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Setting the Standard Webinar Series

The Office Standards and Instructional Support hosts a webinar series called Setting the Standard to mirror our Setting the Standard podcast. Join the team to stay up to date on high-impact instructional strategies, CDE resources for teaching, and the latest developments to the Colorado Academic Standards.

Setting the Standard webinars are hosted on the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm. The CDE Professional Development Opportunities webpages list all upcoming and recorded professional development sessions from various CDE offices. To watch all previously recorded webinars or to attend a future session live, follow the links below for each webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

Foundations of Educational Equity: Positioning Ourselves To Do The Work

October 6, 3:30 - 4:30 (Register via Zoom)

Monica Washington is the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year, and a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. A passionate advocate for creating equitable and inclusive school environments, she serves as the Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity for the Education Civil Rights Alliance. A decorated educator for over 22 years, she currently works as an instructional coach and solution designer. In this highly engaging, timely, and critically important session, teachers will explore the “why” behind the push for educational equity, as well as the impact of systemic racism and inequitable practices on education. Using concrete examples and strategies for building and sustaining equitable and transformative relationships with students, attendees will also have the opportunity to design or update one of their practices to make it more inclusive and transformative for all students, while connecting with their students’ important backgrounds and interests. Together, we can build a common language and explore high-leverage strategies to build equitable foundations in our classrooms, schools, and education system.


Trauma Informed Practices!

November 3, 3:30 - 4:30 (Register via Zoom)

Tom Hierck is an acclaimed educator, best-selling author, and a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from a career that has spanned all grade levels and many roles in public education. His belief that “every student is a success story waiting to be told” As educators who work with students every day, we know firsthand the sharp increase of incidents of students experiencing trauma and mental health challenges due to the pandemic. The pressures and mental health challenges posed by students in crisis require an enormous amount of time and energy, and often range from students who seem withdrawn and disconnected, to those who disrupt the learning of others. We are not returning to the old normal, nor should we plan for a move forward to any sort of new normal. Instead, this session will show educators how we can plan for a move to a new better—so schools and districts can deepen their understanding of trauma and embrace the best of what we knew pre-pandemic, while incorporating the best of what we have learned during the pandemic, to better serve our students.


Math as a Second Language: Five Anchors That Create Literate Math Students

December 1, 3:30 - 4:30 (Register via Zoom)

Tremain Nelson has served in several roles in education over the past 15 years, including as a teacher, administrator, and educational consultant. As a teacher, he worked closely with low-income high school students that were taking Algebra for the second or third time, and his classroom was so effective that was featured on Annenberg’s Insights into Algebra Workshop. In this session we will explore the rapid increase in the world’s technological advancements, our schools are now faced with the choice between fostering consumers of science, technology, engineering, and art or empowering producers. It is becoming increasingly unacceptable for students to exit their elementary and secondary schools as illiterate mathematicians. With math as the foundation for it all, it is essential that we remember to put the “M” in STEM. Math literacy is characterized by a student’s ability to authentically read, write, speak, think, and listen using the language of mathematics. In this sense, learning mathematics is just like learning another language. Our students can become proficient in this language by learning to think and communicate like literate mathematicians.


Past Webinars

Click on the subject listed below to access the recording and associated resources for each webinar.