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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! Each month, this publication will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources.

This online format allows you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information.

October 2018

Teaching and Learning

What's Happening Now

Early Literacy Grant

The Early Literacy Grant Program assists local education providers to embed the essential components of reading instruction into all elements of K-3 teaching structures in all schools, including universal, targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit a Letter of Intent that can be found on this webpage by Friday, Nov. 2.

Visit this webpage for more information and to access the application materials or contact Alex Frazier at or 303-866-6016.

CDE Fall Preschool Meetings

CDE's preschool team is sharing relevant information and guidance to Child Find coordinators, CPP coordinators and preschool administrators (both general and special education).  Meetings will be scheduled around the state in the 2018-19 school year by CDE's preschool team.

Space is limited at the meetings to the following:

  • Up to two Administrative Unit administrators who are responsible for Child Find for birth to 5 year olds and/or preschool special education. This is usually the designated Child Find Coordinator, or a representative, and a preschool special education administrator.
  • One CPP coordinator or representative for each school district.
  • Special education directors.

The CDE fall preschool meetings are planned for eight locations across the state, approximate meeting time for each meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specific times for each meeting will be identified in your confirmation email. The next locations and dates are:

  • Denver, North Metro area - Thursday, Nov 1
  • Denver, South Metro area - Friday, Nov. 2

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868, or visit

October 2018

Accountability, Performance and Support

CDE supports schools and districts in the continuous improvement process through its focus on implementing quality school and district support systems, accountability measures, improvement plans, federal programs and data analysis.

What's Happening Now

School Accreditation Forms and Requests to Reconsider

Based on the preliminary District and School Performance Framework reports, all districts must submit the School Accreditation Form indicating the district and local school board’s accreditation ratings for their schools by Monday, Oct. 15. Contact Kirby Stein at or 303-866-6108 with any questions.

To request a different accreditation rating or school plan type assignments, district representatives must turn in a request to reconsider submission along with the accreditation form by Monday, Oct. 15. CDE staff members are available to assist with the request to reconsider process. Office hours and guidance on the request to reconsider process are posted on CDE's website. Contact Jessica Watson with questions at 303-866-6778 or

Preliminary Pre‐Populated Unified Improvement Plans

The 2018-19 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) template and pre-populated reports for Section I are now available in the online system. Updates will be made as additional data become available. UIPs can be accessed through the Identity Management System after the district local access manager has assigned the appropriate user role. More information is available on CDE’s UIP webpage

For more information, contact Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

Fall Unified Improvement Plan Technical Assistance

For districts with schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround, CDE offers additional support by providing an optional UIP review. Draft UIPs should be submitted by Monday, Oct. 15 through the Online UIP System. View a detailed submission timeline (PDF).

Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off Event 2018

Gov. Hickenlooper proclaimed October to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month for the seventh straight year. CDE and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a kick-off event on Thursday, Oct. 4, to celebrate the month. Light refreshments, mingling and resource-sharing will follow a brief program. Details can be found on the event flyer (PDF).

For more information, contact Darcy Hutchins at or 303-866-5921.

EASI Support Fair

CDE will highlight support and funding available through the Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) grant process at an information session during the EASI Support Fair on Monday, Oct. 8, at the Tesla Professional Development Center in Colorado Springs. The EASI application serves as a one-stop shop for support and resources intended for districts with schools identified as in need of improvement (i.e., Priority Improvement or Turnaround under state accountability, Comprehensive Support or Targeted Support under ESSA). Attendees at the information session can meet and connect with CDE staff, learn about external program providers and plan for the application process. Register via EventBrite.

For more information, contact Laura Meushaw at or 303-866-6618 or Michelle Prael at

Priority Improvement/Turnaround Accountability Information Session

CDE is offering information sessions for schools and districts in Priority Improvement or Turnaround focused on accountability requirements and school improvement supports. Sessions will provide resources for and dive into the topics of: timelines and expectations for UIPs, roles of various stakeholders in the accountability process, and end-of-clock pathways and experiences. CDE staff will also discuss ESSA identifications.

