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CDE Charter School Topic-Based Webinars

CDE Schools of Choice Unit organizes Topic-Based Webinars presented by experts from the field to support the charter school community with knowledge of best practice and evolving policy changes. To receive technical assistance credit for the Colorado Charter School Program grant, complete the training request form (DOCX) and submit it to

Tools for Addressing Inequities in Discipline of Students with Disabilities

Recorded on May 11th, Candace Hawkins Esp. Director of General Supervision and Monitoring in the Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) at the Colorado Department of Education provided guidance on equitable discipline strategies for students with disabilities.

Accountability and School Improvement Training: Understanding Student Engagement for Improvement Planning 

Recorded on May 12th, Dan Jorgensen, Accountability Support Manager, Improvement Planning & Support, and Amy Werpy, Expelled and At-Risk Student Services Program, explored the concept of student engagement, including how it may be used to support improved instruction and improvement planning work in charter schools. Additionally, they shared  engagement measures, including attendance, perception data, and critical data considerations to support the adoption of student engagement data sources within Unified Improvement Plan(s). 

Anti-Racist Strategies to Disrupt Racial Inequities in Charter Schools (Part 2)

Recorded on March 9th, 2021. Aaron Green, Social Work Consultant and Trainer concluded the two-part webinar series on equipping charter school practitioners with the tools and strategies needed to disrupt known and unknown racial inequities.

Equal Access Webinar Series in Conjunction with Charter School Institute

In conjunction with Charter School Institute, the Equal Access Webinar Series is a six (6) part webinar series that highlights equitable practices for multilingual/multicultural learners. We hope to equip both authorizers and charter school leaders with the support needed to ensure that charter schools are open to all students. There are no barriers to access for diverse students in school policies or programs.
The first session of this webinar series: School Policy Review Through a Multicultural Lens, was recorded on February 10th, 2021. Justo Yanez and Jessica Welch of Charter School Institute facilitated an introductory session on spearheading a review of school policies for equitable practices for multicultural learners.
Anti-Racist Strategies to Disrupt Racial Inequities in Charter Schools (Part 1)

Anti-Racist Strategies to Disrupt Racial Inequities (Part 1)- Recorded on March 23rd, 2021. Aaron Green, Social Work Consultant and Trainer facilitated the first of a two-part webinar series on equipping charter school practitioners with the tools and strategies needed to disrupt known and unknown racial inequities.

Governance Board Training Resources 

The Schools of Choice Team has been working diligently in conjunction with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, the Colorado Charter School Institute, and the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers – incorporating feedback both from charter schools and charter school authorizers - to update the free, on-demand, governing board training that CDE has provided for many years. From this collaboration, we are now happy to announce Governance Board Training Resources accessible to all charter school practitioners .

These free courses are accessible via the Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) YM online platform. Please use your CLCS membership credentials to access this training, or create a free profile on their website.

Equity and Inclusion: Creating a Sense of Belonging Through Tiered Systems of Support

Recorded on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, Dr. Amy McCart, co-director of SWIFT, helped us re-image the concept of inclusion and explore how to make staff, students, and community members feel genuinely welcome. Dr. McCart provided strategies to evaluate school culture and provide guidance on how to intentionally welcome all students.

Technology Funding Opportunities for Colorado Charter Schools

Recorded on December 8th, 2020, DeLilah Collins, ESEA Office Assistant Director, Federal Programs Colorado Department Of Education, conducted a webinar that discussed technology funding opportunities for charter schools, highlighting the federal E-Rate Program as other technology funding opportunities.  

Mental Health During a Pandemic: The Three C's to Mental Health 

Recorded on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020, Dr. Morgan Beidleman, founder and chief clinician at Reach Learning Services, conducted an interactive webinar to teach academic and social-emotional competencies. 

English Language Development Programming in Charter Schools

How can you enhance your knowledge around obligations provided for English learners? This webinar, recorded on July 21, 2020, addressed how fulfilling obligations in the areas of state and federal requirements for ELD programs/services for English learners in Colorado, specific for charter schools, including identification, re-designation, programming, evaluation, and parent communication are key to providing learning opportunities for English learners. Listen to Lindsay Swanton and Doris Nguyen from The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education at CDE cover a plethora of information concerning ELD programming. 

Accountability & Improvement Foundations

Interested in learning more about Unified Improvement Plans (UIP) and Accountability? Recorded in June of 2020, Erin Loften and Dan Jorgensen from the Colorado Department of Education provide an in-depth training on CDE's accountability system and UIP process.  

From Survival to Quality: Refining Your Online Model to Increase Student Access to High-Quality Education

Recorded on May 12, 2020, Kaci Coats (Executive Director of The Collaborative for Exceptional Education) facilitated a discussion among four charter school leaders who are each taking specific steps to ensure their remote learning models during the time of COVID-19 are inclusive of all students. As we move towards an uncertain future for fall learning, this webinar focused on the importance of considering how to move towards a quality approach to online education. 

