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The CDE Scoop - April 30, 2014

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

Table of Contents

Awards & Recognitions

Apply for the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals

Nominate a Youth or Youth Group for National Philanthropy Day

Submit a Nomination for Recognition by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers

Early Learning & School Readiness

Listen to a Webinar about Colorado's Quality Rating and Improvement System

Exceptional Student Services

Register for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Resource Toolkit - Early Childhood Education Module Webinar May 13 -14

Family Partnerships

Submit an Application for the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Announces Vacancies

Federal Programs

Save the Date to Attend the New Directors Orientation for the School Meals Programs July 21-25

Participate in Elementary and Secondary Education Act Office Hours on May 1

Learn About and Apply to Participate in the Special Milk Program

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Read Updated CDE Concussion Management Guidelines

Read About Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

News & Notes

Join in and Celebrate Teachers!

Check Out Storify to Review What Happened During the April #COedchat on Twitter

View Available Online Safety Resources

Standards & Assessments

Hear Results of the WestEd Assessment Implementation Study

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Awards & Recognitions


Apply for the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals

The America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals provides outstanding teachers and principals from across the nation an opportunity to share best practices, develop resources and tools, design systems for scaling effective teaching and school leadership, and showcase what’s inside great classrooms to outside audiences.

The Fellowship selects educators who have proven outstanding results for students, demonstrated leadership in their school communities, and seek to expand their voice in public policy.

Sixty-five educators, both teachers and principals, will be selected for the Fellowship’s 3rd cohort. Fellows will be invited to join two national conferences, participate in locally-based projects to share expertise with policymakers and the public and receive opportunities to present their work in public forums. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, May 18.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us



Nominate a Youth or Youth Group for National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities, and our world.

The outstanding youth award is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. The winner will receive a $2,500 award for education expenses.

The outstanding youth group award is presented to a youth group (18 and under and not a program of a nonprofit organization providing direct services) that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through their work in the community. The group will receive a $1,500 award to assist in the continuation of its community work.

For more information and to view the nomination form, visit the link below. The deadline for nominations is Monday, July 21.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heather Kreider
Office of Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia
Phone: 303-866-6426
Email: heather.kreider@state.co.us



Submit a Nomination for Recognition by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers

The Colorado Association of School Resource Officers honor award recipients at their annual conference, scheduled this year for Monday, June 23 - Friday, June 27 at the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction. Categories include life saving award, school resource officer of the year, educator of the year, school safety professional of the year, parent of the year and student of the year.

Nominations are due Friday, May 16. The online form and registration information for the conference is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jeanette Cunning
Colorado Association of School Resource Officers
Phone: 303-579-6964
Email: jcunning@bouldercounty.org


Early Learning & School Readiness


Listen to a Webinar about Colorado's Quality Rating and Improvement System

On April 23, CDE and the Colorado Department of Human Services co-presented a webinar about Colorado’s new quality rating and improvement system for all early care and education programs, including public school preschool programs. A recording of the webinar is available at http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p3ijnm85roj/.

CDHS is implementing the system pursuant to H.B. 11-1027 (C.R.S. 26-6-604) beginning in 2014 and ending by January 2016. The system will be embedded in the licensing of all early education and care programs, including preschool programs and will be implemented in four phases. More information about the system is available at http://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/#!qris/c5ch.

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For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Resource Toolkit - Early Childhood Education Module Webinar May 13 -14

The culturally and linguistically diverse resource toolkit offers trainers a system to responsibly serve students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and who may also have exceptional needs. A module 7 on Early Childhood Education and the CLD learner were added. A module 7 introductory webinar is being offered on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Space is limited.
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For More Information, Contact:
Heidi Derr
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6109
Email: derr_h@cde.state.co.us


Family Partnerships


Submit an Application for the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Announces Vacancies

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education has three open positions for parents. Two of the three vacancies are for parents who serve on a school or district accountability committee.

SACPIE is a legislated council that reviews best practices and recommends to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement, thus helping to raise the level of student achievement throughout the state. The council meets four times a year and conducts committee work as needed. With the passage of S.B. 13-193, SACPIE members can now receive reimbursement for travel and other SACPIE-related expenses.

For a copy of the application and more details about the vacancies, click on the link below. Applications are due Saturday, May 31.


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For More Information, Contact:
Darcy Hutchins
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-5921
Email: hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Save the Date to Attend the New Directors Orientation for the School Meals Programs July 21-25

The CDE Office of School Nutrition is conducting the annual week-long orientation to provide new food service directors with a comprehensive overview of the Child Nutrition School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program operations. Classes include: program regulations, meal pattern requirements, menu planning, recordkeeping, procurement, accommodating special dietary needs, food safety and much more. Class participants will be engaged in hands-on activities as well as interactive lecture.

