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Tuesday, January 08, 2020

** Action Item

This Week in The Scoop

Accountability & Improvement

Unified Improvement Plan submission due Jan. 15

All schools and districts implementing a Priority Improvement or Turnaround Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) or a Performance or Improvement plan and "On Watch" must submit the UIP for review by Wednesday, Jan. 15, through the UIP online system.

To submit, schools must first click the "Ready for Review" button. Next, the district reviews the UIP and changes the UIP status on the overview page to “Submit to CDE for Review.” Submitted schools will appear in the UIP tab drop down "Submitted to CDE for January Review."

Please visit the UIP website for more information.

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Steffen
Accountability and Continuous Improvement
Phone: 303-866-6676

TLCC survey to launch Jan. 22

The Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey will launch Wednesday, Jan. 22. Packets with individualized, single-use survey codes will be mailed to schools the week of Jan. 13. 

The survey will be available on the TLCC website and can be taken in under 15 minutes from any computer or mobile device. It will close on Friday, Feb. 21. Schools and districts need at least 50% staff response and a minimum of five respondents to access results. For more information, please visit the TLCC survey website.

For More Information, Contact:
Lisa Steffen
Accountability and Continuous Improvement
Phone: 303-866-6676

Notification required for new AEC applications

Alternative Education Campuses (AECs) reapplying for the 2020-21 school year will have access to pre-populated renewal data in the Data Pipeline system in early March 2020. If your school would like to apply for an AEC designation for the first time, please contact B Sanders by Friday, Jan. 31. The Accountability and Data Analysis Unit will work with you to grant access to the AEC Collections in Data Pipeline. 

For more information, visit the AEC information web page. 

For More Information, Contact:
B Sanders
Accountability Analytics
Phone: 3038662865

Early Learning & School Readiness

READ Act professional development reviewers needed

Reviewers are sought to help approve  professional development for the READ Act advisory lists. CDE's Preschool through Third Grade Office will conduct reviews over multiple days. Applicants may indicate one, a few, or all days that they are able to support CDE in the review process. Please apply via this Google form.
Reviews will be held in the Denver metro area. External travel and parking expenses will be reimbursed for external reviewers. Hotel expenses will not be reimbursed. More information regarding the Colorado READ Act can be found here.

For More Information, Contact:
Marisa Calzadillas
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 303-866-6189

** Application for the Early Literacy Assessment Tool Project closes Jan. 31

The Early Literacy Assessment Tool (ELAT) Project is accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 31, by 11:59 p.m.
The application is available online via Survey Monkey. 

An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. Register for this webinar via Zoom

All application materials are available here. 

For More Information, Contact:
Laura Stelling
Phone: 303-866-6971

Exceptional Student Services

Local SEAC training in Colorado Springs, Jan. 23.

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC) hosts a Local SEAC Workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 23,  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the District 49 Creekside Success Center in Colorado Springs. The workshop is open to parents and staff who are interested in starting a local SEAC, as well as members of existing SEACs looking to grow, share and improve their programming.

Join the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC) representatives and learn new ways to grow your SEAC.

Each SEAC will offer a short presentation
about their:

● Structure
● Agenda
● Successes
● Areas they want to improve

Everyone will leave with an action plan that works for their district. For more information, visit the CSEAC website.

Please email to register.


For More Information, Contact:
Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Phone: 303-866-6757

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

USDA National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant applications open

This grant will competitively award U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Equipment Assistance Grants to eligible School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to improve the quality of school meals; improve food safety of food served; improve overall energy efficiency; and improve or expand participation in the NSLP or School Breakfast Program (SBP). Funds may be used for the purchase of new equipment, the replacement of old equipment, or the renovation of existing equipment, plus all associated delivery and installation costs.

An application training webinar will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14,  from 2-3 p.m. The link to register will be provided in the January Dish Newsletter. A recording of the webinar will be posted on the program website

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Intent to Apply via the Survey Monkey by Wednesday, Jan. 15, by 11:59 p.m.

Applications will be due Tuesday, Feb. 11, by 11:59 pm. For additional information and to access the application, visit the School Nutrition Unit website.

For More Information, Contact:
Megan Johnson
School Nutrition Unit
Phone: (303) 866-5983

News & Notes

Teachers and Principals are asked to promote the census

Teachers and principals are trusted voices in the community and are encouraged to begin helping families understand the importance of responding to the U.S. Census. Census Day is April 1, 2020. By this date, every home will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. CDE has created a toolkit to help principals and teachers communicate with parents about the importance of responding to the census. This includes drop-in articles and flyers to share at back-to-school events.

Teachers can also use the census as a teaching opportunity to help students understand the U.S. Constitution, history, social studies and math and statistics. CDE has compiled a toolkit for teachers with links to online free resources that are searchable by grade, school subject, topic and education standard.


For More Information, Contact:
Jeremy Meyer
Phone: 3038662334

Postsecondary Readiness

Free on-demand training: Colorado Career Conversations Training Project

As an initiative of the Education Leadership Council and on behalf of the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Initiative is offering Colorado Career Conversation training.

This free professional development experience is intended for anyone who might have a career conversation. The goal of the project is to train 5,000 people by June 2020, expanding the number of skilled advisers able to deliver a consistent career advising experience.

These on-demand training sessions and workshops are focused on creating and reinforcing robust career advising partnerships between K-12, higher education, adult education programs and workforce centers/business as well as increasing our career advising capacity across Colorado. In addition to offering free training, which can be scheduled at the date/time of your choosing, there are funds available to cover expenses, such as:

• Mileage/travel
• Hotel (if overnight is necessary)
• Parking (if applicable)
• Sub-pay for instructors, teachers, counselors, etc. (for training hours only, $20/hour)
• Food is provided for 6-hour training

Please visit the Colorado Education Initiative website for more information.


For More Information, Contact:
Liz Kuehl
Student Pathways
Phone: 303-736-6477

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