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The CDE Scoop - March 21, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

New UIP Training Opportunities: Update Your UIP Toolkit and Dive into New Data

Reminder to Submit – April Submissions

Reminder to Resubmit Unified Improvement Plans with Required Changes

Awards & Recognitions

Request for Recommendations: State Talent Pool

Application Deadline Extended to April 20 for 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Colorado Bureau of Investigation Reports Made Easier

Federal Programs

C-FIRS Tracker Instrument due April 15

News & Notes

Save the Date - 2012 CDE Summer Symposium

School Finance

Preliminary Allocations for FY 12-13 NCLB Consolidated Formula Grants

Notice of Education Jobs Act Supplemental Funding

Support & Intervention

Tiered Intervention Grant Request for Proposal Now Available

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (RtI) Implementation Grant RFP Now Available

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


New UIP Training Opportunities: Update Your UIP Toolkit and Dive into New Data

In May, the Colorado Department of Education will offer two new learning opportunities for district leaders to support Unified Improvement Planning as districts prepare for the 2012-13 school year.

Update your UIP Toolkit!
This session will give district leaders an opportunity to learn about changes to the District and School Performance Framework reports and the Unified Improvement Planning template for the coming school year and access new and updated resources. Many of these changes were proposed in the NCLB Flexibility waiver, which was granted by the U.S. Department of Education and go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.

• Tuesday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – North Metro
• Thursday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pikes Peak

Diving into the New Data (for improvement planning and continuous improvement)
This session will give district leaders an opportunity to dive into the details related to specific measures and metrics that will be included in the School and District Performance Framework reports and used in Unified Improvement Planning for the 2012-13 year. Participants will deepen their experience accessing, analyzing and interpreting new measures including: CELApro growth, disaggregated graduation rates, and equitable distribution of teachers. Participants will be exposed to guidance related to setting targets for achievement of disaggregated student groups now that AYP is no longer being calculated. This session will also address lessons learned from state review of unified improvement plans about typical difficulties in data analyses: determining which trends are important to include in improvement plans, identifying appropriate priority performance challenges, and customizing data analysis for turnaround and priority improvement schools.

• Wednesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – North Metro
• Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.– Pikes Peak

Go here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UIPSpring2012
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303.866.6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us



Reminder to Submit – April Submissions

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) to CDE is on Tuesday, April 16. Plans due to CDE by this date are summarized below:
By April 16, all districts and schools, regardless of plan type, will need to submit district level and school level plans to CDE for public posting on SchoolView.org. All improvement plans should be submitted using the current 2011-12 Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) Template. All district and school plans must be submitted via the Tracker system in the April “UIP for SchoolView – April” Instrument, which is now open for submissions. The plans submitted through this instrument are the plans that will be posted publicly on SchoolView.org.

Details and resources for April UIP submissions, including naming conventions for UIP files, creating PDF versions of your UIP documents, a video demonstration of the submission process and instructional handbooks for submitting through Tracker are available on the UIP submissions website: http://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/UIP_TrainingAndSupport_Tracker.asp.

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



Reminder to Resubmit Unified Improvement Plans with Required Changes

For districts that submitted Unified Improvement Plans in January, the deadline to resubmit district UIPs that incorporate “required changes” is Friday, March 30.

Feedback from CDE and the State Review Panel (for Turnaround districts and schools only) has been uploaded into individual Tracker accounts. Any “required changes” are noted in the feedback form from CDE. Note that CDE is only requiring that district level plans be uploaded and resubmitted through Tracker. Districts should work with schools to address any recommendations or required changes. School plans do not need to be resubmitted by March 30.

By April 16, all districts, including those on priority improvement and turnaround plans, will need to submit the final district and school plans via Tracker in the April “UIP for SchoolView – April” Instrument. These are the plans that will be posted publicly on SchoolView. This is in addition to the resubmission on March 30th.

