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The CDE Scoop - August 28, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Colorado NWEA-MAP Users Conference Call for Proposals

Awards & Recognitions

Apply to Participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program

Data Systems

Data Pipeline Goes Live Next Week

Exceptional Student Services

Attend a Parents Encouraging Parents Conference

Learning & Results

View the READ Act Per-Pupil Intervention Funds Spreadsheet

Learn about Required K-3 READ Act Testing/READ Plan Development for Fall 2013

News & Notes

Apply for an Advanced Placement Programs Grant

Learn More About the Colorado Energy Office and How it Can Help Your District

School Finance

Attend a Webinar on No Child Left Behind End of Year Reporting

Standards & Assessments

Learn About Opportunities to Participate in Science and Social Studies Fall Field Tests

Learn about the READ Act Interim Assessment Approval Process

Support & Intervention

Submit Contact Information for ICAP Interviews

Attend the Family, School, and Community Partnering: “On the Team and At the Table” Stakeholder Training: Highlights for Families and Others

Register for the Positive School Climate: Bully Prevention Institute

The Scoop... - The CDE Weekly Newsletter

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Colorado NWEA-MAP Users Conference Call for Proposals

The 2nd annual Colorado Northwest Evaluation Association-Measures of Academic Progress User’s Conference is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at the Student Achievement Resource Center in Cherry Creek.

If you have specific sessions or topics you would like to present, please submit proposals to Tisha Bouwmeester at the contact information below.

Visit the link below for more information on the conference and to register.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Tisha Bouwmeester, Colorado League of Charter Schools
Phone: 303-989-5356 x106
Email: tbouwmeester@coloradoleague.org


Awards & Recognitions


Apply to Participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program

The U.S. Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 52nd annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 8 - 15, 2014. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses are provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

High school juniors and seniors are eligible for the program. The student is required to be currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in student government, civic or educational organizations.

Applicants must submit their application via the new online Colorado Grants Management System. Applications must be entered by Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

For additional information and to access the online application system, please visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6813
Email: bamberry_l@cde.state.co.us


Data Systems


Data Pipeline Goes Live Next Week

We are just one week away from all interchanges opening in Data Pipeline on Sept. 1.

By Sept. 1, all local education agencies will be able to submit data to all six interchanges. These interchanges are needed to generate snapshots. The first two are Student October and December Finance.

CDE’s build verification test was a success. CDE has verified and tested the most important functions and screens to ensure Data Pipeline system is ready, available and stable.

Pupil Enrollment (Student October) Count training sessions will continue during the Data Pipeline Town Halls in September, with one additional training session listed below.

Pupil Enrollment Count Training
Thursday, Sept. 5 from 1 - 2 p.m. To connect, http://connect.enetcolorado.org/stuoct
Dial in: 1-866-764-6750

Resources
Pupil Enrollment PowerPoint training – under the header Training:
http://www.cde.state.co.us/DataPipeline/snap_studentOctober.asp

Pupil Enrollment (Student October) Count file templates, file layouts and business rules can be found at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/datapipeline/inter_student

If you have missed any Town Halls and Training, documentation and webinars can be found at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/DataPipeline/train_trainings.asp

For frequently asked questions, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/DataPipeline/FAQ.asp

For questions and support, please contact the Data Pipeline project team at datapipeline.support@cde.state.co.us
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For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Bradley
IMS Project Management
Phone: (303) 866-4902
Email: bradley_l@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Attend a Parents Encouraging Parents Conference

The Parents Encouraging Parents conference brings parents and professionals together to share ideas, discuss concerns, celebrate successes and obtain information relating to parenting, educating and supporting a child with a disability—from ages birth to 21.

In addition, the conference promotes partnerships between parents and professionals that are essential in supporting and including children with disabilities in schools and the community.

