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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1450
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-866-6777
Fax: 303-265-9157

Our Mission

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education provides support to Colorado school districts, schools, and educational leaders to address the academic, linguistic, and social-emotional needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Photo:  Colorado Educators attending the WIDA National Conference 2015

Important Announcements

2016 Tenth Annual CLDE Academy

The CLDE Academy 2016, formally known as the LCE Academy, is in its 10th Annual year of celebration.  The Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education has partnered with numerous stakeholders over the past 9 years, including the University of Colorado’s Bueno Center, National Geographic, Imagine Learning, The Region VIII Equity Assistance Center, The Colorado Association of Bilingual Education, CTB/McGraw Hill, and The Associated Directors of Bilingual Education to offer this annual professional learning opportunity.  The CLDE Academy continues this tradition in 2016 to offer an opportunity to network with colleagues across the state to provide a professional platform to learn and share innovative and effective practices and programs for Colorado English learners.  

  • April 22, 2016 - for more information
  • Call for proposals for the 2016 CLDE Academy - form
  • Application for 2016 Distinguished Administrator in Support of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners Is Now Available - application information
  • Application for 2016 “I Am a Student of Culture” CLDE Academy Art Contest Is Now Available - application information

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education; Department of Education Launches EL Tool Kit

On January 7, 2015, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice released a Joint guidance to spell out the legal obligations of state and local education agencies to English learners. At the same time, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) released the first chapter of an English Learners Tool Kit (on identifying all English learners), offering check lists, tools, and resources to help SEAs and LEAs in fulfilling their obligations. Here is the Department of Education press release for links to all resources. (full announcement)

Graduating English Learners

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is looking for districts to contribute to the newest resource “Promising Practices Resource Guide for Graduating High School English Learners”.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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