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Unified Improvement Planning - Training

It's Alive! Strategies for Effective UIP Action Planning

This session will focus on designing and implementing a UIP action plan that will effectively support performance management. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their current action plan, identify areas to strengthen, learn about new infrastructure and tools to effectively monitor the plan and gather actionable data, and practice writing actionable implementation benchmarks.  The session will be 9-12 formal session time, with 12-1 pm optional work time and support from CDE staff. As scheduling and demand can be challenging for us to predict, if these dates or locations do not work, anyone interested in this session is encouraged to contact Christina Larson (, to coordinate more targeted support.

October 30, 2015, Centennial BOCES, 2020 Clubhouse Drive Greeley, CO 80634

November 5, 2015: Pikes Peak BOCES, 2883 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

November 18, 2015: Adams 12 School District, 1500 East 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241

UIP During the State Assessment Transition 2015-16

Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this full-day session is intended for school and district leaders and will focus on how to engage in Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) during the 2015-16 school year. Participants will review policy changes that have had an impact on UIP, work with the newly released, Implications and Guidance for UIP during the State Assessment Transition during the 2015-16 School Year, and access and utilize new and updated planning support resources related to the following topics:

  • Analyzing performance data for performance indicator areas (i.e. Academic Achievement, Growth and Growth Gaps) affected by the state transition to a new assessment system;
  • Setting performance targets for achievement and growth during the state assessment transition;
  • Fully incorporating the results from assessments required by the READ Act into the UIP; and

Using  the 2015-16 pause in state accountability ratings to deepen other components of improvement planning -- root cause analysis, action planning and monitoring implementation of major improvement strategies.

Ramping Up Root Cause Analysis 

Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this learning session is intended for anyone who is ready to deepen their efforts to engage in Root Cause Analysis (RCA, a critical component of Unified Improvement Planning in Colorado).  The state assessment transition provides an opportunity for local planning teams to deepen various aspects of their improvement planning efforts that don’t depend on state assessment results. Effective RCA helps planning teams ensure that the actions they take will result in improvement in student learning.  Participants in this session will: engage with process and program data resources that can support RCA newly available from CDE (e.g. ELD Program Rubrics, Human Capital Self-Assessment), Practice with RCA dialogue protocols (including RCA on positive performance), and access and practice facilitation strategies to ensure RCA sessions stay on track and are productive and positive for all participants.

Online UIP Regional Work Sessions

CDE will be offering regional work sessions to assist schools and districts with use of the UIP online system. Work sessions will include an overview of the online system, updates on the state data transition, and scaffolded work time for schools and districts to begin writing or updating their UIPs in the online system. Sessions will last from 8:30am-12pm, and will include breakfast. The room will be available until 2pm for unstructured work time.


Date and Time




Friday, September 11th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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Grand Junction

Monday, September 14th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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Glenwood Springs

Tuesday, September 15th

8:30 am-12pm

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South Metro

Thursday, September 17th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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Monday, September 21st

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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Friday September 25th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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Monday, October 5th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm


Pueblo 70

Tuesday, October 6th

8:30 am-12pm, work time from 12:30-2pm

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2015 Summer Trainings

UIP During the State Assessment Transition

CDE will be offering two full-day sessions in June to provide draft guidance and considerations for the UIP process during the state assessment transition. The sessions will include updates on Accountability and Improvement Planning timelines and expectations, and options for local planning teams to engage in analyzing performance data for academic achievement, growth and growth gaps, and PWR for the 2015-16 school year. This session will be beneficial for district or school staff leading or providing training, and tools and resources for improvement planning efforts.

2015 Spring Trainings

Unified Improvement Planning - Work Sessions

CDE is offering differentiated work sessions between March and May 2015 to support schools and districts in making changes to their UIPs. A webinar to detail what types of support will be available was held on March 19th from 9-9:30AM. In addition, a webinar on addressing public posting concerns immediately followed, from 9:30 to 10 am. Both webinars have been recorded and posted. District and school staff are encouraged to view the webinars and collaborate to register for needed sessions and support.

Unified Improvement Planning Changes Webinar – Recording

This webinar will describe changes with the UIP template and processes for the 2014-15 school year. Specific topics will include: Revisions to SPF/DPF and how this affects the UIP template, program addenda, and incorporating READ Act requirements.

The following full-day UIP sessions will be offered addressing components of the UIP process and are designed for school or district –level planning teams. Participants may select to attend one or all of the sessions based on their needs. Each session will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm (lunch provided). Participants should consider bringing a small team of stakeholders that need to become more familiar with UIP processes and expectations, such as English Language Directors, Special Education Directors, Assessment Directors, principals, teacher leaders, etc.

UIP Training Archive

For more information

For questions about UIP training, please contact Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642.

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