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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute. Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

News & Updates

2023 Teaching and Learning CoLab dates

The dates and host sites for this summer's Teaching and Learning CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 1 in Grand Junction hosted by Colorado Mesa University.
  • Wednesday, June 14 in Greeley hosted by the University of Northern Colorado.
  • To be scheduled in Pueblo hosted by CSU-Pueblo.

The Teaching and Learning CoLabs are one-day, multi-disciplinary, regional professional development meetings developed in partnership with Colorado's higher education institutions, professional teaching organizations and CDE. This year's content areas are expanding to include English Language Arts, math, health, PE, science, computer science, social studies, visual and performing arts and school leadership. Schools are encouraged to attend a CoLab in teams, with teachers representing multiple grades and content areasFor More Information, Contact: Jamie Hurley, Ph.D. Office of Standards and Instructional Support; Phone: 303-866-6453, Email:

CDE Public School Finance Unit Trainings

The Public School Finance Unit is beginning their 2023 trainings, see January dates below. The calendar is posted on their trainings page.  Click here for more information.

Thursday, January 19, 9-10:30 am: Targeted Training: Fund Balance.

Discussion will focus on understanding Fund Balance Sheet Categories, Budgeting Appropriation Reserves, Levels, and Strategies. Link to Meeting. Target Audiences is Business Officials, Superintendents, and Board members looking to obtain better knowledge regarding Fund Balance

Tuesday, January 24, 11-12:30 pm: Targeted Training: Quarterly Financials Template   

Discussion will focus on reviewing the Quarterly Financial Template that meets the statutory requirements Link to Meeting. Target Audiences is Business Officials & Superintendents who prepare and present district quarterly financials.     

2023-24 School Counselor Corps Grant Program Request for Application opens Wednesday, Jan. 18

The 2023-24 School Counselor Corps Grant Program Request for Application window opens Wednesday, Jan. 18. The purpose of SCCGP is to increase the availability and implementation of effective school-based counseling to help increase the state graduation rate and the percentage of students who appropriately prepare for, apply to and continue into postsecondary education. Visit the SCCGP webpage to access the RFA and application materials. For More Information, Contact: Brooke Morga, Postsecondary Readiness, Phone: 303-923-0966, Email:

CDPHE School Nurse Grant Program

CDPHE has announced the Expanded School Nurse Grant Program Request for Applications. Applications are due Wednesday, March 1.The purpose of the RFA is to solicit applications from eligible school districts, boards of cooperative services and charter schools committed to increasing K-12 school nursing services in Colorado.
Applicants may submit all questions via email to with the subject line: "School Nurse Grant Program RFA Questions," by Friday, Jan. 20. Answers to submitted questions will be posted on the CDPHE website by Friday, Jan. 27. For More Information, Contact: Sarah Blumenthal; School Health Services Office; Phone: 303-866-6779; Email:

READ Act Training Webinars

Amendments to the READ Act (SB19-199 and SB22-004) require that K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction, 4-12 reading interventionists, and school administrators (including principals) must complete training to meet the requirements of the READ Act. The Literacy Team in the Office of Elementary Literacy and School Readiness will host biweekly, live informational webinars to provide updates on the READ Act teacher and school administrator trainings. For information about dates and times for these webinars, please visit the CDE web page titled: READ Act Webinars. If you have further questions, please contact 

2023 READ Act Professional Development Review

CDE is reviewing professional development applications for evidence-based training to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 22-004: Evidence-Based Training in Science of Reading.
The review is a two-part process for vendors to submit professional development to be reviewed for inclusion on the CDE READ Act Professional Development Advisory List.
The 2023 Professional Development Review process will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, and close Friday, Jan. 27. For additional information and to submit a Letter of Intent, visit the 2023 READ Act Professional Development Review Process webpage. For questions, contact Grant Program webpage for additional information.