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The CDE Scoop - May 7, 2014

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Accountability & Improvement


Register for Two New Unified Improvement Planning Half-Day Events in June

The trainings are on Thursday, June 5 and Thursday, June 12 from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

The training on Thursday, June 5, titled “What You Need to Know about UIP for the 2014-15 School Year,” is intended for district leaders and will focus on refinements to Unified Improvement Planning processes and template for the 2014-15 school year.

The training on Thursday, June 12, titled “Discussion on UIP during the State Assessment Transition,” is aimed at engaging district leaders in a discussion on implications for the UIP process during the state transition to a new assessment system. Participants will be introduced to draft guidance on the UIP process (e.g., state timeline) and considerations for establishing UIP performance targets for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

These sessions will be in addition to the Facilitating Root Cause Analysis training also offered in June.
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us


Early Learning & School Readiness


Apply for Teaching Strategies GOLD Trainer Program

Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant funds are available for districts to build local capacity for the Teaching Strategies GOLD kindergarten assessment. The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is issuing a request for proposals to local education agencies for matching funds for the accreditation program for trainers through Teaching Strategies. This program prepares professionals to deliver training that promotes teachers’ reliable use of the assessment tool. Participants in the accreditation program for trainers will be able to train teachers, coordinators and administrators on the use of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28.

An application training webinar will be held Thursday, May 15 from 1 - 2 p.m. To register, email CompetitiveGrants@cde.state.co.us.
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For More Information, Contact:
Suzanne Rougier
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6971
Email: rougier_s@cde.state.co.us



Register for June School Readiness Training

CDE will be provide school readiness initiative training for kindergarten teachers and principals in June. The workshop options include:

Introduction to Teaching Strategies GOLD: This workshop is intended for kindergarten teachers new to Teaching Strategies GOLD and helps teachers learn the basics of the online assessment system. Sessions will be offered Tuesday, June 17 in Sterling, Thursday, June 19 in Denver, Tuesday, June 24 in Grand Junction and Thursday, June 26 in Steamboat Springs.

Teaching Strategies GOLD Introductory Lab for Principals: This workshop will help principals understand the purposes and structure of Teaching Strategies GOLD. Half-day sessions will be offered on Thursday, June 19 in Denver.

Using Formative Assessment and Best Practices to Drive Instruction: This workshop is intended for second year Teaching Strategies GOLD kindergarten teachers and explores best practices using observation assessment to inform instruction in today’s kindergarten environment. Sessions will be offered Tuesday, June 17 in Sterling, Tuesday, June 24 in Grand Junction and Thursday, June 26 in Steamboat Springs.

Additional training sessions will be offered in July and August in La Junta, Alamosa, Durango, Aurora, Denver, Greeley, Pueblo and Colorado Springs. For more information and to register, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/schoolreadiness/trainings.
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For More Information, Contact:
Suzanne Rougier
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6971
Email: rougier_s@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Apply to be Part of the Inter-rater Agreement Project

To support fair and consistent evaluations, CDE is developing tools to promote common interpretations of teacher quality and help evaluators provide useful and actionable feedback to educators.

One tool is Elevate Colorado, an online inter-rater agreement training system. Last year, CDE trained educators to become master scorers and determine evidence of professional practices for more than 12 videos in Elevate Colorado. Now, CDE is looking for 10 to 12 Colorado educators who have experience with the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards to continue this master scoring work. Those chosen are required to attend initial training on July 9-11 in Denver, Colo., on Elevate Colorado and best practices for aligning evidence. Other trainings will be either face-to-face or through webinars in the spring and summer. Additional work throughout the 2014-15 school year is required as CDE continues to develop plans for inter-rater agreement.

To apply, fill out the application via the link below. Each selected master scorer will be paid $2,000 plus travel expenses (in accordance with CDE policy). All applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 23.
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For More Information, Contact:
Joslyn Robich
Phone: 303-866-6221
Email: Robich_Joslyn2@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


View the Gallery of Teacher Appreciation Week Messages

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and Coloradans have been sharing their appreciation for teachers by writing a quick message, taking a photo and sharing the photo on social media with the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO. To view all the messages, photos and videos that have been shared so far, click on the link below. There’s still time to share your message – the Teacher Appreciation Week campaign runs through Friday, May 9.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: lams_k@cde.state.co.us



Read the May 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
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Join the Colorado Education Initiative

The Colorado Education Initiative seeks a senior director of professional learning to lead CEI’s strategy for using professional learning as a means to increase educator effectiveness, student health and wellness and next generation learning conditions in Colorado. The senior director of professional learning will oversee and execute on multi-year grants with specific professional learning targets and on-going efforts to optimize and maintain CEI’s professional learning function. This position reports to the vice president of research and impact and works in close collaboration with the vice president of initiatives and vice president of communications and strategic engagement.

The Colorado Education Initiative is an independent non-profit organization working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity building.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jean De la Mata
Phone: 303-736-6477
Email: jdelamata@coloradoedinitiative.org



Learn About the Colorado Magical Summer Reading Program

eNetColorado in collaboration with the Colorado BOCES Association and myON are co-sponsoring a trial for educators, students and families in Colorado. The trial provides unlimited, 24/7 access to more than 4,000 digital books from Capstone, the leading publisher of school and library texts. Flexible reading supports include an embedded dictionary, professionally-recorded audio and text highlighting. The enhanced digital books are available for online or offline reading, are perfect for summer reading programs, as a resource for 1:1 summer initiatives and at home during the summer.
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For More Information, Contact:
Dan Morris
eNetColorado
Phone: 303-917-3922
Email: danmorris@enetcolorado.org


State Board of Education


State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for May 14 & 15

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its May board meeting on May 14 & 15. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Colorado Mesa University, University Center Building, Room 213 in Grand Junction.

Highlights:
Wednesday, May 14
Morning
-Legislative update
-School finance update
-State assessment update
-2015-16 budget priorities
-Educator preparation and licensing rule and content assessment review
-Regenerated PRAXIS II content exams and cut scores for elementary education, school psychologist and speech-language pathologist

Afternoon
-Online & blended educator recognition
-WestEd Assessment Implementation Study: Review of phase I findings
-Discussion of Title I allocation alternatives for multi-district online charter schools

Thursday, May 15
-Turnaround/Priority Improvement District Presentations:
Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
Ignacio School District 11-JT

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
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Attend a Webinar on Reducing Stigma and Misunderstanding of Mental Health

Attend this free National Prevention Strategy webinar on reducing stigma and misunderstanding of mental health on Thursday, May 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Agenda
2-2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect logistics
2:05-2:20 What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy?
2:20-2:40 Tribal Mental Health/Wellness Center Capacity Building Initiative
2:40-3:00 Utah’s Peer-Led Wraparound Program
3-3:20 Be a Lifeline! Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

To register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us


Transportation


Register to Attend the 2014 Summer Transportation Workshop

The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18 - Friday, June 20 at the Colorado State University campus in Pueblo. Sessions include courses for administrators, school bus drivers, operations, special education, technicians and trainers. Registration information for the conference is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Transportation
Phone: 303-866-6137 or 303-866-6656
Email: transportation@cde.state.co.us






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