Click on the date and location to register for the following sessions:

Additional information and registration is available on the UIP Training webpage. For more information, contact Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642 or Kirby Stein at or 303-866-6108.

What's on the Horizon

Final School and District Performance Frameworks Ratings

CDE will present the district accreditation ratings to the State Board of Education at its November meeting, and the board will approve school plan type assignments at its December meeting. After approval, the 2018 School and District Performance Frameworks (SPF/DPF) will be available in SchoolView.

Unified Improvement Planning Submissions Dates

Schools and districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type must submit UIPs for review by Jan. 15. Every district and school must submit a revised/updated UIP by April 15 for public posting. Note that districts and schools with a Performance plan type may be eligible for biennial submission.

For more information, contact Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

Accountability and UIP Training Sessions

CDE offers training sessions on the 2018 School and District Performance Frameworks and the UIP process as well as support for schools on the Accountability Clock. CDE is committed to ensuring that schools and districts across the state receive assistance as needed; these sessions can be customized and delivered regionally upon request. 

To schedule a session, contact Dan Jorgensen at or 303-866-6763 or Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642.

Parent Notification Requirements for Districts with Schools on the Accountability Clock

For districts with schools on the Accountability Clock, CDE is collecting notifications sent to parents with information about the school’s plan type, UIP process and the upcoming public hearing. Communications can be emailed to or attached to the school’s UIP by Jan. 15.

For more information, view the Parent Notification and Public Hearing Requirements fact sheet (PDF) or contact Lisa Medler at 303-866-6993 or, or Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Oct. 4: Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off
Oct. 8: EASI Support Fair in Colorado Springs
Oct. 15: Deadline for all districts to submit the School Accreditation Form and Requests to Reconsider submissions for district accreditation rating and/or school plan type assignments, if a district is choosing to submit.
Oct. 15:  Districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type may submit revised UIPs for early feedback. Schools with a Tiered Intervention Grant grant may also submit a plan.
Oct. 18: Accountability informational session in Grand Junction
Oct. 25: Accountability informational session in Durango

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Alan Dillon, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6202, or visit


Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments, English language proficiency assessments, college/career ready assessments, and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies. The PSAT and SAT are the state tests administered across Colorado high schools.

What's Happening Now

State assessment training

District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) training for the spring 2019 administrations of Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), Colorado Alternate (CoAlt), and ACCESS will be held across the state in October and November. After the final in-person sessions, recorded webinars will be posted for those unable to attend the live sessions. Although the PSAT/SAT program is still managed primarily at the school level, in response to DAC requests for increased training, an overview training for DACs will be held via webinar in late October. Specific details, including training dates and locations for each assessment, are sent directly to DACs. All district- and school-level personnel involved in state assessment administration must be trained annually.

  • CMAS Administration Training – CMAS training will cover administration of science, social studies, math, and ELA, including CSLA; updates since last year; using PearsonAccessnext; test security; training resources; ordering paper-based tests; selecting administration dates; and the student registration/personal needs profile process.
  • CoAlt and ACCESS Administration Training – These training sessions will cover CoAlt science and social studies, CoAlt math and ELA (DLM), and ACCESS for ELLs administration; updates; and registration, ordering and administration systems.
  • PSAT and SAT Program Overview Training for DACs - This training session will give DACs an overview of the PSAT and SAT school-day assessments in Colorado, key tasks and deadlines for test administration and changes for the 2018-19 school year. The training will be held via online webinar in late October.

What's on the Horizon

Upcoming CMAS Deadlines

By Friday, Dec. 14, DACs must notify the CDE Assessment Unit of the following LEP administration decisions:

  • District or school intent to use paper-based testing as main testing format for CMAS administration (form will be provided to DACs at regional training).
  • District-selected CMAS and CoAlt administration window. Requests for extended computer-based assessment window for ELA and math, early high school science and social studies window or regular state assessment window should be submitted. Administration window forms will be provided to DACs at CMAS training sessions.

