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E-Train: Required Training for Evaluators

Now Live: Register for Part I of the CDE E-Train, Required Training for Evaluators

Click the button below to be directed to a form to register for the asynchronous Part I of CDE's E-Train. Note that registration lists are pulled weekly on Mondays, so registration information will be emailed to you the Monday after you register.

Register for the CDE E-Train Part I (asynchronous)

For registration questions, please email the CDE Educator Effectiveness Team at educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.

Why and What: New Requirements for Evaluator Training

New state statute requires evaluators to complete training focused on skills related to observation and evaluation of licensed personnel that is applicable to the local implementation of educator evaluations.

  • Passed in May 2022, Senate Bill 22-070 established the statutory requirement that the department provide training to ensure that all evaluators have the skills necessary to observe and evaluate licensed personnel (i.e., teachers, special services providers [SSPs], and principals/APs). 22-9-104(1.5)(c) C.R.S.
  • The legislation also created the requirement that an evaluator must complete the training – either provided by CDE or through a training approved by the department – prior to renewing an existing license or obtaining a new principal or administrator license. 22-9-106(4)(a) C.R.S.

Updated State Board of Education rules created the associated evaluator training standards and timing related to the new statutory requirements. 1 CCR 301-87 5.3(H)

  • Beginning August 1, 2024, any person who is responsible for the evaluation of a licensed educator (i.e., Principal, Teacher, or SSP) must complete the training prior to obtaining an initial principal/administrator license or prior to renewing an existing license.

NOTE: The deadline to complete the training is determined by the individual evaluator’s license renewal date. Anyone seeking license renewal for a principal or administrator license on or after August 1, 2024, must have documentation of the completed training to submit with their renewal package. For example, if an evaluator’s license renewal date is in June 2026, that person has until they submit their renewal documentation in 2026 to complete the evaluator training requirement.

  • The training will be provided by or approved by the department.
  • All trainings – whether provided by CDE or by a school district, BOCES, or other entity must meet or exceed the stated evaluator training standards.

Evaluators who complete the required training – provided through CDE, an authorized district/BOCES, or other entity – will receive a certificate of completion and a designation on their license. This is a one-time training requirement.


Who: Evaluators of Licensed Personnel Required to Complete Training

All evaluators of licensed personnel – that is, all evaluators of teachers, special services providers (SSPs), and principals/APs – must complete the training prior to obtaining a new principal or administrator license or renewing an existing license. This includes those who evaluate principals, e.g., superintendents. All evaluators should complete the training, even if they do not hold a principal or administrator license.

Per existing statute, all licensed personnel must be evaluated by someone who is licensed as a principal or administrator, or by someone who is certified as an evaluator designee. Currently, evaluator designees can receive training, support, and certification through an Approved Training Provider (ATP). Beginning August 1, 2024, all ATPs will meet and exceed the evaluator training standards included in State Board rule. Therefore, for any evaluators who do not need the required training for licensing purposes, they will complete the training through an ATP to establish/maintain their status as an evaluator designee.


When: Overview and Schedule for 2023-24

The Educator Effectiveness Office will offer CDE’s evaluator training, E-Train, at no cost. The training will take place in two parts: Part I will be asynchronous, online modules, and Part II will be a one-day, in-person training that will be offered at various locations and times over the course of the school year.

Additional options exist for districts, BOCES and other entities to offer the training to evaluators – either as an authorized provider of E-Train Part II, or using their own, locally created approved training. Details regarding these options are provided in the Training Options section at the bottom of this webpage.

Evaluator Training Overview 2023-24 School Year

The following offers an overview of the 2023-24 school year and anticipated opportunities and milestones related to the required evaluator training, including CDE’s E-Train.

Time Period Opportunities and Milestones
Fall 2023
  • Application opens for districts/BOCES seeking approval for locally created evaluator training
  • Application opens for districts/BOCES seeking to become authorized provider of CDE E-Train Part II
  • CDE E-Train Part I registration opens
  • CDE E-Train Part II registration opens
Winter 2023/24
  • CDE hosts E-Train Part II Train-the-Trainer session for districts/BOCES trainer certification
  • CDE E-Train Parts I and II available
Spring 2024
  • CDE E-Train Parts I and II available
Summer 2024
  • CDE E-Train Parts I and II available
  • Updated training schedule posted for the 2024-25 school year
August 1st, 2024


Evaluator training requirement begins for new and renewing principal and administrator licenses.


E-Train Overview and Schedule for 2023-24

For all evaluators of licensed personnel seeking training that will satisfy the requirements for license renewal, CDE will launch E-Train in the fall 2023. E-Train will be completed in two parts (both required) described below:

this graphic describes the flow of CDE's E-Train Parts I and II for evaluators of licensed personnel
  • Part I: asynchronous, online modules

Evaluators will register or Part I and receive a link and instructions to set up their account in Moodle to complete the training. Once Part I is completed registration information will be provided for Part II.

this graphic outlines the four online asynchronous modules for Part I of E-Train
  • Part II: one-day, in-person training

E-Train Part II will be a one-day, in-person training focused on processing and practicing the content covered in Part I. Reflections and content from Part I will be used during the Part II session.

