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Turnaround Leadership Development Program


  • The 2015-16 School Leadership Request for Providers has been released. Applications are due on September 28, 2015. Please see below for Provider RFP information.

  • In November 2015, the 2015-2016 Leadership Development Participant RFP will be available to districts, charter schools, and the Charter School Institute who serve schools with CDE plan types of Priority Improvement or Turnaround.

  • On February 18, 2015, Leadership Development Providers were approved by the State Board. The identified providers are as follows. Please click on each of the Providers for more information about their programs.

  • 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. See below for 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 Providers

  • RFP Letters of Intent are due Friday, September 11, 2015.

  • RFP applications are due Monday, September 28, 2015, by 11:59pm.

Provider RFP Documents:

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RFP for Participants

Participant RFP Documents:

Through the Participant RFP, districts, charter schools, and CSI may apply for funding to support attendance at one or more of the identified Providers. In November 2015, the 2015-16 Participant RFP will be released.



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


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