 2016 to transition to the approved interim assessments.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Finish the GED Test by Dec 2013

The current version of the GED test expires at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014, which is based on emerging national and state standards and be delivered solely on computer offered only in official testing centers.

As a reminder Denver will offer four “amnesty days” this fall when the $150 test fee will be waived. The amnesty days are at Denver Human Services East, 3815 Steele St., in Denver. Test takers must pre-register by calling 720-865-5541. The dates are:
• Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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For More Information, Contact:
Chalmer Naugle
Phone: 303-866-6859
Email: naugle_c@cde.state.co.us



Participate in a Survey Regarding Early Warning Systems to Identify Students at Risk of Dropping Out

The Office of Dropout Prevention and Engagement is conducting a survey regarding Early Warning Systems (data systems to identify students most at risk of dropping out) and other strategies being used to reduce the number of dropouts in Colorado’s high schools and middle schools. The Office of Dropout Prevention will use the survey to better understand the needs and experiences related to dropout prevention and intervention in Colorado’s schools and districts and disseminate this information to help educators and administrators make informed decisions in selecting, creating, or advancing early warning systems. The office is seeking survey responses from all Colorado school districts – ifyou already have an early warning system in place, are considering buying or building a system, or do not have plans to buy or build an early warning system.

The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete and contains fewer than 25 questions. The survey closes Friday, Nov. 22.

Responses will be aggregated and the names of individuals, schools and districts will not be used in any resulting reports or analyses.
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For More Information, Contact:
Peter Fritz
Dropout Prevention
Phone: 303-866-6601
Email: fritz_p@cde.state.co.us



Complete the Alternative Education Needs Assessment Survey by Friday, Nov. 15

CDE is gathering information about alternative education support needs to inform the development and implementation of a technical assistance plan that will support alternative education programs and campuses. The plan could include both in-person and web-based professional development opportunities involving training, networking and resource sharing.

A representative from each alternative education program or campus should complete the needs assessment.

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is available at the link below. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Nov. 15.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cori Canty Woessner
Dropout Prevention and Engagement
Phone: 303-866-2266
Email: CantyWoessner_C@cde.state.co.us






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