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Educator Talent Division

Welcome to the new Educator Talent website! Our mission is to develop, deploy and support talent management and human capital development strategies for districts and schools so that the most effective educators are in every school and classroom and all students are prepared for college, career, and life. Visit our About Us page to learn more about the Educator Talent Division.

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Current Educators include:

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Future Educators include:

  • Prospective students of university/college approved educator preparation programs
  • Educator preparation program students
  • Career changers/individuals in the workforce interested in entering the teaching profession

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Educator Preparation Programs include:

  • Universities/Colleges
  • Districts/ BOCES

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Districts & BOCES include:

  • Superintendents, assistant superintendents
  • Human resources directors, licensure coordinators
  • District/BOCES leaders and administrators 
  • Charter leaders and administrators


New Teacher of Record License and Grant Program

HB18-1309 created the Teacher of Record License, Teacher of Record Program, and Grow Your Own Educator Program in response to the teacher shortage.  When a district, BOCES, or charter is in need of a licensed teacher in a designated shortage area, and no qualified applicants have applied for the position, the teacher of record license and associated programs may be used to fill the position.  This option allows an individual to serve as the teacher of record in a classroom while completing up to the remaining 36 credit hours of a teacher preparation program.  The Grow Your Own Educator grant program provides funding to support the teacher’s tuition while they complete these remaining credit hours. Click here for more detailed information.

Register for FREE Professional Educator Ethics Workshops

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), in partnership with the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics (NCAEE), the Colorado Department of Education, Regis University, and Colorado Springs School District 11, is offering a FREE Professional Educator Ethics Workshops in your region.  Space is limited and registration will fill up quickly!  For registration and event details, select the event pages below:


Teacher-Student Data Link (TSDL) Collection Update for 2019-2020

The 2018-19 TSDL collection is on pause, meaning that for this year it is an optional collection except for districts serving migrant students. CDE put this year’s collection on pause in order to solicit stakeholder input. Toward that end, last fall we established a stakeholder group and obtained the help of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to facilitate it. The stakeholder group arrived at a set of recommendations (see entire stakeholder report for more detail) that CDE is actively considering. Namely, the stakeholder group recommends that CDE take steps to improve and streamline the TSDL collection and make the data collected in TSDL more useful to districts. In an effort to implement these recommendations, this spring CDE will engage in a detailed re-examination of data elements across CDE collections to specify source requirements and identify redundancy.

In the 2019-20 school year the TSDL collection will resume (pending any legislative changes this session) with at least one significant reduction in effort: student records required to be submitted for TSDL will be restricted to middle and high school students. Other changes to TSDL remain unknown at this point, pending results of the re-examination of data elements. Additionally, offices reporting on TSDL data will consider how to make their reports more useful to districts as the work on the data elements unfolds. Please see the website for additional details about the 2019-2020 collection.


New Student Teacher/In-Field Experience fingerprint process now available

CDE has launched a new fingerprint process for students completing field experience, student teaching and any other pre-service placement in a classroom. This new process aligns with recently passed legislation, SB 18-229 Student Teacher Criminal History Checks, and will allow CDE to share criminal history information, if any exists, with the students’ educator preparation program and school district/charter school. Making this information available will allow educator preparation programs and school districts/charter schools to make informed decisions about placing students in the classroom. This will also allow students to be fingerprinted once for all their pre-service placements. 

While this new process provides enhanced visibility of a field experience student's criminal history and potential barriers that their history may present in their pursuit of educational licensure, it is critical for all stakeholders to understand that field experience students WILL NOT undergo a full background investigation.  A full background check with any criminal history results will only occur when an individual meets licensure requirements and submits an application for a CDE-issued credential.  CDE will only act as a pass-through for information returned in fingerprint-based criminal history checks, allowing educator preparation programs and school districts to make an informed decision when placing a field experience student.  

Please visit the Fingerprinting for Field Experience Educators (Student Teachers) web page for additional information.


Educator Talent launches Policy Updates webpage

Visit the Educator Talent Policy Updates webpage to learn more about policy, rules, and educator shortage grants being implemented by the Educator Talent Division.


Teacher shortage grant opportunities available

To help school districts and BOCES review and identify teacher shortage grant opportunities that resulted from the 2018 legislative session, the Educator Talent Unit created a Teacher Shortage Funding Opportunities Overview highlighting the primary initiatives. The document allows for the review of available grants, timelines, funds and eligibility requirements for potential combining of opportunities.


Understanding the English Learner Professional Learning requirements for teachers with a professional license

In July 2018, the State Board of Education approved new rules to ensure educators in Colorado are prepared to meet the needs of English learners in our schools.The new English Learner Professional Learning requirements must be met only by teachers with professional licenses with an elementary, English language arts, math, science or social studies endorsement. In addition, teachers with licenses in all other endorsement areas may elect to also meet the requirements. The same holds true for special service providers, principals and administrators. Individuals with a culturally and linguistically diverse endorsement, or its linguistically diverse predecessor, automatically meet this requirement.

Educators who choose to meet the English Learner PD requirement but aren't required to can visit the Educator Talent News webpage for more information.

Detailed information about the English Learner PD requirement, the timeline for meeting it and how educators may document and demonstrate that they have done so can be found on at the English Learner PD Requirements - Information for Educators webpage.


Learn about district, BOCES and charter school parent notification requirements, House Bill 18-1269

House Bill 18-1269 was passed during the 2018 legislative season with an effective date of August 15th, 2018. The law creates a new section, 22-1-130 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). This statute requires public school districts, Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) and charter schools to notify parents of students anytime a school employee is charged with certain crimes.


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