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.
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.
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 2017-2018 Leadership Development Participant RFP will be available Dec. 14th, 2016 for districts, charter schools, and the Charter School Institute who serve schools with CDE plan types of Priority Improvement or Turnaround.
Technical Assistance For Participant RFP
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 approved Leadership Development Programs for 2017-2018 will be available to review on Dec 14th.
The 2016 Provider RFP documents can be used as a reference guide, the provider RFP has closed, please check back in September 2017 for the 2018-2019 RFP
- STLD Provider RFP 2016 (Word)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Cover Page and Assurances (Word)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Letter of Intent (Word)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Budget Template (Excel)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and to Peter Sherman at Sherman_P@cde.state.co.us
Evaluation Report to the Colorado Legislature:
Turnaround Leadership Resources
Please feel free to contact Peter Sherman, Sherman_P@cde.state.co.us with questions about the grant program.