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The CDE Scoop - August 14, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Attend a District and School Performance Frameworks Webinar

Data Systems

Attend a Pupil Enrollment Count 2013 Training Webinar

Data Pipeline Goes Live in Three Weeks!

Respond to the Civil Rights Data Collection

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Be the First to Receive Implementation Resources

Exceptional Student Services

Register for Colorado Accommodation Manual 2013-14 Training

Register for the Special Education Discipline Report Webinar

Apply to Attend the Autism Literacy Institute

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Read the Pertussis Guidelines

Innovation & Choice

Request for Reviewers for 2013-14 Colorado Charter School Program Start-Up Grant Applications

Attend the 2013-14 Colorado Charter School Programs Start-Up Grant Training and Submit Your Request For Proposal

Library

Apply for State Aid Available to School Districts for Libraries

News & Notes

Learn More About the PWR Endorsed High School Diploma

Check out the New CDE Website!

Attend the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Meeting

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Attend a District and School Performance Frameworks Webinar

The Accountability and Data Analysis Unit is hosting a webinar on the District and School Performance Framework reports Thursday, Aug. 15 from 11-11:45 a.m. This introductory session is designed for those new to the framework reports or those needing a basic review. The webinar will cover the basics of the DPFs and SPFs, changes for the 2013 release and a question and answer session.

Join the webinar at http://connect.enetcolorado.org/spf_dpf2013/. Superintendents and accountability contacts will receive an email by Aug. 21 with detailed information when the performance framework data is available.

The Accountability and Data Analysis Unit is also holding 15 minute office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays. District staff can register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FA4AB2DA02-office.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Knevals
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6778
Email: knevals_j@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Attend a Pupil Enrollment Count 2013 Training Webinar

The next pupil enrollment (Student October) count training webinar will be on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 to 10 a.m.

Three additional webinars are also scheduled. Please refer to "Deadlines" at the link below for dates and times. These webinars will focus on the Colorado Preschool Program expansion, Title I Interchange and questions you have regarding the data elements and collection process. The training PowerPoint presentation is posted at the link below under "Trainings." Select "2013-2014 Pupil Enrollment Count Training (PPT)." If you attend a webinar, please review the presentation before the webinar.
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For More Information, Contact:
Annie Matula
Data Services
Phone: 303-866-6755
Email: matula_a@cde.state.co.us



Data Pipeline Goes Live in Three Weeks!

We are just three weeks away from all interchanges opening in Data Pipeline on Sept. 1.

CDE is preparing and gearing up for production. A build verification test is currently being conducted to test the most important functions and screens to ensure Data Pipeline system is ready, available and stable.

The district/administrative unit log in functionality is also in testing. This functionality will provide a single log in for one person to represent both a district and an administrative unit to submit data for both Pupil Enrollment (Student October Count) and Special Education December Count.

Pupil Enrollment (Student October) Count training sessions will be conducted during the Data Pipeline town halls throughout August.

All of the following collections remain open. Feel free to log in and explore.

•Student Interchange
•Student Biographical Data
•Pupil Enrollment (Student October) Count
•December Finance Periodic
•Staff Interchange
•Title I
•HR Snapshot
•11th Grade Alternate
•Report Card March Periodic
•TSDL Interchange

If you have missed any of the town halls and training, documentation and webinar recordings can be found at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/DataPipeline/train_trainings.asp

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions resource at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/DataPipeline/FAQ.asp

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



Respond to the Civil Rights Data Collection

At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Forum on Education Statistics discussed that local education agencies were not aware that they had the opportunity to react to the upcoming 2013-14 and 2015-16 civil rights data collection and that the timing for comment was not conducive with LEA summer schedules. Districts have until Tuesday, Aug. 20 to comment.