More detailed information, along with dates and times for the 2013-14 conferences are provided at the link below.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
DeLinda Rose
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6846 or 1-877-834-0588
Email: rose_d@cde.state.co.us


Learning & Results


View the READ Act Per-Pupil Intervention Funds Spreadsheet

The Colorado READ Act (H.B. 12-1238) provides per-pupil intervention funds for students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency. The Colorado legislature allocated a total of $15.4 million for distribution in the 2013-2014 school year. Last spring, each district and BOCES reported the number of K-3 students identified as having a Significant Reading Deficiency. Based on the data reported, CDE has calculated the total amount each reporting district and BOCES will receive. A spreadsheet has been posted for review on the Colorado READ Act webpage linked below. Each reporting district and BOCES may expect that per-pupil funds are received by mid-September. Questions should be directed to the Office of Literacy.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Dian Prestwich
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6150
Email: prestwich_d@cde.state.co.us



Learn about Required K-3 READ Act Testing/READ Plan Development for Fall 2013

The 2013-2014 school year marks the first full year of implementing the requirements of the Colorado READ Act. State board rules require that all K-3 students are tested using a state board approved interim assessment (DIBELS, DRA2, or PALS) within the first 30 days of school. Students who fall at or below the cut-off score (DIBELS and DRA2) or below the cut-off score (PALS) for a Significant Reading Deficiency must be retested using a progress monitoring probe (DIBELS, DRA2, or PALS) within another 30 days to confirm a significant reading deficiency. Once a Significant Reading Deficiency has been confirmed, the student must be tested with a state board approved diagnostic assessment and a READ plan must be created in collaboration with the student's parents to identify the student's specific reading skill deficiencies and to put in motion a plan for accelerating the student's progress in reading.

Please contact the Office of Literacy for more information and regional support.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Apply for an Advanced Placement Programs Grant

The Colorado Legacy Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 3rd and final cohort of Legacy Schools, a grant funded program that has had incredible success increasing the number and diversity of students enrolling and succeeding in Advanced Placement math, science and English courses. The 13 schools that have received support thus far increased the number of students earning qualifying scores from 732 to 1230 in these subjects in the first year of grant implementation.

This level of success has been witnessed nationwide since the program’s inception in 1995, nearly doubling the number of qualifying scores earned at participating campuses annually. The Legacy Schools grant will provide 30 schools throughout Colorado with three years of support, including:

• College Board-certified professional development for teachers (up to 150 hours annually)
• Funding for technology and equipment (up to $10,000 annually)
• Incentives to teachers and students for AP excellence ($100 per qualifying score)
• Additional time on task for students (Saturday Study Sessions run by outside experts)
• Funding to subsidize the cost of AP exams (up to 50% of each exam covered)

If your school is interested in developing college-readiness through AP success, applications are available at: http://colegacy.org/initiatives/colorado-legacy-schools/coloradolegacyschools/

The application deadline is Oct. 18.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Dr. Gregory Hessee, Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 720-502-4728
Email: ghessee@colegacy.org



Learn More About the Colorado Energy Office and How it Can Help Your District

The Colorado Energy Office helps school districts improve building performance and comfort and lower energy (and water) use and costs through the Energy Management Assistance Program. The program is a step-by-step approach to developing and implementing a customized “home-grown” energy management plan. It is an excellent choice for schools wanting to improve their building’s energy performance and comfort, replace antiquated systems, address staff and student energy behaviors and better manage energy usage on an on-going basis.

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For More Information, Contact:
Michele Davison, Colorado Energy Office
Energy Management Assistance Program
Phone: 303-866-6665
Email: Michele.Davison@state.co.us


School Finance


Attend a Webinar on No Child Left Behind End of Year Reporting

The CDE Grants Fiscal Team will collect set aside budgetary and expenditure data and final expenditure data in the Tracker End of Year Reporting collection. This End of Year Tracker collection provides CDE with the necessary data to meet a mandatory federal reporting requirement as part of the department's EDFacts reporting. Although all LEAs must submit data in this collection, the data set aside collection is particularly critical for LEAs that implemented supplemental educational services and choice in 2012-2013.

To facilitate this collection, the Office of Grants Fiscal will host a webinar covering FY2012-2013 End of Year Reporting, on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 1 - 2 p.m. All program and fiscal managers are encouraged to attend. Webinar topics include the Set Aside Activity Report and the Final Expenditure Report. The Set Aside Activity Report and the Final Expenditure Report are due in Tracker Sept. 30 for FY12-13 activity (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).

To join the meeting: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/gfm3/
Dial-in: 866-386-5651


For More Information, Contact:
Robert Hawkins
Phone: 303-866-6775
Email: hawkins_r@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Learn About Opportunities to Participate in Science and Social Studies Fall Field Tests

Official Fall Field Test:
-Superintendents and district assessment coordinators (DACs) have received lists of their schools that have been selected to participate in the fall field tests (based on previously indicated interest). These schools will serve as the official representative sample that will be used to evaluate the quality of the test items.