For submission details, please refer to “Unified Improvement Plan Submission Process Summary” on the Unified Improvement Planning website.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us


Awards & Recognitions


Request for Recommendations: State Talent Pool

The Colorado Department of Education maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability. Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues and community.

Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative not only of our states, but also the nation's best? Whose lessons provide models for others? Who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?

A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building level personnel. They 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. In fact, of special interest are educators who are outstanding, but have not received other recognition. Completed recommendations must be submitted by Thursday, April 12, 2012.

For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us



Application Deadline Extended to April 20 for 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application deadline for the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year has been extended. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The role of the Colorado Teacher of the Year is to act as:
. a liaison between the teaching community and the legislature, the Department of Education, districts and communities;
. an education ambassador to businesses, parents, service organizations and media;
. a resource on the state of the profession to be available for workshops and conferences around the state; and
. an education leader involved in teacher forums and education reform.

Applications for this honor will be due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20. To access the application and additional program information for the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Colorado Bureau of Investigation Reports Made Easier

In order to better assist districts in navigating weekly CBI reports, the Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensure now includes a spreadsheet of the names included in each report and the page numbers on which an individual's information can be found. This allows district administrators to quickly scan the list for recognizable names without having to review numbers of pages.

At present these reports are sent primarily to superintendents. However, if other district administrators or human resources directors likewise would benefit from receiving it, please send an e-mail request with the appropriate contact information to Tanya Klein (klein_t@cde.state.co.us).

Please note: The reports summarize information sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation from fingerprint contributors in Colorado. If the disposition is not shown or further explanation of an arrest charge or disposition is desired, that information may be obtained from the agency which furnished the arrest information. This information will not be available from the Colorado Department of Education.

For More Information, Contact:
Jami Goetz
Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensure
Phone: 303.866.6945
Email: goetz_j@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


C-FIRS Tracker Instrument due April 15

The Office of Federal Programs has opened the final desk review Instrument for the 2011-12 school year. The April Instrument, titled "(5) April 15--Cycle 3" is due by April 15, 2012. The Instrument can be accessed through the C-FIRS Tracker System, available at https://tracker.cde.state.co.us.

The Instrument includes the following two indicators: (1) Nonpublic School Consultation for 2012-13.; and (2) Title I, Neglected/Delinquent Facility Monitoring. Your district may not be required to respond to all indicators, however all districts are required to address, at a minimum, the crosscutting indicator related to Nonpublic School Consultation. All districts must log in to the system, answer the criteria questions, complete the required indicators and submit the Instrument to the state. Please note: even though a district may sign over all or a portion of their NCLB Consolidated Grant funding to a BOCES, the district is still responsible for the Nonpublic School Consultation.

As a reminder, to access Tracker, you will need a password. If you do not already have one, please contact cotrackerhelp@cde.state.co.us. If you already have a password, but do not remember it, please use the “Reset Password” feature on the Log in page. CDE does not have access to passwords.

District federal program directors should have received a detailed memo regarding the April 2012 Tracker Instrument on March 15. If your district did not receive this memo, please contact Tina Tamayo at tamayo_t@cde.state.co.us. The indicators are also to be posted on CDE's monitoring website, available at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/FedPrograms/monit/index.asp.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathryn Smukler
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6842
Email: smukler_k@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Save the Date - 2012 CDE Summer Symposium

The Colorado Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2012 CDE Summer Symposia, a series of three learning opportunities for district leaders across the state. These symposia will focus on leveraging Colorado's educational reform initiatives (educator effectiveness, standards and assessment, RtI and accountability) to achieve breakthrough results for students. The intent of the symposia is to create collaboration between and among districts and CDE in order to develop a coherent vision around Colorado's reform efforts. District leadership teams are encouraged to save the date to attend one of the locations.

Dates and locations are as follows:
Monday and Tuesday, June 4-5 in La Junta
Monday and Tuesday, June 11-12 in Grand Junction
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19-20 in the Denver metro area

More information will be forthcoming in the Scoop about registration, agenda and guidance regarding intended district audience. Registration will be capped at 200-300 participants depending on location.

