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The CDE Scoop - March 20, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Learn How to Incorporate UIP Feedback Into the Planning Process

Discuss the Proposed Revisions to the 2013-14 Alternative Education Campus’ School Performance Frameworks

Awards & Recognitions

Submit Your Recommendations for the Educator Talent Pool

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Save the Date! Growing Together Showcase: Building Systems of Support

Hear Directly from S.B. 10-191 Pilot Participants

Exceptional Student Services

Read More About the USDOE's Plan for Improving Equitable Services Requirements

View the 11th Grade Alternate Assessment for Colorado ACT: Test Administrator Training, Recorded PowerPoint and Training Notes

Register for Twice Exceptional Level 2 Trainings

Attend the Special Education Advisory Committee Forum: “The Power of Partnership” – Supporting the Journey

Federal Programs

Join Title I Office Hours on March 21

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Submit Your Colorado Comprehensive Health Grant Request for Proposal

Learning & Results

Submit Your Multi-Tiered System of Supports Implementation Grant Request for Proposal

Library

Submit Your Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant Request for Proposal

News & Notes

Register for the AP for All Summer Institute

Standards & Assessments

Register to Attend a School Readiness Implementation Meeting

View the New School Readiness Frequently Asked Questions Page

Support & Intervention

View the Annual State Policy Report on Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Learn How to Incorporate UIP Feedback Into the Planning Process

Your school or district has received UIP feedback from CDE, now what? CDE is offering half day sessions during the first week of April for schools and districts to learn how to use the feedback from CDE review. Both district and school planning teams are welcome to attend to understand the feedback and consider how it can be incorporated into local improvement planning processes. The day will begin with group training that will cover “lessons learned” from the UIP reviews followed by interactive time for planning teams to work through their own feedback with CDE staff.

To register for Pueblo (April 1), Glenwood Springs (April 3), or Denver North Metro (April 5), please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012UIPScaffoldedReview.
Click Here for Additional Information

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



Discuss the Proposed Revisions to the 2013-14 Alternative Education Campus’ School Performance Frameworks

Based on internal and external stakeholder input regarding the AEC School Performance Frameworks, CDE is proposing changing AEC’s data submission requirements for all SPF performance indicators from “optional” to “required” for the 2013-14 school year.

CDE came to this recommendation based upon the lack of representative data submitted to CDE for one or more of the following performance indicators: academic achievement, academic growth, student engagement, and/or postsecondary and workforce readiness. Although some AECs do submit optional assessments when needed, many do not. When data are not available and no additional data are submitted, the performance frameworks can be an incomplete measure of a schools’ performance.

CDE recognizes the lead time districts and schools need to begin preparing for this kind of change, and thus, CDE would like to discuss the proposals further with stakeholders through three information sessions.

The first webinar will be Thursday, March 21; 4-5 p.m. Participants may log in here: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/aecweb1/.

The second webinar will be Thursday, March 28; 11 a.m. to noon (log-in will be sent in next week’s Scoop).

An in-person information session will be on Wednesday, April 3; 10 – 11 a.m. in the State Board Room, 201 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.

For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778
Email: knevals_j@cde.state.co.us


Awards & Recognitions


Submit Your Recommendations for the Educator Talent Pool

CDE invites you to recommend emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals to the Colorado Talent Pool. This collection of outstanding educators is used as a reference for advisory boards, publicity, committee development, awards, and other recognition opportunities. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state.

We are seeking representation from secondary educators relatively new to the profession (5-18 years). Candidates are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Previous recognition is not required.

Recommendations must be submitted by Friday, April 19. This process is confidential and individuals should not be aware of their recommendation. For more information and to access the talent pool recommendation form, visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Courtney Kuntz
Competitive Grants & Awards
Phone: 303-866-6143
Email: kuntz_c@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Save the Date! Growing Together Showcase: Building Systems of Support

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, in partnership with Fort Lewis College, CDE and the San Juan BOCES, is excited to bring together Colorado school districts to build a network of support around the implementation of standards, assessments and evaluation. This free showcase will be held at Fort Lewis College in Durango, June 3-6. Be sure to save the date, check the link for information on workshops and watch for more information on registration.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Miller
Race to the Top
Phone: 303-866-5735
Email: miller_t@cde.state.co.us



