Educator Talent News
Welcome to our Educator Talent News page! Stay up to date on all things Educator Talent including news on Preparation, Licensing, Development and Educator Effectiveness.
Our monthly e-newsletter includes resources and tools for districts/BOCES and ed prep programs to support educator preparation and development efforts.
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 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:
- Monday, April 22, 2019 at Regis University (Denver)
- Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Nikola Tesla Education Opportunity Center (Colorado Springs)
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) webpage for additional information.
Seeking feedback on Educator Talent rules
In February, the Colorado State Board of Education approved notices of rulemaking for:
- Rules for the Administration of the Educator Licensing Act of 1991, 1 CCR 301-301
- Rules for the Administration of the Educator License Endorsements, 1 CCR 301-101
- Rules for the Administration of a Statewide System to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Licensed Personnel Employed by Districts and BOCES, 1 CCR 301-87
The Educator Talent Division is seeking feedback on these rules in preparation for the April State Board of Education meeting. Please visit the Educator Talent Rules Feedback webpage 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.
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.
Model Code of Ethics (MCEE)
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators. The MCEE is the first common language of ethics that can support and guide decisions regarding professional practice. Educators and administrators are encouraged to include the following listed resources in a future training or Professional Learning Community (PLC). For questions or comments contact NASDTEC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCEE video featuring the educators who helped develop the MCEE, speaking to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
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