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Unified Improvement Planning and Accountability - Training

Accountability & Continuous Improvement Support: Training & Technical Assistance

The Accountability & Continuous Support Unit at the Colorado Department of Education offers a wide-range of in-person and online technical support and training.  Our offerings address topics ranging from data literacy to board governance. Also, the Improvement Planning Unit is a frequent contributor at state conferences including the CASB annual conference, CASE annual conference, and the League of Charter Schools annual conference. 
Please click here for a pdf of available training and technical support opportunities. Contact us with questions and/or requests for support at:  

Upcoming Training Opportunities & Presentations

Comprehensive Support (CS) Unified Improvement Planning Overview Webinar

  • Description: Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), any schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CS) must develop an improvement plan that addresses the reasons for identification. In Colorado, the school’s Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) serves to meet this requirement. This training will provide an overview of the improvement planning requirements for schools identified as CS under ESSA.
  • Audience: Federal programs staff, district personnel who oversee the UIP process, and principals of CS identified schools
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
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Growth 101 Webinar

  • Description: This webinar will provide a conceptual overview of the Colorado Growth Model, including student growth percentiles, median growth percentiles, a comparison of cohort and baseline growth and an overview of changes in reports and measures associated with the 2022 release. Also, the locations and methods for accessing current year growth data will be discussed. 
  • Audience: Accountability Contacts, District Leaders, School Leaders and other individuals wanting to receive a basic overview of the Colorado Growth Model
  • Date/Time: Friday, August 12, 9:00-10:30 AM
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School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Informational Webinar

​School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Office Hours​

  • Description: Office hours are available for any schools or districts who need support on the 2022 accreditation or request to reconsider process.
  • Audience: All districts and any schools interested in participating in a request to reconsider in 2022
  • Date/Time: Beginning August 17, occurring every Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00-4:00 PM until the process concludes
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Educational Accountability 101 Webinar

  • Description: This webinar will provide an overview of Educational Accountability including the district/school performance frameworks for the 2022-2023 academic year.  In addition, updates for the current year along with the locations of data files and tools will be shared. 
  • Audience: Accountability Contacts, District Leaders, School Leaders, and other individuals wanting to receive a basic overview and updates regarding Educational Accountability in Colorado
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 31, 2:00-3:30 PM
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Comprehensive Support (CS)School-Level UIP Work Session Webinars

On-Demand Training/Technical Assistance Resource Catalog

Visit the UIP 101 training page to watch a series of eight introductory videos about the elements of the UIP and the online system.

Early Literacy UIP Requirements

Description: This video provides an overview of UIP requirements related to the READ Act, including requirements related to data analysis and action planning to support struggling readers.



How to Use Strategy Guides in the Improvement Planning Process

Description: This video provides a brief introduction to CDE's Strategy Guides. It includes an overview of the structure of the Strategy Guides, as well as guidance for using them to help you select and implement a research-based school improvement strategy.



Implementing an Early Learning Needs Assessment

Description: This video summarizes what an Early Learning Needs Assessment (ELNA) is and how to incorporate it into the UIP.



Small N Analysis & Data Analysis for Disaggregated Groups

Description: This video provides guidance for schools and districts on how to conduct analysis for public reporting on small student populations. The video describes the requirements for protecting student information, discusses why it is important to both aggregate and disaggregate data, and provides examples of ways to report data if the data does not meet minimum student count thresholds.





Recent Training Presentations & Resources

Accountability Webinar:  CDE staff hosted a webinar on June 29th to provide an overview and updates on accountability for the 2022-23 year.  The webinar included a description of policy decisions that are unique to this school year. 

Stakeholder Engagement Webinar: CDE staff hosted a webinar related to stakeholder engagement in the UIP development process.

Using Non-Assessment Data Webinar Series:  CDE hosted a webinar series during the Spring of 2021 regarding the use of non-assessment data and associated best practices.

  • Session 1. Data Core Training: slides
  • Session 2. Student Engagement: slides
  • Session 3. Early Warning Systems: slides
  • Session 4. Social Emotional Learning: slides

UIP Training Archives & Resources

View past trainings