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The CDE Scoop - March 28, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Webinar on April 3: How to Submit UIPs through the Tracker System

Reminder to Resubmit Unified Improvement Plans with Required Changes

Reminder to Submit – April Submissions

Awards & Recognitions

Reminder: Applications for Colorado Teacher of the Year due April 20

Reminder: Applications for Outstanding Online Teachers and Guidance Counselors are Due Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

Reminder: Recommendations for State Talent Pool are due April 12

Exceptional Student Services

Guidance Memorandum – Special Education Services for Parentally-Placed Private School Children with Disabilities

Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs 2012 -2013

Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs 2012 -2013 - Autism Spectrum Disorder

Guidance Memorandum – Discipline of Children with Disabilities

Federal Programs

Notice Inviting Public Comment – Two additional ESEA Waivers

Revised Definition for Significantly Expanding Charter Schools

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Colorado Legacy Foundation Healthy Schools Grant Opportunity

Innovation & Choice

Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant RFA Now Available

News & Notes

Save the Date: College Friday is April 6, 2012

Support & Intervention

Multi-Tiered System of Supports Implementation Grant RFP - Due Date Extended to April 6

Upcoming RtI/PBIS Trainings: *NEW LOCATION in Alamosa*

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Webinar on April 3: How to Submit UIPs through the Tracker System

District tracker contacts are invited to join an upcoming webinar that will walk through the process of submitting all Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) to the (6) UIP for SchoolView-April instrument in Tracker. The webinar will cover the basics of saving your files as PDF documents, naming your UIP files using district and/or school codes, uploading all UIPs into the Tracker account, and submitting all UIPs to CDE. A general question and answer time will be available at the end of the webinar. As a reminder, all district and school level UIPs are required to be submitted to CDE by April 16. The UIPs submitted to the (6) UIP for SchoolView-April instrument are the plans that will be publicly posted to SchoolView.org.

Submitting UIPs through Tracker webinar
Date: Tuesday, April 3
Time: 10 a.m.
URL: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r4wvpgsq8yq/
Audio Connection: 1-866-684-8605

Resources for the topics covered can also be found on the Unified Improvement Planning – Submission 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



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 this 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 30.

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



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. 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 at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

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


Awards & Recognitions


Reminder: Applications for Colorado Teacher of the Year due April 20

The application 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 sponsored by the ING Foundation, Target and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

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.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us



Reminder: Applications for Outstanding Online Teachers and Guidance Counselors are Due Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m.

If you oversee online programs and schools, please nominate one or more of your outstanding online teachers or guidance counselors for the 2012 Teacher and Guidance Counselor Recognition Award.

Applications must be received by Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m. Please remember, applications must be submitted via U.S. Mail. Additional information and application documents can be found at the link below.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to nominate the online practitioners that have played a significant role in students' academic success!
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For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Fuller
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-866-6971
Email: fuller_j@cde.state.co.us



Reminder: Recommendations for State Talent Pool are due April 12

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


Exceptional Student Services


Guidance Memorandum – Special Education Services for Parentally-Placed Private School Children with Disabilities

The Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE has developed a guidance memorandum to provide clarification and to assist Colorado administrative units and state-operated programs in complying with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act related to providing services for parentally-placed nonprofit private school children. The memorandum can be found at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Wendy Armstrong
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6213
Email: armstrong_w@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs 2012 -2013

Attn: Administrative Units located in the following regions: Southwest, Northeast, and West Central

We are excited to announce this opportunity for administrative units to partner with CDE in a collaborative project to develop quality programs for your students with Significant Support Needs. This project, affiliated with an OSEP State Personnel Development Grant, will be a collaborative effort between the Exceptional Student Services Unit, the Support and Intervention Unit, Institutes of Higher Education, and administrative units from around the state.

