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Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
Office of Culturally and Linguistically
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100
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 2019 13th Annual CLDE Academy Award Winners
Theme: Embracing All
- English Learner Professional Development Requirements - Information for Educators
- English Learner Professional Development Quality Standards and List of CDE-approved programs
- New WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops available September 1st!
- Save the Date for the 14th Annual CLDE Academy which will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood.
- 2020 CLDE Academy Distinguished Administrator in Support of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Award Application - due February 19, 2020.
- 2020 CLDE Academy "Who I Am" Student Art Contest Application - due February 19, 2020
- 2020 CLDE Academy Session Proposal Application - due March 2, 2020. Please also use the Session Proposal Supplemental Document to complete this application.
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 or ACCESS 2.0 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.
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.