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The CDE Scoop - September 26, 2013

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

Table of Contents

Accountability & Improvement

Submit Your School Accreditation and Requests to Reconsider

Take Part in Optional Fall UIP Submissions

Register for Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning Training Sessions

Educator Effectiveness & Licensing

Register for the Aspiring to the Principalship Workshop

Exceptional Student Services

Attend a Gifted Education Leadership Forum

Attend a Webinar About Writing Individualized Education Plan Goals and Objectives for Students Receiving Instruction on the Alternate Standards

Register for Data Pipeline Interchange and Snapshot Regional Trainings

Register to Attend the Specific Learning Disabilities Math Training

Read the 2013-14 Colorado Accommodation Manual, The Bridges to the Future

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

Attend a Workshop to Help Shape Colorado's School-Level Health & Wellness Data Collection System

Learning & Results

Professional Development Webinars Now Available

Library

Submit Your State Grants for Libraries Eligibility Form by October 1

Standards & Assessments

Register for the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

Attend a Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference Administrator Pre-Session

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Accountability & Improvement


Submit Your School Accreditation and Requests to Reconsider

Districts must submit an accreditation category for each of their schools to CDE by Tuesday, Oct. 15 with signed approval by the local school board president. The online accreditation and request to reconsider system is located at http://www2.cde.state.co.us/scripts/accreditationform/index.asp. A username and password are required.

If districts wish to submit a request to reconsider of the district's accreditation rating or a school's plan type assignment, the district must submit its appeal to Lisa Steffen at steffen_l@cde.state.co.us by Tuesday, Oct. 15. Guidance around the request to reconsider process is posted at the webpage below. Final requests to reconsider are due to CDE by Tuesday, Oct. 15 and must be included in the online accreditation system. All requests submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 15 will become part of public record.

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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



Take Part in Optional Fall UIP Submissions

CDE is offering an optional fall review of UIPs for districts accredited with a priority improvement or turnaround plan, as well as schools receiving a tiered intervention grant. Districts and schools that wish to submit UIPs for this review will receive early feedback about the plan. Plans for review must be submitted through the Tracker system by Tuesday, Oct 15. This review is offered as a support for the improvement planning process and does not take the place of the required winter or spring reviews (see the timeline within Section I of the pre-populated UIP report for required due dates). This early fall review is only open to districts accredited with priority improvement or turnaround plans and tiered intervention grant schools.

As a reminder, districts and schools may also opt to submit updated UIPs through the Tracker system by Tuesday, Oct. 15 for posting on SchoolView. Any plans submitted this fall for public posting will replace the plans that are currently posted on SchoolView.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jamie Baker
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6108
Email: baker_j@cde.state.co.us



Register for Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning Training Sessions

This session will focus on how planning teams will use data sources other than TCAP as part of the UIP process. Provided by CDE in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, participants will get a head start on using the K-3 literacy assessment data (currently used to identify students with significant reading deficiencies for the READ Act). Participants will also get support in incorporating additional data related to post-secondary and workforce readiness into data analysis, analyzing ACCESS data and using TELL survey results as part of root cause analysis. The session will help participants make sense of their use of a variety of assessment resources for a variety of reform initiatives. This session is open to both school and district level planning teams. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UIPFall2013.

Training sessions are offered on the following dates:
Denver North Metro on Monday, Sept. 30
Pueblo on Wednesday, Oct. 2
Grand Junction on Wednesday, Oct. 30
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For More Information, Contact:
Erin Loften
Improvement Planning
Phone: 303-866-6642
Email: loften_e@cde.state.co.us


Educator Effectiveness & Licensing


Register for the Aspiring to the Principalship Workshop

The Colorado Association of School Executives aspiring to the principalship course is designed to prepare individuals who hold administrative licenses or are working toward an administrative license for the steps required to apply and interview for leadership positions. The course will also give participants an opportunity to enter their job search with insight into current issues facing education leaders in Colorado, as well as a clear understanding of the personal and professional attributes they bring to the job search process and principal position. Accelerate your career today by signing up for this important workshop.

