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Summer Reading Makes a Difference for Colorado Families
Summer reading programs can fight summer slide, prepare young children for learning to read, and instill the love of reading in kids of all ages.
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State Board Affirms Parental Rights to Refuse Tests
State Board of Education strongly discourages local school boards or school districts from interfering with parent rights on their child’s participation in tests and related data collection.
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Submit an Adult Workforce Partnerships Grant Application by April 15
This grant provides state funds for nonprofit adult education and literacy programs serving as lead agencies and fiscal agents for adult workforce partnerships.
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Attend the READing Foundations Academy
The Office of Literacy is offering no-cost professional development focused on explicit and systematic Tier 1 instruction in K-3 reading with an emphasis on foundational reading skills based in the Colorado Academic Standards. 
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Apply for School Readiness Assessment Funding by March 20
Colorado’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant provides districts with resources and supports for districts with implementation of school readiness plans and assessments in kindergarten. 
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Attend a Training to Help Strengthen Your Local Wellness Policy
Trainings in March and April will help districts update local wellness policy with best practices in school health and determine strategies to assess and implement policy. 
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Submit an Application for the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher to represent the entire profession in Colorado. Applications are due by 4 p.m., Friday, May 20.
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Attend the Language, Culture and Equity Academy on April 30
This annual conference includes national keynote speakers as well as a full day of presentations specific to English language development. There is a limit of two English language development directors or coordinators per district.
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What Parents Need to Know about CMAS
CMAS are the new state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies that are given to all Colorado students in grades three-12. The new tests, which replace TCAP, are aligned to the shared expectations for what students across Colorado should know and be able to do. 
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Call for Submissions - Promising Partnership Practices
The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education is collecting promising practices to publish in the first annual Promising Partnership Practices Colorado book. The book will allow schools, districts, and other educational organizations to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.
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