All new food service directors or child nutrition directors, especially from small and medium-sized school districts who oversee the lunch and breakfast programs are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend the training. Registrants will need to provide for their own lodging.

The orientation is Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25 at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 1500 E. 128th Ave., in Thornton.
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For More Information, Contact:
Sara Silvernail
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-5985
Email: silvernail_s@cde.state.co.us



Participate in Elementary and Secondary Education Act Office Hours on May 1

The office hours are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 1. Please join the Federal Programs team for updates on the consolidated application/training & resources, considerations for purchasing technology, the Title IA 75 percent rule and participate in a discussion of new and innovative ideas for Supplemental Educational Services programs.

To access the webinar, visit the link below and look for the date under ESEA office hours webinars.
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For More Information, Contact:
Stacy Goodman
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6298
Email: Goodman_S@cde.state.co.us



Learn About and Apply to Participate in the Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program is an underutilized program that provides milk to children in public or nonprofit schools, residential child care institutions and camps that do not participate in any other federal child nutrition meal service program. Administered by CDE's Office of School Nutrition, the program provides reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for each half pint of milk served.
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For More Information, Contact:
Sara Rose Foreman
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6650
Email: foreman_s@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Read Updated CDE Concussion Management Guidelines

CDE has updated its Concussion Management Guidelines to reflect current literature. These guidelines were originally developed in Jan. 2012 to educate school districts on S.B. 11-040 and to provide guidance to superintendents as they work to implement the guidelines within their districts.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kristy Werther
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-2879
Email: werther_k@cde.state.co.us



Read About Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

United States Department of Agriculture released a memo titled Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs on April 22. This memo provides guidance regarding the treatment of culinary education programs that operate in schools participating in the federal school meal programs.

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that all food and beverage sold outside of the school meal programs, on the school campus and at any time during the school day meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

The nutrition standards have no impact on the culinary programs' curriculum in schools, nor do they have any impacts on foods sold to adults at any time or to students outside of the school day. However, to the extent that such programs are selling food to students on campus, during the school day, all foods and beverages must meet the nutrition standards. The memo is located at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Julie Griffith
Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6759
Email: griffith_j@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Join in and Celebrate Teachers!

The Colorado Education Initiative and Colorado Department of Education are coordinating a statewide Teacher Appreciation campaign. The celebration will take place during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5–9. Please join in and share your appreciation for teachers by writing a quick message, taking a photo and sharing the photo on social media (Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram) with the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO. Additional information, examples and more details on how to participate can be found on CDE’s website.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Skinner
Communications
Phone: 303-866-6682
Email: skinner_a@cde.state.co.us



Check Out Storify to Review What Happened During the April #COedchat on Twitter

On Monday, April 28, the Colorado Education Twitter Chat (#COedchat) was held on STEM. Educators from across the state came together to ask questions, share ideas and discover resources. Staff from CDE and the Colorado Education Initiative were on hand to answer questions and provide resources. If you missed the chat, read an overview of the conversation by clicking the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: lams_k@cde.state.co.us



View Available Online Safety Resources

The Federal Trade Commission is offering free information related to online safety for districts or schools to order. Materials are intended for distribution to enrolled students. Resources include the following print publications:

-Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online: http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/pdf-0001-netcetera.pdf - guide for adults, parents, officers and educators

-Heads Up: Stop.Think.Connect: http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/pdf-0002-heads-up_0.pdf - guide for kids ages 8-12 years

-Living Life Online: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/pdf-0006-living-life-online.pdf - guide for tweens/teens

To order, visit the link below. Some publications are available in Spanish.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Hear Results of the WestEd Assessment Implementation Study

The state’s assessments bring a range of intended and unintended implications on districts, schools, teachers, students and parents. These implications become more complex when viewed in light of the new online assessments, early literacy assessments, local district assessment systems and other reform initiatives.

To quickly gather information from districts regarding the implications of the new assessment system, CDE turned to its Regional Comprehensive Center, WestEd, a nonprofit education research agency, to research the state’s assessment requirements, gather data from districts, parents, teachers and charter schools, synthesize the findings and present a range of options to address those findings to the department.

WestEd has completed the initial phase of its study and will share its results on Wednesday, May 14 at the state board meeting to be held in Grand Junction. The meeting will be broadcast live for anyone who cannot attend who wishes to listen to the report. For those who are not able to attend or listen to the board meeting, WestEd will share its findings on Wednesday, May 21 from 2 -3:30 p.m. in the state board room at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver. The public meeting is open to all who would like to attend.

For More Information, Contact:
Michele Sobczyk
Phone: 303-866-6746
Email: sobczyk_m@cde.state.co.us






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