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The CDE Scoop - December 11, 2013

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


View the Finalized Pre-Populated UIP Reports

The pre-populated UIP reports are updated and finalized for 2013. Districts may access the reports through the same unique URL that was emailed to superintendents and district accountability contacts in September. To request the link, email Jamie Baker at baker_j@cde.state.co.us. All reports are in MS Word so improvement planning teams may work directly in the template. Directions for specific plan requirements, including required addenda and plan submission requirements are located in Section I of the pre-populated UIP reports.

Districts accredited with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan and schools assigned to a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan are required to submit an updated UIP to CDE for review by Jan. 15. These plans are to be submitted through the online Tracker system, which opens for UIP winter submissions on Monday, Dec. 16. District Tracker contacts will receive submission reminders and submission instructions as the deadline approaches.

As a reminder, all school and district plans must be submitted through Tracker for public posting on SchoolView each year by Apr. 15 regardless of plan type. The spring submission window opens in mid-March.
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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


Submit Your Building Excellent Schools Today Grant Application

The application for the FY2014-15 cycle opens Friday, Dec. 13. All completed applications are due to CDE's Capital Construction Office at 1580 Logan St., Ste. 310 in Denver, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

Applicants are eligible to apply for:
1. Projects addressing health and safety issues;
2. Projects to relieve overcrowding;
3. Projects addressing technology;
4. All other capital needs projects.

The process and the application are similar to the previous grant application. The focus of all grants this year are smaller, cash grant type projects (i.e. roofs, boilers, HVAC, fire alarms/sprinklers, abatement, ADA, etc.).

To access the grant application, please call Kevin Huber at 303-866-6492 for a new user name and password, then visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/capconstgrantappprocess.

To update and provide comments to the statewide facility assessment, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/capconstassessment by Friday, Feb. 28.
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For More Information, Contact:
Scott Newell
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6717
Email: Newell_S@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Comment on the Civil Rights Data Collection by Jan. 3

The 30-day comment window for the Civil Rights Data Collection proposal is available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home. If you didn't get a chance to comment in the 60-day window this past summer, you should consider a comment from your local education agency this time. The comment period closes Friday, Jan. 3.

The key items that came up in the first proposal period were that 1) the Office for Civil Rights suggested, but did not outright request, that the CRDC become a collection that all districts complete every two years vs. every 10 years or so and 2) there are many new data elements targeted towards bullying and corrections facilities.

Please exercise your right to comment. Your reaction may include items of concern or other comments. For questions, contact one of the National Center for Education Statistics Forum representatives below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Petro or Dr. Glenn McClain
Data Services and Superintendent of Platte Valley Re-7
Phone: Jan Petro 303-866-6838; Glenn McClain 970-336-8500
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us or gmcclain@staff.pvs.k12.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Learn About New Stipends for National Board Certified Teachers

During the 2013 session, the Colorado State Legislature approved funding of stipends for teachers who are nationally certified with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. These stipends will be passed through CDE to the school districts in May 2014.

During the next two months, CDE will work with districts to gather information from certified teachers. Those teachers who are certified with NBPTS will be asked to provide a copy of the completed application and a copy of their certification. National certification must be current to receive state funds and only certification from NBPTS is accepted for this stipend.

Teachers will receive application forms from their human resources department in January 2014. Stipends will be $1,600 for all NBCTs, with an additional $3,200 stipend added for teachers working in a school designated as a Turnaround Plan or Priority Improvement Plan school by the state board in December. Taxes and withholding will be done by the employing school districts.

CDE will begin work next month to circulate the forms to human resource departments.

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


Federal Programs


Complete the Title IA and Title III Parent/Family Liaisons Survey

Federal Programs is collecting information for a list of the parent/family liaisons who work in school districts and are paid with Title IA or Title III funds. The link for districts to submit the information that will help provide a better understanding of the school districtsí work with parents and families is provided below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Learn About the Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services

Throughout Colorado, behavioral health systems for children and adolescents continues to be overwhelmingly fragmented. Studentsí behavioral health needs continue to go unmet, despite the growing body of research that reveals the connection between social, emotional and behavioral health and academic achievement.

To address systems-level challenges to improving student behavioral health supports, the Colorado Legacy Foundation, in conjunction with multiple partners, created the Colorado framework for school behavioral health services, which includes a best practices blueprint for comprehensive school behavioral health services, a roadmap of critical success elements and tools and resources to support schools in their implementation of comprehensive behavioral health systems.

The framework supports the integration of behavioral health supports in schools with local behavioral health systems and expands on the Colorado Department of Educationís building bridges for childrenís mental health, which fused two complementary approaches: 1) positive behavioral interventions and supports and 2) system of care from the behavioral health system.

The development of the framework was guided by a leadership advisory committee comprised of education and behavioral health professionals and was informed by a literature review, interviews and focus groups and a statewide gaps and barriers analysis.
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For More Information, Contact:
Eryn Elder
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 720-502-4702
Email: eelder@colegacy.org


Innovation & Choice


Learn About the New 2014 GED

Colorado's new 2014 GED begins Thursday, Jan 2. Colorado uses GED to issue high school equivalency diplomas and with the 2014 GED aligned to more rigorous standards, having this diploma will reflect studentís readiness for postsecondary education and the work force.

To learn more about what's new with the 2014 GED, visit http://bit.ly/19hH9Gt.

Fact sheets on the 2014 GED as well as the close out of the 2002 GED are available at www.cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/resources.
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For More Information, Contact:
Michelle Liu
Dropout Prevention and Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6596
Email: liu_m@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Adult Education RFP Pre-Announcement

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Office at CDE will issue a Request for Applications/Proposals under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act in mid-January 2014, with a due date in early March 2014. These two-year grants will be for the funding period beginning July 1, 2014 (FY15).

CDE will solicit proposals from eligible providers to develop, implement and improve adult basic education activities in Colorado by establishing or operating programs that provide services or instruction in one or more of the following categories: Adult education and literacy services, including workplace literacy services; family literacy services; and/or English literacy programs.

Priorities for the office in FY15-16 include 1) program and instructional strategies that prepare and support adult learners transitioning to college and career and 2) organizational strategies that position programs to adopt and deliver standards-based instruction.

Please forward this information to any of your networks and partner agencies that may be interested. To view the full announcement, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Debra Fawcett
Adult Education and Family Literacy
Phone: 303-866-6914
Email: fawcett_d@cde.state.co.us



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Standards & Assessments


View Recommendations for Interim Reading Assessments

The READ Act requires use of an interim assessment to determine whether a student has a significant reading deficiency in grades kindergarten through third. PALS, DIBELS, and DRA2 are currently approved for this purpose. This fall, the department conducted a review process to identify interim reading assessments for use in 2013-14 and beyond.

A review committee consisting of educators from across Colorado including teachers, assessment specialists, reading specialists and instructional coaches reviewed English and Spanish reading assessments. To view the assessments the committee recommended to the state board on Dec. 11, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/ReadAct/index.asp.

The board will vote to approve interim assessments at the Feb. 13 meeting. Districts will have until July 1, 2016 to transition to the approved interim assessments. A full description of the review process is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us






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