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* * CDE will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. * *

Technical Assistance

 Guidance for potential schools and Authorizers regarding the application process as well as resources for the existing professional online community

Application for the Certification of Multi-district Online Schools

Legislation and Rule direct the Office of Blended & Online Learning to develop and implement a process for certifying multi-district online schools. Only multi-district online schools and their relationship with the authorizer must be certified by the Office of Blended & Online Learning .

  • Certification is not required for a single-district online school or program.*
  • Certification is not required for supplemental online programs.
  • Online schools that serve a student population drawn from two or more school districts must apply for certification.


The next opportunity for certification will be January 2, 2016.

Amendments to Certification are accepted January 2, 2016 through April 1, 2016.  

*Single-District Online Programs and Schools

Certification is not required for single-district online programs or schools. However, prior to beginning operations a proposed program must submit an Application of Recognition to the Office of Blended & Online Learning, which will determine whether or not the proposed program meets the CDE definition of an "Online School or Program." A program that meets the definition will be "recognized" as an "Online School or Program" in the state of Colorado.

Additionally, a district that wishes to operate a single-district online school must apply for a school code, operate with its own administrator, a separate budget and a complete instructional program. An online school is responsible for all state and federal reporting requirements and accountability processes. Any online program with one hundred or more students shall be considered an online school.

Applications of Recognition must be received by June 1, 2015.

Application of Recognition for Single-district Online Schools and Programs (DOC)

All applications should be sent via email to:

Renee Martinez at

Application Support and Assistance:

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Trainings, Events and Webinars

Kindergarten Readiness in Online Settings Webinar

The Office of Blended and Online Learning and the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness held a webinar regarding Kindergarten Readiness assessment in online settings.  To view the recorded webinar from September 15, 2015, click here. 

Q&A/Office hours will be held on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm.  This will be an opportunity to bring questions and share thoughts.  To attend the Q &A Office Hours forum on 9/25 please click here.

Recorded 2015-16 Webinars

Past webinars: 

Office of Online & Blended Learning Best Practices Webinars:

Colorado ACT-Online Schools:
For information about the 2015 Colorado ACT for Online Schools, please visit the following webpage:
Colorado ACT for Online Schools

Professional Development offered by the Response to Intervention/Positive Behavior Support (RTI/PBS) Office:

 UIP (Unified Improvement Planning Resources) Training Opportunities:

CDE/Calendar of Events/Conferences

This page provides links to meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. and lists deadlines and other key dates provided by CDE staff.

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