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The CDE Scoop - March 13, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

TELL Survey Closes; Read About Next Steps

All UIP Feedback has Now Been Released

Submit Your Annual Four-Day School Week Application

Awards & Recognitions

View 2013 Award Opportunities

Data Systems

Take the Data Pipeline Readiness Assessment

Exceptional Student Services

Attend the Parents Encouraging Parents May 2013 Conference

Register to Attend the Spring Gifted Education State Directors’ Meeting

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Submit Your 2013 School Nurse of the Year Nominations

Register for the 2013 School Nurse Orientation

Innovation & Choice

Attend the What Matters What Counts Lecture Series

News & Notes

Read a Letter from Secretary Duncan Regarding Gender-Based Violence

Standards & Assessments

Apply to Review Reading Programs for CDE

Register for a READ Act Training

Support & Intervention

Register for Upcoming RtI/PBIS Online Classes

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


TELL Survey Closes; Read About Next Steps

Thank you to the more than 33,000 educators (55 percent) that completed the TELL Colorado survey. Districts that met the threshold of at least 50 percent participation and/or have schools that met the threshold will receive an embargoed URL to access data at the beginning of April. By the end of April, data will be available publicly. For support, CDE will host a webinar, post guides on how to unpack the TELL data and weave technical assistance into other opportunities (e.g., use of the data in UIP trainings). More details will be provided in future editions of The Scoop.
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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6811
Email: larson_c@cde.state.co.us



All UIP Feedback has Now Been Released

CDE has released all feedback for Unified Improvement Plans submitted and reviewed this winter. Superintendents, district accountability contacts and district tracker contacts have been notified of the feedback available in Tracker and received a letter detailing next steps in the process. As a reminder, district-level plans with required changes must resubmit a revised UIP through the UIP Winter Cycle Instrument in Tracker by March 30. Resubmitted plans will be accepted on April 1 due to the submission date falling on the weekend. School-level plans do not need to be resubmitted for review again this year.

All districts and schools must submit a UIP by April 15 for public posting on SchoolView. For districts, this is in addition to the resubmission on March 30. District tracker contacts will be able to upload UIPs for posting beginning on March 15 into the UIP Spring Cycle Instrument within Tracker.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



Submit Your Annual Four-Day School Week Application

It’s that time again, school districts operating a four-day school week (less than 160 scheduled days per school year) are required to submit a request for approval.

In order to be considered for 2013-2014, please complete the application via the Automated Data Exchange (ADE) by May 10. Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized (if you are having difficulty meeting the deadline, please contact Jhon Penn at penn_j@cde.state.co.us).

If you do not know who in your district is responsible for updating the ADE Directory go to: https://cdeapps.cde.state.co.us/respondents.htm#directory. The district directory respondent has a user id and password to enter the ADE Directory and fill out the application.

Please note that CDE is bringing greater scrutiny to those districts Accredited with Priority Improvement Plan or Accredited with Turnaround Plan and are submitting a district-wide application for all schools within the district. The executive director of field services and deputy commissioner must recommend approval of the application before it is forwarded to the commissioner for consideration. CDE will review the use and prioritization of instructional time.

In addition to submitting the four-day application through ADE, superintendents whose districts are applying for a four-day week and that fall in the two accreditation categories above 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
• Professional development calendar

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


Awards & Recognitions


View 2013 Award Opportunities

CDE Competitive Grants & Awards has released an overview of awards opportunities for 2013. Visit the link below to start planning for this year's school, district, teacher, and student award applications.
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For More Information, Contact:
Courtney Kuntz
Competitive Grants & Awards
Phone: 303-866-6143
Email: kuntz_c@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Take the Data Pipeline Readiness Assessment

CDE is closer to completing the implementation of the new Data Pipeline system. Many organizations have expressed interest in a Readiness Assessment. CDE developed this tool to help local education agencies gauge where they are in the transition process from the current Automated Data Exchange system to Data Pipeline. This tool has been completed and is available at the link below.

This tool is best utilized with a team of stakeholders within an LEA who are responsible for the successful implementation of Data Pipeline. CDE does not require this tool to be returned to us; however, if you find that your organization is struggling with a particular element you are always welcome to contact us via email at datapipeline.support@cde.state.co.us.

CDE is developing several webinars which will relate to the different readiness elements assessment. It is not necessary for your LEA to attend all of the upcoming webinars, only those which your district needs additional support on after reviewing and initially completing the Readiness Assessment tool. More information will be sent to respondents. Thank you for your dedication to the successful implementation of Data Pipeline in the 2013-14 school year.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heather Ford-Sajovetz
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6755
Email: ford-sajovetz_h@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Attend the Parents Encouraging Parents May 2013 Conference

This Parents Encouraging Parents conference brings parents and professionals together to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate successes, and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability—from ages birth to 21.

