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Unified Improvement Planning - Training

Registration Open for Spring 2014 Sessions: 

UIP Review Feedback Work Session: North Metro, April 8th or Pueblo, April 11th

  • The CDE Improvement Planning Office will offer two in-person work sessions for school and district staff to understand and respond to feedback from the CDE review of UIP’s submitted in January.  School and district level staff members are encouraged to attend. Teams will have the chance to work with CDE staff to address required changes and recommendations to strengthen the plan and improvement efforts. These optional sessions will be held in Denver North Metro on Tuesday, April 8 and in Pueblo on Friday, April 11. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. Registration is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UIPFeedbackWorksession2014

2013-14 Past Fall Training Session Resources:

Progress Monitoring: North Metro, November 19th; Pueblo, November 21st; Grand Junction, December 3rd

  • Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this session will focus on implementing a continuous improvement cycle across the school year that brings the UIP alive. Participants will work with and plan for interpreting data from the most common interim assessments and early literacy assessments used in Colorado. They will build a plan for using interim assessment data throughout the school year to determine if action steps are having the desired effects on student learning. Participants will identify how to use data from implementation benchmarks to evaluate the degree to which major improvement strategies are being implemented, and make adjustments as needed. Participants will evaluate the quality of the information included in a UIP regarding interim measures and implementation benchmarks. Finally, this session will address how to engage various stakeholders, including school accountability committee members, in progress monitoring. Participants will leave with processes, protocols, tools and plans for engaging with local planning teams to monitor the progress of school and district improvement efforts. 

UIP Changes Webinar August 7th from 1-2:00pm or September 9th from 10-11:00am

  • This webinar described changes with the UIP template and processes for the 2013-14 school year. Specific topics included: Revisions to School and District Performance Frameworks and how this affects the UIP template, grants and programs (e.g. Gifted Education, TIG, CGP), and overview of the pre-populated report and submission timeline.

UIP Basics I: North Metro, September 10th or Pueblo, September 12th

  • The first of two basics sessions focused on data analysis (performance review, notable trends and root causes). 
  • A copy of the UIP Basics I Presentation is available to download (PowerPoint Presentation). 

UIP Basics II: Pueblo, October 16th or North Metro, October 18th

  • The second basics session focused on action planning (target setting, major improvement strategies, and action steps). 
  • A copy of the UIP Basics II Presentation is available to download (PowerPoint Presentation). 

Going Beyond TCAP Data for Improvement Planning: North Metro, September 30th, Pueblo, October 2nd, or Grand Junction, October 30th

  • Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this session will focus on how to use data sources other than TCAP as part of the UIP process. Participants will get a head start on using the K-3 literacy assessment data (currently used to identify students with significant reading deficiencies for the READ Act). Participants will also get support for incorporating additional data related to post-secondary and workforce readiness into data analysis, analyzing ACCESS data, and using TELL survey results as part of root cause analysis. The session also will help participants consider how to make sense of their use of a variety of assessment resources for a variety of reform initiatives.
  • Download the Beyond TCAP Presentation (Ppt.)
  • View the Beyond TCAP Toolkit (pdf)
  • Matierals used in this session are available in the Beyond TCAP zip file.

Priority Improvement/Turnaround Orientation: Past Session

  • This orientation session is designed to provide school and district leaders with an introduction to CDE’s support for districts and schools with Priority Improvement and Turnaround ratings. Participants will gain an understanding of the data used for identification, additional expectations as a result of identification, and mechanics and implications of the accountability clock timeline. Participants will also learn about the supports CDE staff can provide to districts and schools. This session will be facilitated by the School and District Performance Unit and other CDE staff familiar with school and district accountability and the Unified Improvement Planning process.

  • If you were unable to attend the Priority Improvement and Turnaround Orientations, please click on the link to listen to a recorded version of the Orientation: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/p18b49xmg07/
  • Priority Improvement and Turnaround Orientation Presentation - Part A (Ppt.)

Planning for Dramatic Change: Past Session 

  • This session addressed how school or district systems can leverage the Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) process bring about dramatic change, to ultimately bring about increased performance. Through the frame of the UIP process, participants will understand specific requirements of the planning process and gain familiarity with resources for supporting systemic improvements. Participants will understand options for supporting planning processes in their own context to implement changes successfully. 
  • Planning for Dramatic Improvement Presentation - Part B (Ppt.)
  • Planning for Dramatic Change Presentation - Part C (Ppt.)
  • Link to the Orchard Gardens School Case Study on Dramatic Change: http://www.timeandlearning.org/orchardgardens 

2012-13 Training Materials Available:

Incorporating UIP Feedback:

Three identical half-day training sessions were held in early April to help districts and schools incorporate their own CDE feedback into their Unified Improvement Plans

  • View the PowerPoint presentation shown at the feedback incorporation sessions.

Click on the following links to access the materials used at the Fall 2012 Training Series:

Updating Your UIP Toolkit/Diving Into New Data - May 1-4, 2012

  • In early May, the Colorado Department of Education offered two new learning opportunities for district leaders to support Unified Improvement Planning as districts prepare for the 2012-13 school year. These training sessions were offered in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, University of Colorado Denver.
    • You may access materials used at these trainings by clicking here.  

For more information:

For questions about UIP training, please contact Erin Loften at loften_e@cde.state.co.us or 303.866.6642.

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