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The CDE Scoop - March 19, 2014

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

View Unified Improvement Planning Feedback

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Prepare for End Of Year Conferences

Exceptional Student Services

Register to Attend the April 24 Special Education Legal Conference

Family Partnerships

Register for the Family Engagement Promising Practices Training on April 17 and View Materials From Previous Trainings

Federal Programs

Submit Your Request for Proposal for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Professional Development Grant

Learn About the Special Milk Program

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Learn About Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

Innovation & Choice

Register for the 2014 InnEdCo Conference

News & Notes

Join Our Next Tweet Chat on March 24

Register for the Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute

Attend the 2014 Legacy Summit: Igniting Innovation in Education Workshop

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Accountability & Improvement


View Unified Improvement Planning Feedback

CDE released feedback for Unified Improvement Plans submitted and reviewed this winter. District accountability contacts and district UIP Tracker contacts have been notified of the feedback available in Tracker and received an email outlining next steps in the process.

Information on available support to districts and schools in addressing UIP feedback can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/uip_trainingandsupport.

As a reminder, all districts and schools must submit a UIP by Tuesday, April 15 for public posting on SchoolView. Resources for submitting plans this spring are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/uip_trainingandsupport_tracker.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Prepare for End Of Year Conferences

To provide timely assistance on the new educator evaluation process, the Educator Effectiveness team is hosting monthly webinars on topics directly linked to the current phase of the evaluation process. This month's webinar is on Wednesday, March 26 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and will focus on preparing final ratings and end of year conferences. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn tips from the CDE team as well as lessons learned from your colleagues in the field. To sign up, please register via the link below. It is recommend that all participants watch a short video at http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p2w7pta4dhp/ prior to the webinar that includes a high level overview on the topic.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Majors
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6678
Email: majors_t@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register to Attend the April 24 Special Education Legal Conference

This conference is for parents, parent advocates, educators, administrators and legal professionals interested in special education. The conference is Thursday, April 24 at the Double Tree Hotel - Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St., in Denver.Registration closes Tuesday, April 1st.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kim Boylan
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6690
Email: boylan_k@cde.state.co.us


Family Partnerships


Register for the Family Engagement Promising Practices Training on April 17 and View Materials From Previous Trainings

CDE, in collaboration with the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education recently conducted trainings about promising practices to engage all families. The purpose of the Family Engagement Promising Practices Training was to help schools and districts implement comprehensive, sustainable partnership structures for student success.

Materials from the trainings are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/trainingmaterials.

CDE and SACPIE are conducting another session in the Denver Metro area on Thursday, April 17. To register, click on the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-5921
Email: hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Submit Your Request for Proposal for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Professional Development Grant

This request for proposal is designed to solicit applications from Title III local education agencies to utilize professional development on developing and implementing a sustainable, systems‐improvement approach from the World-Class Instructional Design consortium. The professional development will bring an English language focus to systems change, acknowledges existing systems and is not dependent on one leader or teacher. The professional development will focus on districts but will also include school‐level involvement. Approximately $860,000 is available for distribution to eligible LEAs. Grants will be awarded for a two-year grant term. CDE anticipates awarding funding to approximately five LEAs.

Applicants for this grant are limited to Title III LEAs identified for improvement that have not met the No Child Left Behind Title III annual measurable assessment objectives for four or more consecutive years.

Proposals are due Wednesday, April 16. An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, March 20, from 1 – 2 p.m. To register for this technical assistance opportunity, send an email to CompetitiveGrants@cde.state.co.us.

An English language data dig tool training webinar will be held on Thursday, March 20, from 3 – 4 p.m. To register for this technical assistance opportunity, email Morgan Cox at cox_m@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Morgan Cox
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6784
Email: cox_m@cde.state.co.us



Learn About the Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program is an underutilized program that provides milk to children in public or nonprofit schools, residential child care institutions and camps that do not participate in any other federal child nutrition meal service program. Administered by CDE's Office of School Nutrition, the program provides reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for each half pint of milk served.
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For More Information, Contact:
Sara Rose Foreman
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6650
Email: foreman_s@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Learn About Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has developed a smart snacks product calculator. This calculator has been determined by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service to be accurate in assessing product compliance with the federal requirements for smart snacks in schools. This calculator along with a recent USDA memo with questions and answers related to the smart snacks interim final rule can be found 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


Innovation & Choice


Register for the 2014 InnEdCo Conference

This conference is designed for K-12 educators, educational leaders and those who want to immerse themselves in highly effective instructional practices. Bring a team from your school, district or organization. Take what you learn to plan an amazing start to a school year full of learning, leading and inspiring.

Speakers include Yong Zhao, keynote for the Leadership Academy & Main Conference and Jim Sill, keynote for the Google for Education Academy.

The conference is Monday, June 16 - Thursday, June 19 at the Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle, in Copper Mountain.

For information on the conference and to register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Laura Noonan
Choice & Innovation
Phone: 303-866-6276
Email: noonan_l@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Join Our Next Tweet Chat on March 24

On Monday, March 24 at 4 p.m., all Colorado educators, parents and community members are invited to participate in the #COedchat on Twitter. This month’s topic is using digital literacy to empower students to become workforce ready.

On the fourth Monday of every month, the #COedchat has experts on various education topics. This is your opportunity to interact with education experts and ask any questions you may have.

To participate, go to Twitter.com and enter #COedchat in the search box. If you’d like to ask a question or make a comment, just include #COedchat in your tweet.

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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: lams_katie@cde.state.co.us



Register for the Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute

The Advanced Placement for All Summer Institute was developed in response to the needs of educators around the world who work tirelessly, and far too often in isolation, to develop AP programs that provide equitable access to all interested students. At the Colorado Legacy Foundation, we know that those of you engaging in this effort face uncommon challenges as you support students from a wide variety of backgrounds, many of whom are not as academically prepared as the traditional AP student.

The AP for All Summer Institute is the nation’s only College Board-certified summer institute focused upon strategies necessary for success in environments of true open enrollment. This professional development opportunity provides educators with content, tools and strategies necessary to build enrollment and success in Advanced Placement programs. In partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative, the presenters of the AP for All APSI will work with teachers to develop deeper content knowledge within their AP subjects and strategies for effectively reaching diverse student populations. This institute will be held Monday, July 14 - Thursday, July 17 at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
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For More Information, Contact:
Rhonda Young
Phone: 720-502-4729
Email: ryoung@colegacy.org



Attend the 2014 Legacy Summit: Igniting Innovation in Education Workshop

This event, hosted by the Colorado Legacy Foundation, brings together educational leaders and stakeholders throughout the state to learn, promote and celebrate advancing academic achievement efforts.

The summit is comprised of 16 workshop sessions, which feature local and national experts and implementers of CLFs areas of work: Educator Effectiveness, Colorado Legacy Schools, Health and Wellness, Next Generation Learning and STEM. CLF will provide best practices and tools for advancing the professional growth of educators and academic achievement for all students.

Winners of the 2014 Healthy School Champions Score Card awards will be honored at the breakfast. The daylong summit also includes the 2014 Legacy luncheon featuring New York Times bestselling author and world leader on the development of creativity and innovation in the field of education, Sir Ken Robinson. The summit will conclude with a keynote by internationally recognized expert on children and bullying and New York Times best-selling author, Rosalind Wiseman.

The summit is Thursday, April 17 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street, in Denver.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kelly Hall
Phone: 720-502-4721
Email: khall@colegacy.org






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