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The CDE Scoop - February 1, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Awards & Recognitions

2012 Healthy Schools Summitt and Healthy School Champions

Exceptional Student Services

Gifted Education State Directors’ Meeting

Colorado Deaf/Hard of Hearing Mentor Program

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Pest Tip of the Month: Roaches

Colorado's Comprehensive Health Education Standards - What do I do with them now? Training Opportunity

News & Notes

Read the February Edition of the CDE Update

Reminder: Race to the Top 3 Applications Materials Available Online

New IDEA Budget System

Standards & Assessments

Colorado Standards Implementation Summit: Transforming Standards Based Learning for Colorado

Colorado Basic Literacy Act Public Feedback

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Feb. 8 & 9

Support & Intervention

New Video Released on the High School Graduation Initiative

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Awards & Recognitions


2012 Healthy Schools Summitt and Healthy School Champions

What: Colorado Legacy Foundation’s Healthy Schools Summit and Healthy School Champions’ Score Card Breakfast
When: April 4, from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Downtown Denver, 1500 Court St.

Hundreds of schools throughout Colorado will use the Healthy School Champions’ Score Card, a voluntary, online, self-assessment tool to measure best practices in the eight Coordinated School Health components; www.healthyschoolchampions.org.

The Score Card is a product of the Colorado Coalition for Healthy Schools and is supported by the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Legacy Foundation. Schools from around the state will be recognized at the Healthy School Champions’ Scorecard Breakfast event during the Colorado Legacy Foundation’s 2012 Healthy Schools Summit. This year’s event expands on the success of a program to assess and recognize best practices in schools adopting and implementing a coordinated approach to health and wellness strategies.

This event is one of the highest profile school wellness events in Colorado. The third annual statewide Healthy Schools Summit will bring together up to 600 teachers, district leaders, health experts, policymakers and community stakeholders with a focus on policies and best practices for creating, enhancing and maintaining healthy, safe and welcoming schools for all students. The Summit will provide twelve workshop sessions within which local and national health and wellness experts will provide networking opportunities, tangible tools and resources, best practices, how to’s, and the latest research for enhancing and implementing the health and wellness practices that positively impact student academic outcomes.

The 2012 Healthy Schools Summit and Healthy School Champions’ Score Card Breakfast are generously sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation, the Western Dairy Association and other supporters.

*$75/person for the breakfast and full-day Summit
**A limited number of scholarships will be available.
Contact Kelly Greengard at kgreengard@colegacy.org for details.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katy Fleming or Pam Hitt
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303.866.5350 or 303.866.6867
Email: fleming_k@cde.state.co.us or hitt_p@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Gifted Education State Directors’ Meeting

The Spring 2012 Gifted Education State Directors’ Meeting will be held in Westminster at the Doubletree Hotel Denver North on April 26 & 27. Topics of interest include data, concept learning and language arts strategies.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katherine Keck
Office of Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: keck_k@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Deaf/Hard of Hearing Mentor Program

Did you know that CDE provides a free support service to staff working with students with hearing loss? This unique program, tailored to the needs of your staff, is available to district and BOCES for three years. The Colorado Deaf/Hard of Hearing Mentor Program is comprised of deaf education professionals with specific expertise (e.g. DHH + additional disabilities, DHH+Autism, Auditory-Verbal Techniques, American Sign Language, Cochlear Implants, Preschool through 12th-grade).

The goal of the program is to build capacity among all members of the educational team, including general education staff, special education staff, administrators, and support staff. The purpose is to improve DHH student performance by using a research-based training model for staff to transform daily instructional practice.
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For More Information, Contact:
Ruth F. Mathers, Deaf Education Consultant
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6909
Email: mathers_r@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Pest Tip of the Month: Roaches

Do you grab a can of bug spray when you see a roach?

Instead, use Integrated Pest Management -- a combination of methods that exposes you, your family, co-workers and pets to the least amount of toxic materials. This program is supported by the Colorado Department of Education, Division of Capital Construction, as well as federal and state agencies, universities, pest control companies, and school districts statewide.

