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2021 READ Act Review of Professional Development

2021 READ Act Review of Professional Development

Topic-Specific Professional Development Course Application Information

On March 15, 2021, CDE released information about the 2021 Review of Topic-Specific Professional Development Courses for inclusion on the CDE Advisory List of Professional Development. Vendors who planned to submit an application during the application window (April 1 - April 30) were required to complete an intent to submit form by March 31st. Vendors who did not complete the Intent to Submit Form will not be eligible to submit a course for review during the application window. 

 

 

Please note that professional development courses designed to fulfill the READ Act K-3 Teacher Training requirement will not be reviewed at this time. Submissions for the K-3 Teacher Training category will not be accepted in this review cycle.

Background

Passed by the Colorado legislature in 2012, the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) focuses on early literacy development for all students kindergarten through third grade and especially for students at risk of not reaching grade level proficiency in reading by the end of third grade.  The READ Act requires the CDE to create an advisory list of rigorous professional development programs related to addressing significant reading deficiencies and to applying an evidence - based intervention instruction and strategies. The purpose of the READ Act Advisory List of Professional Development Programs is to provide districts and schools with a choice of professional development that adequately enhances teacher quality and implementation of scientifically based or evidence-based literacy practices. 

Advisory List Information

Two categories will be added to the CDE 2021 Advisory List of Professional Development:

  • Topic-Specific, READ Act-aligned Professional Development Programs (contact: readact@cde.state.co.us) 
    • This topic-specific list will not include implementation training for instructional programs. Training for instructional programs included on the CDE Advisory List is considered an allowable use of funds. 
  • Early Literacy Grant (ELG) Implementation Consultants (contact: stelling_l@cde.state.co.us)

Please note that professional development courses designed to fulfill the READ Act K-3 Teacher Training requirement will not be reviewed at this time. Submissions for the K-3 Teacher Training category will not be accepted in this review cycle.

Volunteer Reviewer Application

The CDE Preschool through Third Grade office is seeking volunteer reviewers to take part in the process of review for Topic-Specific Professional Development aligned to the READ Act. Reviews will be conducted remotely and involve a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) work time. Initial reviews will take place from May 3 - June 4. Reimbursement and authorization for credit hours for participation will not be provided for this volunteer opportunity. The deadline to submit the application is April 5th. 

 If you have further questions, please contact Marisa Calzadillas at Calzadillas_M@cde.state.co.us.

Review Process Information

Professional Development Review Timeline:

  • March 15 - 22, 2021: Stakeholder Review of Application & Rubric 
  • March 15 - March 31, 2021: Vendor Intent to Submit Window
  • April 1, 2021: Application window opens
  • April 30, 2021: Application submission deadline
  • May 3 – June 4, 2021: CDE Review of Professional Development submissions
  • June 4 – June 18, 2021: Vendor appeal submission window
  • Early June: Initial Advisory List of Professional Development posted to website
  • June - July: CDE review of appeals
    • Advisory List of Professional Development will be updated throughout the appeal window as these reviews are completed
  • Late July: Final Advisory List of Professional Development posted