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Schools of Choice Office

The Schools of Choice Office’s primary role is to support the continued expansion of quality choices for Colorado Families.
The Office does this through four primary kinds of activities.

  • The Office manages the federal charter school program (CSP) grant. This is a grant that provides start-up funds to new charter schools in their planning year and first two years of operation.
  • The Office provides a wide range of technical assistance to people in a variety of roles with charter schools including:
    • School leaders
    • Charter school board members
    • Charter school board presidents
    • Business managers
    • Authorizers: Charter School Institute or district staff in the position of being charter school liaison.
  • The Office works across units and departments here at CDE to gather and disseminate best practices, tools and resources to the charter school sector.
  • The Office provides basic information to families about how to engage in homeschool agreements with their district.

Address: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
Room Number(s): 300, 302, 300D

Unit Supervisor: Gretchen Morgan
Administrative Lead: Ellen Porter
Lead Email Address: porter_e@cde.state.co.us
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-3295

 

Office Responsibilities

  • Works with potential subgrantees to help them understand the grant program, determine eligibility and follow directions, guidelines and timelines for the grant. Gina Schlieman schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Works with Grants Fiscal to ensure smooth operations of the grant program. Gina Schlieman schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Works with approved subgrantees to ensure quality implementation of the grant and compliance with federal guidelines. Gina Schlieman schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Develops the overall plan for technical assistance and training. Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Provides training in technical assistance events and through school-by-school support. Gina Schlieman schlieman_g@cde.state.co.us and Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Handles all logistics for the 40-50 events put on by this unit each year. Ellen Porter porter_e@cde.state.co.us
  • Is the first point of contact for inquiries re: charter schools, home school, or other choice questions. Kelly Rosensweet rosensweet_k@cde.state.co.us
  • Maintains strong relationships with non-governmental agencies that also work to increase the number of quality choices for Colorado families. Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us Supporting districts and the Charter School Institute as they work to implement the NACSA (National Association for Charter School Authorizing) standards, which were adopted by the board as guidelines. Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us

 

Major Projects

  • Supporting districts and the Charter School Institute as they work to implement the NACSA (National Association for Charter School Authorizing) standards, which were adopted by the board as guidelines. Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us
  • Supporting the turnaround effort internally and externally re: the role charters and innovation schools may play in school and district turnaround efforts. Gretchen Morgan morgan_g@cde.state.co.us

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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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