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The CDE Scoop - March 7, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Deadline to Submit UIPs is April 16

Reminder to Resubmit Unified Improvement Plans with Required Changes

UIP Processing Feedback Webinar

Data Systems

2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Clarification on Transition from Linguistically Diverse Education to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement

Call for Peer Reviewers of Educator Preparation Programs

Exceptional Student Services

Special Education Comprehensive Plans Due Aug. 15

Webinar: Implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: What are the Extended Evidence Outcomes?

2012 Summer Institute on Deafblindness and Significant Support Needs

Gifted Education Comprehensive Program Plans Due April 30

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Tip of the Month: Mold and Moisture Checklist

Upcoming Grants, Workshops and New Resources related to Managing Students with a Brain Injury

2012 Healthy Schools Summit and Healthy School Champions

Standards & Assessments

Regional Mathematics Workshops for the Colorado Academic Standards

Support & Intervention

Free Response to Intervention (RtI) Online Classes—Register now!

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

Register Now for the 7th Annual Pre-Collegiate Conference

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


Deadline to Submit UIPs is April 16

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 instrument will be open for submission by the end of the day on March 15. 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.
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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) is being uploaded into Tracker over the next couple of weeks. Given the high volume of reviews, districts will be notified on an individual basis when feedback is available. 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 15, 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. The UIP for SchoolView-April Instrument will open in Tracker on March 15 for final UIP submissions due by April 16 for public posting on SchoolView.org. For assistance with Tracker, please contact Jamie Baker.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: (303) 866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



UIP Processing Feedback Webinar

CDE is offering a UIP processing feedback webinar to provide high level support to district staff in processing feedback from CDE following the January UIP submission.

The webinar will cover general trends across the reviewed school and district plans, including common challenges and considerations for follow up at the local level. There will be some time to address participant questions, however, school or district specific scenarios should be addressed with the identified CDE performance manager.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 13, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Webinar URL: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/uipfeedback/
Phone Access: 866-684-8605

For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: 303.866.6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection

The U.S. Department of Education 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection has started. This is a collection from all LEAs, schools and state-operated facilities (e.g. schools for the deaf and blind and other facilities for individuals with disabilities and juvenile justice facilities).

-Districts should access the website by March 15, 2012, to provide district contact information and update the school list.

-District log in and password information was included in the Jan. 3 letter from the U.S. Department of Education and mailed to your district via USPS.

-Submission of data will be in the August/September to December 2012 time frame.

If you need any information or have questions, please contact the CRDC Partner Support Center.

Phone: 855-320-6459
E-mail: EDEN_CRDC@ed.gov
Fax: 888-329-3336
TTY/TDD: 888-403-3336

NOTE: CDE has asked for clarification regarding the duplicative nature of the collection, in that they have requested data from both school districts and administrative units. Once a finalized instruction is received, clarification will be provided to Colorado local education agencies. School districts which have not yet accessed the site should do so prior to the March 15 deadline.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Clarification on Transition from Linguistically Diverse Education to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement

Any teacher who already has an endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education can continue to renew that endorsement beyond the end of the 2012 calendar year. No new LDE added endorsements can be earned beyond the end of 2012.

Educators can choose to add Culturally and Linguistically Diverse as another endorsement to their licenses. The content evaluation worksheet will be posted on the website soon.

For More Information, Contact:
Educator Licensing
Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing
Phone: 303.866.6628
Email: educator.licensing@cde.state.co.us



Call for Peer Reviewers of Educator Preparation Programs

By law, the Office of Professional Services at CDE must conduct content reviews of all new and reauthorized Educator Preparation Program proposals submitted by Institutions of Higher Education and Designated Agencies.

In the past few years, these content reviews have been completed by internal CDE staff and content experts as well as higher education faculty and educators from school districts throughout the P-20 educational system. CDE is once again extending the invitation to all endorsement area experts around the state to apply for positions as peer reviewers of educator preparation programs. This includes culturally and linguistically diverse education, literacy, and all endorsement areas (e.g., mathematics, elementary education, special education, etc.). If interested in receiving more details as well as an application, please e-mail: Dr. Karen Lowenstein at Lowenstein_K@cde.state.co.us.

Application review begins March 15. Applications will be accepted until the end of March.

For More Information, Contact:
Karen Lowenstein
Office of Professional Services and Educator Licensing
Phone: 303-866-6898
Email: Lowenstein_K@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Special Education Comprehensive Plans Due Aug. 15

All administrative units are required to submit a special education comprehensive plan to CDE by Aug. 15.

A model comprehensive plan developed by CDE addresses all of the ECEA and IDEA requirements for an AU to meet compliance. An AU may choose to adopt the model comprehensive plan or may request approval for changes to the model plan.

The model Plan and supporting documents are posted on the CDE website at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Ann Schick
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6109
Email: schick_a@cde.state.co.us



Webinar: Implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: What are the Extended Evidence Outcomes?

For students with a significant cognitive disability, the Extended Evidence Outcomes provide access to the general curriculum. These alternate academic achievement standards are a part of the Colorado Academic Standards. This webinar offers an overview of the EEOs, their alignment to the standards and some sample instructional applications.

Dates: Please choose one of the following sessions:

Thursday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. or from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register for one of the webinars, visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jason Baggs
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6106
Email: Baggs_J@cde.state.co.us



2012 Summer Institute on Deafblindness and Significant Support Needs

The 2012 Summer Institute on Deafblindness and Significant Support Needs will focus on "Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Support Needs."

