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The CDE Scoop - December 19, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

TELL How You've Made Positive Changes as a Result of the TELL Survey

Submit Unified Improvement Plan by Jan. 15

Data Systems

Attend a Data Pipeline Training

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Print Your Educator License Online

See the December Educator Effectiveness E-newsletter!

Exceptional Student Services

Apply for the Eliminating Student Cost for Advanced Placement Exams

Join the Spring Special Education Advisory Committee Forum: The Power of Partnership – Supporting the Journey

Register to Attend a Training on the Educational Identification of Autism

Submit Your Nomination for the 2013 State People First Award

Join a Training on Categories and Changes, Traumatic Brain Injury

Federal Programs

Comment on State Waiver for 1003g Title I School Improvement Grants

Join Us for Title I Office Hours on Thursday, Dec. 20

Submit Your Post Award Revision Request by Friday, Dec. 21

Innovation & Choice

View Resources for Online and Blended Learning

State Board of Education

Read the State Board Resolution to Honor the Victims of the Newtown School Shooting

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


TELL How You've Made Positive Changes as a Result of the TELL Survey

The third iteration of the biennial Teaching, Empowerment, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey will run Feb. 6 – Mar. 6.

The department would like to show examples of how districts or even individual buildings used survey data from 2009 or 2011 to make positive changes. Please send examples that show how previous TELL surveys made a difference and made a district and/or building stronger in any way. Please send your success stories to Christina Larson at the contact information below.

The intent of the survey is to provide information that guides school and district improvement planning efforts and informs broader policy discussions for supporting teacher recruitment and retention, encouraging effective school leadership, and strengthening instructional efforts.
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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Phone: 303-866-6811
Email: larson_c@cde.state.co.us



Submit Unified Improvement Plan by Jan. 15

Schools and districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type, and districts required to complete a student graduation completion plan or are identified for improvement under Title III must submit UIPs to CDE for review by Jan. 15. Some grant programs also require submission (e.g., TIG, TDIP) as well. Plans are to be submitted through the online Tracker system, which is currently open to upload UIPs for submission to CDE. Resources for submitting UIPs are available on the UIP Submissions website.

The first of two UIP winter submissions webinars will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. To connect to the webinar, visit: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/uip_winter_submission/; for webinar audio, dial: 1-855-840-9121. This webinar will be recorded and posted online as a resource.

CDE is also offering an optional winter submission window for districts and/or schools to submit revised UIPs for posting on SchoolView. Districts or schools that opt to submit UIPs for posting on SchoolView this winter must submit plans through the online Tracker system. Plans submitted during the winter cycle (by Jan. 15) will replace the currently posted plans in February. All school and district plans must be submitted for public posting on SchoolView by Apr. 15.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Attend a Data Pipeline Training

CDE will host two trainings on Data Pipeline in each region beginning February 2013. CDE is looking for host sites that can accommodate 200 attendees for a whole day. If you are able to host a training, please contact Jan Petro at (303) 866-6838.

Thank you to the LEAs that have volunteered to pilot Data Pipeline. Your participation ensures the best system possible. Overall, reactions to the Pipeline have been fairly positive. Those piloting the Directory found that the system was easier to use than ADE. Several enhancements were identified and have been implemented. A general observation across pilots is frustration obtaining username/passwords. One respondent summarized the pilot well by recognizing that his involvement allowed him to generate the necessary files now and become familiar with Pipeline prior to going live in 2013-14.
In January, CDE will open phase two of the pilot. All LEAs are encouraged to participate. CDE recognizes that Data Pipeline requires LEAs to revisit processes and in some cases make significant changes to those processes. Your participation in the pilot can assist in modifying processes as early as possible.

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For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Bradley
Phone: 303.866.4902
Email: bradley_l@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Print Your Educator License Online

Beginning in January, CDE’s Educator Licensing Office will no longer print and mail paper copies of educator licenses, endorsements, credentials or authorizations. These documents will be available online and can be printed by the licensee.

This new process will allow licenses to become available much quicker; cutting three weeks of print time. Teachers/educators receive instant verification and licenses will be easier to keep track of.

For more information, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Theresa Marin
Educator Licensing
Phone: 303-866-3833
Email: marin_t@cde.state.co.us



See the December Educator Effectiveness E-newsletter!

Check out the Educator Effectiveness e-newsletter for important updates on Colorado's education improvement efforts 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


Apply for the Eliminating Student Cost for Advanced Placement Exams

The deadline to submit the AP/IB ESCAPE Application to Participate has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 10.

ESCAPE grant funds will be available to pay advanced placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees for eligible students. Please notify your AP or IB coordinator and counselors about this ESCAPE grant and the deadline extension. The ESCAPE Guidance Document and application form are available at the link below.

Note: Available funds are contingent upon the limits of the annual award.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tara Rolfe
Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: rolfe_t@cde.state.co.us



Join the Spring Special Education Advisory Committee Forum: The Power of Partnership – Supporting the Journey

The Power of Partnership – Supporting the Journey, a Special Education Advisory Committee Forum, will be held on Friday, April 12 in metro Denver.