CRDC will now allow CDE to provide data that has already been submitted. The remainder of the data will need to be provided by districts.
Major changes include adding items:
. district civil rights contacts
. educational programs in justice facilities
. time students are suspended
. preschool discipline practices
. corporal punishment
. sexual orientation and religion to types of harassment allegations
. early childhood experiences
. chronic absenteeism
. from NCES School Survey on Crime and Safety
. school support and school security staffing data
. from NCES Schools and Staffing Survey

Refining items related to:
. total personnel expenditures between schools for specific staff
. expulsion
. course taking
. middle school math opportunities
. dual enrollment
. credit recovery
. AP course-taking
. STEM opportunities

Please exercise your right to comment. Your reaction may include items of concern or other comments. Feel free to contact NCES Forum representatives below if you have questions.

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For More Information, Contact:
Jan Rose Petro or Dr. Glenn McClain
Data Services and Superintendent of Platte Valley Re-7
Phone: 303-866-6838 or 970-336-8500
Email: petro_j@cde.state.co.us or gmcclain@staff.pvs.k12.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Be the First to Receive Implementation Resources

The 2013-14 school year marks the first year of implementation of Senate Bill 10-191 changing the way both principals and teachers are supported and evaluated in Colorado with the ultimate goal of ensuring college and career readiness for all students. To support districts and BOCES as they implement these new requirements, the Educator Effectiveness team releases a monthly e-newsletter with tools, guidance and supports. To ensure you are receiving these important announcements make sure to sign up for the e-newsletter via the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Katie Lams
Phone: 303-866-6800
Email: lams_k@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Register for Colorado Accommodation Manual 2013-14 Training

This year, trainings for the Colorado Accommodation Manual will be done in four webinars. All Colorado educators are encouraged to attend (onsite regional trainings have been cancelled). Each webinar will provide an overview of two manual sections and allow for questions from participants. On the registration page, select each of the sessions you plan to attend.

The webinars occur on the following Thursdays (Aug. 22, 29 and Sept. 5 and 12) from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For questions about registration, contact Tesia Swanstrom. For all other inquiries, contact Linda Lamirande and Mira Monroe.
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For More Information, Contact:
Linda Lamirande, Mira Monroe and Tesia Swanstrom
Exceptional Student Services Unit and Assessment Unit
Phone: Linda 303-866-6863; Mira 303-866-6709; Tesia 303-866-6639
Email: Lamirande_L@cde.state.co.us; Monroe_M@ cde.state.co.us; Swanstrom_T@cde.state.co.us



Register for the Special Education Discipline Report Webinar

The webinar will provide an in-depth look at the special education discipline reports; 14 page data summary, Indicator 4 and the year-to-year report including explanations on flags that reflect a significant number and percent change from the prior year.

The data summary report contains the number of children with disabilities (by disability, race/ethnicity, gender, and English language learner status) who were subject to: (1) unilateral removal by school personnel following a drug or weapon offense or serious bodily injury, (2) removal based on a hearing officer determination regarding likely injury, (3) suspension (both in-school and out-of-school totaling less than 10 school days and totaling more than 10 school days) and (4) expulsion with and without education services.

The Indicator 4 report lists students with out-of-school suspensions/expulsions greater than 10 school days.

The year-to-year report compares data from the current reporting period to last year’s data and breaks it down by all disabilities, race/ethnicity, gender, and ELL status.

The webinars last approximately one hour and are offered on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kristi Gleason
Phone: 303-866-4620
Email: gleason_k@cde.state.co.us



Apply to Attend the Autism Literacy Institute

The five-day institute focuses on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing. Each aspect of literacy will be linked to the unique cognitive, social, and communication issues inherent in autism spectrum disorder. Nationally recognized experts on literacy and autism spectrum disorder, Dr. Christi Carnahan and Dr. Pam Williamson, are conducting the training.

There is no fee to attend. Participants must commit to attend all five days. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Notifications about acceptance into the institute will be sent no later than Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The training is Oct. 1-3, 2013 and April 22-23, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee and tea are provided in the early morning and a working lunch is provided each day.

