News & Updates
New Annual CCSP Grant & Training Calendar +Other Materials
The Schools of Choice (SOC) team is pleased to release the 2023-2024 Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) Grant & Training Calendar available now on the CDE Schools of Choice website (linked here for convenience). Also available are the annual program report templates for those transitioning into Year 2 of Implementation or exiting off the CCSP grant as of this fall of 2023. Such report templates have been shared with applicable charter schools; yet, these respective reports can also be found on the CCSP main page (listed under Sub-grant Reports & Forms) for individual download. Instruction and due dates are contained in each report as well as noted in the annual calendar.
Release of other CCSP grant-related information and materials such as the Grant Renewal Proposal (for those transitioning into Year 1 of Implementation) and Requests for Application (RFAs) for the FY23-24 grant competition (for new charter schools or existing charters seeking to expand or replicate their high-quality schools) will occur over the next several weeks. Please bookmark the beforementioned CCSP main webpage and check back for specific updates as we work diligently to align upcoming processes with CDE’s new grant management system. We are so excited for what’s to come with the new system and impending application season! Be sure to visit the Charter School Events webpage for upcoming training and technical assistance led by the SOC team and if not already registered, sign up for the SOC Listserv to receive well-timed communication.
Join us for the Fall Equity Convening: Equitable Access to School Choice - School Meals
We are excited to extend an invitation for you to attend the upcoming CDE's Schools of Choice Fall 2023 Equity Convening - Equitable Access to School Choice: School Meals. Organized by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in partnership with the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers, as we delve into the critical topic of providing equitable access to school meals for all students.
The provision of a food program that is accessible to all students is the cornerstone of ensuring that schools become a choice for every family. By offering inclusive food services, we eliminate barriers and open doors for families who might otherwise overlook schools that best cater to their child's needs. Moreover, nutrition and food service not only support school choice but also bolster student attendance, retention, and overall well-being, ultimately leading to stronger academic outcomes. Register here today.
Charter alert: Time-sensitive filings for all charter schools in the state
Within this year’s school finance act (SB23-287), section 11 names charter schools (inclusive of charter networks and charter collaboratives) as public entities and therefore needing to file certain materials to properly establish their public status. Specifically all board members of applicable boards of charter schools, networks, and collaboratives will need to file an oath with the local County Clerk Office by August 3, 2023, and within 80 days of becoming a board director thereafter. Additionally, all charter schools/charter networks, and all charter collaboratives must register their public entity’s information with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs by August 13, 2023. A Special Alert was sent out earlier today with additional information and forms/samples to use. If you need access to that email or have any questions, please reach out to Janyse Skalla with the Schools of Choice Unit.
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 email@example.com, or Janet Turnmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charter School Governing Board Modules Updates
Charter School Board Training Modules have been updated and are now accessible on the Colorado League of Charter Schools learning management system (Freestone). We encourage all charter school governing board members to access these modules moving forward.
We recognize that many charter school boards, including CCSP sub-grantees, likely began and/or completing courses in the legacy training environment (eNet Learning). Schools will have access to these modules through September 30, 2023. Please see the latest guidance available for both platforms: Freestone | eNet Learning]
Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) Scholarship and Grant Opportunities
High quality early childhood settings begin with well-trained and well-prepared educators. The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) currently offers several state-wide scholarship and grant opportunities for students who would like to earn a degree, certificate, or credential in early childhood education, and for home-based providers who are seeking funding to start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility.
- ECCLA’s Back to Work Scholarship Program provides 1:1 career and college navigation and scholarship awards up to $2,500.00 that can be used for several different types of expenses - books, supplies, child care, and more!
- ECCLA’s Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship is for high school students interested in earning college credits and experience in Early Childhood Education.
- ECCLA’s Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship is available to help recipients complete the training requirements to earn a Colorado Coach Credential.
- ECCLA’s Family Child Care Home Improvement Grant is available to help home-based providers start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility.
- ECCLA’s Rural R.U.N. Scholarship Program provides career counseling and tuition support to early childhood professionals in rural communities seeking to earn early childhood credentials like ERS®, CLASS®, National Director Credential, Coaching Credential, and any of the ECE College Certificates.
ECCLA’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program offers early childhood professionals a pathway to pursue higher education.
Opportunity, Access and Inclusion Resources
Denver grant program directs resources to Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits
The Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) funding program focuses on making an impact on Black communities across the Denver metro area through grants to nonprofits led by and serving Black communities. Its mission is to build long-term sustainability in communities of color. Learn more here
'We Are One Community’ How a charter-district compact in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley built bridges, trust and family access
Relationships between district and charter school leaders are often fraught and framed as a competition for scarce resources. But when educators view themselves as colleagues who share a common interest in serving students and families equitably, lines of communication and cooperation can emerge.
The story of how district and charter school leaders in Colorado’s mountainous Roaring Fork Valley developed a compact to strengthen their relationships is chronicled in a case study from Alan Gottlieb for Gates Family Foundation.
Social-Emotional Learning Won’t Happen Without a Culturally Relevant Start: an EdWeek article by teacher Christina Torres
“Educators have the unique responsibility of delivering content as well as helping students to move in the direction of personal growth and development. This movement happens best when there is a common frame of reference or starting point for working toward the destination.” Click here to read more