By Friday, Dec. 14, DACs must submit Unique Accommodation Requests (UARs) to the CDE Assessment Unit. UARs are required for accommodations that may change the construct being measured by the assessment (e.g., reading of the reading assessment through text-to-speech or oral script and using a calculator on the non-calculator section of the test). Completed 2018-19 UAR forms, together with the appropriate supporting data, are submitted to the CDE Assessment Unit by district staff. UARs must be approved by CDE before the unique accommodation can be assigned and provided to a student.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Oct 1-23: CoAlt and ACCESS administration training for DACs
Oct. 29 - Nov. 8: CMAS administration training for DACs
Oct. 10: 2018-19 District Technology Coordinator Kick-Off Webinar
Oct. 24 - Nov. 9: ACCESS for ELLs materials order window open
Dec. 15: Deadline for submitting CMAS paper testing mode and CMAS and CoAlt administration windows to CDE
Dec. 15: UAR requests due to CDE

More Information

For more information on assessments, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, 303-866-6929,, or visit

Educator Talent

Classroom teaching and school leadership are the strongest school-based factors impacting student achievement. CDE supports the state’s 178 school districts to attract, prepare and assist great educators as a part of meeting the requirements of S.B.10-191, the Great Teachers and Leaders Act.

What's Happening Now

Teachers can meet new English learner professional development requirement with previous CLD experience

To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted rules requiring elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts teachers to complete a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). These teachers must complete the new licensing requirement:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal periodFor example, teachers holding a professional license that expired in September 2018 would need to meet the requirement by September 2023.
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado. 

In order to meet the new English learner PD requirement, teachers must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in CLD education.

Teachers with previous CLD training

Teachers that have previous Culturally and Linguistically Diverse training, past experience or professional development can count it toward meeting their:

  1. New English learner professional development requirement, and 
  2. 90 clock hours of professional development requirement for renewing their educator license.

To verify past CLD training or professional development, teachers:

  • Must submit a completed English Learner PD Standards Matrix with their professional renewal application
  • Up to 10 clock hours of relevant work experience can be counted toward the 45 clock/contract hours CLD requirement. 
    For work experience, a signed letter from the relevant supervisor verifying the work experience must be submitted along with the matrix.

Teachers in need of CLD training

Teachers that don’t have CLD training will have other options to meet the new English Learner PD requirement through approved English Learner PD programs offered by districts, BOCES, charter school and PD providers. Educator preparation programs will also offer CLD training for current teachers. CDE will share these options as they become available. 

For details, visit the English Learner PD Requirement - Information for Educators webpage. Contact Jennifer Simons at or 303-866-6793 with questions.

Help teachers meet the new English learner PD requirement

Districts, BOCES and charter schools can support teachers in meeting the new English learner PD requirement by seeking approval from CDE to offer a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training. To gain approval as an English Learner Professional Development Program, district, BOCES and charter schools can take the following steps:

  1. Complete the English Learner PD Standards Matrix.
  2. Submit the CDE Approved English Learner PD Program Application.
  3. Receive decision
    For questions while awaiting a decision, contact the Educator Development Office.
  4. Renew program approval with CDE every 3 years.

For details, visit the English Learner Requirements - Information for Local Education Providers webpage. An informational webinar about English Learner Professional Development Pathways is also available via Adobe Connect.

For questions, contact Jennifer Simons at or 303-866-6793. 

Colorado State Model Principal Rubric Focus Groups

The Colorado State Model Principal Rubric is in the midst of a revision process. Over the summer a technical working group created a draft of the principal rubric (DOC), and significant changes have been made at the standard, element and professional practice levels. For the next step, the Educator Effectiveness Office will be holding 13 focus groups sessions to gather feedback on this draft principal rubric (DOC) from superintendents/principal managers, principals and teachers.

Visit the Educator Effectiveness website for more information on the focus groups and to register. Please note that registration will be limited to 12 participants. Please sign up at least one week prior to each focus group.

For more information, contact Joslyn Robich at or 303-866-6221.

Apply for access to CDE licensure lookup

The CDE eLicensing verification access provides real-time information on educator’s licenses, applications, subsequent arrest reports, background and exam information. This tool should be used only by human resource representatives, including superintendents and hiring managers to verify educators’ Colorado credentials. Register for access to this database via the new Information for School Districts webpage. Please allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the application. 

