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2016 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) Fall Trainings

The following sessions will be offered in locations across the state. 

Unified Improvement Planning

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks. 
The formal sessions will run from 8:30 to 11:30, with optional work time available at session conclusion. For questions, contact Erin Loften, loften_e@cde.state.co.us 

  • 8:30-12:00pm: Introduction to Online UIP
  • September 21, 2016 (North Metro) | October 7, 2016 (Pueblo) | Note: Registration required for both morning and afternoon sessions if attending both.

With the expectation that UIP’s are completed in the online system, CDE is offering an introductory session for this system.   The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available through the system.  This session is intended for those that are new to using the online system or need an in-depth refresher.   Please bring a laptop and have available the most recent version of your UIP.  Prior to the session, participants should be provided access to the UIP Online System through CDE Identity Management by their Local Access Manager (LAM). 

  • 12:30-4:00pm: UIP Updates and Changes
  • September 21, 2016 (North Metro) | October 7, 2016 (Pueblo) | Note: Registration required for both morning and afternoon sessions if attending both.

This portion of the day will focus on key changes to the UIP process for the 2016-17 year and will include the following topics:

  • Clarify expectations for use of state assessment results ; 
  • updates to the online UIP from the previous version;
  • share new resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook;
  • opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks.

Unified Improvement Planning Office Hours and Framework Updates 

CDE staff will be available to meet with district staff to for district or school specific support. Please contact Erin Loften (loften_e@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6642) to set a time for in- person UIP support to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, to receive feedback on plans or any other topic of interest.  Please contact Dan Jorgensen (Jorgensen_d@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6763) for topics related to the Colorado growth model and/or performance frameworks.

The afternoon session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year and will include the following topics:

  • The newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for 
  • Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education;
  • Provide considerations for use of state assessment results;
  • Share newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook.

Online UIP System Training 

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks. 

Participants will have unstructured work time to engage with the Online UIP based on their needs. Technical assistance will be available from CDE improvement planning staff in navigating and entering plan information into the system.  Additionally UIP team support will be available to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, or provide feedback on plans. 

UIP Online System and Work Session

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks.  

Participants will have unstructured work time to engage with the Online UIP based on their needs. Technical assistance will be available from CDE improvement planning staff in navigating and entering plan information into the system.  Additionally UIP team support will be available to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, or provide feedback on plans. 

For scheduling and training questions please contact Erin Loften at Loften_E@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642.

2016 Accountability Trainings

In this half- day session, attendees will learn about the newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education. This training will provide attendees with an overview of the Colorado Accountability System and the frameworks, while also providing an opportunity to review the updated and annotated DPF/SPF reports. Additionally, attendees will learn how to access related resource materials on CDE websites.

In the afternoon session, CDE will provide support for leaders and staff in districts and schools on the accountability clock (i.e., in Priority Improvement or Turnaround status). The focus is to deepen understanding of how the state’s accountability system and supports can complement local improvement efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The state accountability clock and SB163 pathways
  • Opportunities for support for Priority Improvement and Turnaround districts and schools
  • Key timelines for planning and accountability

In this half- day session, attendees will learn about the newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education. This training will provide attendees with an overview of the Colorado Accountability System and the frameworks, while also providing an opportunity to review the updated and annotated DPF/SPF reports. Additionally, attendees will learn how to access related resource materials on CDE websites.

Webinars

The following webinars will be offered during the Fall of 2016.  Announcements will be made via the Scoop.

Understanding the Colorado Growth Model Webinar
This webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Colorado Growth Model, including student growth percentiles, median growth percentiles, and an overview of changes in reports and measures associated with the 2016 release. (Updated: October 6, 2016) 

    School and District Performance Framework 2.0 Webinar
    This webinar covers the basics of the DPFs/SPFs and changes to the DPFs/SPFs for the 2016 release. (Updated October 6, 2016)

    • Note: This webinar recording has no audio due to an error.

    School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Process Webinar 
    This webinar covers the process of districts accrediting schools, the timeline, and the request to reconsider process.

    Alternative Education Campus Frameworks Webinar
    This webinar will cover the basics of the Alternative Education Campus accountability frameworks, including changes to the frameworks for the 2016 release, and allow for participants to ask questions.

    For scheduling and training questions please contact Dan Jorgensen at Jorgensen_D@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6763.

     

    Southwest Work Session with CDE: Accountability and Improvement Planning

    Join CDE staff for an in-person work session on two new resources. The first portion of the day will focus on the structure, measures and metrics of the 2015 School/District Informational Report (a preview of the revised School and District Performance Frameworks). This portion will also provide an opportunity to give feedback about the format and information within the reports. This is a chance to give input prior to the release of the formal reports due out in September 2016.

    The second portion will be an overview and training on the online UIP system and will also include updates to the planning process, highlight format changes to the online UIP and cover implications of the performance frameworks changes for the UIP.

    It's Alive! Strategies for Effective UIP Action Planning

    This session will focus on designing and implementing a UIP action plan that will effectively support performance management. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their current action plan, identify areas to strengthen, learn about new infrastructure and tools to effectively monitor the plan and gather actionable data, and practice writing actionable implementation benchmarks.  The session was offered: 

    • October 30, 2015, Centennial BOCES
    • November 5, 2015: Pikes Peak BOCES
    • November 18, 2015: Adams 12 School District
    • PowerPoint

    UIP During the State Assessment Transition 2015-16

    Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this full-day session is intended for school and district leaders and will focus on how to engage in Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) during the 2015-16 school year. Participants will review policy changes that have had an impact on UIP, work with the newly released, Implications and Guidance for UIP during the State Assessment Transition during the 2015-16 School Year, and access and utilize new and updated planning support resources related to the following topics:

    • Analyzing performance data for performance indicator areas (i.e. Academic Achievement, Growth and Growth Gaps) affected by the state transition to a new assessment system;
    • Setting performance targets for achievement and growth during the state assessment transition;
    • Fully incorporating the results from assessments required by the READ Act into the UIP; and

    Using  the 2015-16 pause in state accountability ratings to deepen other components of improvement planning -- root cause analysis, action planning and monitoring implementation of major improvement strategies.

    Ramping Up Root Cause Analysis 

    Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this learning session is intended for anyone who is ready to deepen their efforts to engage in Root Cause Analysis (RCA, a critical component of Unified Improvement Planning in Colorado).  The state assessment transition provides an opportunity for local planning teams to deepen various aspects of their improvement planning efforts that don’t depend on state assessment results. Effective RCA helps planning teams ensure that the actions they take will result in improvement in student learning.  Participants in this session will: engage with process and program data resources that can support RCA newly available from CDE (e.g. ELD Program Rubrics, Human Capital Self-Assessment), Practice with RCA dialogue protocols (including RCA on positive performance), and access and practice facilitation strategies to ensure RCA sessions stay on track and are productive and positive for all participants.

     

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    For questions about UIP training, please contact Erin Loften at loften_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642.

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