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The CDE Scoop - February 8, 2012

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Awards & Recognitions

Green Ribbon Schools Application Now Available

The Green Ribbon Schools Application is now available. The Green Ribbon Schools program was recently launched by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize schools that save energy and reduce operating costs, create environmentally friendly learning spaces, promote student health, and provide environmental education to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

To be eligible for this award, Green Ribbon Schools will have achieved or made considerable progress toward the three pillars established in the program: 1) energy efficient buildings; 2) healthy students and school environment; and 3) environmental literacy of all students. The combined achievement in these three areas will be the basis for the Green Ribbon Schools award. All schools must meet high college- and career-ready standards, be in compliance with federal civil rights laws, and all federal, state and local health and safety standards and regulations.

While the award confers no federal funds, winners of the Green Ribbon, like Blue Ribbon Schools, may experience national and local press coverage, re-energized staff and parents, enhanced community support, increased application rates, and new private financial assistance. Winners will be invited to participate in national and local recognition ceremonies.

Applications are due to CDE on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Up to four Colorado schools may be nominated by Commissioner Hammond to the U.S. Department of Education. For more information and to access the application, please visit the website below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Read the Latest Educator Effectiveness Newsletter

The January/February edition of the Educator Effectiveness Newsletter is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mike Gradoz
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-5194

Attend an Informational Session on the Spain Visiting Teachers Program

You are invited to participate in the 2012-13 Spain Visiting Teachers Program. The program is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Education of Spain and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

The Consulate General of Spain Education has scheduled an informational session to provide detailed information on program operations to interested school and school district representatives.

If your district/school is interested in participating in this renowned program with over 22 years of experience in placing effective Spain teachers in the U.S. schools, please plan to attend this session:

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Denver Public Schools Administration Building, 900 Grant Street, Denver Colorado. Rooms 108 A and B. There is free parking available in the DPS visitor parking area across the admin building on Grant St.

For More Information, Contact:
Rosario Outes Jiménez
Consulate General of Spain
Phone: (323) 852-6997

Exceptional Student Services

Next Meeting of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee

The next meeting of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Building 697, in Denver.

The committee is a state-level committee mandated by federal and state law. Members are interested in the quality of education received by children/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.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943

Federal Programs

CDE Invites Public Comment On State Waiver for FY 2010 and FY 2011 Title I School Improvement Grant Funds (1003g)

The Colorado Department of Education intends to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education to extend the period of availability of FY 2010 and FY 2011 school improvement grant funds. Under section 9401(b)(3) of the No Child Left Behind Act, state education agencies requesting a waiver of certain requirements of the Act must afford an opportunity to stakeholders and other interested parties to comment on the request.

CDE is asking for public input regarding a request to waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, also known as the Tyding’s amendment, which limits the period of availability of most federal education grant funds to 27 months. If approved, this waiver will extend the period of availability of FY 2010 Title I School Improvement Grant funds (1003(g) from Sept. 30, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013 and FY 2011 Title I School Improvement Grants funds (1003(g) from Sept. 30, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014.

This waiver would enable districts and schools that receive a school improvement grant with FY 2010 or FY 2011 1003(g) funds to carry forward with their grant activities for an additional 12 months. Without this waiver, districts and schools might lose access to these funds prior to the completion of their turnaround plans.

• Section 421(b) of GEPA (20 U.S.C. 1225(b) reads as follows:

(b) Succeeding fiscal year

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, unless enacted in
specific limitation of the provisions of this subsection, any funds from
appropriations to carry out any programs to which this chapter is
applicable during any fiscal year, which are not obligated and expended by
educational agencies or institutions prior to the beginning of the fiscal
year succeeding the fiscal year for which such funds were appropriated
shall remain available for obligation and expenditure by such agencies and
institutions during such during such succeeding fiscal year.

(2) Any funds under any applicable program which, pursuant to paragraph
(1), are available for obligation and expenditure in the year succeeding
the fiscal year for which they were appropriated shall be obligated and
expended in accordance with —

(A) the Federal statutory and regulatory provisions relating to such
program which are in effect for such succeeding fiscal year, and

(B) any program plan or application submitted by such educational
agencies or institutions for such program for such succeeding fiscal year.

CDE believes that it is in the best interest of Colorado’s students to enable schools that have been identified for improvement under Title I to fully expend these funds.

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 Monday, Feb. 20.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pat Chapman
Federal Programs
Phone: (303) 866-6780

Title I, Part A Office Hours

Title I, Part A will hold its monthly office hours session on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This session will provide a review of the parent involvement requirements for districts and schools along with suggestions of resources that districts and schools can access to help with this work.

The second part of the session will cover the equitable participation requirement that LEAs must address for Title I, Part A eligible students attending nonpublic school in a neighboring school district.

The target audience for this session is Title I, Part A directors, coordinators, and principals. Title I, Part A teachers may wish to participate as well.

To join the webinar, please go to URL:
You may also join the call by dialing 1-800-832-0736, and entering Conference Room Number 7133264.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842

Support & Intervention

Special FAFSA Opportunity for School Districts with Multiple High Schools

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA can be a critical component for student access to postsecondary education. In 2010 the U.S. Department of Education implemented a FAFSA Completion Project designed to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and secondary school administrators in determining which of their students have fully completed a FAFSA for the upcoming school year.

School counselors and others have been able to use these data to inform their financial aid counseling efforts, following up with students who have not completed the FAFSA to offer special assistance. The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to extend this opportunity to 80 new LEAs with multiple high schools.

The FAFSA Completion Project allows multi-high school LEAs to access FAFSA completion data for high school seniors in their districts. No federal funds are available for establishing the technical capacity to receive FAFSA completion data or for any other aspect of this project. Minimum requirements are necessary to participate.

Requests to participate in the FAFSA Completion Project must be received no later than March 2.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Angela Zimmerman/U.S. Dept of Ed Dena Bates
Support and Intervention/US Department of Education
Phone: Angela Zimmerman 303-866-6206

School Counselor Corps Grant RFP Now Available

The School Counselor Corps Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available for Education providers (districts, BOCES, charter school and Institute Charter Schools), that are not currently participating in the grant program. The School Counselor Corps seeks to increase the availability of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools to increase the graduation rate within the state and increase the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to, and continue into postsecondary education. Please note: Priority will be given to applicants that will serve: Secondary schools at which the dropout rate exceeds the statewide average; and/or Secondary schools with a high percentage of students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch exceeding the statewide average.

This RFP is being released prior to the approval of an additional 3-year grant cycle and is contingent upon any funding appropriated to the School Counselor Corps program in May 2012. By rule, a grant competition must take place by January 31, 2012. In order for this program to continue, funds must be appropriated for the program during the 2012 Colorado Legislative Session. This RFP is being released early to provide adequate time for planning quality proposals. An application training webinar will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 and grants will be due on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. For more information on the training webinar and to access the RFP, please visit the website below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Judith Martinez
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: 303-866-6127

Educational Materials Available to Address Youth Marijuana Use

The Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement has a fact sheet, brochure, and slide show available to help educate school staff, parents, students, and the broader public about how marijuana can harm youth and undermine school success. Information includes how marijuana affects the developing adolescent brain and cites the sources of numerous research findings. These items were produced in response to the increase in Colorado's drug-related school suspensions and expulsions in the past two years. Both color and grayscale versions are offered. Permission is granted for local reproduction. The materials are available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Janelle Krueger
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: (303) 866-6750

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