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The CDE Scoop - April 17, 2013

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Attend a TELL Webinar on Thursday, April 18

The embargoed TELL Colorado survey results were released to superintendents and district accountability contacts on Monday, April 15. Access information should be shared with district staff and principals in schools that met the 50 percent threshold. Data will be released publicly in two weeks.

CDE and the New Teacher Center are offering a webinar on Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to help schools and districts unpack the response data. The presentation will provide a basic overview on how to access, interpret and use the data. To register, please go to the TELL Colorado website and click the blue "webinar registration" link on the far right toolbar.
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For More Information, Contact:
Christina Larson
Phone: 303-866-6811
Email: larson_c@cde.state.co.us



View the Unified Improvement Plans on SchoolView in May

Nearly 1700 districts submitted district and school level UIPs to CDE through Tracker. These plans will be posted on SchoolView by the end of May and district Tracker contacts will be notified once the postings are available for public viewing. CDE will follow up directly with the handful of districts that have not yet submitted UIPs for posting.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_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.

The recommendation deadline is extended to Friday, May 3. 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.

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


Exceptional Student Services


Attend the Parents Encouraging Parents May Conference

This Parents Encouraging Parents conference brings parents and professionals together to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate successes, and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability—from ages birth to 21.

In addition, the conferences promote partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and the community. For more information and to register for the May 2-4 conference in Colorado Springs, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Sign up for Monthly Technical Assistance Opportunities Focusing on English Language Learners

The Office of Language, Culture, and Equity in conjunction with Title III team are pleased to offer technical assistance opportunities. Two additional opportunities have been scheduled on Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 29 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The topic for April is evaluation of student progress and re-designation. The webinar will address how districts can evaluate and document the progress of ELLs‘ acquisition of English and content achievement and growth. CDE will provide new guidance concerning use of ACCESS and TCAP results in making re-designation decisions. A question and answer session will be part of all scheduled office hours.

To join the meeting: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r2pu0p278fa/
Phone number: 866-601-0566

Please note that while the call in number remains the same the link to join the webinar will change every month. Please make sure you are connecting to the April link.

For More Information, Contact:
Morgan Cox
Federal Programs
Phone: 303.866.6784
Email: cox_m@cde.state.co.us



Join Title I Office Hours

Title I office hours will be held Thursday, April 18, from 9 - 11 a.m. Details will be shared on information concerning the use of Title I funding in the completion of the Consolidated Application and more specifically, the Strategy Based Budget as well as the Online Platform that includes the Programmatic Questions and the Data Tables. As part of the webinar time, a few minutes at the beginning will be used to cover information about the Title I data interchange.

Visit http://connect.enetcolorado.org/r5ii4hkljqt/ or call 866-601-0566 to attend. Note: The webinar will be recorded and made 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


News & Notes


Participate in a Serve Colorado Survey

Serve Colorado –the Governor’s Commission on Community Service is asking superintendents to actively engage in a statewide need assessment by completing the survey at the link below.

Your input will be used to inform the State Service Plan and to create a blueprint that will strategically address Colorado communities' most pressing needs through AmeriCorps, service, and volunteerism. The information you share will be kept anonymous, unless you elect to join Serve Colorado's email list to receive newsletters and updates.

Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission on Community Service strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. The commission works under the leadership of a board of 16 commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado’s allocation of AmeriCorps* state funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Please feel free to share this survey with your networks of partners before it concludes on April 26.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Colorado Grants Management System Trainings Rescheduled

Due to the weather, previously scheduled trainings of COGMS for Early Literacy Grant applicants are rescheduled for the following dates:
Thursday, April 18 from 9 - 11 a.m. - webinar demonstration
Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. – noon - training at the Adams 12 Conference Center (1500 E. 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241)

To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XH8NS7F

Please bring a draft of your proposal (if you have one) and a computer with you.

Keep in mind that this is a technical assistance opportunity intended for the person(s) within your school or district who will actually enter the application into the COGMS system. Programmatic support will be limited.

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



Join the Colorado Legacy Foundation

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with CDE and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity-building has an exciting position available.

CLF seeks a Vice President of Research and Impact. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Research and Impact is a newly created position. This Vice President will design, and working with other Leadership Team members, implement a strategy for evaluating the impact of CLF initiatives; direct current and future research projects; work with the Vice President of Initiatives to develop and monitor a research basis for initiative work. The Vice President will participate as a member of the Leadership Team and manage the existing Research and Impact personnel.

For more detailed information and to apply for this position, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jean De la Mata
Phone: 303-736-6477
Email: jobs@colegacy.org



Attend the Child Welfare Education Liaison Training

The objective of this first ever CDE training is to provide technical assistance and information to local education agencies in an effort to promote and implement effective policies and practices as encouraged in the Fostering Connections Act of 2008.

The training will be held on Monday, April 29 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Mile High United Way, 2505 18th Street, Denver, CO 80211. Please RSVP to Sheree Conyers today or contact her with questions.
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For More Information, Contact:
Sheree Conyers
Dropout Prevention and Engagement
Phone: 303-561-2192
Email: Conyers_S@cde.state.co.us






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