Additional Opportunities to Participate:
-As with the spring field test, the fall field tests are being opened to additional interested schools and districts. If your district was involved in the spring field testing or has already been selected for fall field testing, you are able to identify additional interested schools. If your district has not elected to participate in field testing as of this point, you are encouraged to consider having your high schools participate in the 12th-grade field test (Oct. 28 through Nov. 22). Superintendents, or their designates, who want to participate in either the additional September field tests or the 12th-grade field tests need to contact Christina Wirth-Hawkins with the names of their interested schools. Notification must be made by Sept. 6 for the September field test and by Sept. 23 for the 12th-grade field test.

For More Information, Contact:
Christina Wirth-Hawkins
Assessment
Phone: 303-866-6929
Email: wirth-hawkins_c@cde.state.co.us



Learn about the READ Act Interim Assessment Approval Process

Colorado State Board of Education rules stipulate that the interim assessment list for the READ Act will be approved in the 2014-2015 school year. This fall, the department will initiate an interim assessment review process to determine which interim assessments to submit for state board approval. CDE anticipates making recommendations to the state board of education on interim assessments at the November board meeting with a vote anticipated at the December meeting.

At the beginning of September, CDE plans to release a request for information (RFI) to solicit interim assessments for review in October. The department will engage practitioners from the field with literacy expertise to assist with the review process. Applications for the review committee will be available on the READ Act webpage by Sept. 15. CDE will engage a facilitator to support the review process utilizing the criteria set forth in the READ Act and state board rules. For a full description of the review process, please visit the READ webpage. Following the adoption of an approved interim assessment list, districts will have until July 1, 2016 (as allowed in statute, C.R.S. 22-7-1209) to transition to the approved interim assessments.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us


Support & Intervention


Submit Contact Information for ICAP Interviews

CDE requests that the staff member in charge of Individual Career Academic Plans (ICAP) at each district email Jessica Fuller with your name, email address and contact phone number. In order to identify areas of need for districts and schools regarding ICAPs, CDE staff will conduct a phone interview with the main ICAP contact for each district in the next few weeks. Interviews will take 15-30 minutes. Interview questions will be provided to the interviewee prior to the meeting. These conversations will help inform CDE in many ways regarding ICAP efforts across the state and identify opportunities and challenges with which CDE can assist. By speaking one-on-one to each district, CDE will be able to use this information to create meaningful guidance, resources and toolkits for ICAP that will support all districts in ICAP implementation. CDE plans to provide updated guidance for ICAP by winter 2013.

For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Fuller
Phone: 303-866-6646
Email: fuller_j@cde.state.co.us



Attend the Family, School, and Community Partnering: “On the Team and At the Table” Stakeholder Training: Highlights for Families and Others

Learn how families, schools, and communities can partner in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to support positive academic, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes for all students. Develop knowledge of family partnering legal mandates and the research base for coordinating learning between home and school. Identify challenges and solutions to successful partnering practices. Connect to practices in Response to Intervention and/or Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports frameworks. Obtain adaptable, “takeaway” tools to support various activities and plan for ongoing everyday family, school, and community partnering practices.

Trainings are scheduled in the following locations:
• Fairplay: Thursday, Sept. 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
• Glenwood Springs: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 – 8 p.m.

This training is open to family members, students, educators, school board members and community members.

For more information and to register, visit the link below.

NOTE: This training is an abbreviated version of the full-day workshops presented regionally throughout Colorado over the past few years and contains the same information as is found in the Colorado online family, school and community partnering courses.

Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Dascher
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6876
Email: dascher_c@cde.state.co.us



Register for the Positive School Climate: Bully Prevention Institute

The Colorado School Safety Resource Center is partnering with CDE and the Colorado Legacy Foundation to create a Positive School Climate: Bullying Prevention Institute at no cost to the participant.

All trainings are held on the dates below from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Check-in and a continental breakfast are provided from 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Steamboat Springs
Thursday, Sept. 12 in Glenwood Springs
Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Alamosa
Thursday, Sept. 26 in Salida


The keynote presenter is Dr. Dorothy Espelage, a professor of child development and associate chair in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has conducted research on bullying for the last 18 years and has authored over 70 professional publications. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming.

To register and to learn more about the trainings, visit the link below.
Click Here for Additional Information

For More Information, Contact:
Erin A. Sullivan
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-590-8574
Email: sullivan_e@cde.state.co.us






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