General Overview

  • Each training will take place from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • Access to registration for Part II will only become available once Part I is completed.
  • Space will be limited to a maximum of 35 participants per training, with a minimum of 8 participants – these numbers may be revisited depending on interest and capacity to provide the training.
  • The training will be facilitated by members of the CDE Educator Effectiveness Team or by an E-Train certified trainer.

E-Train Part II Schedule 2024

E-Train Part II sessions provided by CDE are listed below - additional dates and locations to be added over the course of the year.
Please note: Access to registration for a Part II session can be found on the final slides of the Part I modules and is a two-step process. E-Train Part I must be completed prior to requesting registration for a Part II session. 

March 2024 Mon, 3/11 - La Junta
Wed, 3/20 - Haxtun
April 2024 Fri, 4/26 - Salida
Mon, 4/29 - Ft. Morgan
May 2024 Fri, 5/3 - Lamar
Mon, 5/6 - Eagle
Wed, 5/29 - Florence
Thurs, 5/30 - Johnstown-Milliken
June 2024 Tues, 6/4 - Cheyenne Mountain
Fri, 6/7 - Thornton 
Thurs, 6/20 – Steamboat Springs
Friday, 6/21 – Alamosa
Tues, 6/25 – Meeker
July 2024 Tues, 7/9 - Delta County
Thurs, 7/18 – Denver
Friday, 7/19 – Denver
Tues, 7/23 - Breckenridge (pre-CASE)
August 2024 Thurs, 8/1 - Thornton

 

PLEASE NOTE: Additional Part II sessions will be scheduled for fall 2024 and winter 2025, with dates/locations added as they are confirmed.

For additional information regarding E-Train please email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us.


Training Options for Districts/BOCES

Districts, BOCES and other entities have the option to offer the training to evaluators in their local evaluation system – either as an authorized provider of CDE’s E-Train Part II, or using their own, locally created approved training. Details regarding each option are provided below.

District/BOCES become authorized provider of CDE E-Train Part II

Districts/BOCES have the option to become an authorized provider of CDE’s E-Train Part II, one-day, in-person training. Through this option, evaluators will complete E-Train Part I through CDE’s online course in Moodle, and then complete Part II with the district/BOCES facilitated training. CDE will provide training and materials to support local implementation.

An overview of the steps for a district/BOCES to become an authorized E-Train Part II provider includes:

  1. Review the evaluator training standards per State Board rule, 1 CCR 302-87, 5.3 (H), and determine if this is the option the district/BOCES would like to pursue. Districts/BOCES interested in this option are encouraged to contact their Educator Effectiveness Regional Specialist to discuss the option and how to best meet the needs of their evaluators for this training requirement.
  2. Identify who will be the trainers for the local implementation and how the local system will support implementation, e.g., timing for training, logistics for evaluators to participate, and documentation tracking, among others. Please note, a minimum of two (2) trainers are required.
  3. Complete the registration form for the district/BOCES to become authorized provider, including identification of trainers. Registration options are below.
  4. Trainers attend CDE E-Train: Train the Trainer event. See training dates/locations below. Trainers must attend both days to be certified as E-Train providers.
  5. Obtain authorization as an E-Train Part II provider, including certification of trainers, training support materials, and documentation for evaluators post-training to submit with license renewal.

CDE E-Train Part II Train-the-Trainer Registration: Alamosa, April 18th - 19th

CDE E-Train Part II Train-the-Trainer Registration: Evans, May 2nd - 3rd

CDE E-Train Part II Train-the-Trainer Registration: Steamboat Springs, June 20th - 21st

District/BOCES obtain approval for locally created evaluator training

Districts/BOCES that select the option to create and provide their own training must submit their training content and materials for approval by CDE. Once approved, the district/BOCES will be able to certify the completion of the training requirement for all evaluators. All training programs must meet or exceed the training standards in State Board rule.

An overview of the steps involved in a locally created evaluator training program becoming approved include:

  1. Review the evaluator training standards per State Board rule, 1 CCR 301-87, 5.3 (H), and determine if this is the option the district/BOCES would like to pursue.
  2. Complete this initial interest application to register your interest in developing a local training. A member of the CDE Educator Effectiveness Team will reach out to discuss next steps.
  3. Develop training program, including training curriculum and materials, support for trainers, and system supports for implementation. Ensure that the training curriculum is aligned and meets or exceeds the stated evaluator training standards. This could include creating a new training and/or enhancing an existing training.
  4. Submit application and support documentation to CDE (direct link to be provided by the Educator Effectiveness Team following completion of Steps 2 and 3).
  5. Application package reviewed by the Educator Effectiveness Team. View the review rubric here or in the application form.
  6. Obtain approval and recognition of training program from CDE, including specific documentation required for evaluators post-training to submit with license renewal.

District/BOCES Locally Created Evaluator Training Initial Interest Application

Please email educator_effectiveness@cde.state.co.us with questions and/or for support through this process.