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2018 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) Trainings

In Person Training: West Slope UIP Work Session

November 28th, 2018, 9AM - 2PM

CDE will be offering an open work session for schools and district leaders and their teams interested in receiving in person support on their planning process. The work session will provide an opportunity for CDE consultation on plan development, navigating the online UIP system, understanding how to meet the planning expectations, or other areas of interest. For more information, contact Erin Loften at Loften_e@cde.state.co.us.  

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In Person Training: Priority Improvement/Turnaround Accountability Information Session and EASI Support Fairs

September 17th, 2018 & October 8th, 2018​

For schools and districts in Priority Improvement or Turnaround, CDE will offer information sessions focused on accountability requirements and school improvement supports. The sessions will be offered in conjunction with the Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) Support Fairs, which will provide attendees the chance meet and connect with CDE staff, learn more about external program providers, and work with their teams to plan for the EASI grant application process. CDE staff will also discuss ESSA identifications.

  • September 17th, 2018
    • EASI Support Fair: Register
    • Priority Improvement/Turnaround Accountability Information Session: Register
  • October 8th, 2018
    • EASI Support Fair: Register
    • Priority Improvement/Turnaround Accountability Information Session: Register

 

Accountability Information Sessions- West Slope

CDE will provide full day information and work session to support schools and districts identified under our Accountability system.  The session will provide resources for and dive into the topics of:

  • timelines and expectations for UIPs, community engagement, etc.
  • Roles of various stakeholders in the accountability process, including local boards, CDE, the state review panel, support coordinators,  the state board of education
  • End-of-clock pathways and experiences

The work session will address updates for the coming year, provide consultation opportunities with CDE offices (Accountability, Improvement Planning, Federal Programs), and work time for teams to dig into data or develop UIPs.   The following audiences may be most interested in the session: district staff in districts with identified schools; district staff of districts with an accreditation rating of priority improvement/turnaround; school level staff (particularly charter) with an identification of priority improvement/turnaround; comprehensive support (ESSA); and local board members.

Light breakfast will be provided.  Lunch will be provided for those that stay for the afternoon work session.  


In Person Training: UIP Work Session for Alternative Education Campuses

Day 1 (Repeat of 6/20/18 event): Tues September 11th 

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Brighton

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Please join us for this full day work session to support Alternative Education Campuses in the process for creating or revising an improvement plan that is responsive to the school mission/vision and student population. This session is open to school and district leaders that want to dive into measures and disaggregating data aligned to the school mission, student population, and instructional design. Participants will have a structured work session to collaborate with each other and apply the concepts addressed in the session. Participants will be able to identify a timeline for plan development that supports stakeholder engagement and allows for meaningful modifications to the improvement efforts. Participants will have access to CDE staff expertise from multiple offices in the development of their plan in meeting expectations and navigating the online UIP system (including UIP, Accountability, Drop out Prevention).  By the end of the session, participants will be able to leave with a start for their 2018-19 UIP.

* There will be an opportunity for a site visit to Brighton Heritage Academy as a part of this session. Sign up in registration.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Day 2

Fri September 28th
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Denver Metro Area

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OR

Wed October 10th
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Pikes Peak

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This session builds on the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) work sessions for AECs held on 6/20 and 9/11, with dedicated work time and access to technical assistance from a variety of CDE offices.  Specific content will address the UIP expectations for schools identified for ESSA Comprehensive Support- Low Graduation, student engagement planning and effective stakeholder engagement.  Specific support will be available in analyzing and unpacking Performance Frameworks (SPFs) and navigating the Online UIP system. The day is designed to benefit school teams, administrators, and district level staff.  Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

In Person Training: UIP Work Session for Alternative Education Campuses

Wed June 20th,2018, 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Denver Metro Area

Please join us for this full day work session to support Alternative Education Campuses in the process for creating or revising an improvement plan that is responsive to the school mission/vision and student population.  This session is open to school and district leaders that want to dive into measures and disaggregating data aligned to the school mission, student population, and instructional design. Participants will have a structured work session to collaborate with each other and apply the concepts addressed in the session.  Participants will be able to identify a timeline for plan development that supports stakeholder engagement and allows for meaningful modifications to improvement efforts. Participants will have access to CDE staff expertise from multiple offices  in the development of their plan in meeting expectations and navigating the online UIP system.   By the end of the session, participants will be able to leave with a structure in place for their 2018-19 UIP. A follow up session will be provided for participants who would like to make revisions to their plan after the 2018 performance frameworks are released. A fall offering of this session will also be available.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

2017 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) Trainings

In Person Training: Fri October 6th, Greeley Education Center

This training and work session focused on new measures and metrics in the performance framework, changes in the online UIP, and work time for sites to work with CDE staff to complete their UIP.


