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The CDE Scoop - February 27, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Incorporate UIP Feedback Into the Planning Process

Only One Week Left to Participate in the TELL Colorado Survey!

Awards & Recognitions

Vote Now for the Ignite Innovation Challenge Educator

Capital Construction

Apply for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Allocations

Data Systems

Attend a Data Pipeline Webinar on Thursday, Feb. 28

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Check out the S.B. 10-191 Implementation Strategies Brief

Exceptional Student Services

Register for Specific Learning Disabilities Eligibility Criteria and Identification Process

Federal Programs

Submit Your Letter of Intent and Proposal for the Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Request for Proposal

Sign up for Monthly Technical Assistance Opportunities Focusing on English Language Learners

Sign Up for 2013-2014 Consolidated Application Regional Trainings

Innovation & Choice

Attend the ELO Learning Series Regional Workshop #2

Standards & Assessments

Register for a READ Act Training

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Incorporate UIP Feedback Into the Planning Process

As district and school level UIP feedback from CDE becomes available, superintendents and district accountability contacts will receive an email containing instructions on how districts can obtain feedback as well as directions for the next steps in the improvement planning process, including the re-submission of district plans with required changes.

Both district and/or school level planning teams can register now for training sessions this April where local planning teams will learn how to incorporate CDE feedback into plan revisions and planning processes for the upcoming year.

For dates, locations, and registration please visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us



Only One Week Left to Participate in the TELL Colorado Survey!

We need your help, with one week left, only 34 percent of educators have participated. We need a big push to hear from a majority of educators. Get your school and district to 50 percent by taking the survey today! Real time response rates for all districts and schools can be viewed on the TELL website.

There are still 488 schools that have not yet participated in the survey. If code packets have not yet arrived at your schools, or you have questions or concerns, please contact the help desk at http://www.tellcolorado.org/help/index or 1-855-258-2818. New codes can be used right away- the survey window is open until March 6.

To encourage participation, check the live participation rates and contact individual sites about their participation. Talk directly to your principals and teachers, and have them spread the word during meetings, and through their emails and newsletters to staff. Encourage them to find creative ways to find time to take the survey- like getting out of doing dishes by taking the survey instead- and help your staff find 20 minutes to let their voices be heard.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Phone: 303-866-6811
Email: larson_c@cde.state.co.us


Awards & Recognitions


Vote Now for the Ignite Innovation Challenge Educator

The 2013 Ignite Innovation Challenge has inspired educators from all corners of Colorado to share their strategies for dramatically personalize learning.

We have heard from educators at all grade levels who support students through the effective use of technology, art, and project-based learning environments along with many other innovative and unique strategies to personalize learning.

You now have the opportunity to support educators whose strategies and philosophies provide what students need when they need it. Not only will you be helping choose the best videos and ideas for dramatically personalized learning, but you will also be helping these dedicated educators win cash prizes.

How to participate:
1. Go to http://colegacy.org/igniteinnovationchallenge/ and click on "Meet the Finalists" on the top menu bar.
2. Review the videos in the gallery and read the applicant descriptions of their strategies.
3. Vote on the submission that best answers the question, "How are you dramatically personalizing learning?"
4. Anyone with a valid email can vote once daily. Recruit your friends, family members, neighbors, students and grocery clerk to vote for their or your favorite submission.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Laura Noonan
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-866-6276
Email: noonan_l@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


Apply for Qualified Zone Academy Bonds Allocations

CDE is currently accepting applications for QZAB allocations. The program is a way for school districts to obtain low or interest free financing for renovation, repair projects, and other needs. Currently, Colorado has $5,527,000 in allocations available for 2011, $5,326,000 available for 2012, and $5,326,000 available for 2013. CDE does not provide funding, but provides authorization to a school district to obtain the low or interest free financing if the school district qualifies.

Please submit complete applications to CDE Capital Construction Division. Applications and frequently asked questions are located at the link provided.

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For More Information, Contact:
Kristin Lortie
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6184
Email: lortie_k@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Attend a Data Pipeline Webinar on Thursday, Feb. 28

CDE continues to make progress in designing Data Pipeline. Many interchanges are developed and posted on the project website for review and for file layout modification.

We are offering a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 28 to cover how the project is progressing and to update you on what you can do to prepare for the July 1 rollout.