For More Information, Contact:
Liz Lenz
Phone: 303-866-5648
Email: lenz_e@cde.state.co.us


School Finance


Preliminary Allocations for FY 12-13 NCLB Consolidated Formula Grants

Each spring, CDE receives preliminary allocations notification for Colorado School Districts from the U.S. Department of Education for No Child Left Behind formula grants.

As of the date of this announcement, preliminary numbers for FY 2012-2013 have not arrived. Once received, the Grants Fiscal Management Team within the Public School Finance Unit will calculate allocations for individual local education agencies. This process can take 2-4 weeks. Once configured, the Grants Fiscal Management Team will then post the results to the CDE website.

Historically, preliminary allocations have come from USDE anywhere from late February to early May (as was the case last year). These preliminary allocations are subject to change and will change with the final allocation numbers that are provided by the USDE later this spring.

For More Information, Contact:
Robert Hawkins
Public School Finance/Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6775
Email: hawkins_r@cde.state.co.us



Notice of Education Jobs Act Supplemental Funding

The Colorado Department of Education is in the process of formulating allocations for a supplemental round of Education Jobs Act (ED Jobs) funding to be distributed during the final quarter of the 2012 fiscal year.

Approximately $4.3 million will be available for distribution to Colorado school districts. All districts will receive an allocation based on per pupil funding formulas. This supplemental round of funding will not affect state share funding. New assurance forms will not be required.

Districts will receive notification of their Ed Jobs allocations in early April. The Grants Fiscal Management Team and the Public School Finance Unit are currently formulating processes for districts to certify expenditures and request funds. A webinar will be held in early April once allocations are posted in order to provide support, assistance, and answer questions related to the supplemental Ed Jobs funding.
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For More Information, Contact:
Adam Klett
Public School Finance/Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6905
Email: klett_a@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Tiered Intervention Grant Request for Proposal Now Available

The new Tiered Intervention Grant Request For Proposal (RFP) is now available. This program is designed to support districts with chronically low performing schools in the lowest 5 percent of achievement as indicated by state assessments.

The intent of the grant is to provide funding for districts to:
• Partner with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in the implementation of one of the school intervention models provided in the draft guidance for the use of Federal Title I 1003(g) funds;
• Increase the academic achievement of all students attending chronically low performing schools as measured by the state’s assessment system; and
• Utilize the support and services of an external provider in their efforts to accomplish the above.

Note: CDE does not expect to have sufficient funding to fund all Tier II schools that are eligible and therefore does not expect to fund any Tier III schools.

Please note: Priority will be given in the following order to:
1. Tier I sites not currently being served;
2. Tier II sites within a district that has both Tier I and Tier II sites;
3. Remaining Tier II sites that are equally low performing; and then
4. Tier III sites.

Proposals are due on Tuesday, May 29. An application webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 3. Applicants must also submit an Intent to Apply (due Thursday, April 12) and participate in a required applicant readiness interview (April 19 or 20).

For more information regarding this opportunity and to access the RFP, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Wendy Dunaway
School Improvement and Turnaround
Phone: 303-866-6995
Email: dunaway_w@cde.state.co.us



Multi-Tiered System of Supports (RtI) Implementation Grant RFP Now Available

The new Multi-Tiered System of Supports - Response to Intervention (RtI) Implementation Grant RFP is now available. The purpose of this RFP is to support professional development activities that target multi-tiered systems of support through an integrated RtI and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) framework.

Through this grant, districts will receive up to $10,000 in fiscal support as well as technical assistance from a CDE Technical Assistance Coordinator and professional development.

Proposals are due on Tuesday, April 3. For more information and to access the RFP, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin McConnell
RtI/PBIS
Phone: 303-866-6262
Email: mcconnell_e@cde.state.co.us






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