For more information, contact Erin Burns at or 303-866-6216. 

National Board Stipend application for 2018-19 available

Online applications to request stipends are available to all teachers, counselors and principals who hold valid certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Please note: these stipends are not associated with those established in Senate Bill 18-085.

To be eligible, educators must:

  • Be employed in a public school, charter school or BOCES from Oct. 1, 2018, through May 1, 2019;
  • Hold current NBPTS certification for that entire period; and
  • Submit a National Board Stipend application via their eLicensing account during the month of October 2018.

Visit the National Board Certification webpage and download the 2018-19 Stipend Distribution Process fact sheet (PDF).

For more information, contact Erin Burns at or 303-866-6216.

New Changes to Fingerprint Process

State statute regarding fingerprints changed in 2017 allowing the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to approve third-party vendors to collect fingerprints. As a result, CBI implemented the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) program to increase the number of locations where people can obtain fingerprints for background checks.

The new program will no longer requiring educators to go to law enforcement agencies to get their fingerprints. Approved vendors will be located throughout the state with locations not to exceed 40 miles from any applicant. 

CBI will stop accepting fingerprint cards electronically taken by law enforcement 30 days after the program roll-out date. Applicants may still have the option to be fingerprinted by their local law enforcement agency using a paper-based fingerprint card. The applicant can then mail his or her fingerprint card to the third-party vendor in order for it to be processed by CBI.

IDEMIA has announced their selection as an approved vendor for this new CABS program. IDEMIA IdentoGO Centers are located throughout Colorado to provide professional environments for live scan (electronic) fingerprinting services, which are delivered by trained Enrollment Agents. View a map of locations on the IdentoGO website. IdentoGO is the preeminent live scan fingerprinting provider for the state of Colorado and is a certified FBI Channeling Agent. Office locations and hours vary by the day. 

Visit the CDE Fingerprints webpage for additional information. Please send inquiries to or call 303-866-6966.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent,, 303-866-6945, or


In May 2018, the Colorado Department of Education received approval of its state plan for the implementation of ESSA from the U.S. Department of Education.

What's Happening Now

Schools Identified for ESSA Support and Improvement in 2018-19

In September, districts received notification of any schools identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement under ESSA. A data file and school profiles explaining the reasons for identification and areas of focus for each school was sent to superintendents and accountability contacts using a secure online system (Syncplicity). Information about the identified schools is available on the CDE methods and criteria webpage. This webpage also contains information about webinar training sessions to explain the data and reasons for identification.

For more information, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, at or 303-866-6205.

2018-19 Consolidated Application

Final comments and approvals are being sent to districts for the 2018-2019 application funding year. After final approval is granted, districts can begin to request funds by submitting the 2018-19 Consolidated Application. Visit the ESSA Allocations and Fiscal Files webpage for the Request for Funds form.

For questions about the form or to request reimbursement, contact Robert Hawkins at or 303-866-6775.

The post award revision process provides an opportunity for districts and BOCES to adjust or revise the activities and budgets that were approved in the initial consolidated application review process. The 2018-19 post award revision system opens in late fall. For questions about requesting funds or the post-award revision process, contact your ESEA Regional Contact.

What's on the Horizon

ESSA Monitoring

CDE has been working with the ESEA Committee of Practitioners as well as additional district and BOCES representatives, to develop ESSA indicators, protocols and processes for ESSA monitoring to allow for a supportive and productive review process.

ESSA monitoring will be launched in January 2019, after CDE provides training, guidance and support from October through December. Training topics will include ESSA requirements and monitoring indicators, the monitoring process and protocols to be used for scheduling, conducting and following up on monitoring results. For additional information, visit the ESSA monitoring webpage. More information will be communicated through the CDE Update and The Scoop in the coming weeks.

For questions, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, at or 303-866-6205.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on Federal Programs, contact Patrick Chapman, executive director, at 303-866-6780 or or visit

Organizational Effectiveness

Data Pipeline is a streamlined approach to efficiently move required education information from school districts to the CDE. Data Pipeline reduces data redundancy, captures closer to real-time data, streamlines the data collection process and allows districts to exchange information on transferred students.

