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Office of Standards and Instructional Support

About SIS

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) consists of full-time and part-time staff of content specialists with expertise in all areas within the Colorado Academic Standards. This team is committed to supporting education professionals across the state in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) for student success. The team provides guidance and expertise through technical assistance, both internally and externally, related to standards implementation and instructional support.

News and Announcements

Teaching and Learning COLabs

This summer, teachers and leaders are invited to attend the Teaching and Learning CoLabs, a new kind of no-cost event that brings together stakeholders from districts, higher education, professional teaching and other organizations, and the Colorado Department of Education. Review the website for more information.


The Colorado Academic Standards for Social Studies

The presentation of the final recommendations for revisions to Colorado’s social studies standards is being changed from the May to the June State Board of Education meeting.  The change provides board members and the public adequate time to review proposed changes prior to the presentation from the social students committee.  All meeting materials are available on the standards revision webpage.


PAEMST Awardees

Congratulations to Stephanie Basile and Michelle Dillard, Colorado's latest recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Stephanie Basile teaches at STEM Lab in Northglenn, part of the Adams 12 Five-Star School District, where she serves as the K-6 engineering and computer science teacher. (See Stephanie's full award profile here.) Michelle Dillard teaches at Ford Elementary School in Centennial, part of Littleton Public Schools, where she teaches fifth grade. (See Michelle's full award profile here.)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The awards were established by Congress in 1983 and the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year from across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, DoD Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group. The award recognizes those teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Recipients of the award receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies Resource Bank

The Holocaust and Genocide Resource Bank is now available. This resource bank is the work of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Committee. The committee used a vetting tool to determine the quality, usability, and alignment with the Holocaust and Genocide standards for the selection of collection resources.

Content Areas



comprehensive health

physical education

social studies

computer science

reading, writing, and communicating

world languages

financial literacy


Resources in Response to COVID-19 

The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has contributed to resources that support educators during these unprecedented times. The following are the most requested areas to find answers to frequently asked questions. In addition, a frequent question our office receives is in regard to priority standards. Our office implements legislation and current legislation does not prioritize specific grade-level expectations in any content area. Therefore, we operate to assist districts in implementing standards that are adopted by the State Board of Education in all content areas. Curricular decisions are made at the local level.

NEW! (August 2021) How should schools use COVID relief funds to make long-term investments in curriculum and instruction? This short guide has recommendations about investing in personnel, using evidence to select high-quality curriculum materials, implementing strong PD programs, and more.