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About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student and overall system performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.

We have clear goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness, school/district performance and state agency operations – all aimed at preparing students for success after high school.

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Three Schools and One District Win Green Ribbon Awards
Larkspur Elementary, Mesa Elementary, Lesher Middle School and Boulder Valley School District are being honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. 
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Expanded Call Center Hours for Educator Licensing
CDE now offers longer call center hours in the Educator Licensing Office. The new call center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in hours remain the same, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last walk-in appointment taken at 4:30 p.m.
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Join the Colorado Twitter Chat
All Colorado educators, parents and community members are invited to participate in the #COedchat on Twitter on Monday April 28 from 4-4:45 p.m. The topic is STEM.
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Supporting Learning

CDE uses data to analyze student performance and inform educational improvements at the policy, state board and classroom level.

CDE supports districts with implementation of policy and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.

CDE continuously improves Colorado’s education system to provide students with the future skills and essential knowledge needed for success in a globally competitive world.

CDE informs and advances education policies aimed at supporting educators and providing an exceptional education for all students.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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