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CDE Update

About the CDE Update

Welcome to the CDE Update! Each month, this publication will show you what is happening in key priority areas at CDE and include details on implementation, milestones, deadlines and resources.

This online format allows you to view everything or filter by category and date and will be your go-to source for all Update information.

September 2018

Accountability, Performance and Support

CDE supports schools and districts in the continuous improvement process through its focus on implementing quality school and district support systems, accountability measures, improvement plans, federal programs and data analysis.

What's Happening Now

Accountability Communications Resources

CDE has developed templates and materials to help districts and schools communicate with parents about Colorado's accountability system. Fact sheets with high-level explanations about school and district performance frameworks, school plan types and district ratings, along with other resources, are available on the Accountability Toolkit webpage.

Academic Growth and Preliminary School and District Performance Frameworks released

Preliminary school and district performance frameworks were released to district accountability contacts via Syncplicity on Aug. 22 and posted to the CDE website on Aug. 27. View them on the DPF/SPF webpage.

Read the Annual Performance Framework Change explainer (PDF). It provides an overview of the minor changes to the 2018 performance frameworks along with the supporting rationale. In addition, the document provides information about future changes resulting from legislative action. 

Access all available resources, including an annotated DPF, on the SPF/DPF resources webpage.

For more information, contact Dan Jorgensen, accountability support manager, at or 303-866-6763.

School Accreditation Forms and Requests to Reconsider

Based on the preliminary DPF and SPF reports, all districts must submit the School Accreditation Form indicating the district and local school board’s accreditation ratings for their schools by Monday, Oct. 15. Contact Kirby Stein at or 303-866-6108 with any questions regarding the accreditation form that was shared via Syncplicity.

If a district wishes to request a different district accreditation rating or any of their school’s plan type assignments, the district must submit a request to reconsider submission along with the accreditation form by Oct. 15. CDE staff are available to assist schools and districts with the request to reconsider process. Office hours and guidance on the request to reconsider process are posted on the state accountability webpage. If a district would like specific feedback on a draft request to reconsider, those draft submissions will be due to CDE by Friday, Sept. 14, in order for CDE staff to provide adequate technical assistance. 

For more information about the request to reconsider process, contact Jessica Watson at or 303-866-6778. 

AECs Approved for the 2018-19 School Year

The State Board of Education reviewed and approved applications for schools designated as Alternative Education Campuses (AEC) at its August meeting. The list of schools with approved AEC status was published on the CDE’s website. Visit the AEC webpage for more information.

Preliminary Pre‐Populated Unified Improvement Plans

The 2018-19 UIP template is now available in the online system. The pre-populated reports (Section I) will be available early this month. Updates will be made as additional data become available (e.g., ESSA school improvement identifications).

UIPs can be accessed through the Identity Management System once the district local access manager has assigned the appropriate user role. More information is available on CDE’s UIP webpage.

For more information, contact Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

Fall Unified Improvement Plan Technical Assistance

For districts with schools on Priority Improvement or Turnaround, CDE is offering additional support by providing an optional UIP review. Draft UIPs (even if it is just the updated data narrative) should be submitted by Oct. 15 through the Online UIP System. A more detailed submission timeline is also available on the UIP website.

For more information, contact Lisa Steffen at or 303-866-6676.

Family Partnership Updates

The 2018 Promising Partnership Practices submission window has closed, and CDE collected more than 75 new practices. These practices will be posted online this month. 

For more information, contact Darcy Hutchins at or 303-866-5921 and visit the Promising Partnership Practices webpage.

What's on the Horizon

Unified Improvement Planning Submissions Dates

Every district and school must submit a revised/updated UIP by April 15 (note: districts and schools with a Performance plan type may be eligible for biennial submission). Schools and districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type must submit by Jan. 15.

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires that districts with schools identified for Comprehensive Improvement and Support (CS) locally develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan for the school to improve student outcomes. In Colorado, this plan will be integrated into the school’s UIP.

For additional information about improvement planning requirements under ESSA, visit the ESSA Improvement Planning webpage. For more information, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, at or 303-866-6205.

Accountability and UIP Fall Training

CDE is offering training sessions on the 2018 School and District Performance Frameworks and the UIP process in addition to support around the Accountability Clock. CDE is committed to ensuring schools and districts across the state receive assistance as needed; these sessions can be customized and delivered regionally upon request. 

To schedule a training contact Dan Jorgensen at or 303-866-6763 or Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642.

Parent Notification Requirements for Districts with Schools on the Accountability Clock

For districts with schools on the Accountability Clock (i.e., Priority Improvement, Turnaround), state law requires notification be sent to parents with information about the school’s plan type, about the UIP process and about the upcoming public hearing. Notification must be sent before Monday, Sept. 24. The local school board must hold a public hearing prior to the adoption of the school’s UIP and at least 30 days after parents have been notified. For schools going through the request to reconsider process, notification can be delayed until plan types are finalized by the State Board of Education. A sample parent notification letter is available. CDE will monitor the notification process this year. Communications can be emailed to or attached to the school’s UIP by Jan. 15. This will also help CDE determine where further assistance is needed. Additional information will be made available to districts with identified schools. 

