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The CDE Scoop - May 10, 2012

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Awards & Recognitions

Reminder: We Need 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.
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813

Federal Programs

Supplemental Educational Services Webinar, Tuesday, May 15

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
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6298

Webinar: Untapped Revenue Source - Is Your District Participating?

Please join the Colorado Legacy Foundation on Wednesday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for webinar on how your district can increase funding during these tough economic times and use dollars strategically and effectively to support and sustain school health and wellness efforts.

Revenue for the Medicaid School Health Services Program has increased dramatically in the last couple of years. Find out how you can determine if the program is right for your district and learn from examples in the field on how districts are using innovative and best practices to strategically spend the dollars on sustaining long-term school health efforts as a critical link to academic outcomes. Please register at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Amy Dyett, School Health and Wellness Manager at the Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303.736.6477 x216

Consolidated Application Resources

On April 26 the USDE released preliminary Title I, Part A allocations for the 2012-2013 school year. CDE is in the process of adjusting these figures to account for changes to census data, special LEAs, and Hold Harmless requirements. CDE will let you know when allocation numbers are available. CDE is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that districts will be able to obligate funds by July 1, 2012.

New resources are available on the CDE website to assist districts in preparing for the release of the online consolidated application:

The following materials, by program, are available:
• Webinar presentations – including presentations with audio and printable presentation slides that walk through specifics of the 2011-12 application.
• Narrative questions for each program – provided as a Word document so that districts can draft their narrative to be easily cut and pasted in the online application.
• Data tables – screen shots to provide districts with an overview of what will be in the online application and the data that will need to be available in order to complete the tables.

With these resources, districts and BOCES have access to all program content that will be asked as part of the online application. Therefore, CDE encourages districts and BOCES to complete as much work as possible in anticipation of the release of the application. By working on the application now, districts and BOCES will be able to complete the online version as soon as it is available.

Thank you for your continued patience with this process.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Miller
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6214

Innovation & Choice

Colorado Charter School Institute Releases 2012 Call for Applications

The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) has released the 2012 Call for Applications for groups seeking to open a charter school for the 2013-2014 school year. Each year, CSI accepts applications from a variety of constituents, including one or more individuals, a nonprofit, governmental, or other entity or organization, or by an existing charter school authorized by a district.

All models are encouraged to apply. Initial letters of intent are encouraged to be submitted by Wednesday, May 30. The full application is due August 22, 2012. For more information regarding this process, please visit
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For More Information, Contact:
Joslyn Robich
Colorado Charter School Institute
Phone: 303.866.4643


New Pricing and Content for School/Library e-Resources

Do your teachers and libraries need comprehensive online information resources designed specifically for your grade levels, plus popular magazines, research guides, and full-text articles with Lexiles? Do your students need quality online databases and facts at school and home that aren't google-ized, and tied to Colorado standards? Does your school need to save money getting these resources?

If you answered yes to any of these, check out the statewide content and pricing, otherwise known as the AIRS databases, negotiated jointly by CDE's Office of the State Library, the Colorado Library Consortium, and AIRS committee.

The contents are from EBSCO, a long-time provider to schools and libraries. The pricing is very favorable to all schools. If you are a current subscriber to the database package, you can specify what items you want and renew for 2012-13 at the URL below.

If you're new to 21st century skills and educational databases, look at those three questions again.

Then check the URL for details. Your teachers, students and parents will thank you for adding these materials to your school’s repertoire of online resources.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jim Duncan or Lisa Priebe
State Library
Phone: 303.866.6900 |or| 303.422.1150
Email: |or|

News & Notes

Colorado Basic Literacy Act Updates

In December 2010, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) recommended that the rules for administering the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) be revised to ensure alignment with the expectations outlined in the Colorado Academic Standards. CDE recently conducted three feedback meetings and two webinars to provide information on the proposed rule changes and status of CBLA assessment tools in relation to school readiness. Please visit to listen to one of the recorded meetings.

On Wednesday, June 13, the Colorado State Board of Education will conduct a rulemaking hearing to establish the new rules regarding the administration of CBLA including approved literacy assessments. Members of the public are invited to comment.

CBLA Data Collection: The 2011 - 2012 CBLA data collection will open Tuesday, May 15 and close Friday, Aug. 31. Although there are no changes to the data collected, the data will no longer be collected as a part of the End of Year (EOY) collection. If you are a new respondent or would like a review of the data collected and the tools available to submit the data, a webinar will be offered Monday, May 14 from 10-11 a.m. No registration is required. A recording of the training will be posted to the CBLA website after the event. The link to attend the webinar can be found on the CBLA webpage linked below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dian Prestwich
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6150

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,

For additional information regarding the CDE Summer Symposia please go to the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Liz Lenz
Office of the Associate Commissioner
Phone: (303) 866-5648

School Finance

Preliminary Allocations for FY 12-13 NCLB Consolidated Formula Grants

Each spring, CDE receives preliminary allocations notification for Colorado School Districts from the U.S. Department of Education for No Child Left Behind formula grants.

Colorado has received preliminary numbers for FY 2012-2013. The Grants Fiscal Management Team within the Public School Finance Unit is currently in the process of calculating allocations for individual local education agencies. This process will take two to four weeks. Once configured, the Grants Fiscal Management Team will make a statewide announcement and post the results to the CDE website.

These preliminary allocations are subject to change and will change with the final allocation numbers that are provided by the USDE later this spring.

For More Information, Contact:
Robert Hawkins and Martin Petrov
Public School Finance/Grants Fiscal Management
Phone: 303-866-6775 or 303-866-6389
Email: or

Support & Intervention

Online Problem-Solving Consultation Class Registration Now Open

Registration for the online Problem-Solving Consultation class is now available. Class will take place June 18—August 3. Registration closes Monday, June 4.

The six-week class is organized into weekly units of instruction. The class targets the problem-solving process that occurs at the individual student level. Participants will gain information to support teachers and parents throughout the problem-solving process using the consultation model.

Participants earn continuing education credit, and Adams State Credit is available for an additional fee.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin McConnell
Support & Intervention
Phone: 303-866-6262

Space still available for May 17 Restorative Discipline Training in Montrose

A free, one day training on "Restorative Justice in School-based Settings" will be held Thursday, May 17, at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose.

Space is still available for school personnel and community-based agency staff that work with schools regarding suspensions, expulsions and truancy. The deadline to register is Friday, May 11.
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For More Information, Contact:
Janelle Krueger
Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement
Phone: (303) 866-6750

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