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Reading, Writing, and Communicating Learning Modules

The modules on this page were designed in response to requests from educators regarding guidance and resources for social emotional learning, culturally responsive education, and accelerated learning to support them in teaching English language arts within our state education system. The goal of each module is to provide information and evidenced-based practices that leads to students gaining the knowledge needed to become proficient in the content, concepts, and skills within the Colorado Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, and Communicating, as they progress towards postsecondary readiness. 

CDE Position Statement: RWC Standards & English Language Learners 

The Colorado Academic Standards in Reading, Writing, and Communicating were written for all students using the content, concepts, skills, and language conventions and structures found within the English language. This does not mean students must be native English speakers, nor fluent English proficient, but by utilizing the Colorado English Language Proficiency standards (Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) in tandem with the Colorado Academic Standards, qualified and well prepared educators can ensure that all English learners receive appropriate support to ensure all students successfully meet the expectations in the standards.


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Academic Standards

The reading, writing, and communicating standards invite students to use texts to better understand others' experiences in the world and to command language in order to articulate their own perspective on the human experience. The standards intentionally reflect the read-write connection and the relationship between critically consuming text to build knowledge and producing texts to convey knowledge.

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Curriculum Support

Article IX, Section 16 of Colorado's constitution states, "Neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools." However, CDE can still serve as an advisor to help districts and schools adopt, adapt, develop, or use the materials of their choice.

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Instructional Support

Instructional support is grounded in CDE's shared approach to Best, First Instruction as well as practices and strategies supported by professional organizations and scholars at the leading edge of reading, writing, and communicating education.

  • Achieve the Core: Achieve the Core focuses on increasing the availability of high-quality, standards aligned instructional resources; increasing awareness and selection of those resources by educators; and building the capacity of educators to align instruction for all students to standards.
  • Anti-Racism Education: This list of resources centers around raising the critical consciousness of both students and educators through closely reading, writing, and communicating about the inequities in everyday social, environmental, economic, and political situations.
  • Disciplinary Literacy: Disciplinary literacy is the fundamental element found in all disciplines of the revised 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. As such, understanding disciplinary literacy is critical to being standards literate.
  • High Impact Instruction in Diverse SettingsThis page provides a variety of resources and recommendations for providing instruction in diverse learning settings.
  • High Impact Instructional Strategies: This chart aligns high impact instructional strategies with desired student skills for reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Instructional Shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy: There are three prominent “instructional shifts” that distinguish the demands of the Colorado Academic Standards

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Community

There are many opportunities to connect and grow as a professional educator with the larger reading, writing, and communicating education community, including mail lists, professional organizations, and events.

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): NCTE amplifies the voice of educators through personal connection, collaboration, and a shared mission to improve the teaching and learning of English and language arts at all levels. 
  • Conference on English Leadership (CEL): The Conference on English Leadership offers a collaborative, dynamic, discussion-based forum for literacy leaders to explore current and emerging issues. 
  • Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS): The Colorado Language Arts Society is the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts.
  • Colorado Counsel International Reading Association (CCIRA):  CCIRA collaboratively encourages, supports, and advances literacy through researched-based instructional practices to increase literacy access to all. 
  • ReadWithMe.Today: Of the widely accepted essentials children need to thrive, reading is often the one we forget to provide. Therefore, CDE has launched a public information campaign to encourage and empower parents to make reading part of their daily routine with their children. 


Important News, Announcements, and Updates 

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant Eligibility Requirements

Interested in learning more about the Colorado Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant and wondering about eligibility requirements? Join us for a webinar where we will dive into eligibility guidelines based on things like the use of evidence-based practices, charter schools and how the READ Act fits with the CLSD Program. We will also answer common questions about the core components of the CLSD application and what CDE is really looking for from applicants.

Zoom meeting information and registration link:
When: Jul 8, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudOihpzIvE9CP4yCPSvLTywUIgdjqGe35 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Colorado Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant Request for Application

The Colorado Department of Education is excited to announce that the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Colorado Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant is now live and open for applications. The CLSD program is a federally supported grant intended to expand the use of evidence-based reading practices and interventions that advance literacy skills for children from birth to grade 12. Emphasis will be on historically underserved students including children in poverty, English learners (ELs), and children with disabilities through educator professional development, literacy consulting support, development of a district-wide Comprehensive Local Literacy Plan and other high impact strategies.

The RFA and supporting documents can be found on the CLSD webpage. Applications are due Friday, July 30, 2021. For questions, please contact the CLSD Grant Program Manager, Stacey Smith at smith_s@cde.state.co.us or visit the CLSD page on CDE’s website for more information.


For further assistance, please contact:

Olivia Gillespie
RWC Content Specialist
P 303.866.6583 | C 720.930.1298
Gillespie_O@cde.state.co.us