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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

COVID-19 and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

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

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.

Congratulations 14th Annual CLDE Academy Award Winners
2020 Theme: "Who I Am"

2020 Overall Art Award Winner
2020 Art Award Winners
  • Lynda Espinoza Idle - Distinguished Administrator in Support of CLD Learners from Harrison School District Two
  • Overall Art Award Winner from Joyce Art Studio (top, center)
  • Elementary School Art Award Winner from Union Colony Elementary School (left)
  • Middle School Art Award Winner from American Academy, Castle Pines (middle)
  • High School Art Award Winner from Lakewood High School (right)


WIDA Screener and Colorado Identification Procedures 

  • As of July 1, 2018, the W-APT for grades 1-12 will no longer be available for Colorado schools and districts to use in the English Learner Identification process.
  • Please note, kindergarten and first semester, first-grade students will still be assessed with the W-APT.
  • For more information regarding Colorado Identification Procedures, please visit Identification and Placement.
  • For more information regarding WIDA Screener and ACCESS for ELLs, please visit WIDA Screener Assessment.

2020 English Language Development Guidebook: Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating Services for English Learners

The ELD Guidebook provides assistance to Colorado educators, administrators and school board members in their continuing efforts to address the linguistic and educational needs of English learners by sharing information on legislated and judicially mandated policies as well as best practices and program procedures. The 2020 ELD 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.