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Resources and Technical Assistance
The Unit of Federal Programs Administration is pleased to announce a redesign of our system for delivering support, technical assistance, and guidance to LEAs (Districts, Schools, and BOCES).
The UFPA offices [Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Office of Competitive Grants and Awards, Office of Migrant Education, and Office of Data, Program Evaluation and Reporting] will be collaborating to deliver these supports in a unified manner to better align with districts’ local implementation of federal programs.
We will be offering a series of professional learning opportunities, including webinars, policy briefs, networking meetings, and regional training opportunities.
CLDE Office Hours
To better support Colorado districts, schools, and educational leaders, the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is holding Virtual Office Hours. This time can be used to ask questions, collaborate, and meet with other educators to share ideas. For a list of dates and times to join visit CLDE Virtual Office Hours.
ESEA Office Hours
The Office of ESEA will be hosting weekly Office Hours on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00, starting on April 23, 2020. This time is devoted to providing updates and answering questions, to the best of our abilities given the fast-changing current events.Please use the same Zoom information below to join the meeting on Friday:
- Zoom Link
- Meeting ID: 975 114 834
- Dial by your location
- +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
- +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
- +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
- +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
- +1 253 215 8782 US
- +1 301 715 8592 US
ESEA Office Hours: Recordings
Non-Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement Office Hours
On April 23rd, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded the Office Hours presentation around Non-Public Consultation and Stakeholder Engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that districts and BOCES should continue to discuss the needs of the NPS during consultation and begin to collect their needs associated with the COVID pandemic. This will prepare you for when the CARES Act funding is released. The team also goes into Stakeholder Engagement resources as they have received several questions regarding ESSA stakeholder engagement requirements and practices during the COVID-19 situation and social distancing orders.
CARES Act Office Hours
On April 30th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded the Office Hours presentation around the CARES Act. The team went over the most frequently asked questions around the CARES Act and answered questions from the field about what to expect when it comes to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF). If you have more questions, please reach out to your Regional Contact for more information.
Consolidated Application Office Hours
On May 7th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded the Office Hours about the Consolidated Application. The team answered questions from the field about the 2020-2021 Consolidated Application, Non-Public Schools, and ESSER funds. This meeting was recorded but won't be posted to the website. If you would like the recording, please email Michelle Prael.
ESSERF Office Hours
On May 14th, 2020, the Office of ESEA continued their presentation around the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF). This presentation was recorded. The team answered questions they didn't have the answers to last time and wrote down new questions from the field. If you have more questions, please reach out to your Regional Contact for more information.
ESSERF Office Hours (Continued)
On May 22nd, 2020, the Office of ESEA continued their presentation around the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSERF). This presentation was recorded. The team went over the various CARES Grant opportunities, answered questions around Non-Public Schools and Charter Schools, responded to FAQs, and talked about the USDE Fact Sheet for COVID-19 and English Learners.
ESSER Application Office Hours
On May 28th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded a presentation on the new ESSER Application. This included walking through the functionality of the application and what districts can expect from the ESSER Application. The team also went over allowable uses and provided some examples.
ESSER Allowable Uses Office Hours
On June 4th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded a presentation on the allowable uses of ESSER. This includes activities under ESEA, the McKinney-Vento Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
ESSER: Lessons Learned Office Hours
On June 11th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded another presentation on ESSER. This presentation goes over what CDE has seen in the submitted applications and offers advice on how to get an approved application. The team also went over considerations for the budget. They continued the conversation around Non-Public schools and they also touched on how to request funds for ESSER.
CRF Office Hours
On June 18th, 2020, the Office of ESEA and teams from other units across CDE, recorded a presentation around the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). This presentation went over the office in charge of those funds, allowable activities, and the team answered questions about the funds.
GEER, CRF, and ESSER Office Hours
On June 25, 2020, the Office of ESEA and teams from other units across CDE, recorded a presentation on the CARES Act multiple funding sources. Our team and units across CDE provided an update on the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief fund (GEER), followed up on the Coronavirus Relief Fund’s (CRF) new resource, and gave some tips and reminders for the ESSER application.
ESSER Updates Office Hours
On July 9th, 2020, the Office of ESEA and teams from other units across CDE, recorded a presentation on ESSER Updates. This presentation included information on what CDE needs to see in the ESSER applications to approve activities. The field asked great questions about ESSER and CRF.
Non-Public Schools and ESSER
On July 16th, 2020, the Office of ESEA recorded a presentation on Non-Public Schools Proportionate Share in ESSER. The team goes over the different ways districts can serve Non-Public Schools and how to calculate that proportionate share.
CRF Office Hours
On July 23rd, 2020, the CRF team recorded a presentation about guidance on the CRF. This includes information around increasing instructional time, substantially different and using the 51%, developing capacity for remote learning vs. delivering remote learning, small equipment purchases, capital expenditures reminder, Charter School considerations, and a follow up on questions from previous office hours.
CRF and ESSER Office Hours Update
On July 30, 2020 CDE recorded a short presentation on the CRF and ESSER updates. The recording starts off with the ESSER team going over the Post Award Revision system for the ESSER Application. The CRF team then went into updates regarding Preschool and Charter School considerations, as well as, record retention.
Q&A on ESSER, CRF, and ESEA
On August 13, 2020, CDE recorded a short presentation and general question and answer session on ESSER, CRF, and ESEA. The recording and PowerPoint include a short clarification on the Grant Award Period for ESSER, and reminders that budgeted activities must be reasonable, necessary, and allocable. The PowerPoint includes contact information for CDE team members for ESSER, CRF, and Grants Fiscal. The remainder of the recording is open Q&A. A transcript summary of the questions and answers is included in the Word document below.
Updates and Q&A on ESEA, ESSER, and CRF
On August 20, 2020, CDE recorded a short presentation on ESEA updates and reminders, and followed up on outstanding ESSER use of funds questions. The PowerPoint includes contact information for CDE team members and Q&A follows ups from the previous office hours. The recording includes the PowerPoint items plus open Q&A. A transcript summary of the questions and answers included in the Word document linked below.
Updates on CRF and ESSER reporting, Equitable Services to Non-public Schools, and Q&A
On August 27, 2020, CDE recorded a presentation covering updates on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, an update on the latest regarding equitable services to non-public schools, a update on CRF and ESSER reporting, and a reminder to keep contacts updated in the ESSER applications. The recording includes the PowerPoint items plus open Q&A. A transcript summary of the questions and answers included in the Word document linked below.
Updates on RISE funding and CRF reporting and Q&A
On September 10, 2020, the Governor's Office presented updates on Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) education funding and CDE presented updates on CRF reporting and monitoring. The PowerPoint and transcript summary of the questions and answers are linked below.
Non-Public Schools Interim Rule, Connecting Colorado Students Grant (CCSG), and CRF Updates
On September 17, 2020, CDE recorded a presentation covering updates on the non-public schools Interim Final Rule regarding equitable services under the CARES Act, information on the Connecting Colorado Students Grant (CCSG), and CRF updates. The recording includes the PowerPoint plus open Q&A. A transcript summary of the questions and answers are included in the Word document linked below.
ESSER Allocations, Distributions, and Monitoring Updates
On September 24th, 2020, CDE recorded a presentation outline the process and decision-making on how the additional ESSER funds were allocated out of the 10% for state level activities. Information was also presented on future ESSER Monitoring and a refresher on the online ESSER Application. The recording includes the PowerPoint which is also linked below.