Hear Directly from S.B. 10-191 Pilot Participants

In an effort to share pilot experiences, the Educator Effectiveness team brought together a panel of S.B. 10-191 pilot districts and early implementers to discuss their experiences with the new evaluation requirements and the state model system. A new video was released from the panel that highlights benefits the panelists are noticing from implementing the new evaluation requirements. Click the link below to watch this four minute video and look for more pilot perspectives in the next few months.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Amy Skinner
Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-6682
Email: skinner_a@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Read More About the USDOE's Plan for Improving Equitable Services Requirements

Visit the link below for a letter announcing the U.S. Department of Education’s plan for improving the implementation of equitable services requirements under applicable programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The plan, which aligns with current statutory and regulatory requirements, demonstrates the Department’s commitment to ensure effective implementation of these equitable services provisions. The plan does not place new requirements on state and local educational agencies. Rather, it focuses on how the Department will support the collaborative work of state and local public school officials and private school leaders to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of these requirements and the delivery of services.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



View the 11th Grade Alternate Assessment for Colorado ACT: Test Administrator Training, Recorded PowerPoint and Training Notes

Resources are now available (PDF and PPT) for the 11th Grade Alternate Test Administrators training that was held via webinar on March 5. The training introduces the new Test Administrator’s Guide which was created to help with correlating the assessment tasks with the optional forms, and gathering the necessary items for assessment tasks. All test administrators are strongly encouraged to review these instructions prior to the opening of the testing window (April 1-26).

Visit your local district assessment coordinator or the CDE Assessing Students with a Disability webpage for more information.
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For More Information, Contact:
Linda Lamirande, Assessment & Accommodations Senior Consultant; Program Assistant: Tesia Swanstrom
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6863 Linda Lamirande
Email: Lamirande_L@cde.state.co.us; Swanstrom_T@cde.state.co.us



Register for Twice Exceptional Level 2 Trainings

For gifted students with disabilities (twice-exceptional students), school can be difficult and frustrating. General, special and gifted educators are invited to learn about the characteristics and needs of twice-exceptional students in one of three Level 2 workshops now available. Educators taking Level 2 training are assumed to have a working knowledge of the characteristics of twice-exceptional students and experience writing strength-based goals.

Level 2 is a two-day, face-to-face workshop for collaborative teams of educators, who will get hands-on practice working through the RtI problem solving process for a twice-exceptional student. However, individual registrations are also accepted. The workshop is offered at no cost to participants; graduate credit is also available.

Level 2 face-to-face trainings are being offered from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the following dates at the following locations:
• April 16-17 – Metro region: Lowry Campus, UNC Building, Denver
• April 19-20 – Pikes Peak region: Pikes Peak BOCES, Colorado Springs
• April 19-20 – West Central region: Emerson Building, Grand Junction

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Wendy Leader
Exceptional Student Services - Office of Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6414
Email: leader_w@cde.state.co.us



Attend the Special Education Advisory Committee Forum: “The Power of Partnership” – Supporting the Journey

The forum will be held on Friday, April 12 in the metro Denver area. Representatives from SEACs in Colorado will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of SEAC members; network with other local SEAC representatives and community agencies; and share strategies, ideas and resources. This event is being sponsored by the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee and CDE.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Join Title I Office Hours on March 21

The Title I office hours are Thursday, March 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. and will include an introduction to the reports available on the Data, Program Evaluation, and Reporting webpage. We will spend a few minutes addressing the 2013-2014 bye-year during which CDE will investigate the relationship between READ Act rules and Title I. Finally, we will provide the opportunity for an open forum for school districts to ask questions and address concerns that were raised during the Consolidated Application trainings that took place during the past few weeks. Additionally, updates and reminders of events in the Federal Program Unit will be included.

Visit http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r4vtfal11rj/ or call 866-601-0566 to attend.

Note: The webinar will be recorded and available on the Title IA website within a few days following the event.

For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Submit Your Colorado Comprehensive Health Grant Request for Proposal

The intent of this funding is to foster healthy behaviors through increased health knowledge and the modification of risk behaviors. Approximately $300,000 is available for distribution for grants directly tied to the implementation of the Colorado Content Standards in Health.

