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Participation Opportunities in Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project

Opportunities will be available for Colorado educators at all levels to participate in the development of Colorado's curriculum samples. This timeline and participation guidelines are tied directly to our Development Plan for the Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project.

UPDATE: Participants can apply for 2 UNC graduate credits for a nominal fee. Details will be disseminated in each workshop.

Colorado Educator Participation

This summer, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will convene a group of educators to participate in the creation of full instructional units based on select samples (unit overviews) created during the first phase of Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project. In this next phase of the project, the Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) office will work alongside Colorado teachers and district leaders to create units at every grade and for all content areas. These units will include learning strategies, resource suggestions, differentiation options, and assessment ideas linked to helping all students achieve the big understandings (generalizations) in the (unit overview) sample.

During three-day workshops educators, working in teams, will produce at least one full instructional unit at each grade and content area that reflects a model of educators working together to plan for the instruction of all students. Teams will be comprised of:

  • 2 general education teachers (content specialists)
  • 1 ELL teacher
  • 1 Gifted and Talented teacher
  • 1 Special Education teacher
  • 1 Title One teacher (k-5 workshop only)

The CDE plan for facilitating sample curriculum depends on the participation of dedicated teachers throughout Colorado who are responsible for the instructional delivery of standards-based curricula. As with the fall workshops, the SIS team will diligently pursue the participation of educators to ensure representation of the diverse teaching force and districts across Colorado.

Applications being accepted now!

Educators interested in participating in these workshops must first complete an online application.

Before beginning the online application:

  1. Review the PDF of the application so you are prepared to answer all of the questions.
  2. Read the participation requirements outlined below.

Space is extremely limited but CDE is committed to bringing together participants from districts across Colorado.

Application timeline:

April 15, 2013: Application opens

June 30, 2013: Application closes

How to apply: Unique applications have been created to ensure the diverse and strategic makeup of each working team as outlined above. Please select the survey that reflects the specific expertise you would like to represent in your working team. Reviewing the PDF before beginning the online application would be beneficial.


Area of expertise

Review the PDF

Online Application Link

General education (content specialists)
and/or Title One*
* Indicate Title One experience on question 7.
Download the PDF* Application Link*
English language learners Download the PDF Application Link
Gifted and talented Download the PDF Application Link
Special education Download the PDF Application Link

For application support contact Anna Huffman

Workshop Calendar


  • Specific grade level work groups are created for Math, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, STEM, Comprehensive Health and Reading, Writing, and Communicating.
  • The structure for World Languages will include working teams based on the target language. All World Language teams are scheduled to attend the August 5-7 workshop.

Session One

July 29-July 31, 2013
Kindergarten - 5th Grade Development

Session Two

August 5-7, 2013
6th Grade - 8th Grade Development
and all grade levels for World Languages

Session Three

August 12-14, 2013
9th Grade -12th Grade Development

Participant Requirements

Applicants must agree to the following participation guidelines to be eligible.

Pre-workshop Requirements:

  • Obtain support and approval for participation from building and/or district administrator (contact information will be requested in the application
  • Complete pre-workshop reading related to CDE's curriculum framework
  • Complete 3, 1-hour, pre-workshop webinars related to the successful completion of the units
  • Read the Colorado Academic Standards for assigned content area and grade level

Workshop Requirements:

  • Attend the three-day workshop
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse team of educators
  • Complete instructional units based on select curriculum samples

Post-workshop Requirements:

  • Support editing and refinement of the team unit (via email) prior to its posting on CDE and eNet websites

Reimbursement Guidelines for Participants

With a limited budget, CDE will provide support to all participants in the following pre-approved ways:

  1. Lunch will be provided on all workshop days
  2. Reimbursement for (up to) three nights of accommodations will be provided for participants traveling more than 35 miles (one-way) to the workshop location
  3. Mileage will be reimbursed above 50 miles traveled for the three day workshop

For questions related to reimbursements, please contact Beverly Andes.

Workshop Location

Workshops will be held on the front range at a location that is yet to be determined.

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