With 190 Colorado schools with Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan types, there is significant demand to train and support school leaders who are uniquely equipped to lead and manage the complex challenges faced in these schools. We need more school leaders who show an unwavering desire and focus on improving student learning, who have the skills to lead and manage accordingly, and who are willing to make courageous decisions on behalf of students and their families.
On June 5, 2014, the Governor signed SB 14-124 which will create the School Turnaround Leaders Development Program. This program provides Colorado with the incredible opportunity to strengthen the current and future leaders of our lowest-performing schools.
The Program will create two grants. One “provider” grant will fund one-time design and development grants for turnaround leadership development programs. Another “participant” grant will fund the training and development of school turnaround leaders through approved providers. It is the intent of the law to recruit, develop, and promote new and existing leadership development programs specifically focused on serving low-performing schools.
In order to implement this program this school year, there is urgency with starting the grant program. We will be submitting emergency rules to the State Board of Education for their consideration and approval at the September 11, 2014 meeting. As a courtesy, we have scheduled two stakeholder events for August 14 and 15 so that we have an opportunity to review these proposed rules with you and receive your input.
We have also established a survey - based on a report by Public Impact - in order to provide another opporunity to receive your feedback. The survey link will be open until Sept. 4. We hope that you will be able to engage in one or both of these stakeholder events and look forward to receiving your feedback.
Please read the Public Impact report commissioned by CDE, which summarizes and synthesizes the practices and program components of effective turnaround leadership development programs across the country. Then, take the brief survey.