In Person Training: Making the Most of Improvement Planning - Wed September 27, Delta, CO

This session provides an overview of changes to the performance frameworks and the UIP for the 2017-18 school year, use the online system, and provides work time to help school leaders make the most of the UIP process.


In Person Training: Thurs August 31st (Metro/North Metro) and Thurs October 12th (Pikes Peak/South)

Updates for Accountability and Improvement Planning and Online System Administrator Training

Description: The session covers expectations for improvement planning, changes to the UIP online system, changes to the performance frameworks, the accountability process, and how to address commonly identified challenges. 

2016 Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) Fall Trainings

The following sessions will be offered in locations across the state. 

Unified Improvement Planning

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks. 
The formal sessions will run from 8:30 to 11:30, with optional work time available at session conclusion. For questions, contact Erin Loften, loften_e@cde.state.co.us 


  • 8:30-12:00pm: Introduction to Online UIP
  • September 21, 2016 (North Metro) | October 7, 2016 (Pueblo) | Note: Registration required for both morning and afternoon sessions if attending both.

With the expectation that UIP’s are completed in the online system, CDE is offering an introductory session for this system.   The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available through the system.  This session is intended for those that are new to using the online system or need an in-depth refresher.   Please bring a laptop and have available the most recent version of your UIP.  Prior to the session, participants should be provided access to the UIP Online System through CDE Identity Management by their Local Access Manager (LAM). 


  • 12:30-4:00pm: UIP Updates and Changes
  • September 21, 2016 (North Metro) | October 7, 2016 (Pueblo) | Note: Registration required for both morning and afternoon sessions if attending both.

This portion of the day will focus on key changes to the UIP process for the 2016-17 year and will include the following topics:

  • Clarify expectations for use of state assessment results ; 
  • updates to the online UIP from the previous version;
  • share new resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook;
  • opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks.

Unified Improvement Planning Office Hours and Framework Updates 

  • 8:00-12:00pm: CDE Staff Office Hours

CDE staff will be available to meet with district staff to for district or school specific support. Please contact Erin Loften (loften_e@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6642) to set a time for in- person UIP support to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, to receive feedback on plans or any other topic of interest.  Please contact Dan Jorgensen (Jorgensen_d@cde.state.co.us, 303-866-6763) for topics related to the Colorado growth model and/or performance frameworks.

  • 1:00-4:00pm: Planning and Performance Framework Updates

The afternoon session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year and will include the following topics:

  • The newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for 
  • Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education;
  • Provide considerations for use of state assessment results;
  • Share newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook.

Online UIP System Training 

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks. 

Participants will have unstructured work time to engage with the Online UIP based on their needs. Technical assistance will be available from CDE improvement planning staff in navigating and entering plan information into the system.  Additionally UIP team support will be available to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, or provide feedback on plans. 

UIP Online System and Work Session

The session will include an overview of the online UIP system including how to access the system, major components of the online system, and key functionality that is available.  There will also be information about key changes to the planning process for the 2016-17 year including: considerations for use of state assessment results; reviewing newly revised resources including updated quality criteria and UIP handbook, updates to the online UIP from the previous version; opportunities to incorporate non-assessment data in the UIP process; and relationship of UIP to the updated performance frameworks.  

Participants will have unstructured work time to engage with the Online UIP based on their needs. Technical assistance will be available from CDE improvement planning staff in navigating and entering plan information into the system.  Additionally UIP team support will be available to consult on individual school or district plans, talk through problems of practice, or provide feedback on plans. 

For scheduling and training questions please contact Erin Loften at Loften_E@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642.

2016 Accountability Trainings

In this half- day session, attendees will learn about the newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education. This training will provide attendees with an overview of the Colorado Accountability System and the frameworks, while also providing an opportunity to review the updated and annotated DPF/SPF reports. Additionally, attendees will learn how to access related resource materials on CDE websites.

