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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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Parent Refusals Won’t Result in Lowered Accreditation or School Rating
The state board of education adopted a motion to not hold districts liable for the decisions of parents who do not allow their children to take state tests in English language arts and math. The motion is effective immediately.
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Parent Refusals Won’t Result in Lowered Accreditation or School Rating
The state board of education adopted a motion to not hold districts liable for the decisions of parents who do not allow their children to take state tests in English language arts and math. The motion is effective immediately.
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View Concurrent Enrollment Implementation Clarifications
Through a review of statute and rules with Colorado’s Attorney General, concurrent enrollment program guidance has been clarified for districts planning for the 2015-16 academic year.
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Submit Comments for Colorado's Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver Renewal
CDE seeks input by March 6 regarding Colorado's proposed waiver and intent to renew from stakeholder groups, including: superintendents, local ESEA program directors, professional organizations, advisory groups, child advocacy groups and the public.
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Gov. Hickenlooper, Commissioner Hammond encourage educators to TELL Colorado
The statewide survey of teaching and learning conditions is open through Monday, March 16. 
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