The School Turnaround Leadership Development Program, made possible through SB 14-124, establishes and promotes leadership training specifically for the turnaround environment and is an integral part of Colorado’s state-wide strategy to improve the performance of students in the lowest-performing schools and districts in the state. The grant program releases two RFPs, one for providers and one for participants.
It is the intention of CDE and the Office of Priority Improvement and Turnaround Support to align the support offered through the turnaround leadership development Provider and Participant grants with other supports and partnerships offered through CDE. Applicants are encouraged to review other support systems.
- School Turnaround Leaders Development Program Annual Report, April 2017
- School Turnaround Leaders Development (STLD) Fact Sheet 2018 (PDF)
The Participant RFP is intended for districts, charter schools, or the Charter School Institute to apply for state funds in order to have eligible teachers, principals, and district staff enroll and participate in the identified Providers. Applicants may request funds to support teacher leaders, school leaders, and district staff who directly work in or support schools with identified Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan types, according to the Colorado School Performance Frameworks.
Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, the Participant RFP is now a part of the ESSA Application for School Improvement (EASI). With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Colorado is taking the opportunity to change the way school improvement (1003a) funds are awarded to LEAs. Rather than multiple applications on separate timelines, CDE is now streamlining school improvement opportunities into a single application and using a “needs-based approach” to award services and funding.
Information about the EASI process is available in the links below:
- School Turnaround Leaders Development Program Fact Sheet
- School Turnaround Leaders Development Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
- ESSA Application for School Improvement (EASI)
- Menu of Supports Available for Schools Identified for Improvement
The Provider RFP is intended for existing or new leadership development providers. Applicants may apply to have a new or existing program identified as meeting the criteria and quality as outlined in the RFP. Such identified Providers would then be eligible to enroll participants and to receive state funds through the Participant RFP. Provider applicants may also apply for one-time design grants to support the creation and/or development of their turnaround leadership development programs. Applicants must agree to serve leaders in more than one district across the state.
Nine Turnaround Leadership Development Programs have been approved by the State Board of Education for 2018-2019.
The 2018-2019 list of providers is as follows. Please click on each of the Providers for more information about their programs.
- Catapult School Leadership (CSL Colorado) (PDF)
- Generation Schools Network (PDF)
- Relay Graduate School of Education: Principals Academy (PDF)
- Relay Graduate School of Education: Principal Supervisors Academy (PDF)
- Relay Graduate School of Education: Instructional Leadership (PDF)
- University of Denver: ELPS Program (PDF)
- University of Denver: Turnaround Support Program (PDF)
- University of Virginia (PDF)
The provider RFP has closed, please check back in Winter 2018 for the 2018-2019 RFP. The 2016 Provider RFP documents can be used as a reference guide.
- STLD Provider RFP 2016 (DOC)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Cover Page and Assurances (DOC)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Letter of Intent (DOC)
- Turnaround Leaders Development Provider RFP - Budget Template (XLS)
- 2014-2015 Evaluation Report to the Colorado Legislature (PDF)
- 2015-2016 Evaluation Report to the Colorado Legislature (PDF)
Turnaround Leadership Resources
- School Turnaround Leaders: Competencies for Success, Public Impact, 2008 (PDF)
- School Turnaround Leaders: Selection Toolkit, Public Impact, 2008 (PDF)
- Turnaround Leader Competency Self-Assessment-Public Impact (DOC)
- School Turnaround Leader Competencies (PDF)
- Using Competencies to Improve Turnaround Principal Success, Public Impact and University of Virginia's Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, 2011 (PDF)
Please feel free to contact Peter Sherman, Sherman_P@cde.state.co.us with questions about the grant program.