Visit the project website for additional information on monthly webinars and other relevant information.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Bradley
Information Management Services
Phone: 303-866-4902
Email: bradley_l@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Check out the S.B. 10-191 Implementation Strategies Brief

The Educator Effectiveness team continues to use pilot experiences and feedback to inform strategies for statewide implementation of Senate Bill 10-191. To begin sharing pilot experiences and strategies, CDE brought together a panel of early implementers in January to discuss their preliminary experiences with the new evaluation requirements and the Colorado State Model Evaluation System. This implementation brief highlights key strategies and insights from the panel discussion.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Katy Anthes
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: (303) 866-6654
Email: anthes_k@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register for Specific Learning Disabilities Eligibility Criteria and Identification Process

The focus of this four-week online class is the effective implementation of the eligibility criteria and identification process related to the determination of a specific learning disability. The class flyer, course syllabus, and registration information are posted under professional development opportunities at the link given below. The class is scheduled April 1-28 and the registration deadline is March 25. Administrators, special educators, team leaders and school psychologists are encouraged to attend.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Submit Your Letter of Intent and Proposal for the Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Request for Proposal

The deadline for the Math and Science Partnership Grant RFP has been extended. Letters of intent are due Friday, March 8 and proposals are due Friday, March 29.

The grant's purpose is to increase the academic achievement of students in math and/or science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. The list of eligible districts has been updated.

To learn more about this opportunity, attend a webinar on Wednesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. Contact Nicole Dake at dake_n@cde.state.co.us to register.

For more information and to access the updated RFP, please visit the website below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Phillips
Federal Programs
Phone: 303.866.3905
Email: phillips_j@cde.state.co.us



Sign up for Monthly Technical Assistance Opportunities Focusing on English Language Learners

The Office of Language, Culture, and Equity in conjunction with Title III team is pleased to offer technical assistance opportunities. Webinars will take place on the last Wednesday of the month from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

The topic for March is designing effective programs to meet the needs of ELLs. The webinar will address key components that ELA programs should consider when designing their district ELA plan. A question and answer session will be part of all scheduled office hours.

When: March 6 (rescheduled from Feb. 27)
Dial In: 866-601-0566
To join the meeting:
http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r5qav5lii6a/

Please note that while the call in number remains the same the link to join the webinar will change every month. Please make sure you are connecting to the February link.

For More Information, Contact:
Morgan Cox
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6784
Email: cox_m@cde.state.co.us



Sign Up for 2013-2014 Consolidated Application Regional Trainings

Preparations are in progress for the release of a portion of the 2013-2014 Consolidated Application. An enhanced budget has been developed that will eliminate much of the narrative required in previous years. This budget will allow districts to identify strategies and action steps for use of funds in 13-14. Once the ESEA allocations are released, districts can then identify how much money is available to fund these action steps.

Below is the schedule for trainings in March around this enhanced budget. The trainings begin at 9 a.m. The day will be organized around an initial three hours of hands-on review of the budget's functionality. Another two hours are available for individual work sessions, should a district be interested in this. Use the Survey Monkey tool to register so that we know how many people to anticipate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QLM5Q3J. Please plan accordingly as meals will not be provided.

March 6 - San Luis Valley, Alamosa
March 8 - Southwest, Durango
March 8 - Northeast BOCES, Haxtun
March 11 - North Central, Greeley
March 12 Northwest, Frisco
March 13 - Pikes Peak BOCES, Colorado Springs
March 13 - Western Slope, Grand Jct.
March 15 Metro, Thornton
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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


Attend the ELO Learning Series Regional Workshop #2

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, in partnership with the Donnell-Kay Foundation, CDE, eNetColorado, and the University of Colorado Denver have again partnered to host a 2013 Learning Series, this time to explore, highlight, and document innovative policies and practices in line with Colorado's vision for expanded learning opportunities.

This year, the event is split into three regional workshops to engage education leaders across Colorado. We invite you to participate in the second regional workshop on:

Monday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Central BOCES, 820 Second Street
Limon, CO 80828

Please register at the link below.

CLF is offering reimbursements for mileage and a teacher substitute. Please email elo@colegacy.org if you would like more information on how to qualify for the reimbursement.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Laura Noonan
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-866-6276
Email: noonan_l@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Register for a READ Act Training

Registration is now open for a series of training sessions across the state designed to support implementation of the READ Act. From March to May, the department will be providing training sessions for teachers and instructional leaders focused on (1) components of the READ Act, (2) identifying a significant reading deficiency, and (3) developing effective READ plans.

Information about the opportunity to participate in a state sponsored license for the DIBELS Next System will also be provided.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us






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