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The CDE Scoop - April 4, 2012

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

UIP Needs Assessment Survey will close April 9

New UIP Training Opportunities: Update Your UIP Toolkit and Dive into New Data

Reminder to Submit All Unified Improvement Plans

Awards & Recognitions

Application for 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year has been Extended

Request for Recommendations: State Talent Pool

Capital Construction

Join the Capital Construction and Nutrition Offices for an Open House

Data Systems

New Facilities Information Management Guide Available

Statewide Standard Course Codes Approved for Statewide Implementation

Exceptional Student Services

Save the Date! IDEA Federal Application and Narrative Training

Training on Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Significant Support Needs – Part 2

IDEA Maintenance Of Effort - Eligibility Certification

Federal Programs

Sponsors Needed for the Summer Food Service Program

News & Notes

Read the April Edition of the CDE Update

Standards & Assessments

Save the Date: Standards 411 Summit for Vendors, Partners and Providers

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for April 11

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Accountability & Improvement


UIP Needs Assessment Survey will close April 9

In preparation for next year, CDE launched a statewide needs assessment to gather information from districts on UIP support and resource needs. The survey will close on Monday, April 9 at 5 pm.

District accountability contacts received an e-mail from CDE on March 23 that contained the link to complete the online needs assessment survey. One response per district is requested, so please connect with your accountability contact if you feel you are the most appropriate respondent for your district.

CDE will use this survey data, observations from the UIP review process, and additional findings to inform adjustments to the UIP template, trainings and resource development over the course of the next year.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Unified Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



New UIP Training Opportunities: Update Your UIP Toolkit and Dive into New Data

In May, the Colorado Department of Education will offer two new learning opportunities for district leaders to support Unified Improvement Planning as districts prepare for the 2012-13 school year.

Update your UIP Toolkit!
This session will give district leaders an opportunity to learn about changes to the District and School Performance Framework reports and the Unified Improvement Planning template for the coming school year and access new and updated resources. Many of these changes were proposed in the NCLB Flexibility waiver, which was granted by the U.S. Department of Education and go into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.

• Tuesday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – North Metro
• Thursday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pikes Peak

Diving into the New Data (for improvement planning and continuous improvement)
This session will give district leaders an opportunity to dive into the details related to specific measures and metrics that will be included in the School and District Performance Framework reports and used in Unified Improvement Planning for the 2012-13 year. Participants will deepen their experience accessing, analyzing and interpreting new measures including: CELApro growth, disaggregated graduation rates, and equitable distribution of teachers. Participants will be exposed to guidance related to setting targets for achievement of disaggregated student groups now that AYP is no longer being calculated. This session will also address lessons learned from state review of unified improvement plans about typical difficulties in data analyses: determining which trends are important to include in improvement plans, identifying appropriate priority performance challenges, and customizing data analysis for turnaround and priority improvement schools.

• Wednesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – North Metro
• Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.– Pikes Peak

Go here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UIPSpring2012

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



Reminder to Submit All Unified Improvement Plans

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) to CDE is 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 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


Awards & Recognitions


Application for 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year has been Extended

The application for the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year has been extended. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. The Colorado Teacher of the Year will automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the ING Foundation, Target and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The role of the Colorado Teacher of the Year is to act as:
. a liaison between the teaching community and the legislature, the 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 will be due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20. To access the application and additional program information for the 2013 Colorado Teacher of the Year, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us



Request for Recommendations: State Talent Pool

The Colorado Department of Education maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability. Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues and community.

Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative not only of our states, but also the nation's best? Whose lessons provide models for others? Who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?

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, April 12, 2012.

For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, please visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us


Capital Construction


Join the Capital Construction and Nutrition Offices for an Open House

Please join the Capital Construction and Nutrition Offices as they celebrate their recent move.

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Who: Superintendents, District Personnel, Consultants, Vendors
Location: 1580 Logan Ste., Suite 310 (Capital Construction) and 760 (Nutrition)
Treats will be provided!
Please RSVP to Kristin Lortie (Capital Construction) and Brea Miller at NT-T1@cde.state.co.us (Nutrition)

For More Information, Contact:
Kristin Lortie
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6184
Email: lortie_k@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


New Facilities Information Management Guide Available

The National Forum on Education Statistics is pleased to announce the release of The Forum Guide to Facilities Information Management: A Resource for State and Local Education Agencies.

