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The CDE Scoop - July 10, 2013

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The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Register for a Summer Educator Effectiveness Training

This summer, additional trainings are being offered around the state to support districts in preparing for the implementation of the new educator evaluation requirements before they go into effect in the 2013-14 school year. There are two opportunities available on each day: a session on professional practices for districts using the Colorado State Model Evaluation System rubric, and a work session on student learning outcomes/growth applicable for all districts wanting more information on the 50 percent of evaluation linked to student outcomes/growth. Attendees may register for one or both of the training sessions depending on their role in their district. Space is still available, but capacity is limited so register today via the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tricia Majors
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: (303) 866-6678

Submit Your Quality Teacher Recruitment Program Grant Application

Applications are available for the Quality Teacher Recruitment Program to fund activities designed to recruit, select, place, train and retain highly qualified teachers to teach in Colorado public schools and districts. CDE will fund vendors to partner with one or more school districts or BOCES to implement a teacher recruitment program in areas of the state that demonstrate historic difficulty with recruitment and retention.

A total of $2.9 million is available to one or more vendors. Funding covers program costs for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Applicants must have a documented history of recruiting, training and retaining highly qualified teachers in Colorado and other states that have demonstrated historic difficulty in recruiting and training highly qualified teachers. Applicants must demonstrate that the teachers it has placed achieve high academic growth from their students. Additionally, applicants must secure no less than 100 percent matching funds for any money awarded through the Quality Teacher Recruitment Grant Program.

Applications are due Monday, Sept. 30 by 4 p.m.

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

Apply for a Position on an Educator Preparation and Licensure Working Group

Colorado’s Educator Licensing Act outlines the requirements and procedures for new and continuing educators to obtain licensure as teachers, principals, and special service professionals. Last updated in 1991, the licensure system was built for a vastly different labor market and education system than the one we live in now.

With the passage of the Great Teachers and Leaders Act (S.B. 10-191), educators throughout the state will now be evaluated, in part, on student progress and other performance outcomes. In 2013, the state now has a system where educator standards, preparation, licensure, professional development, and evaluation are not in alignment. At the request of Governor John Hickenlooper, the Donnell-Kay Foundation and Rose Community Foundation will convene a working group, the Licensing Educators for Academic Development (LEAD) Compact, to provide recommendations for legislation designed to integrate and align these foundational elements by providing dialogue and input that will inform the drafting of 2014 legislation.

The LEAD Compact will include two superintendents, two teachers, and one principal who are able to commit to attending eight full-day meetings between early August and December 2013, with the goal of finalizing recommendations by the end of the 2013 calendar year. Self-nominations for any of these categories may be submitted before July 15 using the application form at the link below. In addition to the completed application, please send an updated resume to Chandra Al-Khafaji at the email address below with the subject line “LEAD Compact.” (Please note that attendance is mandatory at the first meeting of the group, a two-day retreat August 1 and 2.)

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For More Information, Contact:
Chandra Al-Khafaji
Rose Community Foundation, Education Program Assistant

Support & Intervention

Attend the Final Information Sharing Summit

There is one remaining Colorado's Children and Youth Information Sharing Initiative regional summit this summer. CCYIS develops strategies for sharing information to optimize services available and delivered to children, youth and families in Colorado. This summit will be an opportunity to hear about the new standardized Authorization -Consent to Release Information form. The consent form is a Colorado state form that is used to obtain permission to share sensitive data with other agencies.

This regional summit will be from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided) on Friday, July 19 in Aurora at The Summit Conference and Event Center located at 411 Sable Blvd. N. Aurora, CO 80011.

The summit is intended for all systems/initiatives which serve children, youth and/or parents/guardians.

Registration ends Monday, July 15.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Rose Petro
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6838

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