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Charter Development Summit Webinar #3: Community Engagement & our in-person Summit are coming up!

Our final webinar for our Charter Development Summit series of the year will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 6th from 12pm-1pm. We will learn from charter school leaders about their innovative approaches to engaging with their communities. We will be joined by Bobby Young and Jenny Findlay from Compass Community Collaborative School, Ahmed Mehran from AXL Academy, and Kate Mullins from Vega Collegiate Academy. Register here today.

Our in-person Charter Development Summit will take place on Thursday, April 4th from 9am-3pm at the Daniel’s Fund Offices (101 Monroe St, Denver, CO 80206). This summit will provide support for new, replicating, and expanding charter schools. We will focus on Community Engagement, Governance, Finance, and Inclusive School Culture. It’s going to be a great event and we hope to see you there! Register here today.

Be sure to join us for the Rural Non-Metro Charter School Support Seminar

Thursday March 7, from 9:00 am-12:30 pm. This training provides essential guidance and highlight relevant topics impacting charter schools in rural/non-metro school communities.  We will be hearing from Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance about the current legislative session and the state of rural schools in Colorado. Dan Morris, Executive Director and Teresa Yohon, CFO & Director of Content & Professional Development from Colorado Digital Learning Solutions will share information about this CDE-supported programming that offers online courses with Colorado registered teacher support. We will also be joined by Annah Rogers, Jenny Scala, and Tracy Bryan from the Rural Schools Collaborative and the GRAD Partnership about the work they are doing in to increase graduation rates in rural schools across the country. Register here today

OERColorado Digital Resources

The OERColorado Project recently launched the OERColorado Microsite digital library of classroom resources in Fall 2023 for Colorado PK-12+ educators. The project is a statewide initiative, funded through state and federal grants administered by the Colorado River BOCES under 22-5-119, C.R.S. provides access to digital collections of free, openly licensed curriculum materials. In addition to Colorado K-12 classrooms, the OERColorado Hub on OER Commons allows for public membership for preschools, homeschool, and adult education resources. OERColorado thanks Governor Jared Polis for his support to expand Open Educational Resources (OER) in the state. For more information on how to use OERColoado resources, visit the OERColorado on YouTube or email OERColorado@gmail.com

LCC Survey Extended to March 8

The Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey window has been extended to Friday, March 8, to give schools and districts additional time to reach the 50% participation threshold. Results are expected to be released in April, first to districts, then publicly at www.tlccsurvey.org. The survey is available in Spanish. Packets of codes are being mailed to sites that have not begun the survey.  For more information contact Lisa Steffen at steffen_l@cde.state.co.us or 720-498-3020.

Highly Mobile Youth Learning Cohort - Celebration of Learning 

Register for CDE's Learning Cohort on Highly Mobile Youth in-person celebration of learning on Wednesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Adams 12 Conference Center in Thornton. Lunch will be provided. CDE partners and youth-serving professionals from across the state will engage in networking, learning and collective problem solving related to creating greater access and opportunity for youth experiencing high mobility.  

Share this event with others in your school, district or community who work with highly mobile youth populations including those experiencing housing insecurity, children and youth in foster care and families in the Migrant Education Program. Priority will be given to those who have participated in at least one Learning Cohort Session since May 2023.For more information contact Paula Gumina at gumina_p@cde.state.co.us or 303-551-3851

OERColorado Digital Library

The OERColorado Project recently launched the OERColorado Microsite digital library in Fall 2023 for Colorado PK-12+ educators. The project is a statewide initiative, funded through state and federal grants administered by the Colorado River BOCES by 22-5-119, C.R.S. to provide access to digital collections of free, openly licensed curriculum materials. In addition to Colorado K-12 classrooms, the OERColorado Hub on OER Commons allows for public membership for preschools, homeschool, and adult education resources. OERColorado thanks Governor Jared Polis for his support to expand Open Educational Resources (OER) in the state. For more information on how to use OERColoado resources, visit the OERColorado on YouTube or email OERColorado@gmail.com.

2024-27 Colorado Student Wellness Grant request for applications open

The Request for Applications for the Colorado Student Wellness Grant for 2024 through 2027 is open. This three-year grant program supports the expansion and coordination of local student wellness policies, practices and programs for the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students. Approximately $420,000 is available for the 2024-25 school year, pending state legislature approval, for local education providers including school districts, BOCES, charter schools, facility schools, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and Indian tribes or tribal organizations. Grants will be awarded for a three-year term and applications are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. For more information contact Liz Schroeder at schroeder_e@cde.state.co.us or 720-926-1753.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative's Second Chance Scholarship is open

COSI is accepting applications for the Second Chance Scholarship from students planning to attend college in the fall of 2024. The Second Chance Scholarship offers up to $5,000 a year to students who have been released from the Division of Youth Services commitment facility within the last five years. The application is due Friday, March 15. For more information contact Marie Snow at marie.snow@dhe.state.co.us.

Join the Advisory Council for School Nutrition
The Advisory Council for School Nutrition is a council of sponsors from Colorado's regions who provide feedback to the Colorado Department of Education on key issues in child nutrition programs. ACSN members act as liaisons between the School Nutrition Unit and the sponsors within their regions by sharing information and resources, building relationships, and supporting collaborations. Want to be a voice for your region, expand your network, and build leadership skills? There are ACSN vacancies in the following regions: Northwest, Pikes Peak, Southeast, Southwest and West Central. View the regions and learn more about this council on the School Nutrition ACSN webpage. For more information about being an ACSN member, contact Sharon Murray at murray_s@cde.state.co.us or 720-584-1962

 

Opportunity, Access, and Inclusion Resources

CDE Equity Tool Kit

Imagine a school where ALL the children are loved and challenged, where the educators are empowered and where families and communities are seen as critical partners. Each of us is uniquely positioned to create a learning environment that honors the talents and gifts of each student so that they are prepared to thrive in their careers, in their homes and in their greater communities. This toolkit has been designed to give school leaders the tools and resources needed to capitalize on those unique strengths that foster supportive and effective relationships wherein the community works together to mitigate barriers to success. We designed this toolkit to support you and your community as you further build a learning environment where every student and every educator is supported to find success.

This toolkit is designed to provide user-friendly information and resources to support school and district leaders in centering equity in their work to support positive outcomes for the students they serve. We are all in different phases of our equity journey, and that’s okay. You are already off to a great start because you are here, you are reading, and you are open. We hope this toolkit supports you on your quest to create welcoming environments where all students and families feel a sense of belonging and all students are supported to achieve success.  Visit the CDE Equity Tool Kit.

Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education virtual workshop series

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will offer a virtual workshop series delivered by authors Tan Huynh and Beth Skelton. The series is based on Huynh's and Skelton's book, Long-Term Success for Experienced Multilinguals and focuses on serving experienced multilinguals, the asset-based term for long-term English learners.
The workshops will consist of four live, multi-session book-study courses for educators teaching grades four through 12 who want to provide equitable learning experiences for experienced multilinguals. Upon completion of the sessions, participants will be eligible for 10 hours of CTE credit. The workshops will be offered in June and again in the fall. To learn more and to sign up for one of the two workshop series, visit the Professional Learning Opportunities webpage. For more information contact, Alice Collins at collins_al@cde.state.co.us, or Janet Turnmeyer at turnmeyer_j@cde.state.co.us