Database Dashboards

Recorded May 13, 2019, "What gets measured gets done," Denise Mund provides an overview of the data dashboard process. This critical tool helps governing boards and school leaders keep an eye on the important measurables.

Mental Health

Recorded March 12, 2019, Alejandra Venzor provides information on Mental Health.

CDE Educator Talent Updates

Recorded February 26, 2019, Tanya Klein and Darrin Bacca provide information on Licensing 101: Educator Licensure & Enforcement.

Bullying Prevention and Education

Recorded on January 15, 2019, Adam Collins provides information on what bullying is and who gets bullied, the impact of bullying, the Bullying Prevention and Education Grant as well as Ashawnty's Law.

The Colorado READ Act

Recorded on November 13, 2018, Sarah Vance provides information on the Colorado READ Act to celebrate November as being Family Literacy Month.  The webinar includes information around terms, timelines, assessments, plans, parent notification and communication, and funding. 

The Role a Charter School Plays in it's Charter Authorizer's Submission of the Consolidated Federal Programs Application

Recorded on March 13, 2018, Joey Willett provides information on the Consolidated Federal Programs Application, including what it is, who fills it out, what is being applied for, how charter schools are affected by it, what charter schools need to do to experience the benefits of the application, and upcoming timelines of which charter schools should be aware.  

Assessments, Accountability, and Unified Improvement Planning: What You Need to Know and Updates 

Recorded on February 27, 2018, Bill Kottenstette, Dan Jorgensen, and Jennifer Morgan provide information on Colorado's state assessments, state accountability system, and the unified planning process, including a high-level overview and updates related to each topic and an explanation as to how these three topics relate.

Ensuring Enrollment Equity for Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

Recorded on January 16, 2018, Bill Kottenstette and Toby King provide information on ensuring equity for students with disabilities seeking to enroll and enrolling in charter schools.

Fostering a Working Relationship with Charter Authorizers

Recorded on December 5, 2017, Bill Kottenstette, Clare Vickland, and Ruben Pacheco provide information on fostering positive working relationships between a charter authorizer's board and staff and a charter school's board and staff.

Five Promising Practices for Intentional Equity 

Recorded on March 10, 2020, Dr. Aaron J. Griffen, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at Denver School of Science and Technology, and Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Prosperity Educators, LLC  guided us through our fears of implementing diversity equity and inclusion programming.  In this Topic- Based Webinar, Dr. Griffen challenges organizations to unpack the WHY and WILL to intentionally promote educational equity and ultimately encourage organizations to access your readiness to implement intentional equity into your organizational planning.

Equitable Distribution of Teachers

Recorded on February 27, 2020, Jeremy Meredith, ESEA Senior Consultant, Title II explains how the Colorado Department of Education compiles and evaluates Equitable Distribution of Teachers (EDT) data. Jeremy will provide strategies to charter schools in working with their authorizers to meet statutory requirements and address gaps in this area. 

Foundations of Effective Governance: Session 2

Recorded on January 14, 2020, Dr. Jorgensen concludes the Effective Governance Topic-Based Webinar series. During this webinar, Dr. Jorgensen reviewed the first five principles of the ten principles of the Policy Governance and provided an in-depth analysis of the remaining five principles of Policy Governance. 

Foundations of Effective Governance: Session 1

Recorded on December 3, 2019, Dr. Jorgensen provides a high-level overview of the ten principles of Policy Governance, focusing on the first five principles for the first of two training webinars in this series. The second webinar, Foundations of Effective Governance: Session 2 will be held on January 14, 2020, where the remaining five principles will be explained. 

Understanding Special Education Teacher Retention

Recorded November 12, 2019 (rerecorded due to technical issues Dec. 13, 2019), Meagan Gillcrist discusses how to proactively plan for the retention of special educators in order to build better outcomes for diverse learners.

Kindergarten School Readiness: Assessments, Plans, and State Reporting

Recorded on November 14, 2017, Bill Kottenstette provides information on Kindergarten School Readiness, including assessments, plans, data reporting, and charter waiver requests.

Gifted Education: Requirements for Charter Schools

Recorded on March 14, 2017, Nikki Myers provides information on gifted education programming in charter schools.

Evaluation Practices

Recorded on February 21, 2017, Jennell Verow and Clare Vickland provide information on teacher evaluation, evaluation cycle and common challenges.

School Transportation

Recorded on December 7, 2016, Susan Miller and Brian Vasina, provide information on CDE, state, and federal regulations associated with student transportation in Colorado.

Annual Finance Seminar

Recorded on June 15, 2016, Marti Rodriquez provides information on preparing your annual financial report, as well as changes to rules and regulations.

Special Education

Recorded March 16, 2016, Toby King and Wendy Jacobs provide information on special education in charter schools.

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  • Additional information: It is the authorizer's responsibility to provide every student with the least restrictive environment. Charter schools should focus on providing professional development to staff.

Leadership Self-Evaluation

Recorded February 17, 2016, Dr. Terry Croy Lewis presents information to charter school board members on effective leadership evaluation for themselves as well as school leaders.