Cockroaches feed on food scraps and garbage and are known to carry disease, bacteria and parasitic worms. Vacuuming quickly reduces cockroach populations that you find behind appliances or in cupboards. Place sticky traps or jar traps in kitchens and bathrooms.

Use insecticide baits, which are available in bait stations or as a dispensable gel. Slow-acting baits work best. Use baits that have fipronil, hydramethylnon, boric acid or abamectin as their active ingredient (listed on the product label.)

Apply dusts in very thin layers underneath appliances, behind walls and around cabinets. Silica and diatomaceous earth damage the waxy coating of the cockroach’s body, causing it to shrivel and die. Boric acid is a dust that cockroaches eat when they groom themselves. It acts as a stomach poison, but is one of the safest control products to use around people and pets. Only apply dusts in areas inaccessible to children and pets. Avoid inhaling these dusts.
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For More Information, Contact:
Deborah Young
Colorado State University
Phone: 970-491-1377
Email: Deborah.young@colostate.edu



Colorado's Comprehensive Health Education Standards - What do I do with them now? Training Opportunity

For the first time ever, Colorado has health education standards! These new standards will prepare students to develop personal responsibility for their health and fitness and have a lifelong commitment to wellness.

CDE is excited to provide training opportunities to support the new Comprehensive Health Education Standards. The training will give participants an understanding of the new standards and identify ways to implement them in schools and classrooms.

This training will provide an overview of the standards and their unique format will be explored through small group discussions. Tools for redesign of health curricula will be shared as well as strategies for integrating the standards into existing lessons. RMC Health and the Colorado Department of Education have partnered to develop these exciting new trainings.

Who Should Attend?
• Classroom teachers
• Administrators
• Health professionals serving schools
• Counselors
• Special Educators

Objectives:
As a result of this training participants will be able to:
• Articulate the basic format and sections of the state health education standards
• Recognize how the Colorado Health Standards and the National Health Education Standards align
• Identify tools that can be used to implement the Colorado Health Education Standards
• Develop an action plan to implement Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Education Standards

Upcoming Training Events
Delta
February 22, 2012
822 Grande Avenue
Delta, CO 81416

Denver
February 24, 2012
Adams 12 Conference Center
1500 E. 128th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80241

Additional training dates are available upon request for groups of 8-15 participants. Contact Wendy Larsen at wendyl@rmc.org.
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For More Information, Contact:
Terry Jones or Amy Engelman
Health and Wellness and Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303.866.6835 or 303.866.6672
Email: jones_t@cde.state.co.us or engelman_a@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Read the February Edition of the CDE Update

The February edition of the CDE Update is available at the link below. The Update provides a brief snapshot of the state's most significant education initiatives and key implementation milestones.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Office
Communications
Phone: 303-866-2334 or 303-866-6822
Email: CDE _Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Reminder: Race to the Top 3 Applications Materials Available Online

CDE hosted two informational webinars last week to provide information about how local education agencies (LEAs) can apply to receive Race to the Top 3 grant funding. The PowerPoint from the webinars, as well as all application materials are available at the URL below.

To participate in the Race to the Top program, LEAs must complete a two-step application process. Please note that all LEAs must complete Step 1 to indicate if they are accepting or declining the Race to the Top Funds.

Step 1: Submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding by February 24.
•Signed by the superintendent and by the board chair if accepting the funds
•Signed by the superintendent if declining the funds
•Submitted through Tracker (see last page of the MOU for submission instructions)
•Based on the LEAs that submit MOUs indicating acceptance of the funds, CDE will notify LEAs of their final award amounts

Step 2: Submit a complete Scope of Work by March 14.
•Includes key contact information, notification of intent to pool funds, allowable activities, workplans, and budgets
•Must be submitted through Tracker (see last tab in the Scope of Work worksheet for submission instructions)
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For More Information, Contact:
Race to the Top Program Office
Phone: 303-866-6284
Email: racetothetop@cde.state.co.us



New IDEA Budget System

Effective close of business on Monday, February 6, the old IDEA Web Based budget system will go offline in preparation for the release of our new Budget and Expenditures System. Please be sure to log in to the old system and save electronic copies, or print hard copies of any of the reports or information you may need for your records and auditing needs.