An application webinar will be held on Monday, April 1 from 9 to 10 a.m. Proposals are due Wednesday, May 1. For more information and to access the RFP, please visit the webpage below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kathleen Patrick
patrick_k@cde.state.co.us
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: Health & Wellness


Learning & Results


Submit Your Multi-Tiered System of Supports Implementation Grant Request for Proposal

This mini-grant is intended to facilitate systemic change through: data-based problem solving; family, school, and community partnering; and leadership in the context of MTSS implementation. CDE will provide free consultation, professional learning, facilitation, and funding to promote sustainable implementation at the district-level.

Funds will be awarded to help offset some of the costs of MTSS implementation to each approved application from a district/BOCES. Range of support will depend on needs assessment and size of LEA; a maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to each grant awardee plus supplemental amount to cover costs of travel to the Colorado MTSS Summit in June.

Application training webinars will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and again on Tuesday, April 2 from 12 to 1 p.m. Proposals are due on Wednesday, April 17. For additional information on the application webinars and to access the RFP, please visit the link below.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kim Watchorn
Learning Supports
Phone: 303-866-6262
Email: watchorn_k@cde.state.co.us


Library


Submit Your Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant Request for Proposal

CDE’s Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy has released the FY2013-14 RFPs under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. The purpose of AEFLA is to: assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment; assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the education of their children; and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education or its equivalent.

CDE is soliciting proposals from eligible providers to develop, implement and improve adult basic education activities in Colorado by establishing or operating programs that provide services or instruction in one or more of the following categories: adult education and literacy services, including workplace literacy services; family literacy services; and/or English literacy programs, including EL/Civics.

Approximately $600,000 is available for distribution. An informational webinar will be held on April 12, from 2 to 3p.m. Proposals are due on Wednesday, May 15.

For more information and to access the RFP, visit the webpage below. Additional documents and links will be posted as they become available. Please forward this information to any of your networks and partner agencies that may be interested.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Debra Fawcett
Adult Education and Family Literacy
Phone: 303-866-6914
Email: fawcett_d@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Register for the AP for All Summer Institute

This is the nation’s only College Board-certified Summer Institute focused on 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 Summer Institute 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 July 15-18 in Northglenn, Colorado.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Sara Bracken
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303.736.6477 x 230
Email: sbracken@colegacy.org


Standards & Assessments


Register to Attend a School Readiness Implementation Meeting

CDE is hosting a series of five regional meetings designed to support kindergarten teachers, elementary principals, preschool program director, and district leaders with implementation of the school readiness provisions of S.B. 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids. The meetings will provide participants with (1) an overview of school readiness requirements within CAP4K, (2) information on department supports for implementing school readiness, (3) an opportunity to learn from Colorado districts involved in transforming their early childhood programs and kindergarten, and (4) time for school/district team planning for implementation.

Meetings will be conducted from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Specific meeting locations will be posted to the School Readiness webpage as venues are secured.

April 16 - Denver metro area
April 22 - Grand Junction
May 1 - Alamosa
May 23 - Pueblo
May 29 - Greeley

Register at link: http://bit.ly/Xq63ub
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us



View the New School Readiness Frequently Asked Questions Page

The document provides answers to questions related to requirements for school readiness plans and assessment as well as information about the approved menu of school readiness assessments.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Sharon Triolo-Moloney
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6781
Email: triolo-moloney_s@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


View the Annual State Policy Report on Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement

The report includes: an analysis of dropout, graduation and truancy for the 2011-12 school year; a review of policies that impact dropout prevention and student engagement, with a special focus on policies related to student safety and disciplinary actions; and a discussion of strategies and resources which are available to schools and districts.

Report Highlights:
-The annual statewide dropout rate for the 2011-12 academic year decreased to 2.9 percent.
-The statewide on-time graduation rate for 2011-2012 rose to 75.4 percent.
-The number of habitual truants has declined over the past three years.
FY 2011-2012 saw the end to zero-tolerance with the passage of H.B. 12-1345. The new law is prompting local education agencies to revisit and update student safety and discipline policies.
-In FY 2011-2012, a total of $20,400,569 in state funds was allocated to dropout prevention and intervention.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin Carrillo
Dropout Prevention and Post-Secondary Readiness
Phone: 720-666-2306
Email: carrillo_erin@cde.state.co.us






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