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The CDE Scoop - August 6, 2014

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Accountability & Improvement

Access School and District Performance Framework Resources

The School and District Performance Frameworks will be available to districts through CEDAR on Monday, Aug. 18. In preparation for the release, the following resources are available.

• Summary of changes to the 2014 frameworks:
• Annotated School and District Performance Frameworks:
• Technical calculation document:
• Office hours: Districts may register for office hours with Accountability and Data Analysis Unit staff. Office hours begin Aug. 6 through Oct. 9, on Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Office hours are intended for districts/schools to ask individual questions about their data and accountability reports. Fifteen minute blocks are scheduled for call-ins, but districts may sign-up for consecutive sessions, if more time is needed. To register for office hours, visit:

The 2014 Accountability Handbook and online tutorial will be updated in the next couple weeks.
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For More Information, Contact:
Alyssa Pearson
Accountability and Data Analysis
Phone: 303-866-6855

Federal Programs

Apply for the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Awards

CDE is accepting applications from schools and districts for the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools Award. Through the Green Ribbon Schools Award and the District Sustainability Award, the U.S. Department of Education honors America’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools and school districts for their efforts toward improving student health and achievement and reducing their environmental impact.

Schools and districts eligible for the honor demonstrate high achievement in the elements of each of the three GRS Pillars (Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs, Improved Health and Wellness and Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education) and have high college- and career-ready standards. Winners will be invited to participate in national and local recognition ceremonies.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. Application training webinars will be held on Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for districts and 11 a.m. to noon for schools. To register for these technical assistance opportunities, email
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For More Information, Contact:
Lynn Bamberry
Federal Programs, Office of Competitive Grants and Awards
Phone: 303-866-6813

Respond to Consolidated Application Substantial Approval and Modification Process Comments

CDE staff is conducting the initial review of consolidated applications. As reviews are completed, districts and BOCES will receive an email from the application system granting substantial approval and directing them to the comment log for information on necessary modifications. The comment log can be accessed at:

CDE staff will work with the district/BOCES to ensure final approval is granted by Sept. 30. Address all comments for all programs and the strategy-based budget before resubmitting the application to CDE. A modified strategy-based budget should be submitted to Be sure the modification option has been selected on the cover page and use columns AB and AC to identify changes. The online application and the budget modifications must be resubmitted in order for CDE to review and provide final approval.

Title I data tables 2-4 will be locked on Aug. 1 and changes can't be made after that. These data tables list the method for serving schools; all district schools and whether a school will be served with Title I and the type of Title I program (targeted assistance or schoolwide). Regardless of where the district or BOCES is with the modification process, data tables 2-4 must be complete and accurate.
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For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Vassis
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6065


Access Low-Cost Online Resources for Students

Is your school or district looking for high-quality, lower-cost online resources for learning? The Colorado Library Consortium, a partner agency to the State Library, offers discounted prices on many online products for students and teachers to use at school or home. This includes a suite of educational resources for all ages from EBSCO, plus items such as Britannica School, Grolier, PebbleGo (K-3), and TumbleBooks (K-6). Details on these and other titles, aligned to standards and instruction, can be found at the link below. Library staff, curriculum directors, technology leaders and principals are encouraged to check it out.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kira Zimmerman
State Library
Phone: 888-206-2695

News & Notes

Read the August 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

Join CEI as a Healthy Schools Collective Impact Project Coordinator

The Colorado Education Initiative is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with CDE and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration and capacity-building. CEI is now hiring a Healthy Schools Collective Impact Project Coordinator.

The Project Coordinator will support the CI director, steering committee and work groups in various capacities to ensure smooth operations and implementation of the strategic vision for the initiative. The role requires experience in stakeholder engagement, a passion for health and wellness and education, as well as a commitment to improving the lives of all Colorado students. This position will report to the CI director. The project coordinator will be part of a small team responsible for driving the CI work forward, in particular supporting day-to-day administration, day-to-day communications, community engagement and data functions. The project coordinator is primarily responsible for ensuring that the initiative runs smoothly and efficiently.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jessica Yanker
Phone: 3037366477

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for Aug. 13 & 14

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its August board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, August 13 & 14. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at CDE, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 (Morning)
-Rules for the Counselor Corps Grant Program
-Legislative wrap-up
-Report on National Children's Land Alliance Supporting Schools Conference
-CMAS and CoAlt science and social studies cut score adoption
-Emergency rules for the administration, certification and oversight of Colorado Online Programs
-Notice of Rulemaking: Rules governing the renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Schools Loan Program

-Recognition of student artists
-Recognition of 2014 Green Ribbon Schools Award winners
-Exclusive charting authority for Summit School District RE-1

Thursday, Aug. 14
- Assessment study session and discussion of phase II findings of the WestEd Assessment Implementation Study
-READ Act formal opinion
-Foreign Language Chinese Endorsement

-2014 TCAP performance and growth results

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

Support & Intervention

Attend the Student Engagement and Motivation Webinar Series

Student engagement and motivation plays a big part in learning and achievement. This series of three webinars supports participants in understanding more accurate definitions of student engagement, how to know precisely if and how students are engaged or disengaged and various approaches to increase student engagement.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: School and district personnel interested in increasing students’ engagement in their learning and academic experiences.

Thursday, Aug. 14: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
What is Student Engagement? Definitions and Frameworks

Wednesday, Sept. 24: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
How do I know if Students are engaged? Indicators and Data

Thursday, Oct. 16: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
How do I Increase Student Engagement? Approaches, Practices, and Strategies

*Note: These webinars build on each other. Individuals who register for webinars 2 or 3 should review the previously recorded webinars in order to participate fully.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cori Canty
Choice and Innovation
Phone: (303) 866-2266

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Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303-866-6822 or 303-866-2334

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