The workshop will be held Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the CASE office at 4101 S. Bannock Street, Englewood.

The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 21. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, Oct. 28.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary McNeil
Professional Development
Phone: 303-762-8762
Email: mmcneil@co-case.org


Exceptional Student Services


Attend a Gifted Education Leadership Forum

Superintendents, principals and other administrators or resource personnel are invited to, Mind the GGAP - with Heart: Gifted Growth and Performance Leadership Forum. The forum will be held during the Gifted Education State Conference on Oct. 8 from 8 - 11 a.m. The featured speaker is the Honorable Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

Participants will have an opportunity to network with school personnel across the state on matters of gifted student performance outcomes.

The forum will be held at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., in Denver. Visit the link below to register.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tara Rolfe
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6794
Email: rolfe_t@cde.state.co.us



Attend a Webinar About Writing Individualized Education Plan Goals and Objectives for Students Receiving Instruction on the Alternate Standards

This webinar scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. is offered to educators who have a student working on alternate academic achievement standards. This training presents a brief overview of the Colorado Academic Standards, including the extended evidence outcomes and extended readiness competencies. It will also include examples for translating extended evidence outcomes and extended readiness competencies into measureable goals and objectives.

Space is limited. Register at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cindy Kerr
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6644
Email: kerr_c@cde.state.co.us



Register for Data Pipeline Interchange and Snapshot Regional Trainings

CDE Exceptional Student Services and Federal Programs Units are conducting regional trainings on Data Pipeline interchanges and snapshots for special education and human resources. Participants will learn the relationships of the various interchanges and how the data are used to feed snapshots and subsequent special education and human resources reports.

The training is structured into two parts. The morning is geared to special education data respondents. In the afternoon, district personnel including local education agency users and approvers for staff interchange and/or human resources snapshot are invited to join their special education colleagues from 1 - 4 p.m. for a presentation on the staff interchange and the snapshots taken from that data. The training will conclude with a presentation on No Child Left Behind highly qualified requirements and how the highly qualified online system interacts with the staff interchange and snapshots.

The trainings are held on the dates listed for the locations below. Special education data respondents should attend from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Register at the link below.

Eagle, Wednesday, Oct 16: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DataPipelineEagle
Alamosa on Monday, Oct. 21: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DataPipelineAlamosa
Greeley, Wednesday, Oct 23: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DataPipelineGreeley
Colorado Springs, Tuesday, Oct. 29: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DataPipelineColoradoSprings
Lamar, Thursday, Nov. 7: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DataPipelineLamar

For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Chaffin and Cheryl Miller
Exceptional Student Services and Federal Programs
Phone: Melissa 303-866-6819; Cheryl 303-866-6214
Email: chaffin_m@cde.state.co.us; miller_c@cde.state.co.us



Register to Attend the Specific Learning Disabilities Math Training

This professional development opportunity focuses on the understanding of fractions and includes a full-day workshop, as well as follow-up web-based sessions with Mark Semmler, special education coordinator with Cherry Creek School District. The training is available to teams of two to four members consisting of at least one special educator and one general educator. Twelve CDE professional development (re-certification) credits are awarded for full participation.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. (coffee/tea available) and the workshops are from 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.. A working lunch is provided.

Trainings are held on the following Thursdays:
Westminster: Oct. 3
Vail: Oct. 10
Colorado Springs: Nov. 14
Denver Tech Center: Dec. 5
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For More Information, Contact:
Shannon Pfeiffer
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6969
Email: pfeiffer_s@cde.state.co.us



Read the 2013-14 Colorado Accommodation Manual, The Bridges to the Future

The manual contains information and guidance for educators about accommodations for instructions and assessment. Links to access the manual can be found on the Exceptional Student Services instructional accommodations webpage and on the Assessment Unit webpage.
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For More Information, Contact:
Linda Lamirande
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303-866-6863
Email: Lamirande_L@cde.state.co.us


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Attend a Workshop to Help Shape Colorado's School-Level Health & Wellness Data Collection System

The Colorado Legacy Foundation, in partnership with CDE and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, was recently awarded a five-year grant from Kaiser Permanente to create the infrastructure to measure, track and better understand health-related policies and practices being implemented in Colorado schools. CLF will hold regional sessions in order to obtain feedback inform this effort.

