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The CDE Scoop - April 2, 2014

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

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Accountability & Improvement

Attend a UIP Feedback Session on April 8 or April 11

The Improvement Planning Office is offering two in-person work sessions for school and district staff to understand and respond to feedback from the CDE review of UIPs. Teams will have the chance to work with CDE staff to address required changes and recommendations to strengthen the plan and improvement efforts. These optional sessions will be held in Denver North Metro on Tuesday, April 8 and in Pueblo on Friday, April 11. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.

To register, visit
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642

Attend the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth on Thursday, April 3

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Student Growth will meet Thursday, April 3 from 8 to 9 a.m. The public meeting will be held online.
To join the meeting, visit

The April 3 meeting agenda includes a presentation concerning proposed changes for the 2014 School and District Performance Frameworks. Also, time is provided for feedback and public comment regarding the presentation.

The Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth consists of state and national experts on longitudinal measurement of academic growth for accountability purposes, convened to provide recommendations to the Colorado Department of Education.

For More Information, Contact:
Dan Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Accountability & Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6763

Awards & Recognitions

Submit Your Application for the 2015 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher to represent the entire teaching profession in Colorado. The Colorado teacher of the year automatically becomes 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 Colorado 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 are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16. To access the application and additional program information, visit the link below.

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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 303-866-6813

Federal Programs

Attend the 2014-15 Consolidated Application Webinars

The general webinars introduce the Consolidated Application materials and provide a walk-through of the methodology behind the strategy-based budget process. Regional training work sessions scheduled for April and May focus on developing strategies and action steps used to describe activities in the strategy-based budget. Program specific webinars provide an overview of allowable activities and considerations inherent in the unique funding sources.

Monday, April 7, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
General Consolidated Application Webinar

Tuesday, April 8, 9 - 10 a.m.
Title IA (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged) &
Title ID (Neglected and Delinquent) Program Specific Consolidated Application Webinar

Wednesday, April 9, 2 - 3 p.m.
Title II Program Specific Consolidated Application Webinar

Tuesday, April 8, 1 - 2 p.m.
Title III (Language Instruction for Limited-English Proficient and Immigrant Students) Program Specific Consolidated Application Webinar
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For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Vassis
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6065

Submit Your Colorado’s Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Request for Proposal

This request for proposal is intended to fund programs that promote intensive, high-quality professional development activities that focus on increasing teachers’ math/science content knowledge and/or improving pedagogy by encouraging collaborations between states, institutions of higher education, local education agencies and elementary and secondary schools. The 2014-15 mathematics and science partnership program focuses on K-5 science programs and K-12 mathematics programs, with an emphasis on Colorado Academic Standards based pedagogy implementation.

Up to three new MSP partnerships for fiscal year 2015 will receive awards ranging from $250,000 to $430,000 per fiscal year, contingent on the availability of funds. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for a 24 month period. Year one begins July 1 2014 and ends June 30, 2015. Renewed funding for the additional 12-month period is contingent upon meeting reporting requirements and availability of funds. Letters of intent are due on Friday, April 25 and proposals are due on Friday, May 23. For more information and to access the RFP, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Phillips
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-3905

Innovation & Choice

Read the 2012-2013 Concurrent Enrollment Report

The 2012-2013 concurrent enrollment report released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education finds participation in concurrent enrollment grew by 28 percent – or 3,945 students – over the previous year. To read the full report, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Misti Ruthven
Postsecondary Readiness
Phone: 303-866-6206

News & Notes

Read the April CDE Update

The CDE Update is a brief snapshot of the department's strategic priorities including implementation milestones, supports available and a look of what to expect ahead.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247

Standards & Assessments

Submit Your Application for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project

CDE is accepting applications from both new and renewal applicants for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project. Pending legislative approval during the 2014 session, the department will offer the project for the 2014-15 school year. This program is designed to assist teachers in meeting the assessment requirements of the READ Act. The tool allows teachers to obtain real-time assessment of the reading skill levels of students enrolled in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd grades and, based on the assessment results, generate intervention plans and materials.

By participating, LEAs will be supplied with the online assessment of DIBELS Next, an approved interim measure, and the Burst diagnostic reading assessments, an approved diagnostic measure. First-time participating LEAs will receive assessment kits, each school will receive one kit per grade level (renewal applicants will not receive additional kits). All participating LEAs will receive licenses to use the assessment. Districts will be responsible for providing their own hardware. For a list of devices that support the software, go to:

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For More Information, Contact:
Donna Bright
Phone: 303-866-6002

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for April 9 & 10

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its April board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 & 10. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Wednesday, April 9
-Memorandum of Understanding Appeal: Hope Online Academy Co-op vs. Eaton School District
-Legislative update
-School finance update
-Award Recognitions: U.S. Senate Youth Program, Colorado's Presidential Awardee, 2013-14 Online & Blended Educators, Highly Effective School Library Program

-Panel Discussion
-Annual legislative report on Concurrent Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board annual memo

Wednesday, April 10
-Turnaround/Priority Improvement District Presentation: Adams County School District 14
-Turnaround/Priority Improvement District Presentation: Karval School District RE-23
-Turnaround/Priority Improvement District Presentation: Pueblo City School District 60

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting and a detailed agenda including support documents is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817

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Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-866-6822 or 303-866-2334

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