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Jan. 29, 2020

Standards and Instructional Support Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the Standards and Instructional Support Office's monthly newsletter with topics focusing on review and implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards. Visit the 2020 Standards Implementation webpage for more information and helpful resources.

Updates prior to the next newsletter can be found in other CDE publications including The Scoop, The Spark Teacher Newsletter and the CDE Update for Superintendents. Visit the Communications Office homepage to read past editions or subscribe.
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General Announcements

Teacher survey

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support invites all Colorado educators to participate in a voluntary Professional Development Needs Survey so that CDE can better understands the needs of the educators currently in the field. Please share this with others who can contribute. The survey will close on Friday, Feb. 12.

Access this survey here.

Contact Chris Summers at with any questions.

Commission and committee updates

Follow the work of two groups tasked to make specific recommendations for revisions to the social studies academic standards.

For questions, contact Joanna Bruno at

2020 Standards Implementation

Setting the Standard Webinar Series

The Office Standards and Instructional Support continues to host ongoing virtual webinars, Setting the Standard.

Join the team to stay up-to-date on high impact instructional strategies, CDE resources for teaching and Colorado Academic Standards implementation updates.

For questions, contact Alyssa Wooten at

Setting the Standard Podcast

CDE's Standards and Instructional Support Office has its own podcast with topics that focus on teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum and academic standards.

Episodes include news, resources, interviews from the field, and tips for improving teaching and learning in schools and classrooms. Find more information on Anchor.

Standards Review and Revision

Last chance to apply for Standards Review and Revision Committee membership

Applicants are being sought for review and revision committees in the content areas of social studies, dance, drama/theatre arts, music and visual arts. 

The online application will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. Access the application here.

Selected applicants will be notified in March. Committees will begin their work in May 2021 and conclude in June 2022.

Find more information about the CAS Review and Revision process here.

The Arts

Arts Education Guidebook

The Arts Education Guidebook was created to connect educational needs with visual and performing arts activities in communities across the state.  This guidebook is meant to provide Colorado schools and districts with research-based information and ideas on ways to improve or expand arts education programs.

As the economic needs of the state have evolved, so has the urgency to provide students with an education that will best prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow, one that will require the learning and innovation skills that are taught effectively through the arts: invention, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and reasoning, self-direction, communication, and collaboration. 

View more on the Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook & Resources webpage.


Frequently Asked Questions About Mathematics in Colorado

How many high school math credits are required to graduate?

Where is the list of math programs and interventions that are approved to use in schools?

How are Colorado's math standards like and not like Common Core?

You can find the answers to these and other questions on the Frequently Asked Questions about Mathematics in Colorado webpage. 

Social Studies

Elementary Primary Source Sets   

A collaborative of educators, museum personnel and others worked together to create primary source sets for grades K-6. Currently, there are at least three primary source sets for each grade level. Also available are primary source analysis sheets geared specifically to elementary students.  These worksheets can be found on the Elementary Primary Source Sets webpage.

World Languages

Register for the CCFLT conference

The Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT) is hosting their annual spring conference virtually. The conference begins on Feb. 6, with events all month long.

Register on the CCFL website.


PAEMST nominations open

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the U. S. government specifically for K–12 STEM and computer science teaching. 

Nominations for this prestigious award are now open. Access the online form here to check nominee eligibility requirements and to nominate and outstanding 7-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher.

Computer Science

Digital literacy & learning resources available

Resources around digital literacy and information technology are available from the Colorado Virtual Library. Access the resources online here.

Comprehensive Health

Online resources for teaching health skills

The Online Resources for Comprehensive Health webpage is intended to provide curriculum support for teachers. The resources cover concepts and skills to support instruction that aligns with the Colorado Academic Standards for grades K- 12. Many of these online resources can also be found within the Comprehensive Health instructional units of the District Sample Curriculum project. 

Please note that the resources provided on this website are intended to provide a quick access list for educators to use in a way that supports their instructional planning. Provided resources should be previewed and used with teacher discretion. 

Personal Financial Literacy

MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards application

The MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards are presented by the Office of the Colorado Attorney General in partnership with CDE. Awards recognize distinguished districts, schools, educators, and students who have demonstrated a priority in personal finance education throughout their school and community.

The 2021 awards are the third and final year of this initiative to promote and increase financial literacy education in Colorado. The 2021 application closes on  Monday, March 15. 

For details and eligibility, visit the Colorado AG website. 

Important Deadlines
  • Jan. 31 - Standards Revision Committee membership applications due.
  • March 15 - MoneyWi$er award applications due.
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