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The CDE Scoop - February 6, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Participate in the TELL Colorado Survey

Awards & Recognitions

Read About Two Local Leaders To Learn From

Capital Construction

Attend the Measurement & Verification/Sustainability Plan Introduction Webinar

Data Systems

Attend Upcoming Data Pipeline Trainings

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Participate in a Webinar to Discuss the Assurances for Written Evaluation Systems

Check Out the New Assessments Available in the CDE Resource Bank

Exceptional Student Services

Apply to be a Member of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee

Submit Your High Cost Application Today!

Federal Programs

NCLB Post Award Revision System Open Feb. 11-28

Submit Your Math and Science Partnership Grant RFP Letter of Intent by Feb. 22

News & Notes

Learn More About the State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education

Race to the Top

Apply for the STEM In Action Grant Request for Proposal

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Feb. 13

Support & Intervention

Attend the Early Literacy Grant Program Information Webinar

Transportation

Take Part in the Love the Bus Campaign

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Participate in the TELL Colorado Survey

The 2013 TELL Colorado survey is here now! The survey will remain open through March 6. Teachers and administrators should have received their anonymous access codes, and can access the survey from any computer with internet access 24-hours a day. If codes haven’t been delivered, contact the help desk or Christina Larson.

The TELL survey is an anonymous, statewide survey for all licensed, school-based educators to provide input on teaching and learning conditions. To access results, schools/districts must have at least 50 percent participation and at least 5 participants. Start tracking your school’s participant rate at any time during the survey window.

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


Awards & Recognitions


Read About Two Local Leaders To Learn From

In its first annual Leaders to Learn From report, Education Week highlights innovative achievements of district-level administrators from school systems across the nation. Two Colorado leaders are featured in the report, Cynthia Stevenson, superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools, and Kerrie Dallman, former president, Jefferson County Education Association.

To read more about Education Week’s special Leaders To Learn From report, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


Attend the Measurement & Verification/Sustainability Plan Introduction Webinar

This Building Excellent Schools Today webinar is designed for school districts and charter schools interested in learning how to improve long term value from their capital projects (particularly new schools, projects with HVAC systems and/or mechanical renovation projects) by incorporating measurement and verification strategies. There will also be a discussion about the benefits of having a sustainability plan & vision in place.

Title: Measurement & Verification/Sustainability Plan Introduction
Date: Thursday, Feb. 7
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
To log in: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/best-mv/
Dial in: 800-832-0736
Access code: 4018076

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


Data Systems


Attend Upcoming Data Pipeline Trainings

This Data Pipeline training is a must for anyone who currently submits data in the automated data exchange. The training will cover all aspects of Data Pipeline, including a demonstration of the system, terminology, similarities and differences, how to plan/prepare for the transition, what changes in processes are needed, and so much more.

The Data Services Unit will send out a Get to Know Data Pipeline activity via email to all individuals who sign up for the trainings. This beneficial activity will help all registrants become familiar with the functionality of the Data Pipeline system. To register for a training, visit the link below.

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


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Participate in a Webinar to Discuss the Assurances for Written Evaluation Systems

The spirit of Senate Bill 191 is to use educator evaluations to provide meaningful feedback to educators so that they can continuously improve their practice. By July 1, 2013, Colorado districts and BOCES will submit assurances that their written evaluation systems are measuring the educator Quality Standards outlined in State Board Rules. To support districts in completing the assurances, six optional webinars will be held in February detailing the process for submitting the assurances. To join a webinar, simply click on the below link during any one of the six times (no pre-registration is necessary): Feb. 11 from 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.; Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.; Feb. 25 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.
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For More Information, Contact:
Toby King
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6964
Email: king_t@cde.state.co.us



Check Out the New Assessments Available in the CDE Resource Bank

The CDE Resource Bank that launched in December provides districts with optional high quality assessments that are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and could potentially be used as part of educator evaluations. The initial launch included assessments reviewed by Cohort I of the Colorado Content Collaboratives in the subject areas of music, dance, drama and theatre arts, visual arts, social studies and reading, writing & communicating. More assessments have been added to the CDE Resource Bank from Cohort II in the subjects of mathematics, physical education, science and world languages. The bank will continue to be updated with more assessments (e.g. comprehensive health and career and technical education) and instructional supports. Districts are encouraged to review the assessments available in the CDE Resource Bank for use in their classrooms and as part of the multiple measures of performance data for teacher evaluations as they build systems aligned to S.B. 10-191.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Miller
Vision 2020
Phone: 303-866-5735
Email: miller_t@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Apply to be a Member of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee is looking for new members. Please help spread the word that CSEAC is looking for dedicated people from across Colorado to advise the CDE assistant commissioner and state director of special education on the issues relating to special education services and supports.

