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State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)

SACPIE was established in 2009 and is the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education. The Colorado General Assembly found that it was in the best interests of the state to create a state advisory council for parent involvement in education that will review best practices and recommend to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement in public education, thereby helping improve the quality of public education and raise the level of students’ academic achievement throughout the state. (C.R.S. § 22-7-301(2), 2012)


SACPIE Request for Applications

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) has two open positions for parents who serve on a School or District Accountability Committee.  SACPIE is a legislated council that reviews best practices and recommends to policy makers and educators strategies to increase parent involvement, thus helping to raise the level of student achievement throughout the state. Applications are available here, and are due May 31st to Darcy Hutchins at 


Family Engagement Promising Practices Training Materials Available Online

SACPIE recently collaborated with CDE to conduct Family Engagement Promising Practices Trainings across Colorado.  The purpose of the trainings was to help schools and districts implement comprehensive, sustainable partnership structures for student success. The four components of this structure are:

  • The Framework of the National Family-School Partnership Standards
  • Distributed Leadership
  • Action Planning
  • Evaluation

Materials from the trainings are now available online at


Promising Practices Training

CDE, in collaboration with SACPIE (the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education), will be conducting trainings about promising practices in engaging all families as partners in education. This event is geared toward District Family Partnership Liaisons (the district personnel appointed by superintendents to act as a connector on family and community engagement work).

This event is free and open to all interested participants wanting to learn more strategies to implement family partnerships initiatives for student success. This may include Family Partnership Liaisons, district personnel, school personnel, parent leaders, and District or School Accountability Committee members. It is recommended to attend the training as a district team.

A final training will be offered April 17th in the Denver Metro Area. Details for this training, as well as registration links, are available at the link below.


Annual Report

SACPIE recently completed its 2013 Annual Report. According to SB 13-193:

On or before December 31, 2013, and on or before December 31 each year thereafter, the Council shall report to the State Board, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Education Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, or any successor committees, the council’s progress in promoting parent engagement in the state and in fulfilling the duties specified in this section.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Darcy Hutchins by phone: 303.866.5921 or by email:


Family and School Partnership in Education Month

October 2013 was proclaimed Family and School Partnership in Education Month by Governor John W. Hickenlooper! View the proclamation in English and Spanish, explanation, and suggested resources in the Announcements section.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Colorado Department of Education or the Colorado State Board of Education.

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