Representatives from local special education advisory committees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of members: network with other local representatives and community agencies; and share strategies, ideas and resources. This event is sponsored by the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee and the Colorado Department of Education.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Register to Attend a Training on the Educational Identification of Autism

This training is for Child Find and evaluation teams assessing children birth to 21 who are new to the process or just thinking about educationally identifying young children and youth who are suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Hear from the experiences of school district and BOCES teams who have been evaluating students and making the determination of eligibility based on an Autism Spectrum Disorder for several years.

For more information, visit the link below. Scroll down to "Identifying ASD & TBI in Our Schools: Colorado's New Disability Category and Definition" to register for a training. The trainings take place Jan. - April.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Nomination for the 2013 State People First Award

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2013 People First Award. This award serves to recognize individuals for their exemplary work in supporting students with disabilities. Recipients of this award go above and beyond to make a difference in another person’s life. Click on the link below to read about last year’s recipients of the award and to find out how to make a nomination.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Join a Training on Categories and Changes, Traumatic Brain Injury

Exceptional Student Services would like to invite you to a Traumatic Brain Injury Definition and Eligibility Training.

The trainings are scheduled between mid-January and mid-April, 2013. Please note there is limited capacity at each training site and registrants must pre-register.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heather Hotchkiss
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6739
Email: hotchkiss_h@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Comment on State Waiver for 1003g Title I School Improvement Grants

CDE is asking for public comment regarding three waiver requests it plans to submit to the U.S. Department of Education as part of the application for Title I School Improvement Grant funds (1003(g)), as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The state believes that the waivers will increase the quality of instruction for students and improve the academic achievement of students in Colorado’s lowest performing schools. The three waivers are summarized below:

1. Waiver to extend the period of availability of school improvement funds to Sept. 30, 2016, extending the period of availability by one year.
2. Waiver to permit local education agencies to implement a Title I schoolwide program in a Title I participating school if that school does not meet the requisite 40 percent poverty threshold.
3. Waiver to allow the state to utilize a minimum N of 20 or fewer students in the identification of schools to increase the validity and reliability of the list of lowest performing schools by excluding those schools with very small student populations.

CDE values your input as we move ahead with the implementation of the state’s school improvement efforts. Please submit any comments or concerns by close of business on Wednesday, Jan. 9, to Patrick Chapman at chapman_p@cde.state.co.us.

For More Information, Contact:
Patrick Chapman
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6780
Email: chapman_p@cde.state.co.us



Join Us for Title I Office Hours on Thursday, Dec. 20

The Title I office hours on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will include discussions about Program Quality Indicators and the annual report. Login at http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r74mx1q8l6d/ or phone 866-601-0566.

Note: The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Title IA web page within a few days following the event.

For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Post Award Revision Request by Friday, Dec. 21

This is a reminder that the first window for the 2012-2013 NCLB Post Award Revision Request will close Friday, Dec. 21.

The Post Award Revision Request System is available at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/scriptscfpu/consapp/index.asp

Final allocations are posted on the Grants Fiscal Management Unit webpage at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefisgrant/NCLB_download.htm.

LEAs may only submit one revision request during each window. Accordingly, revisions for every applicable Title Program must be included in the request. Separate requests cannot be submitted for individual Title Programs. Program consultants will not review requests until the submission window closes.

Resources are available on the Consolidated Application Training Center to assist with the submission process (http://www.cde.state.co.us/FedPrograms/consapp/trainctr.asp).

(1) a PowerPoint presentation with audio explains the purpose of the Post Award Revision Request System and how to submit a request (http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p8wsnay0z39/)

(2) a step-by-step instruction list for submitting a request.
For programmatic questions, please contact the Title program consultant who read your application. For general questions, you can email consolidatedapplications@cde.state.co.us and your inquiry will be directed to a consult who can assist.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Miller
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6214
Email: miller_c@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


View Resources for Online and Blended Learning

The Office of Online and Blended Learning has compiled lists of vendors and resources for districts and schools interested in implementing online or blended learning for their students. Each list contains the vendor name, description of the services/uses and the link to the resource website.

CDE does not endorse any of these vendors. It is the responsibility of the user to verify the validity of the resources and that they meet Colorado Academic Standards and/or any statutory requirements. The list has been categorized by type of resources and can be found at the following links:

LMS/SIS Resources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/onlinelearning/download/LMS_SIS_Resources.pdf

Curriculum: http://www.cde.state.co.us/onlinelearning/download/Cur_Resources.pdf

Instructional: http://www.cde.state.co.us/onlinelearning/download/Inst_Resources.pdf

Miscellaneous Online Resources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/onlinelearning/download/MiscOnline%20Resources.pdf

For More Information, Contact:
Renee Martinez
Office of Online & Blended Learning
Phone: 303-866-6864
Email: martinez_r@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


Read the State Board Resolution to Honor the Victims of the Newtown School Shooting

The Colorado State Board of Education issued a resolution to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: (303) 866-6817
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us






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