CSEAC is a state-level committee mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children and youth with disabilities. The committee includes parents of and individuals with disabilities, educational service providers, administrators and representatives from a variety of related agencies. Participation is statewide and representative of diverse disabilities. Apply at the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your High Cost Application Today!

High cost funds are designed to provide monies to districts with special needs students whose costs exceed $25, 000 for “in administrative unit” and $40,000 for “out of district.” Expenditure data reported on the applications should be audited expenditures for 2011-2012.

Unlike previous years, transportation fuel/maintenance cost will be calculated using federal rates per mile.

High cost applications are available on the CDE website at the link listed below. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 1.


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For More Information, Contact:
Elizabeth Macek
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6736
Email: macek_e@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


NCLB Post Award Revision System Open Feb. 11-28

The second and final window for the 2012-2013 NCLB post award revision request is open through Feb. 28.
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 to assist with the submission process are available on the consolidated application training center webpage provided below.
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



Submit Your Math and Science Partnership Grant RFP Letter of Intent by Feb. 22

The new Math and Science Partnership Grant request for proposal is now available. This RFP is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and/or science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Up to two new MSP partnerships for fiscal year 2014 will be awarded with awards ranging from $500,000 to $750,000, contingent on the availability of funds. Letters of intent are due Friday, Feb. 22 and proposals are due Friday, March 15.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Phillips
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-3905
Email: phillips_j@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Learn More About the State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education

Important information about the State Advisory Council on Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) is now available on the CDE website. The web pages contain useful information about SACPIE members, duties, meetings and resources. SACPIE meetings are open to the public. Dates and locations are posted on the site. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Colorado Education Association.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Dascher
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6876
Email: dascher_c@cde.state.co.us


Race to the Top


Apply for the STEM In Action Grant Request for Proposal

This grant is intended to provide opportunities for students and teachers to experience STEM in Action by connecting educators and students to the everyday work of scientists, engineers, high-tech workers, and researchers in Colorado’s labs, universities, museums, and companies. Funding can be used to build the capacity of teachers to meaningfully connect STEM learning inside and outside of the classroom with the intent of creating partnerships between K-12 education, industry, and the community, including higher education. The intent of the grant is to provide resources to inspire and prepare students historically underrepresented in STEM careers and/or students in rural areas.

Funding for this grant is through Colorado’s Race to the Top program. A total of $500,000 is available in the grant program and approximately 4-6 grants will be awarded (approximately $60,000 per year, maximum $125,000 total award) for the 2 year period. An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9 -10 a.m. and proposals are due Tuesday, March 19. To register for the webinar and to access the RFP, please visit the web site below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Violeta Garcia
Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: 303-974-0158
Email: garcia_v@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Feb. 13

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its February board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the CDE offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Highlights:

Morning
-Rulemaking Hearing: Rules for the administration of the Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act)
-Presentation of "Turnarounds in Colorado" report by UCD
-Recognition of the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year
-Legislative update

Afternoon
-Discussion with Senator Mike Johnston, vice chair of the Senate Education Committee on legislative issues
-Rulemaking Hearing: Rules for the administration of funding assistance to Boards of Cooperative Education Services in implementing and meeting state educational priorities
-Rulemaking Hearing: To amend the rules governing standards for individual career and academic plans
-Graduation guidelines update
-Lt. Gov. briefing
-S.B. 191 pilot update and other licensed personnel update

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting and a detailed agenda including support documents is available at 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


Attend the Early Literacy Grant Program Information Webinar

CDE will host an informational webinar on the upcoming Early Literacy Grant Program (READ Act) on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 2 – 4 p.m. This training will outline the intent of the program and application expectations of the upcoming grant.

The Early Literacy Grant Program will award funds to local education providers, including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools, to embed the essential components of reading instruction into all elements of the K-3 teaching structures in all schools, including universal and targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency. This application will be available in March 2013. Register for the webinar at the link provided.

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For More Information, Contact:
Dian Prestwich
Literacy Grants and Initiatives
Phone: 303-866-6150
Email: prestwich_d@cde.state.co.us


Transportation


Take Part in the Love the Bus Campaign

The American School Bus Council is honoring school bus drivers nationwide during February for Love the Bus month. Learn more facts and safety tips about the national icon for education, the black and yellow school bus at http://www.lovethebus.com/.


In the 2011-2012 school year, 863,561 students were enrolled in Colorado public schools. Transportation departments across the state safely carried 334,079 of these students. Our approximately 6,300 school buses traveled 53,365,359 miles to and from school.


Please take this month to recognize the safe transportation that Colorado provides.
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For More Information, Contact:
Greta Bleau
School Transportation Unit
Phone: 303-866-6656
Email: bleau_g@cde.state.co.us






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