The course is sponsored by the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project.

This five day, two-semester hour course, June 11-15, 2012, will feature Dr. Karen Erickson and Dr. Penny Hatch of the National Center on Literacy and Disability Studies. These two internationally-recognized experts will train district teams of three to five members on research-based literacy strategies for students who have sensory and severe disabilities. Attendance is limited to 75 participants and exclusive to Colorado licensed professionals working with this population of children.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dr. Tanni Anthony
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303 866-6681
Email: anthony_t@cde.state.co.us



Gifted Education Comprehensive Program Plans Due April 30

This is a reminder to administrative unit leaders and directors of gifted education that the comprehensive program plan is due to the Office of Gifted Education by April 30.

The four-year plan is a statutory requirement for all administrative units. The plan is a description of the gifted program, including methods for parents to access information and the programming strategies/options available in the local school/s or district/s. The plan provides guidance and vision for the intended programming practices in the AU.

The template for the program plan and guidance document may be found on the Gifted Education Directors’ Corner at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Katherine Keck
Gifted Education
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: keck_k@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Tip of the Month: Mold and Moisture Checklist

The Colorado School Integrated Pest Management Program, in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education, provides management tools for a healthy learning environment.

One health concern is exposure to mold. Mold growth can result in allergic reactions and other health problems; it can damage furnishings and cause structural damage. Visually inspect of all school areas, including classrooms, restrooms and kitchens for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills. Correct high moisture conditions quickly before mold grows.

Mold and Moisture Control Checklist
• Establish a mold prevention and remediation plan within your Indoor Air Quality management program.
• Prevent moisture condensation by increasing surface temperature, installing proper insulation and improving air circulation.
• Eliminate sources of moisture by reducing indoor humidity.
• Respond promptly when you see signs of moisture and/or mold or when leaks or spills occur. Dry all wet areas within 24 to 48 hours.
• Perform regular heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) inspections and maintenance as scheduled.

For cases of large areas, contact a professional contractor. A list of contractors can be located at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html.
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For More Information, Contact:
Deborah Young
Colorado State University
Phone: 970-491-1377
Email: deborah.young@colostate.edu



Upcoming Grants, Workshops and New Resources related to Managing Students with a Brain Injury

Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Education Grant awards annually up to $10,000 per fiscal year for educational programs, including, but not limited to professional development, seminars, conferences, lectures, development of written or internet materials, or distribution of educational information, etc.

Colorado Legacy Foundation Healthy School Districts Grant awards 10 school districts up to $20,000 for a two-year funding period to create and enhance district–wide health and wellness in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, comprehensive health education, workplace wellness and school health services. School districts, charter schools and BOCES are eligible to apply.

CDC has developed a new fact sheet for school professionals on facilitating a student’s return to school and recovery after a concussion. SUNY Upstate Medical University has developed a fact sheet and video on how students may be impacted in the classroom after they have sustained a concussion.

Please visit the website for additional information on these items as well as upcoming opportunities for professional development.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kristy Werther
Health & Wellness
Phone: 303-866-2879
Email: werther_k@cde.state.co.us



2012 Healthy Schools Summit and Healthy School Champions

The 2012 Healthy School Champions have been selected - 32 schools representing 20 school districts in Colorado. Commissioner of Education, Robert Hammond, will present $42,000 in awards to the winners. Come hear extraordinary stories about how these champions are making Colorado schools the healthiest in the nation.

The summit will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, in Denver.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kelly Greengard
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303.736.6477 x221
Email: kgreengard@colegacy.org


Standards & Assessments


Regional Mathematics Workshops for the Colorado Academic Standards

The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Education is pleased to present the workshop, "Learning Trajectory of Addition and Subtraction: Whole Numbers to Complex Numbers."

This is the fourth in a series of regional workshops designed to support teachers in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for mathematics. Everyone is encouraged to attend whether or not you were able to attend previous workshops.

The workshops will take place on the following dates/locations:
March 17: Colorado Springs
March 31: Aurora and Fort Collins
April 7: Grand Junction
April 21: Lakewood
April 28: Littleton and Alamosa
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Mary Pittman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6251
Email: pittman_m@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Free Response to Intervention (RtI) Online Classes—Register now!

Online classes related to RtI/PBIS are open for registration and will be starting on April 2. Registration closes March 25.

Each class is four to six weeks long and is organized into weekly units of instruction that you may complete when it is convenient for you.
--Family, School and Community Partnering: Multi-Tiered System of Supports
--Problem-Solving Consultation
--Improving Literacy Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

You will earn continuing education credit, and Adams State Credit is available for an additional fee.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin McConnell
RtI/PBIS
Phone: 303-866-6262
Email: mcconnell_e@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.
Click Here for Additional Information

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



Register Now for the 7th Annual Pre-Collegiate Conference

The seventh annual Pre-Collegiate Conference, "Collaborating for a PWR-ful* Culture," is Friday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Auraria's Tivoli Center in Denver.

The Colorado Statewide Pre-Collegiate Conference is an annual event designed to bring together guidance counselors, college access programs and advocates for meaningful dialogue that highlights best practices, formulates plans for collaboration, explores essential reform and identifies areas of potential synergy to support post-secondary aspirations of all Colorado students.

The day will include a lively session featuring Dr. Geri Anderson and Charles Dukes; a lunchtime student panel; breakout sessions and Cynthia Gayles Memorial Award presentation.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Angela Zimmerman
Support and Intervention
Phone: 303-866-6206
Email: zimmerman_a@cde.state.co.us






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