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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Federal Programs Unit

1560 Broadway, Suite 1100 Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-866-6789 Fax: 303-866-6637

Contact Janet Turnmeyer to sign up for our CLDE listserv updates.

Our Mission

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education provides support to Colorado school districts, schools, and educational leaders in the academic, linguistic, and social-emotional challenges and opportunities of culturally and linguistically diverse students to ensure equitable access to grade level standards and ensure a well-rounded education.

2022 CLDE Awards
Call for Nominations



2021 CLDE Award Winners
Theme: "I Am Resilient"

2021 Student artwork

The Office of CLDE wishes to congratulate the following 2021 award winners:

  • 2021 Distinguished Administrator in Support of CLD Learners: Dr. Stephanie Johnson from Lewis-Palmer School District 38
  • Elementary Art Award Winner from Alsup Elementary (first left), “Strong Bear”
  • Middle School Art Award Winner from Hope Online Learning Academy: World Impact Academy (second left), “The Way”
  • High School Art Award Winner from STEM School Highlands Ranch (first right), “Uphill Climb”
  • High School Artist of Honorable Mention from Hope Online Learning Academy: New Heights Academy (second right), “Bloom”

Other Announcements

WIDA Screener for Kindergarten 

  • Administer W-APT to Kindergarten and first semester first graders for English learner identification during SY21-22
  • WIDA has decided to retire the Kindergarten W-APT assessment at the end of school year 21-22
  • The W-APT training and assessment materials will be removed from the WIDA Secure Portal on June 30, 2022, and the assessment will no longer be supported. 
  • Colorado will fully transition away from W-APT to WIDA Screener for Kindergarten SY22-23
  • For more information regarding Colorado Identification Procedures, please visit Identification and Placement
  • For more information regarding WIDA Screener for grades 1-12 and ACCESS for ELLs, please visit WIDA Screener Assessment

Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating Services for Multilingual Learners Guidebook

The Guidebook provides assistance to Colorado educators, administrators and school board members in their continuing efforts to address the linguistic and educational needs of multilingual learners by sharing information on legislated and judicially mandated policies as well as best practices and program procedures. The Guidebook can be viewed and/or downloaded at your convenience by opening links to each chapter. 

Recently Arrived English Learners Toolkit

The White House announced, “Bright Spots” for welcoming and expanding opportunities for linguistic integration and education at end of June. The announcement identified a list of resources including the introduction of the U.S. Department of Education’s Newcomer Toolkit designed to help schools support immigrants, refugees, and their families with a successful integration process. This toolkit provides information, resources and examples of effective practices that educators can use to support newcomers in our schools and communities. We are pleased to share this tool with you.

Additional Resources

English Learner Access to High-Quality Education

On January 7, 2015, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice released a Joint guidance to spell out the legal obligations of state and local education agencies to English learners. At the same time, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) released the first chapter of an English Learners Tool Kit (on identifying all English learners), offering checklists, tools, and resources to help SEAs and LEAs in fulfilling their obligations.