This guide is intended to provide a framework for collecting, evaluating, and maintaining education facilities data. It is written to help staff in state and local education agencies, and in public charter schools, design school facility information systems that support policy and decision making; management and operation; capital budgeting and project management; public participation in school facilities planning; and the integration of facilities data into other education and municipal data sets. The document may viewed or downloaded at the URL below. Please use this resource for your local facilities information management needs.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us



Statewide Standard Course Codes Approved for Statewide Implementation

In June 2011, CDE partnered with 10 districts to pilot the Standard Course Codes system. Those 10 districts successfully aligned their local course codes to the state standard codes. At the conclusion of the pilot, EDAC approved this system for statewide implementation.

Alignment to standard courses have several benefits for districts one of which is being able to assess the instructional needs of students transferring into a district. Standard course codes also provide the connection to state-tested subject areas.

After much research with other states, CDE determined the best path is to adopt the School Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED) developed by the National Center for Education Statistics. Many other states have implemented these codes with much success.

What does this mean for districts?

By May 2013, CDE requires all districts to have their course codes mapped to the State Course Codes in preparation to the Teacher/Student Data Link data collection in September 2012.

To access the system, access FAQ’s and training modules, and other relevant information, please visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Bradley
IMS
Phone: 303-866-4902
Email: bradley_l@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Save the Date! IDEA Federal Application and Narrative Training

The Grants Fiscal and Exceptional Student Services Units will host a joint training to provide information to the field on special education revenue and expenditure requirements and reporting procedures.

The training will occur on Tuesday, May 15, at the Red Lion Inn, Denver. Administrative units and BOCES are encouraged to bring teams including the special education director, federal application contact and business manager. More information will be coming soon!

For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Goldsby
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: (303) 866-6695
Email: goldsby_b@cde.state.co.us



Training on Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Significant Support Needs – Part 2

Students with significant disabilities can thrive in the general education classroom when strategies are designed to allow access for all. This training is the second part of the training that was offered during the 2010-11 school year; however, attendance at the first training is not a requirement to attend part two.

During this interactive presentation Dr. Kasa will demonstrate the use of strategies and materials that support students with significant support needs to actively participate in the inclusive classroom. The presentation will be split up in elementary (K-5) and secondary (6-12) sessions. We strongly encourage teams consisting of the general educator and special educator attend this skills-based training so that planning for implementation of these inclusive practices the 2012-13 school year can begin.

For content-specific questions, please contact Gina Quintana at 303-866-6605, or quintana_g@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Anna Langegger
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6644
Email: langegger_a@cde.state.co.us



IDEA Maintenance Of Effort - Eligibility Certification

Administrative units will receive the new IDEA Maintenance of Effort Eligibility Certification this week. This certification verifies the AU's special education state and local budget responsibility and establishes eligibility to receive Federal IDEA Funds for FY 2012-2013.

The certification will be due back to Vicki Graham or David Ferris in Grants Fiscal Management by the 1st of July and must be signed by the board president.

For More Information, Contact:
Vicki Graham or David Ferris
Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6129 or 303-866-6911
Email: graham_v@cde.state.co.us or ferris_d@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


Sponsors Needed for the Summer Food Service Program

Are there hungry children in your area or school district when school is out? The Colorado Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition is looking for sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children. The program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You may qualify to be a sponsor if you are;

 A public or private non-profit school food authority
 A public or private non-profit residential camp
 A public or private college or university participating in the National Youth Sports Program
 A unit of local, county, municipal, State or Federal government
 Any other type of private non-profit organization

To find out if you are eligible to participate in this worthwhile program, fill out a Prospective Sponsor Information Form located on the Colorado Department of Education Nutrition Summer Food Service Program webpage located at the link below or contact Connie Harlow.
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For More Information, Contact:
Connie Harlow
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6650
Email: harlow_c@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Read the April Edition of the CDE Update

The April edition of the CDE Update is available at the link below. The Update provides a brief snapshot of the state's most significant education initiatives and key implementation milestones.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Office
Communications
Phone: 303-866-2334 or 303-866-6822
Email: CDE _Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Save the Date: Standards 411 Summit for Vendors, Partners and Providers

The Colorado Department of Education invites educational vendors, community partners, and instructional service providers to participate in a half-day informational summit about the new Colorado standards. Join us to discover the unique attributes of the standards and how your organization can learn from the department’s efforts to support school and district alignment with the new Standards. The summit will be held on May 18t, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Denver metropolitan area. More details, including registration specifics and location will be available soon.

For More Information, Contact:
Anna Huffman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-4703
Email: huffman_a@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for April 11

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its April board meeting on Wednesday, April 11.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Agenda highlights include:

Morning
Annual report concerning districts of innovation

Afternoon
The board will consider approval of rules concerning the process for nonprobationary teachers to appeal a second consecutive performance rating of ineffective.

Final report on the TELL Survey

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting is streamed live during the meeting at http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_sbe.htm. To view a detailed agenda including support documents, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us






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