In addition, the conference promotes partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and the community.

More detailed information, along with date and times for the conference are provided at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6846, or 1-877-834-0588
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us



Register to Attend the Spring Gifted Education State Directors’ Meeting

This meeting is scheduled for April 25 and 26. Dr. Robyn Jackson, author of How to Plan Rigorous Instruction, will present a trainer-of-trainers workshop on April 25 using her book as a resource. Directors are encouraged to bring other staff that influence implementation of gifted programming and performance of gifted students. the registration deadline for the event is March 20 and the fee to attend is $30.

Location: Doubletree Hotel – Aurora, 13696 E. Iliff Place, Aurora, CO 80014
Dates: Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26

For hotel reservations: http://bit.ly/ZIscWe.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tara Rolfe
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: rolfe_t@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Submit Your 2013 School Nurse of the Year Nominations

The Colorado Association of School Nurses wants to recognize school nurses nationwide by annually honoring one school nurse who demonstrates excellence in school nursing practice and leadership in school health.

Nomination forms, as well as guidelines and criteria for the award can be found at the link provided.

For questions or more information contact Sarah Blumenthal at Sarah_Blumenthal@dpsk12.org.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathy Patrick
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: patrick_k@cde.state.co.us



Register for the 2013 School Nurse Orientation

This training is for registered nurses only and will be held at the Holiday Inn Select, Denver Cherry Creek, 455 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver on July 22-24 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and July 25 from 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

To register for the event, visit the link below. To reserve a room at the hotel, visit: http://ichotelsgroup.com/redirect?path=rates&brandCode=HI&GPC=SNO&hotelCode=DENCB&_PMID=99801505
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathleen Patrick
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303.866.6779
Email: patrick_k@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


Attend the What Matters What Counts Lecture Series

Facing History and Ourselves, the Donnell-Kay Foundation and the Colorado Legacy Foundation invite you to attend the, "What Matters and What Counts in Education" lecture series:

Building School Culture in a Nontraditional Setting
Tuesday, March 19, 7:45 - 9 a.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, in Denver

The event is free and open to the public. A light breakfast is provided. Please visit the link to RSVP. This month we will welcome Judith Stokes, assistant superintendent for Branson School District RE-82, and Ed Cope, principal of Ridge View Academy.

(Correction: The announcement in last week's Scoop stated that Judith Stokes is the President of the Branson School Online, which is incorrect.)
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For More Information, Contact:
Laura Noonan
Innovation & Choice
Phone: 303-866-6276
Email: noonan_l@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Read a Letter from Secretary Duncan Regarding Gender-Based Violence

At the link below, please find a letter from Secretary Duncan on the U.S. Department of Education’s recent efforts to support you and your school communities in preventing teen dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence.

Included within are resources and recommendations that we believe will be helpful to your school communities in initiating action (e.g., a new training module we have designed to help school counselors and psychologists to prevent and respond to teen dating violence).
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Apply to Review Reading Programs for CDE

The Colorado READ Act (HB 12-1238) requires the department to create a resource bank that identifies assessments, instructional programs, and professional development that will assist teachers with successful implementation. The department is looking for reviewers to assist with identification of instructional resources and professional development for reading to include in the resource bank. Interested educators will be required to complete a brief application and must be available for a full day review process in the Denver metro area.

The review of professional development programs will occur on March 22; applications to participate in this review are due by March 19. The review of instructional programs will occur on March 28; applications to participate in this review are due by March 25.

Earlier this year, the department initiated requests for information to solicit programs for inclusion in the resource bank. The RFIs include evaluation rubrics by which all programs will be reviewed. Copies of the RFIs are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/ReadAct/programming.asp. All interested educators are asked to complete an application and are advised to read the evaluation rubrics within the RFIs before initiating an application. The online application can be accessed at http://bit.ly/XIQYYd.


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



Register for a READ Act Training

Registration continues for a series of training sessions across the state designed to support implementation of the READ Act. Upcoming meetings include:

March 18 4:30-7 p.m. Aurora
March 19 4:30-7 p.m. Durango
March 20 5:30-8 p.m. Grand Junction
March 21 4:30-7 p.m. Frisco

The training sessions are intended for teachers and instructional leaders and will focus 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. The link for registration, training locations, dates, and times are posted on the READ Act webpage.

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


Support & Intervention


Register for Upcoming RtI/PBIS Online Classes

The new session of classes occurs Apr. 1 – May 12. Registration closes March 24. Each informative course is six weeks long and is organized into interactive units of instruction. The course instructors provide weekly deadlines, and participants complete assignments independently.

A list of available classes and class details are available at the link provided. Participants will earn continuing education credit, and Adams State University credit is available for an additional fee.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Watchorn
Learning Supports
Phone: 303-866-6262
Email: watchorn_k@cde.state.co.us






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