To register, visit http://svy.mk/16LJyFs. A flyer containing detailed information about the training is available at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Read the Pertussis Guidelines

There have been a record number of pertussis cases (whooping cough) in Colorado this past year. Dr. Lisa Miller, section chief for communicable disease and epidemiology at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, has issued “Pertussis Information and Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Settings.” Please review these important guidelines and share with your school nurse.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kathy Patrick
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: patrick_k@cde.state.co.us


Innovation & Choice


Request for Reviewers for 2013-14 Colorado Charter School Program Start-Up Grant Applications

CDE is seeking reviewers for the Colorado Charter Schools Program 2013-14 start-up grant. Reviewers will individually review two to three applications over 11-13 days, then come together in teams of three to reconcile scores. As a federal grant, reviewers are unpaid for their training and review participation; however, breakfast and lunch is provided on review days.

To best serve the needs of the grant process, we are seeking reviewers with expertise and experience in the following priority areas:

Direct instruction
Best First instruction specialist
ELL student populations
Special education
Blended learning
School leadership
Early College Models
urban student populations
Federal Programs
Dual Language Instruction
Charter School Governance
District/LEA federal fiscal agents
work with CMO or charter network

Reviewers must be available for the CCSP Grant reviewer training on Oct. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. And also available for one or both of the following grant review days:
Tier 1 Review - Oct. 31, 2013 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tier 2 Review - Feb. 28, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Interested candidates should email SOC@cde.state.co.us with: 1) confirmation of dates available; 2) identified expertise & experience categories; 3) a complete and up-to-date resume, including references.

Resumes must be received by 11 a.m. on Sept. 3. All previous reviewers must reapply.
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For More Information, Contact:
Gina Schlieman
Innovation & Choice
Phone: 303-866-6790
Email: schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us



Attend the 2013-14 Colorado Charter School Programs Start-Up Grant Training and Submit Your Request For Proposal

The 2013-14 Colorado Charter Schools Program Start-Up Grant application process kicks off with a CCSP Grant Writers Boot Camp on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This training is mandatory for all Tier I CCSP grant applicants.

This grant program provides up to $215,000, renewable for two additional years, to new or expanding charter schools. View the eligibility rules in the RFP for more details on who is eligible to apply.

To help applicants get a head start on the process, we are providing an early release of the RFP on the CCSP webpage at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Gina Schlieman
Innovation & Choice
Phone: 303-866-6790
Email: schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us


Library


Apply for State Aid Available to School Districts for Libraries

School districts are eligible to apply for non-competitive grants to enhance collections in school library programs, thanks to an appropriation by the 2013 legislature of $2 million to the State Library. A preliminary list of award amounts by district is available at http://bit.ly/13AZBUc.

Districts can expect to see the eligibility forms in mid-September. Funds will be distributed in October and must be expended by June 30, 2014.

An informational webinar will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m.

To learn how the funds can be used and to register for the webinar, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Susan H. Burkholder
Colorado State Library
Phone: 303-866-6660
Email: burkholder_s@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Learn More About the PWR Endorsed High School Diploma

The State Board of Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education will vote on Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) endorsed diploma criteria on Thursday, Aug. 15. Please note that the PWR endorsed diploma is a voluntary option for school districts. An FAQ and a drop-in article are available on the CDE communications webpage.

FAQ: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/factsheetsandfaqs
Drop-in article: http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/superintendentandprincipaltools
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For More Information, Contact:
Nancy Mitchell
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Phone: 303-866-4742
Email: nmitchell@dhe.state.co.us



Check out the New CDE Website!

The Colorado Department of Education has worked with professionals from across the state to develop the new and improved CDE website. Here are some of the features you'll find on the new site:

We’re Mobile Friendly
We look great on your smart phone, tablet and laptop with enhanced search functions and menus

Improved Navigation
Streamlined design and improved navigation means getting to content quicker

Site Index
Find what you are looking for at-a-glance

Social Sharing
Share information with your network of friends on Facebook and Twitter with just one click

We'd love your feedback on the new site! Share your thoughts with the Communications Division at the email address below.
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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Division
Phone: 303-866-4247
Email: CDE_Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



Attend the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education Meeting

The next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Colorado Education Association, 1500 Grant Ave., Denver, CO 80203.

SACPIE is a legislated council that was established in 2009. Their mission is to review best practices and recommend to policymakers and educators strategies to increase family partnerships in public education, thereby helping to improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students' academic achievement throughout Colorado. SACPIE meetings are open to the public.
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For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6943
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us






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