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School Climate Transformation


CDE is committed to collaboratively addressing school climate with school districts to guide our collective work through the School Climate Transformation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant provides the opportunity to bring districts and CDE’s internal offices together to support the development of an integrated multi-tiered framework that addresses school climate and connectedness, student engagement, behavioral/mental health, and social emotional learning to effectively meet the needs of all students in Colorado. The integrated framework will then be implemented throughout the state to minimize confusion among the field, increase coherence toward an inclusive approach with evidence-based practices as the basis for addressing students’ social, emotional and behavioral needs and creating a positive school climate.

Funded Districts

  • Arriba-Flagler District 20
  • Center School District 26-JT
  • Mesa County Valley SD 51
  • Weld County School District Re-5J

School Climate Transformation Design Collaborative


District and school-level staff (including charter school staff) are invited to be a part of the School Climate Transformation Design Collaborative to develop an integrated framework that will address school climate while leveraging existing frameworks related to mental health, social emotional learning, and academic and behavioral supports to ensure better alignment, resulting in streamlined systems at the state, district and school levels.    


Staff who have extensive experience and insight related to aligning models and frameworks such as multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), mental health services, positive behavior intervention supports(PBIS), the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model and other related frameworks are encouraged to join the collaborative. 

  • Participants will need to be able to travel in person to participate in the each of the workgroup meetings noted below. 
  • Up to $20,000 will be distributed to schools and districts as reimbursement for costs incurred related to travel, meals, substitute pay and work completed in between meetings.
  • Approximately 10-15 districts will be selected to participate
  • Up to 3 people per district/school can participate in the Design Collaborative

*** DATES Changed due to contracting deadlines. Please see new dates below

February 20-21, 2020

1.5 days

Denver area


April 9-10, 2020

1.5 days

Colorado Springs area



May 7, 2020

1 day

North Metro area 







Webinar to Learn More:

To Indicate Interest: Please complete this form by December 20th, 2019: Notification of participation will be sent by January 7, 2020


Professional Development

Through the School Climate Transformation Grant, trainings related to trauma responsiveness, social emotional learning, suicide prevention, and other topics will be offered. Check back in the near future to see what has been scheduled. 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Pulskamp