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Educator Development Unit 

The Educator Development Unit supports the growth of Colorado educators and leaders.  Primary focuses include the Principal Leadership Institute, induction, and professional development.

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New web page outlining professional development requirements related to recent legislation

A new professional development requirements web page provides in depth information related to professional development that must be completed in the areas of special education and behavioral health, English Learners, and the READ Act.

Updated induction rubric and resources

Updated induction rubrics for teacher, SSP, and principal/administrator induction are available now as well as updated directions on induction approvals and renewals.  Details can be found on the induction webpages.


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Induction Programs 

Induction programs help set the stage for continuous growth and support of educators at the beginning of their careers or as they transition to new organizations or new roles within an organization.

Educator Shortage Survey results now available

CDE surveyed the state’s school districts and BOCES about the employment of teachers and special services providers (SSPs) positions over the 2020-21 school year to provide a complete picture of how Colorado is being impacted by the educator shortage. View a summary of 2020-21 state-level educator shortage results with data provided separately for teaching and SSP positions and reported by teaching subject area, SSP category and district type (small rural, rural and non-rural). Detailed information about the number of positions filled by specific shortage mechanisms (including hiring long-term substitutes, retired educators, alternative licensure program candidates and emergency authorizations holders), the number of positions that went unfulfilled and recruiting strategies used is also available through the interactive dashboard on the Educator Shortage Survey Results webpage

For questions, contact Carolyn Haug at 303-866-6923 or

Troops to Teachers Colorado

The state of Colorado has approximately 409,000 veterans and serves over 900,000 students across urban and rural contexts. The state, like all others in the country, is experiencing an increasing teacher shortage in critical content areas such as math, science, and special education, as well as in our rural and ever-growing suburban areas. While we have a teacher shortage, we have a population of over 400,000 highly talented, skilled, socially conscious military veteran members ready to fill the void and support our children.

The Troops to Teachers Colorado program supports matching veterans with high needs education areas including our geographically isolated rural school areas, our high needs socioeconomic areas, and hard to fill subject areas such as math, science, special education, foreign language and STEM subjects.

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The program focuses on the face-to-face relationship building at six military bases as well as with local schools and districts, higher education and communities. There is also strong relationship development between CDE and veterans through targeted recruitment, career guidance, and support into the classroom.