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Submitting Documentation to Receive READ Act Designation

Licensed Teachers

To submit documentation to the Colorado Online Licensing System (COOL) that demonstrates a teacher has met the READ Act evidence-based training in teaching reading requirements, the teacher will need to follow the appropriate directions below. 

CDE-provided Online Training

If a teacher completed the CDE online training "Building a Strong Foundation: Developing Early Literacy Skills" through Pepper, they will want to follow the directions below to link their account in Pepper to their account in COOL, so their certificate of completion will be sent from the Pepper system over to COOL. For technical support using COOL, submit an online support form.

  • Log in to their COOL account.
  • Select “My Profile”.
  • Select “Designations” in the Credential section of the profile.
  • Select the “Link My Pepper Account” link and follow the instructions.
    • The link will take their to Pepper
    • Log in using their Pepper account credentials
  • Upon successful completion of this process, a confirmation statement will appear in the green bar beneath the “Link to Pepper” instructions.

All Other Pathway Options

For all other pathway options, follow the directions below. 

  • Log in to their COOL account
  • Select “My Profile”.
  • Select “Designations” in the Credential section of the profile.
  • Select “Add Designation”.
  • Click “Yes, Confirm”.
  • Click “Yes” under “Do you wish to be evaluated for the READ Act designation?”
  • Complete a short application and upload their documentation (certificate of completion or transcript).

OR

  • Log in to their COOL account
  • Select + Designation to add the READ Act designation (under “Actions”)
  • Click “Yes, Confirm”.
  • Click “Yes” under “Do you wish to be evaluated for the READ Act designation?”
  • Complete a short application and upload their documentation (certificate of completion or transcript)

For technical support using COOL, submit an online support form.

Evidence Required for Each Pathway

Non-Licensed Teachers

A non-licensed teacher is a teacher who is responsible for classroom instruction, but does not hold a Colorado Teaching License. A non-licensed educator might be a teacher, administrator or support staff in a K-12 school system. Information on how non-licensed teachers submit documentation will be available soon.

 

Evidence Required for Each Pathway

 

District Information

Each district that receives per-pupil or early literacy grant funding must annually ensure that all K-3 grade teachers who provide literacy instruction and K-12 reading interventionists have completed evidence-based training in teaching reading.

All K-3 teachers (including K-3 reading interventionists) who provide literacy instruction must complete the teacher training by August 1, 2023. All 4-12 reading interventionists must complete the training by August 1, 2024. Districts, BOCES, and charters that do not meet the requirements will be ineligible for READ Act funds for the 2022-23 school year. In subsequent years, districts will need to ensure that new teachers also meet the teacher training requirements.

This communications toolkit includes the following items to help you communicate with your educators about the teacher training requirements:


District Reporting from COOL

Districts can view reports in COOL of educators in their school district who have submitted documentation to COOL to demonstrate that they have met the READ Act teacher training requirements. This report is available to district officials who have been approved for eLicensing Verification Access (EVA). This information can be found on the Educator Professional Development Requirements Page.

 

Pulling Reports from the Online Teacher Training (PCG) System

Districts can request the ability to pull reports regarding teacher completion and participation in the online course, "Building a Strong Foundation: Developing Early Literacy Skills" by contacting Claire Conde at cconde@pcgus.com.


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