For more information, download the sample parent notification letter (PDF) or contact Lisa Medler at or 303-866-6993.

2018-19 EASI Application and Support Fair

Last year, Colorado changed the way federal and state services are awarded to local education agencies. Rather than multiple applications on separate timelines, CDE streamlined school improvement opportunities into a single application, the Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI), with a needs-based approach to award services and funding. Visit the EASI webpage for information.

Districts with schools identified for improvement and support based on low graduation rates, low performance of underserved populations or low overall performance (i.e., Comprehensive Support and Targeted Support under ESSA, or Priority Improvement and Turnaround under state accountability laws) will once again be invited to apply for this opportunity. The 2018-19 application will be open mid-September with applications due in early November.  

CDE invites district and school staff to an event to highlight support and funding available through the EASI grant process. The EASI Support Fair will take place 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Arvada, and 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Colorado Springs. View the flyer for details and registration (PDF). Contact Laura Meushaw, or 303-866-6618, or Michelle Prael at or 303-866-6998, with questions.

For schools and districts in Priority Improvement or Turnaround, CDE will offer information sessions at the EASI Support Fair focused on accountability requirements and school improvement supports. For more information on these sessions, contact Erin Loften at or 303-866-6642, or Kirby Stein at or 303-866-6108.

Important Upcoming Deadlines


Release of Preliminary 2018 AEC School Performance Framework reports to districts for review.

Release of preliminary pre-populated 2018 Unified Improvement Plans (Section I) in the UIP online system.

Sept. 14: Deadline for districts to submit optional draft Request to Reconsider submission.

Sept. 17: EASI Support Fair and PI/TA Information Session.

Before Sept. 24: Districts with schools on the accountability clock send notification to parents and schedule public hearing. 

Oct. 8: EASI Support Fair and PI/TA Information Session.

Oct. 15: Deadline for all districts to submit the School Accreditation Form and Requests to Reconsider submissions for district accreditation rating and/or school plan type assignments, if a district is choosing to submit.

Oct. 15:  Districts with a Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan type may submit revised UIPs for early feedback. Schools with a TIG grant may also submit a plan.

More Information

For more information on accountability and improvement, contact Alan Dillon, associate commissioner, 303‐866‐6202, or visit


Assessments administered by the unit include summative content assessments, English language proficiency assessments, college/career ready assessments, and alternate content assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) are the state tests in English language arts, math, science and social studies. The PSAT and SAT are the state tests administered across Colorado high schools.

What's Happening Now

Achievement and growth results from 2018 assessments released

Overall state-, district- and school-level results from the 2018 administration of statewide assessments were released Thursday, Aug. 16, along with academic growth summary information, showing areas of improvement throughout the state and increases in participation. Assessment results for all 178 school districts and approximately 1,800 schools can be found on CDE’s Colorado Measures of Academic Success webpagePSAT and SAT results are also available in the assessment section of CDE's website.

Summary growth results for schools and districts, including the growth of disaggregated groups of students, can be found on The Colorado Growth Model in SchoolView

For highlights from the 2018 results, read CDE's news release.

Fall Assessment Responsibilities for Districts

Districts should conduct the following assessment-related activities at the beginning of the school year:

  • Ensure that all 2018 state assessment results have been distributed to parents and educators.
  • Post district testing windows, testing times, manner in which assessment results will be used, and assessment requirements (federal law, state law, or locally selected) on websites §22-7-1013(7)(a).
  • Ensure that district paper-based testing policies are in place and posted on websites §22-7-1013(6), §22-7-1006.3(1)(d-e).
  • Update and post district parent excuse policies on websites §22-7-1013(8)(a-c).

Educators needed for state assessment development

CDE seeks educators to participate in several assessment development activities on an ongoing basis. Please share the following recruitment information with educators in your district.

The best way for educators who administer state assessments to influence assessment content is through participating in educator meetings held throughout the development cycle. CDE is seeking Colorado educators with expertise in the concepts and skills reflected in the Colorado Academic Standards in mathematics; reading, writing, and communicating; science; and social studies at the assessed grade levels. Educators with expertise in special education and in working with English learners are also needed.

To be added to the educator pool, interested educators should submit information through the Pearson Colorado Educator Database

An educator assessment development meeting will be Sept. 10-14 for CMAS English Language Arts Content, Bias and Sensitivity Review.

Participating educators will be reimbursed for travel expenses to the meeting site. Those traveling more than 35 miles will be provided with hotel accommodations. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided during the meeting, and participants staying overnight will receive a per diem for dinner. Schools will be reimbursed for the cost of substitute teachers needed to cover classes for participating educators. If a substitute is not needed because school will be out of session during the meeting, the participant will be paid an honorarium of $120 per day. Participating educators are also eligible to receive professional development credit.

Contact Nathan Redford at or 303-866-6849 for more information about educator meetings.

What's on the Horizon

State Assessment Training

Assessment Training for District Assessment Coordinators will be held across Colorado during October and November.  After the final in-person sessions, recorded webinars will be posted for those who are unable to attend live training sessions. Specific details including training dates and locations for each assessment will be sent directly to District Assessment Coordinators.

