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ESSA State Committee of Practitioners (CoP)

ESSA State Committee of Practitioners (CoP) Member Responsibilities

The Committee of Practitioners serves to advise the state in carrying out its responsibilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. It operates to identify issues across regions of the state and facilitate two-way communication between CDE and the preK-12 education community throughout Colorado. The primary purpose of the Committee is to advise CDE regarding its implementation of ESSA. Committee members serve for three years. 

As mandated by law, the membership of the committee includes:

  1. as a majority of its members, representatives from local educational agencies;
  2. administrators, including the administrators of programs described in other parts of this title;
  3. teachers, including vocational educators;
  4. parents;
  5. members of local school boards;
  6. representatives of private school children; and
  7. pupil services personnel.

Committee of Practitioners Membership Information

Join the Committee of Practitioners

At this time, CDE is accepting applications for the following representation on the committee:

  • Paraprofessional(s)
  • Geographic representation from the Southeast, West Central, and North Central areas of the State

To apply for a position, fill out the 2020-21 Application(DOC) and submit to Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson


Meeting Information for 2019-2020

Please note that any travel reimbursement must be submitted within 60 days of travel in order to comply with specific IRS requirements. The non-CDE employee travel reimbursement form can be found here: Non-CDE employee travel reimbursement form (Note: Updated form for 2020-2021)

​Meeting Dates and Locations: 

August 15, 2019

September 19, 2019

November 14, 2019

February 13, 2020

April 16, 2020

May 7, 2020 

Archive of State Committee of Practitioners' Meeting Minutes


For Additional Information Contact:

Jeremy Meredith 
303-866-3905
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Tammy Giessinger 
303-866-6992
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Rachel Matson
303-866-6736
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