In the afternoon session, CDE will provide support for leaders and staff in districts and schools on the accountability clock (i.e., in Priority Improvement or Turnaround status). The focus is to deepen understanding of how the state’s accountability system and supports can complement local improvement efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The state accountability clock and SB163 pathways
  • Opportunities for support for Priority Improvement and Turnaround districts and schools
  • Key timelines for planning and accountability

In this half- day session, attendees will learn about the newly revised School and District Performance Frameworks, with changes based on the collaborative work with Colorado’s Accountability Work Group, the Technical Advisory Panel for Longitudinal Growth, and other feedback from across the state, including decisions from the State Board of Education. This training will provide attendees with an overview of the Colorado Accountability System and the frameworks, while also providing an opportunity to review the updated and annotated DPF/SPF reports. Additionally, attendees will learn how to access related resource materials on CDE websites.

Webinars

The following webinars will be offered during the Fall of 2016.  Announcements will be made via the Scoop.

Understanding the Colorado Growth Model Webinar
This webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Colorado Growth Model, including student growth percentiles, median growth percentiles, and an overview of changes in reports and measures associated with the 2016 release. (Updated: October 6, 2016) 

    School and District Performance Framework 2.0 Webinar
    This webinar covers the basics of the DPFs/SPFs and changes to the DPFs/SPFs for the 2016 release. (Updated October 6, 2016)

    • Note: This webinar recording has no audio due to an error.

    School Accreditation and Request to Reconsider Process Webinar 
    This webinar covers the process of districts accrediting schools, the timeline, and the request to reconsider process.

    Alternative Education Campus Frameworks Webinar
    This webinar will cover the basics of the Alternative Education Campus accountability frameworks, including changes to the frameworks for the 2016 release, and allow for participants to ask questions.

    For scheduling and training questions please contact Dan Jorgensen at Jorgensen_D@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6763.

     

    Southwest Work Session with CDE: Accountability and Improvement Planning

    Join CDE staff for an in-person work session on two new resources. The first portion of the day will focus on the structure, measures and metrics of the 2015 School/District Informational Report (a preview of the revised School and District Performance Frameworks). This portion will also provide an opportunity to give feedback about the format and information within the reports. This is a chance to give input prior to the release of the formal reports due out in September 2016.

    The second portion will be an overview and training on the online UIP system and will also include updates to the planning process, highlight format changes to the online UIP and cover implications of the performance frameworks changes for the UIP.

    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 was offered: 

    • October 30, 2015, Centennial BOCES
    • November 5, 2015: Pikes Peak BOCES
    • November 18, 2015: Adams 12 School District
    • PowerPoint

    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 Yearand 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.

     

    2015 Online UIP Regional Work Sessions

    CDE offered regional work sessions to assist schools and districts with use of the UIP online system. Work sessions included 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. This session was offered in Greeley, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, South Metro, Durango, Sterling, and Pueblo 70.

    2015 Summer Trainings

    UIP During the State Assessment Transition

    CDE offered two full-day sessions to provide draft guidance and considerations for the UIP process during the state assessment transition. The sessions included 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. The sessions were 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 offered 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 described 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.

    2014 Fall Trainings

    UIP Basics I

    The first of two basics sessions will focus on the data analysis portion of the process (performance review, notable trends and root causes). This session is open to all participants. The content may be of particular interest to school leadership and district level staff.

    UIP Basics II

    The second basics session will focus on the action planning portion of the process (target setting, major improvement strategies, action steps). This year will specifically address target setting approaches with the state assessment transition. This session is open to all participants. The content may be of particular interest to school leadership and district level staff.

    UIP during the State Assessment Transition

    Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this session will focus on: 1) Implications for Unified Improvement Planning (UIP) for the 2014-15 school year during the state transition to a new assessment system, and 2) Incorporating K-3 literacy assessment results into the UIP as required by the READ Act. Participants will be introduced to guidance and receive support on establishing UIP performance targets for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school-years (while state assessment data being provided by CDE is changing). The session will also include hands-on practice analyzing data and developing performance targets in the following areas:


    2014 Past Spring Training Resources

    What You Need to Know about UIP for the 2014-15 School Year

    June 5th (Metro Area) or June 12th (Pueblo Area)
    8:30 am to 12 noon
    Provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT), this 1/2 day session was intended for district leaders and will focus on refinements to Unified Improvement Planning processes and template for the 2014-15 school year.

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    Facilitating Root Cause Analysis Training:

    June 10th Metro Area
    8:30 am to 4:00 pm

    This session was provided in partnership with the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching, this learning session is for those needing to facilitate root cause analysis with planning teams.

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    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 (PPT) is available to downloadd.

    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 (PPT) is available to download.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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 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.

    For more information

    For questions about UIP training, please contact Erin Loften at loften_e@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6642.