Purpose of event:
• To provide background information about the school health policy and practice data collection system.
• To obtain feedback about health categories, adequate number of indicators, barriers and opportunities for participation.
• To identify possible schools and districts willing to participate in the school health policy and practice data collection system pilot study in 2014.

The event is Thursday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Durango School District 9-R, 201 E 12th St, Board Room in Durango.

Travel and substitute reimbursement are available. A light breakfast and lunch are provided. Breakfast is available at 8:30 a.m. and the session begins at 9 a.m.

Please RSVP to Holly Leder at hledger@colegacy.org to secure your spot.

For More Information, Contact:
Andrea Pulskamp
Colorado Legacy Foundation
Phone: 303-736-6477
Email: apulskamp@colegacy.org


Learning & Results


Professional Development Webinars Now Available

The Office of Literacy released the first two webinars in a series of professional development opportunities for teachers related to implementing the READ Act. Modules are posted on the READ Act webpage in a recorded webinar format. In the coming weeks, teachers may also access the recordings via iTunes U on mobile devices. Two modules may be viewed including the cycle of instruction and identifying a significant reading deficiency. These recordings may also be presented to teachers through an on-site, professional development format taught by the Office of Literacy regional consultants upon request. View the list of regional consultants on the READ Act webpage for information about who to contact with questions about this opportunity for in-person training.
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For More Information, Contact:
Pati Montgomery
Teaching and Learing
Phone: 303-866-6016
Email: montgomery_p@cde.state.co.us


Library


Submit Your State Grants for Libraries Eligibility Form by October 1

This non-competitive grant provides a minimum $3,000 to school districts to use for print or electronic materials in school libraries to support purchase of educational materials, with a focus on early learning and early literacy materials. Districts may apply the grant to district-wide initiatives such as databases or to improve resources in specific schools within the district. It is anticipated this grant will be available annually.

To receive funds, school districts must submit an eligibility form to the State Library by Oct. 1. The eligibility form, guidelines, FAQ and a recorded webinar can be found at the link below.

A special note to districts affected by the devastating floods: contact Susan Burkholder to arrange an extension on the deadline if needed.
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For More Information, Contact:
Susan Burkholder
Colorado State Library
Phone: 303-866-6660
Email: burkholder_s@cde.state.co.us


Standards & Assessments


Register for the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

The conference is Oct. 10-11 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Mathematics teachers from all over the state will learn together as they navigate the Colorado Academic Standards and prepare students for success on the PARCC assessment. Thursday afternoon’s administrator pre-session will allow attendies to utilize PARCC resources available for teachers to better understand the standards and assessment. Friday offers more than 100 sessions for teachers of all levels on topics including math practices, technology, intervention and more.

Friday’s keynote speaker, Ellen Whitesides, will share thoughts about how the new standards can serve as a compass for student understanding, teacher collaboration and future possibilities for Colorado's students.

For detailed information and to register, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Colsman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6737
Email: colsman_m@cde.state.co.us



Attend a Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference Administrator Pre-Session

There are two pre-sessions this year. Both sessions are on Thursday, Oct. 10. The administrator session, Leading Math in the New Standards Era, is from noon - 3 p.m., (box lunch is included with registration) and will provide administrators with a myriad of systemic issues around implementing the new standards and assessment. The second session, Leveraging PARCC Resources for Teaching and Learning, is for teachers and administrators and runs from 4 - 6:30 p.m. This session focuses entirely on the new PARCC assessment going live next year. Follow-up sessions will be available Friday, Oct. 11.
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For More Information, Contact:
Mary Pittman
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-854-4560
Email: pittman_m@cde.state.co.us






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