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The CDE Scoop - February 26, 2014

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Submit Your Annual Four-Day School Week Application by May 9

Submit Your Application for Alternative Education Campus Designation by April 4

Early Learning & School Readiness

Submit Your Request for Proposal for the Early Learning Challenge Fund Scholarship Program and Attend a Training Webinar on Feb. 27

Exceptional Student Services

Attend a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Intervention Training on May 6

View and Comment on Colorado's Federal Fiscal Year 2014 IDEA Part B Grant Application

Register for the 2014 Special Education Legal Conference

Federal Programs

Join Us for ESEA Office Hours on March 6

Apply for a 2014-2015 School Improvement Support Grant and Attend an Informational Webinar on March 7

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Learn About Smart Snacks in Schools - Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

News & Notes

Check Out Storify to Review What Happened During the First #COedchat on Twitter

Prepare for Media Inquiries: Education Panel at Colorado Press Association Conference

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Accountability & Improvement


Submit Your Annual Four-Day School Week Application by May 9

School districts operating a four-day school week (less than 160 scheduled days per school year) are required to submit a request for approval.

To be considered for the of 2014-2015 school year, please complete the application via Data Pipeline by Friday, May 9. Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized.

In addition to submitting the four-day application through Data Pipeline, districts Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan or Accredited with Turnaround Plan that are submitting a district-wide application for all schools within the district need to submit the following additional information separately to Jhon Penn at penn_j@cde.state.co.us: A copy of their respective school calendars, building class schedules, assembly schedules, bell schedule including lunch time interval and professional development calendar.

CDE will review the additional materials for the use and prioritization of instructional time. The executive director of field services and deputy commissioner must recommend approval of the application before it is forwarded to the commissioner for consideration.

For More Information, Contact:
Dennis St. Hilaire
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6840
Email: st.hilaire_d@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Application for Alternative Education Campus Designation by April 4

The submission deadline for applications for the 2014-15 school year is Friday, April 4. This year, CDE is streamlining the process for districts by sending pre-populated applications to districts with current alternative education campuses on Monday, March 3. The district accountability coordinator will receive the pre-populated application(s) via a secure link.

For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778
Email: knevals_j@cde.state.co.us


Early Learning & School Readiness


Submit Your Request for Proposal for the Early Learning Challenge Fund Scholarship Program and Attend a Training Webinar on Feb. 27

CDE is accepting applications from eligible organizations to manage and disperse early learning challenge funds to eligible college foundations for the purpose of providing scholarships to individuals working toward certificates and/or degrees in early childhood education.

Applicants must currently provide support to educational institutions offering early childhood education associate degrees, early childhood education certificates and degrees or certificates that support children with high needs. The grantee is required to match the tuition awards made to individuals for a total match of $200,000.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m., on Wednesday, March 12. An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 1 – 2 p.m. To register, email Camila Zardo at Zardo_c@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Nancie Linville
Early Learning & School Readiness
Phone: 303-866-6239
Email: linville_n@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Attend a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention and Intervention Training on May 6

The training, hosted by the Colorado affiliate of the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, is Tuesday, May 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Ft. Logan campus auditorium, 3520 W. Oxford Ave., in Denver. There will be an expert panel and Q&A at the end of the training, from 2 - 3 p.m.

The training is an opportunity for professionals, including counselors, educators and mental health professionals to learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

To register for the training, visit the link below. The fee to attend is $15, including lunch. There will be 4.5 CEU's available to those who attend the entire training.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heather Hotchkiss
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6739
Email: hotchkiss_h@cde.state.co.us



View and Comment on Colorado's Federal Fiscal Year 2014 IDEA Part B Grant Application

Colorado’s Part B application for grant funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for federal fiscal year 2014 will be available for a 60-day comment period at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/index.asp beginning on Friday, Feb. 28.

Send written comments by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 1 to Kim Boylan via mail to Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1175, Denver, CO 80202-5149; by fax to 303-866-6767 or email boylan_k@cde.state.co.us.