What's Happening Now

Special Education End of Year

Special Education End of Year snapshot collection will close Thursday, Oct. 4.

Student End of Year

2017-18 End of Year snapshots are now in the Cross LEA phase of the collection. Snapshots will be unlocked if there are additional errors the district needs to resolve or by request if corrections to data are needed. The Cross LEA opened at the end of September and snapshots need to be resubmitted and locked by Thursday, Oct. 18. The Post Cross LEA validation that verifies transfers and dropouts within Colorado will occur between Thursday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 29. Only student exit types can be changed at that time. The final approval deadline is Thursday, Dec. 6.

Non-public School Directory

Non-public schools may be entered into Data Pipeline beginning Monday, Oct. 1. This collection will close Monday, Dec. 3.

December Finance

The 2017-18 December Finance snapshot is open and is due Dec. 31.

Student October

The 2018-19 official Student October count date will be Wednesday Oct. 3. The legislated deadline for snapshot approval is Friday, Nov. 9, at which time the duplicate count procedures will commence. Final approval is due Wednesday, Nov. 28.


Local education agencies will receive monthly notifications for direct certification of identified migrant students through Data Pipeline for SY 2018-19.

Kindergarten School Readiness

The Kindergarten School Readiness data collection is to provide data for measuring improvement in students' knowledge and skills over time and to collect data needed to fulfill statutory requirements for an annual legislative report. The collection will open Wednesday, Oct. 10 and close Thursday, Dec. 6. Data reported to CDE will be from the initial fall assessment window. The initial assessment is to be completed within the first 60 calendar days of the school year as required by HB 15-1323.

Human Resources

Staff interchange files may be uploaded to the Data Pipeline and snapshots may be taken beginning Thursday, Nov 1.

Special Education December Count

Individualized Education Plan interchange files and staff interchange files may be uploaded. Snapshots may be taken for the official December Count collection beginning Thursday, Nov. 1.

What's on the Horizon

The legislated deadline for Student October snapshot approval is Friday, Nov. 9, followed by the duplicate process which will be completed Wednesday, Nov. 28. Pre-ID labels for ACCESS for ELLs will be pulled in November.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Oct. 3:  2018-19 official Student October count date
Oct. 4:  Special Education End of Year due date
Oct. 18:  Resubmission deadline for cross LEA phase of Student End of Year Snapshot

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, or visit

Postsecondary Readiness

What's Happening Now

Host a Postseconary and Workforce Readiness symposium in your district

CDE is partnering with BOCES and districts to host Postseconary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) workshops that support the implementation of graduation guidelines. Collaborate with neighboring districts to learn more about board policy, work-based learning, capstones or industry certifications. Hosts will determine timing, number of hours and format. View details on the program flyer (PDF).

For more information, visit the Colorado graduation guidelines webpage. Those interested in hosting or attending a symposium, can contact Robin Russel at or 303-866-2908.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information on Postsecondary Readiness, contact Andy Tucker, director, 303-866-2089,, or visit

Teaching and Learning

CDE continuously improves Colorado’s education system to provide students with the future skills and essential knowledge needed for success in a globally competitive world.

What's Happening Now

Bullying Prevention grant accepting applications

The Bullying Prevention and Education Grant (BPEG) is accepting applications until Friday, Oct. 19. Districts (on behalf of schools), charter schools, BOCES and facility schools can apply to receive up to $25,000 per school per year to prevent bullying. Results from current grantee schools in just the first year found that, on average, students reported an overall 19 percent drop in being the target of bullying and an overall 10 percent drop in witnessing bullying. 

The BPEG is a three-year grant beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Current grantees are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the BPEG website.

For questions, contact Adam Collins at or 303-866-6622.

The READ Act

READ Act rulemaking process 

The State Board of Education voted in August to approve the notice of rulemaking for rules for the administration of the Colorado READ Act. This is necessary to bring the READ Act rules into alignment with HB 18-1393 relating to the Early Literacy Grant. The proposed rule revisions are posted on the READ Act webpage. Written comments are being accepted at A public hearing is scheduled at the next board meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.

