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The CDE Scoop - April 25, 2012

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The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Awards & Recognitions

CDE Needs Your Talent Pool Recommendation

Do you know a relatively new educator that is one of the best, not just in Colorado, but the nation?
The Colorado Department of Education needs your help in identifying these
emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

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, May 10. For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, please visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813

Online Teacher and Counselor Awardees

The Online Learning Unit at CDE is thrilled to recognize the following individuals for the 2011-2012 Online Recognition Award!

Counselor Awardees
Jennifer Lyon, Branson School Online
Pam Decker, Insight School of Colorado
Suzanne Jimenez, Jeffco 21st Century Virtual Academy

Teacher Awardees
Deborah Sudbeck, Colorado Virtual Academy
Ethan Huff, Monte Vista Online Academy
Justin Siddall, Colorado Connections Academy
Wayne Sheldrake, Monte Vista Online Academy

Award recipients demonstrated strong evidence of the impact they have had on student achievement and growth in their online schools. They truly go above and beyond in their work to make data driven decisions and to customize the learning experience for each student. CDE will recognize their accomplishments at the May State Board of Education meeting.

We would also like to thank all of the applicants that were considered for this award. The impact and value you have on your school, colleagues and students is apparent and appreciated.

Please visit the link below to see awardee profiles.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Fuller
Innovation and Choice
Phone: 303-866-6971

Data Systems

Four-Day School Week Application

School districts in Colorado that operate on a four-day school week with less than 160 scheduled days per school year are required to submit a request for approval annually.

In order to be considered for approval for the school year 2011-2012, please complete the application available via the Automated Data Exchange (ADE) by June 30. Districts requesting approval are not obligated to follow their proposed calendar if their local planning is not finalized.

If you do not know who in your district is responsible for updating the ADE Directory please go to:

The district directory respondent has a user id and password to enter the ADE Directory and fill out the application.

If there is any way the Colorado Department of Education can assist you in the ADE application process for the four-day school week, the appropriate contact information is provided below.

For More Information, Contact:
Dennis St. Hilaire
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6840

Exceptional Student Services

Outreach Sessions for New Medicaid Program

The Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities (Children’s Buy-In) is preparing for implementation. This program is part of the Colorado Health Care Affordability Act and is funded by the Hospital Provider Fee.

Beginning July 1, 2012, the Children’s Buy-In program will be an option for children with a disability to receive health care coverage. Eligible families will ‘buy-into’ Medicaid benefits for their child by paying a monthly premium based on their income.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is hosting outreach sessions on the new program in April and May. To learn more about the program and for information about how you can help families apply, please register at > Training Events > Children’s Buy-In Program outreach sessions.
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For More Information, Contact:
Outreach Office
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
Phone: n/a

Applications Due May 7 for Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Programs 2012 -2013

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

The AU staff and 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.

Applications are due May 7 and can be found at the link below. Two regions will be selected for the 2012-13 school year.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Brooke Young Carson
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6691

Federal Programs

Consolidated Application Webinars

Federal Programs will host Consolidated Application webinars for each ESEA program in the coming weeks. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Consolidated Application website for later viewing ( Additional materials intended to assist LEAs in completing the application will also be posted to the website in the coming weeks. Finally, allocations have not yet been released by the Department of Education. CDE cannot open the application until allocations have been released and processed. We will provide updates as they become available.

Title IA, ID

When: Tuesday, May 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Conference Room Number: 866.601.0566
To join the meeting:

Title III

When: Monday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Conference Room Number: 877-233-9952
To join the meeting:

Title IIA

When: Tuesday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Conference Room Number: 877-233-9952
To join the meeting:

Title VIB

When: Wednesday, May 2 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Conference Room Number: 866.601.0566
To join the meeting:

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For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Miller
Federal Programs
Phone: n/a

Upcoming Training Webinars for Title I Schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround Plans

Parents of students enrolled in Title I schools currently on Priority Improvement or Turnaround plans must be notified of the school's status and the option to send their student to another district school that is higher performing in 2012-13.

CDE will hold brief webinars to provide recommendations on how these parent letters should be written.

Tuesday, May 1, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Phone-In: 1-800-832-0736
Conference Room Number: 7133264

For More Information, Contact:
Donna Morganstern
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6209

Supplemental Educational Services Webinar

On Tuesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Title I, Part A will hold a webinar on the updated 2012 Colorado Guidance for Supplemental Educational Services. The Colorado NCLB Flexibility Waiver necessitated the state to reassess and update the guidelines. The webinar will provide an overview of the responsibilities of LEAs and SES providers.

The following topics will be included in this session:
• LEA responsibilities
• LEAs SES info on Website
• Funding
• Parents
• Provider responsibilities
• Monitoring

The target audience for this session is Title I, Part A directors and program coordinators who are responsible for SES and SES providers (principals and teachers of schools required to provide SES may also wish to participate).

To join this webinar on May 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., please go to You may also join the call by dialing 1-800-832-0736, and entering MeetingOne Conference Room Number 7133264.

For More Information, Contact:
Wes Montoya
Phone: 303-866-6298

Innovation & Choice

Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant - Updated RFA

The Colorado Department of Education Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy has released an updated FY2012-13 Request for Applications under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

Approximately $5.4 million is available for distribution to applicants. CDE expects to fund approximately 40 applications. Proposals are due Monday, May 7.

For more information and to access the RFA, go to the link below.
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: or

News & Notes

2012 CDE Summer Symposia Registration Now Open!

The 2012 CDE Summer Symposia, a two day learning opportunity facilitated by CDE, will assist schools and districts in unifying their work around Colorado's reform agenda.

Participants will:
• Gain knowledge related to the reform initiatives, including requirements, timelines, and resources;
• Increase understanding of the interdependent nature of the reform initiatives; and
• Expand capacity to plan and accomplish an integrated and effective approach to implementation of the reform initiatives.

Target Group: District leadership teams, comprised of district, school, classroom representatives, and grant project managers who are responsible for implementation. The intent is to enhance the capacity of all schools and districts to implement these important initiatives.

Dates and Locations:
-Monday and Tuesday, June 4 & 5 in La Junta
-Monday and Tuesday, June 11 & June 12 in Grand Junction
-Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 & 20 in Denver

Registration for all locations and dates is currently open at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Liz Lenz
office of the Associate Commissioner
Phone: (303) 866-5648

State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Grant Report Available

The statewide report required pursuant to the federal State Fiscal Stabilization Fund grant program is now available at the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Kady Dodds Lanoha
Phone: 303-866-6274

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