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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

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This Week in The Scoop

Early Learning & School Readiness


** Apply for the 2020-21 Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project

Acadience Reading (formerly DIBELS Next) and ISIP Early Reading are assessments that teachers may use to obtain reading skill levels of K-3 students in support of the READ Act.

Pending legislative approval during the 2020 session, CDE will offer Acadience Reading and ISIP Early Reading through the Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) project for the 2020-21 school year.

ELAT will include a letter of intent to apply this fall for participation in the 2020-21 school year. Access the letter of intent via Survey Monkey. The process will close Wednesday, Nov. 13.

For details visit the ELAT Project webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Tammy Yetter
Teaching & Learning Unit
Phone: 720-955-8055
Email: yetter_t@cde.state.co.us

Educator Talent


Review Educator Preparation Endorsement Standards

CDE is extending an invitation to educators to participate in a Friday, Nov. 15, review of teacher preparation program from Institutes of Higher Education and Alternative Licensure Programs. Educators from all content areas (elementary, early childhood, secondary, k-12, special education background) are needed for this review.

Educators from school districts throughout the P-20 educational system, internal CDE content experts, as well as higher education faculty are welcome to help review educator preparation programs’ alignment to the endorsement standards.

If interested, contact Jen Kral. To register, complete the registration form via Wufoo by Wednesday, Nov. 6.

For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Kral
Educator Talent
Phone: 303.866.6898
Email: kral_j@cde.state.co.us

Last Chance to Register for the Fall Educator Effectiveness Professional Learning Community meetings

A few more Educator Effectiveness Professional Learning Community meetings are scheduled for this fall, focused on“Deepening the Impact of Measures of Student Learning (MSLs) and Measures of Student Outcomes (MSOs).”

District/BOCES teams are encouraged to attend as a group to better incorporate the local context and values around the use of meaningful measures in educator evaluations.

To view the meeting objectives, a full list of meeting dates and to register, visit the EE Regional Supports webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Educator Effectiveness Team
Educator Effectiveness
Phone: 303-866-6221
Email: educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us

Exceptional Student Services


Autism communication toolkit training available

A two-day training on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be available in response to feedback from administrators and teachers/service providers who work with students with ASD. Participants must come with a student(s) in mind, along with a basic summary of the student's current communication skill levels.

Visit the Professional Learning ASD webpage for details.

For More Information, Contact:
Janet Zimmermann
ESSU
Phone: 3038666644
Email: zimmermann_j@cde.state.co.us

Federal Programs


Apply to be the 2020 CLDE Academy Distinguished Administrator

Each year, the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled administrator to represent the entire profession in Colorado.

Nominees must:

  • Be actively supporting an English Language Development program (school or district) at the time of the award;
  • Contribute to increased achievement of culturally and linguistically diverse learners;
  • Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and
  • Exhibit distinguished leadership and service to the culturally and linguistically diverse education profession and its community.

Applications for this honor will be due Wednesday, Feb. 19. To access the application, visit the CLDE homepage.

For More Information, Contact:
Lourdes Buck
CLDE
Phone: 303-866-6198
Email: Buck_L@cde.state.co.us

Application for the 2020 "Who I Am" Academy Art Contest available

The “Who I Am” Academy Art Contest honors a student who demonstrates the theme of celebrating self through fine art. The winner and entering teacher will be invited and honored at the CLDE Academy Conference in the spring.

Qualifications for Entry:

  • Student must be a full-time K-12 student.
  • Student may write the narrative in their native language, or, for grades K-2, be scripted by an adult.
  • Student must submit artwork expressing their views around the theme of “Who I Am” (Examples: photograph, drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, fiber, digital/electronic art, etc...).

Applications for this honor will be due Wednesday, Feb. 19. To access the application, visit the CLDE homepage.

For More Information, Contact:
Lourdes Buck
CLDE
Phone: 303-866-6198
Email: Buck_L@cde.state.co.us

Save the Date for the 14th Annual CLDE Academy

The 2020 CLDE Academy is scheduled for Thursday, May 7. This annual event offers an opportunity to network with colleagues across the state and to provide a professional platform to learn and share innovative and effective practices and programs for Colorado English learners.

CLDE Academy sessions will be presented throughout the day where participants can attend and earn professional development credit hours.

Applications to present a session can be found on the CLDE homepage and are due by Monday, March 2.

For More Information, Contact:
Candace Davis
CLDE
Phone: 303-866-6789
Email: davis_c@cde.state.co.us

Health, Wellness & Nutrition


Ensure compliance of Colorado Immunization Law

Colorado’s Immunization Law (C.R.S. 25-4-902) requires schools and child care providers to review and collect up-to-date immunization records for all children and adolescents.

Immunization records should be provided to the school at the time of school entry, and parents have 14 days to bring their child into compliance. To be compliant, a student must be up-to-date with their immunizations, be in the process with a plan to become up-to-date or have an exemption on file at the school.

For more information, read the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's FAQs 2019-20 Colorado School Required Vaccines for Child Care and K-12 Grades.

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Blumenthal
Health and Wellness
Phone: 303-866-6779
Email: blumenthal_m@cde.state.co.us

Local Food Program applications open

The Local Food Program offers eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) reimbursement for the purchase of Colorado grown, raised or processed products. The purpose of this grant program is to encourage school nutrition providers to procure local products, while in return fostering nutrition education, bolstering Farm to Child Nutrition activities in the state and supporting Colorado producers and farmers.

SFAs who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

An application training webinar will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Attend via Adobe Connect. If you have questions or issues regarding registration, email Alicia Grove at Grove_A@cde.state.co.us.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, submit a letter of intent via Survey Monkey by Friday, Oct. 25.

Applications will be due Tuesday, Nov. 26. For additional information and to access the application, visit the website below.

Visit the Farm to School and Summer webpage for more information.

For More Information, Contact:
Jon Padia
School Nutrition Unit
Phone: (303) 866-3685
Email: Padia_J@cde.state.co.us

News & Notes


Loan forgiveness available for public employees

All public employees, including teachers, may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a repayment plan while working full-time for a qualified employer.

Visit the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration's (DPA) website to find out if you are eligible for PSLF, discover how to become a certified public employee and apply for certification.

Learn more on the Federal Student Aid Office at the U.S. Department of Education's website.

For More Information, Contact:
FedLoan Servicing
U.S. Department of Education
Phone: 1-855-265-4038

Postsecondary Readiness


Register to attend a PWR Symposium

CDE is partnering with districts, BOCES and community leaders to host workshops that support the implementation of Graduation Guidelines. 

Consider bringing district partners, teams of administrators, teachers, counselors and other staff to a Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Symposium at one of the following locations:

  • Friday, Oct. 25: South Metro Denver, hosted by Cherry Creek Schools
  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Grand Junction, hosted by Mesa County District 51
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: Sterling or Haxtun, hosted by Northeast BOCES
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4: Buena Vista, hosted by Mountain BOCES

For registration, more dates and locations, and resources from past symposiums, visit the Graduation Guidelines webpage. Those interested might also consider hosting a symposium next spring.

For More Information, Contact:
Robin Russel
Postsecondary Readiness
Phone: 303-866-2908
Email: russel_r@cde.state.co.us

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