Users of the old system should expect to receive an email from CDE containing a Single Sign On user ID, which will be your email address, and a temporary password. You will need to log into the Single Sign On and change your password. After verification of user access to the system, we will conduct training webinars introducing the new Budget and Expenditures System. Following the training sessions, we will then start taking requests for budget revisions. Please note, all budgets will be locked in the new system, and you will need to contact David Ferris or Vicki Graham to have your budget open for changes.

Please watch your email and The Scoop for more information including specific dates and times for training and budget revisions.

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


Standards & Assessments


Colorado Standards Implementation Summit: Transforming Standards Based Learning for Colorado

On March 6, the Colorado Department of Education, ASCD and the Colorado Legacy Foundation invite you to participate in a comprehensive and collaborative work session on the implementation of the Colorado Standards.

Registration is now open for the Colorado Standards Implementation Summit. Superintendents should identify a district team that includes the district and school level administrators who will be responsible for implementing the standards, teacher leaders, and support services staff to attend.

All participants must register separately. Space is limit to the first 400 registered participants.
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For More Information, Contact:
Anna Huffman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-4703
Email: huffman_a@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Basic Literacy Act Public Feedback

In December 2010, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted attributes for Colorado’s new assessment system, which included a recommendation that the rules for the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) be updated to align with the Colorado Academic Standards. On March 7, the Colorado State Board of Education will conduct a rulemaking hearing to establish the new rules regarding the administration of CBLA including approved literacy assessments in grades K-3.

CDE will hold three public feedback meetings and two webinars to provide information on the proposed rule changes and status of CBLA assessment tools in relation to school readiness.

Public Meetings:
Thursday, Feb. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. in Denver
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7 p.m. in Colorado Springs or Pueblo
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Grand Junction

Webinars:
Friday, Feb. 17, 3:30-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9-9:30 a.m.

The proposed rule changes, specific public meeting locations, links to the live webinars, and recordings of the webinars will be posted on the CBLA webpage: http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/cbla/index.htm. Registration for the public feedback sessions can be submitted at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8SZBBSH

Public feedback should be submitted to state.board@cde.state.co.us with a copy to markel_c@cde.state.co.us. or by mail to the State Board Office, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 506, Denver, CO 80203-1087.

Finally, the department will provide an update on assessments required by CBLA in relation to progress toward school readiness assessment at the State Board meeting on Feb. 8. To access the meeting agenda and live audio, please go to:
http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeboard/Meeting_Agendas_and_Audio.htm
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For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Feb. 8 & 9

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its February board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 9.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Agenda highlights include:

Feb. 8
Morning
Turnaround Update
School Finance and Budget Updates

Afternoon
Public School Finance Act of 1994, State Share Payments

Feb. 9
Morning
Making Licensure Matter: Redesigning Licensure

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting is streamed live during the meeting at http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_sbe.htm. To view a detailed agenda including support documents, visit the link below.
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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


Support & Intervention


New Video Released on the High School Graduation Initiative

A new video is now available to assist schools, districts, and communities in understanding the dropout crisis and what the state of Colorado is doing to increase the number of students graduating.

Use this video for staff development or community meetings to stimulate dialogue on the importance of keeping kids in school and ways schools and communities can work together to make it happen.

The video touches on three key areas of the issue:
What is the cost to society?
What are the dropout statistics?
What is Colorado doing to increase the graduation rate?

The video is available at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Angela Zimmerman
Support and Intervention Unit
Phone: 303-866-6206
Email: zimmerman_a@cde.state.co.us






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80203-1799

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