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Turnaround Leadership Development Program



  • The Leadership Development Participant RFP is available to districts, charter schools, and the Charter School Institute who serve schools with CDE plan types of Priority Improvement or Turnaround. For more information please see eligibility list in the Participant RFP.



The School Turnaround Leadership Grant Program, made possible through SB 14-124, establishes and promotes leadership training specifically for the turnaround environment and is an integral part of Colorado’s state-wide strategy to improve the performance of students in the lowest-performing schools and districts in the state.  The grant program releases two RFPs, one for providers and one for participants.

The Provider RFP is intended for existing or new leadership development providers.  Applicants may apply to have a new or existing program identified as meeting the criteria and quality as outlined in the RFP.  Such identified Providers would then be eligible to enroll participants and to receive state funds through the Participant RFP.  Provider applicants may also apply for one-time design grants to support the creation and/or development of their turnaround leadership development programs.  Applicants must agree to serve leaders in more than one district across the state.

The Participant RFP is intended for districts, charter schools, or the Charter School Institute to apply for state funds in order to have eligible teachers, principals, and district staff enroll and participate in the identified Providers.  Applicants may request funds to support teacher leaders, school leaders, and district staff who directly work in or support schools with identified Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan types, according to the Colorado School Performance Frameworks.  (The 2014 school plan types were announced at the State Board meeting on December 10, 2014.) 


It is the intention of CDE and the Office of Priority Improvement and Turnaround Support to align the support offered through the turnaround leadership development Provider and Participant grants with other supports and partnerships offered through CDE.  Applicants are encouraged to review other support systems.


RFP For Participants

  • RFP for Participants coming soon

Participant RFP Documents:

Technical Assistance For Participant RFP

December 8, 2015 Webinar Recording

December 8, 2015 Webinar Power Point (PDF)

RFP For Providers

Provider RFP is available now!

An application training webinar will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 8:00-9:00 am. Register for this technical assistance via Eventbrite at If you have questions or issues regarding registration, please email

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Letter of Intent (see Attachment C) by Friday, October 14, 2016 via SurveyMonkey at:


Provider RFP Documents:

Technical Assistance For Provider RFP


State Board of Education Rules Change

The State Board of Education approved a notice of a rulemaking hearing to revise the rules for the School Turnaround Leaders Development Program (STLD) at their October 2015 meeting.  The hearing will occur during the State Board of Education meeting on December 9, 2015.  This notice opens up a period of public comment.  It is recommended that comments are submitted by November 16th, 2015 so that CDE staff have adequate time to revise if necessary and incorporate comments into the materials submitted to the State Board.  Comments may be submitted to the State Board up until December 9, 2015.


A draft of the notice to amend the rules for the Administration of the School Turnaround Leaders Development Program (1 CCR 301-95) can be found here.   A cross-walk of the rule changes can be found here.  If you would like to submit comment, please send written feedback via email directly to the State Board at and to Peter Sherman at


Grant Information

Evaluation Report to the Colorado Legislature:

2014-2015 Report


Turnaround Leadership Resources

School Turnaround Leaders: Competencies for Success, Public Impact, 2008

School Turnaround Leaders: Selection Toolkit, Public Impact, 2008

Using Competencies to Improve Turnaround Principal Success, Public Impact and University of Virginia's Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, 2011






Please feel free to contact Peter Sherman, with questions about the grant program.


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