The AU staff, as well as the CDE significant support needs team, will use CDE’s Quality Indicators for Assessing Individualized Services for Students with Significant Support Needs to assess current programming, and identify areas to be targeted for improvement. The CDE team will assist by suggesting new evidence-based-interventions and strengthening existing strategies currently being used. This will be accomplished through instructional coaching, progress monitoring and team planning. Training and ongoing coaching will be individualized to meet the needs of the school.

A maximum of one region will be selected for the 2012-13 school year.

For More Information, Contact:
Gina Quintana
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6605
Email: quintana_g@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs 2012 -2013 - Autism Spectrum Disorder

Attn: Administrative Units located in the following regions: Southwest, Northeast, Northwest and North Central

We are excited to announce this opportunity for your administrative unit to partner with CDE in a collaborative project to develop quality programs for your students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This project, affiliated with an OSEP State Personnel Development Grant, will be a collaborative effort between the Exceptional Student Services Unit, the Support and Intervention Unit, Institutes of Higher Education, and administrative units from around the state. The AU staff, as well as the CDE autism team, will use CDE’s Autism Spectrum Quality Program Indicators to assess current programming, and identify areas to be targeted for improvement. The CDE team will assist by suggesting new evidence-based-interventions and strengthening existing strategies currently being used. This will be accomplished through instructional coaching, progress monitoring and team planning. Training and ongoing coaching will be individualized to meet the needs of the school.

A maximum of two regions will be selected for the 2012-13 school year.

For More Information, Contact:
Brooke Young
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6691
Email: young_b@cde.state.co.us



Guidance Memorandum – Discipline of Children with Disabilities

The Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE has developed a guidance memorandum to provide clarification and to assist Colorado administrative units and state-operated programs in complying with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act related to disciplining students with disabilities who have committed infractions of student codes of conduct. The memorandum is available at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Wendy Armstrong
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6213
Email: armstrong_w@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Notice Inviting Public Comment – Two additional ESEA Waivers

As an addendum to Colorado’s ESEA Waiver, the U.S. Department of Education has offered two additional waivers to Colorado.

• A waiver of the requirements in ESEA sections 1116(a)(1)(A)-(B) and 1116(c)(1)(A) that require LEAs and SEAs to make determinations of adequate yearly progress (AYP) for schools and LEAs, respectively. The waiver would permit SEAs and LEAs to not have to make AYP determinations. An SEA may wish to request this waiver if continuing to determine whether an LEA and its schools make AYP is inconsistent with the SEA’s differentiated recognition, accountability, and support system included in its ESEA flexibility request.

• Please note that the state and its school districts must still report on their report cards performance against the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for all disaggregated subgroups identified in ESEA section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v), and use performance against the AMOs to support continuous improvement in Title I schools that are not reward schools, priority schools, or focus schools.

• A waiver of ESEA sections 1113(a)(3)-(4) and 1113(c)(1), which require an LEA to select its Title I schools, and allocate Title I, Part A funds to those schools, in rank order of poverty. The waiver would permit an LEA to serve a Title I-eligible high school with a graduation rate below 60 percent that the SEA has identified as a priority school even if that school has a lower poverty rate than other Title I-participating schools in the LEA.

• Please note that a high school that is served through this waiver would become a Title I-participating school, subject to all applicable Title I requirements.

CDE believes that the additional flexibility these two waivers provide would be helpful to Colorado’s schools as it will enable Colorado to further align the state and federal systems of accountability and support. The Department intends to apply for these waivers and is soliciting public comment on the above waivers through Wednesday, April 11. Please submit any comments you have regarding this request to Laura Hamrick, hamrick_l@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Laura Hamrick
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-5061
Email: hamrick_l@cde.state.co.us



Revised Definition for Significantly Expanding Charter Schools

CDE's Federal Programs Office has revised its definition of Significantly Expanding Charter Schools. This revised definition will only impact those districts with Title I charter schools for the 2012-2013 school year and beyond.

Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, CDE will continue to define significant expansion of enrollment in charter schools as a substantial increase in the number of students attending a charter school due to a significant event that is unlikely to occur on a regular basis. To further clarify this, the following conditions will be applied to this definition.

A charter school will be considered significantly expanding if:
1. The charter school's enrollment based on October 1 Student Count is at least 10 percent greater than the previous year; and
2. The charter school is expanding for one of the following reasons:
a. adding one or more grades according to a growth plan;
b. relocating to new space that allows for approved expansion previously restricted by inadequate facilities.
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For More Information, Contact:
Trish Boland
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6998
Email: boland_t@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Colorado Legacy Foundation Healthy Schools Grant Opportunity

Funding is available for Colorado K-12 School Districts, Colorado BOCES and Charter School Organizations.

The intent of this funding is to advance best practices in health and wellness in Colorado school districts as an evidence-based strategy to improve student outcomes and school climate. The initiative seeks to provide guidance, financial resources, technical assistance, and support to school districts putting policies into practice to improve: Comprehensive Health Education, Nutrition, Physical Activity, School Health Services, and Workplace Wellness for students and/or staff. The goal is to support measurable, sustainable and innovative approaches to health and wellness because of the clearly established link between healthy students and/or staff, positive school climate and improved academic outcomes.

Grant applications are due Monday, April 16, by 5 p.m.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Dyett
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303.736.6477 x 216
Email: adyett@colegacy.org


Innovation & Choice


Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant RFA Now Available

CDE's Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy has released the FY2012-13 Request for Applications under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. The purpose of the grant program is to: Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; Assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and Assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education or its equivalent.

CDE is soliciting applications from eligible providers to develop, implement and improve adult education and literacy 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 $5.4 million is available for distribution to applicants. CDE expects to fund approximately 40 applications. Proposals are due on Monday, May 7.

For more information and to access the RFA, visit the link 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 or Jean McDonald
Adult Education and Family Literacy
Phone: 303-866-6914 or 303-866-6884
Email: fawcett_d@cde.state.co.us or mcdonald_j@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Save the Date: College Friday is April 6, 2012

Show your support! CDE joins with Colorado Department of Higher Education to help raise awareness about the importance of higher education for Colorado's youth. Create a college going culture by wearing your favorite college logo apparel. Have the conversation about the importance of continuing education and making plans beyond high school.
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For More Information, Contact:
Bridget Black/Angela Zimmerman
College in Colorado/Support and Intervention
Phone: 720-264-8580/303-866-6206
Email: Bridget.Black@cic.state.co.us/ zimmerman_a@cde.state.us


Support & Intervention


Multi-Tiered System of Supports Implementation Grant RFP - Due Date Extended to April 6

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 Friday, April 6. For more information and to access the RFP, please visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin McConnell
RtI/PBIS
Phone: 303-866-6262
Email: mcconnell_e@cde.state.co.us



Upcoming RtI/PBIS Trainings: *NEW LOCATION in Alamosa*

Training Focus:
• Learn how schools, families and communities can partner in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (RtI/PBIS) to support positive academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for all students
• Develop knowledge of family partnering legal mandates and the research base for coordinating learning between home and school
• Identify challenges and solutions to successful partnering
• Obtain adaptable, “takeaway” tools to support various activities
• Plan for ongoing everyday family-school-community partnering practices

Dates and Locations:

• April 2 Denver Lowry, Conference Center
• April 5 Colorado Springs, El Pomar Foundation
• April 17 Steamboat, Bud Werner Memorial Library
• May 4 Grand Junction, First Christian Church
• May 8 Alamosa, Adams State College
• May 10 Fort Collins, ITC Building

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is provided, with coffee/tea in the morning.

Audience: This training is for all education stakeholders, including family and community members. Administrators, teachers, related service providers, higher education faculty, advisory groups, school board members, advocates, and accountability committee members are all invited to participate.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Dascher
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6876
Email: dascher_c@cde.state.co.us






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