Early Childhood Assessment Survey and Focus Groups
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness invites all Results Matter and kindergarten school readiness assessment participants to share feedback on early childhood assessments through an online survey. A link to the survey was sent out to all participants on December 12th and is also available here. The survey will close on January 19, 2018.
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness will also host focus group discussions in the following regions. Please note, an invitation to participate is required to attend. Please complete the form blow to indicate interest in participating.
North Front Range
4616 S Shields St, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Colorado Mountain College
1402 Blake Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Thursday, January 25, 2018
5955 S Holly St, Centennial, CO 80121
Monday, January 29, 2018
9:30 AM -12 PM
South Front Range
Pueblo West Library Branch
298 S Joe Martinez Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007
Friday, February 2, 2018
Online Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Interest in Participating
Completion of this form will indicate your interest in participating in a focus group and will help CDE in convening a representative group of assessment system users. Due to limited space, completion of the form does not guarantee participation. Once a representative group of assessment system users is identified, invitations with the location and address for the Focus Group meeting will be sent to the email address provided. Invitations will be sent one week prior to the meeting.
Purposeful Play Book Study and Impacts on Practice
Educators across the state are invited join us as we learn together about the power behind purposeful play in the Kindergarten classroom. This book study will provide opportunities for educators to reflect, discuss and implement practices in their Colorado schools and classrooms to enable all students to learn and work through play while meeting the standards.
Registration is required and books will be available for the first 50 participants registered who do not already have the book, Purposeful Play by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, Cheryl Tyler. Those wanting to join the book study after that said number, will be responsible for purchasing their own book.
The book is divided into three sections and study groups will meet to correlate with those sections as well as a follow-up meeting time to share impacts on your practice. Reading, reflecting and study guides will be assigned along with a final “impact on practice” reflection and book study evaluation. These must all be completed in order to receive a certificate for 15 contact hours.
Which book study format works best with your schedule?
- Face-to-Face Colorado Springs (Southside) Mondays 5:00-7:00 (10/23, 11/13, 12/11, 2/5) Space is limited.
- Online Community Thursdays 4:00-6:00 (10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 2/8)
- Social Media: Facebook Group (ongoing October-February)
The book study is now full and registration is closed. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Enhancing Early Mathematics Project
Thank you to all the educators who joined the Kids Play Math training this fall. Through the trainings educators learned about the most important principles of early math learning along with many practical ways in which these can be integrated into instruction.
Kindergarten School Readiness Virtual Support
School Readiness Virtual Office Hours
School Readiness Virtula Office Hours will be held again in the Fall of 2018. Our office hours will cover a variety of topics including an overview of school readiness requirements, using the GOLD® Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Survey, running reports and creating school readiness plans as well as understanding and using you school readiness assessment data. All online office hours will include time for participants to ask questions.
Kindergarten School Readiness Update Webinar
The Kindergarten School Readiness Team hosted a School Readiness Updates webinar on Monday, May 22nd. The webinar included information about the school readiness assessment menu, data reporting requirements for 2017-18, reimbursement for 2017-18 and time for participants to ask questions. The slides and recording of the webinar are now available.
Kindergarten School Readiness Summer Training
As our summer Learning Labs come to a close, we would like to thank everyone who attended for their great contributions to Colorado's kindergartens! The Learning Labs supported participants with learning about the MyTeachingStrategies™ upgrade, school readiness requirements and, kindergarten best practices and play. The School Readiness team is available to support districts and schools with customized training and support for kindergarten teachers and elementary principals. For questions about training or to schedule visit, please contact us.
View the Recording of the Q & A Webinar about the Transition to MyTeachingStrategies™
The Office of Early Learning and School Readiness hosted a Question and Answer webinar with Teaching Strategies on Wednesday, March 15th at 4:00 PM for preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers and administrators. We covered a few of the most frequently asked questions about the upgrade and took a tour of the MyTeachingStrategies™ system.
View the Recording of the Kindergarten School Readiness Data Webinar
An informational webinar was hosted on Wednesday, March 15th at 2:00 PM to support school districts in preparing for the implementation of school readiness data reporting for the SY 2017-18. The webinar include an overview of the school readiness data reporting requirements and time for participants to ask questions. For more information, please view the recorded webinar.
The Power of Kindergarten
The two day workshops focused on using children’s natural curiosity and various classroom tools to build schema across contents and developing classroom environments and experiences that are rich in oral language and vocabulary were a huge success! We would like to thank Sue Kempton and all the attendees for their commitment and dedication to Colorado's students.