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Blended and Online Learning Overview

Blended & Online Learning informs interested parents and students about what it means to participate in online and blended learning and how to participate in K-12 online learning in Colorado. This office certifies all new multi-district online schools and recognizes new single-district online schools and programs. The office also provides technical support to existing blended & online learning schools and programs in Colorado and promotes responsible growth of online schools.

Address: 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver CO 80203
Room Number(s): 210

Unit Supervisor: Bill Kottenstette
Administrative Lead: Renee Martinez
Lead Email Address:
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-6864

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Office Responsibilities

  • Review applications to become a multi-district or single-district online school or program
  • Provide information and data about online learning in Colorado
  • Provide professional development to online professionals about online state guidelines and ensure schools are in compliance.
  • Field phone calls from the public regarding online schools, options for full-time and part-time enrollment, extracurricular and interscholastic enrollment and other general questions about attending online school.
  • Contact online schools and the respected authorizer if the online school is substantially out of compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Consult with the state board regarding quality standards in online learning
  • Document and track complaints of online schools and programs
  • Collect resource information for implementation of online schools and distribute to the online community
  • Collect and review information from online schools concerning sound financial and accounting practices
  • Conduct research internally and investigate other research being conducted in Colorado and throughout the United States about Online and Blended Learning
  • Distribute research reports and findings out to the Colorado Online Community.
  • Work with the legislature to discuss how policy can assist in creating more opportunities and clarify issues/concerns around online and blended learning
  • Conduct the application and review process for the Online Teacher/Counselor Recognition Award annually
  • Prepare a summary report about online programs every five years (next report: 2019)

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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