To request a hard copy of the proposed document, call Kim Boylan at 303-866-6690.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Boylan
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6690
Email: boylan_k@cde.state.co.us



Register for the 2014 Special Education Legal Conference

The conference is intended for all special education stakeholders, including parents, parent advocates, special educators, administrators, attorneys and administrative law judges.

The conference is Thursday, April 24 at the DoubleTree Stapleton North Hotel, 4040 Quebec, in Denver.

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Boylan
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6690
Email: boylan_k@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Join Us for ESEA Office Hours on March 6

ESEA office hours are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6. The webinar will cover updates regarding Consolidated Application trainings, program evaluation and the use of logic models, leveraging Titles I-A, II-A, and III-A to meet human capital needs and cross-cutting professional development program requirements.

To access the webinar, visit the link below and look for the date under ESEA office hours webinars.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Phillips
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-3905
Email: philllips_j@cde.state.co.us



Apply for a 2014-2015 School Improvement Support Grant and Attend an Informational Webinar on March 7

This grant is made available to Title IA Focus Schools and Title I schools with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type in order to address the needs identified by a diagnostic review and support a focused approach to improvement. A diagnostic review within the last two years is a prerequisite to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate implementation efforts and strategies which: (1) reflect prioritized and identified areas from the diagnostic review process which will dramatically improve student achievement and (2) select improvement strategies aimed at reducing systemic barriers to student achievement and which can support improvement across the entire district.

Districts may apply for up to $50,000 on behalf of a school for a plan that focuses on one or two of the standards for continuous improvement and addresses the needs identified in the diagnostic review. Applications are due Thursday, May 1.

A webinar will be held on Friday, March 7 from 10 - 11 a.m. To register, email Camila Zardo at Zardo_c@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Brad Bylsma
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6937
Email: bylsma_b@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Learn About Smart Snacks in Schools - Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools during the school day, outside the school meal programs. These new standards are called Smart Snacks in School and become effective July 1.

Trainings for school food service staff on the new rules begin this spring. A team approach will be very important and require support not only from school foodservice personnel but also school administrators, sports teams, clubs and others involved in food sales.

The Office of School Nutrition has developed a fact sheet for school administrators that outlines the major provisions of the new standards. The fact sheet is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Julie Griffith
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6759
Email: griffith_j@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Check Out Storify to Review What Happened During the First #COedchat on Twitter

On Monday, Feb. 24, the inaugural Colorado Education Twitter Chat (#COedchat) was held. Educators from across the state came together to ask questions, share ideas and discover resources on next generation learning. The next generation learning team from CDE and the Colorado Legacy Foundation were on hand to answer questions and provide resources. If you missed the chat, read an overview of the conversation by clicking the link below. Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Monday, March 24 at 4 p.m. for the next #COedchat. The topic will be announced in The Scoop in the coming weeks.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: lams_k@cde.state.co.us



Prepare for Media Inquiries: Education Panel at Colorado Press Association Conference

CDE coordinated a panel discussion focusing on key education reform efforts on Feb. 22 at the Colorado Press Association annual conference in Denver. Session attendees (reporters and editors) heard directly from Jill Hawley, associate commissioner, CDE; Linda Reed, superintendent, Archuleta School District; Tiffany Utoft, integration project manager, Thompson School District; Maura Walz, editor, Chalkbeat Colorado; and Sunny Flynn, a Jefferson county parent speaking against the Common Core State Standards.

The goal of the session was to provide Colorado journalists with factual information on subjects such as Colorado Academic Standards/Common Core State Standards and allow them to hear directly from educators like Linda Reed and Tiffany Utoft who have actual experience implementing the reform efforts. Maura Walz encouraged reporters to go beyond the typical political stories on Common Core and move towards talking to their local teachers about their implementation experience, benefits, concerns, etc. Districts should be prepared for local media to be in touch with them. Please feel free to contact the CDE communications team for any support.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Skinner
Communications
Phone: 303-866-6682
Email: skinner_a@cde.state.co.us






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