For more information about the READ Act rulemaking hearing, contact Alex Frazier, senior literacy consultant, at 303-908-1096 or

Kindergarten school readiness data reporting


Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), requires the annual reporting of the kindergarten levels of school readiness. The data collection is open for the 2017-18 school year and will close on Thursday, Dec. 6. Online training and virtual support is available. Information about the kindergarten school readiness data collection and training can be found on the school readiness webpage.


For more information about the School Readiness Initiative, please contact Anji Gallanos, P-3 director, at 720-527-0497 or


Colorado Preschool Program


CDE Fall Preschool Meetings around the state​


The CDE preschool team is hosting meetings to share relevant information and guidance to Child Find Coordinators, Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) Coordinators and Preschool Administrators for both general and special education. These consolidated meetings provide a great opportunity for district and administrative unit leaders to attend together and network.

Space is limited at the meetings to the following:

  • Up to two administrative unit administrators who are responsible for Child Find for children aged birth to 5 years old and/or preschool special education. This is usually the designated Child Find coordinator, or a representative, and a preschool special education administrator.
  • One CPP coordinator or representative for each school district may attend.
  • Special education directors are welcome to attend, and we value their participation.

The CDE meetings have been in progress since late September with eight locations across the state. Space is still available in five of the locations. Register for one of the following locations using this Google Doc form. Registration for each location will close seven days prior to the meeting date or when the meeting is full. Specific times for each meeting will be identified in your confirmation email.

  • Pueblo - Wednesday, Oct. 10
  • Colorado Springs - Thursday, Oct. 11
  • Loveland - Friday, Oct. 19

  • Frisco - Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Denver, South Metro area - Friday, Nov. 2

For more information contact Heidi McCaslin, preschool director, at or 303-866-6720.


Colorado Computer Science Grants for Teachers

The Colorado Computer Science Teacher Education Grant Program was created by the Colorado legislature during the 2017 session to support professional development in computer science. The aim of this grant is to give computer science teachers an opportunity to provide quality learning experiences to their students. With the passage of HB 18-1322, an additional $500,000 has been allocated to this grant. These funds have been targeted to provide professional development to elementary teachers. As a result of the additional funding, the 2018-19 school year will provide two grant opportunities for districts to apply on behalf of their teachers. 

  1. District determined option: Local Education Agencies can apply on behalf of their K-12 teachers for computer science teacher professional development funds. Through this program, grant funds can be used for college courses and district-managed professional development. Approximately, $380,000 is available for this program. The application will be available until Tuesday, Oct. 30. Visit the Computer Science webpage for more information.
  2. State-supported professional development: Through this program, LEAs can apply to send elementary teachers to professional development training sessions throughout various regions of the state. CDE is in the final planning phases for this option and approximately $500,000 will be available for support.

Check the CDE Computer Science webpage for updates. New information will also be sent through The Scoop, CDE's weekly e-newsletter.

Computer Science Resource Bank now available

CDE has developed a Computer Science Resource Bank containing a variety of materials for computer science educators, including standards, curricula and materials for professional educator development. This work was prompted by H.B. 17-1884 concerning Modern Technology Education in Public Schools. It was completed in collaboration with Colorado Succeeds.

The resource bank is designed to be a repository of resources developed for computer science educators by educators and stakeholders. Interact with it via the standards section of CDE's website.

For more information, contact Joanna Bruno at or 303-866-6571.

Survey for implementation of science standards

CDE is soliciting feedback on the Implementation Timeline for the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for Science. The legislated timeline for districts to transition to the revised standards allows for two years, with full implementation to occur during the 2020-21 school year. 

Some considerations for science only include keeping science on the same implementation timeline as the other standards, or delaying implementation to allow districts to prepare and for the state assessment system to adjust.

The survey for feedback will be open until mid-December. Access it via Survey Monkey. For more information, contact Joanna Bruno at or 303-866-6571.

For the latest information on the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards implementation process, subscribe to the Standards and Instructional Support e-newsletter and read The Scoop every Wednesday.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868, or visit

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