2018-19 Assessments at a Glance



CMAS Mathematics and English language arts (including CSLA)*


CMAS and CoAlt: Science

5, 8 and 11

CMAS and CoAlt: Social Studies

4, 7 and 11**


9 and 10





 *Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities take the CoAlt English language arts and mathematics (DLM) assessments in grades 3-11.

**Social studies assessments are administered on a sampling basis with the expectation that schools participate once every three years.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

October: ACCESS for ELLs and CoAlt regional administration training (specific details will be sent to DACs)

End of October/Beginning of November: CMAS regional administration training for DACs (specific details will be sent to DACs)

More Information

For more information, contact Joyce Zurkowski, chief assessment officer, 303-866-6760,, or visit

Educator Talent

Classroom teaching and school leadership are the strongest school-based factors impacting student achievement. CDE supports the state’s 178 school districts to attract, prepare and assist great educators as a part of meeting the requirements of S.B.10-191, the Great Teachers and Leaders Act.

What's Happening Now

Educator Licensing

Access for CDE Licensure Lookup

The CDE eLicensing Verification Access is a database-driven educator lookup that provides real-time information on educator’s licenses, applications, background and exam information, as well as subsequent arrest reports for licensed staff. This tool is to be used by human resource representatives (including superintendents) and hiring managers only.

This database was released in spring 2017 and is the only database that can ensure all educator credentials are correct when verifying them for hire.

**Superintendents and BOCES directors, please ensure hiring manager registration and access to this database as soon as possible. To get started, visit the new Information for School Districts webpage. Allow at least 30 minutes to complete the application.

For more information please contact Erin Burns at or 303-866-6216. 

Mandatory Enforcement Reporting Requirements

Colorado school districts are required to report to CDE if an employee is dismissed or has resigned as a result of an allegation of unlawful behavior involving a child, including unlawful sexual behavior, which is supported by a preponderance of evidence.

The superintendent is delegated the responsibility for notifying CDE as soon as possible but no later than 10 business days after the employee’s dismissal or resignation.

The superintendent shall provide any information requested by CDE concerning the circumstances of the dismissal. The district also shall notify the employee that information concerning the dismissal is being forwarded to CDE, unless such notice would conflict with the confidentiality requirements of the Child Protection Act.

For more information please contact Darrin Bacca at or 303-866-6854 or visit the Mandatory CDE Enforcement Reporting webpage.

Teacher Oath Requirement (per Senate Bill 17-296)

Senate Bill 17-296 requires all Colorado public school educators (except those who are employed in a temporary capacity and who are citizens of nations other than the United States, and non-educators, such as transportation staff), shall take or sign an oath pledging to uphold both the U.S. and Colorado constitutions.

This requirement takes effect upon hire at the district or charter school level, and an individual needs to take this oath only once during the term of employment (though it may be included in annual contract verbiage). It may be administered by an individual authorized to administer oaths in the state of Colorado and attested to orally, or a teacher may sign a written pledge (which need not be notarized). To learn more about this requirement visit the Teacher Oath Requirement webpage.

For more information please contact Colleen O'Neil at or 303-866-6945.

Educator Development

Evaluation and renewal applications deadlines for Educator Induction Programs

All district- and BOCES-operated educator induction programs approved by CDE prior to 2017 must submit their programs for evaluation and renewal no later than Friday, Sept. 28. Links to the Teacher/SSP and Principal/Administrator applications, as well as detailed instructions and helpful FAQs can be found on the Induction Program Evaluation and Renewal webpage.

Previously, only districts and BOCES could have educator induction programs approved by CDE. The signing of SB 18-160 (April 2018) now allows charter schools to have their induction program(s) approved by CDE as well. General information on this and other induction news can be found on the Induction Programs webpage.

For more information please contact Jennifer Simons at or 303-866-6793.

What's on the Horizon

Colorado Bureau of Investigation announces change to background services

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is implementing a new process for fingerprinting called the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS) program in response to Senate Bill 17-189.

This bill allows CBI to approve third parties to electronically print and submit non-criminal applicant (educators, realtors, attorneys, foster care, etc.) fingerprints to the state. The program is expected to roll out in late fall, and CBI will stop accepting fingerprint cards taken by a law enforcement 30 days after the roll-out date. Applicants may still have the option to be fingerprinted by their local law enforcement agency and mail their fingerprint card to the third-party vendor. Approved vendor services will be located throughout the state with locations not to exceed 40 miles from any applicant. This is expected to increase applicants’ ability to obtain fingerprints in a timely manner and streamline the CBI submission process.

The CABS program will be supervised by CBI. More specific information on vendors, including locations and how to make appointments will be forthcoming.

For more information please contact Colleen O'Neil at or 303-866-6945.

 National Board stipend application for 2018-19

The Colorado State Legislature has again appropriated funding to award stipends to educators who hold current, valid certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

All educators who are employed as teachers, counselors and principals in a Colorado public school, BOCES, or charter school and who hold valid NBPTS certification from Oct. 1, 2018, to May 1, 2019, are eligible for a stipend up to $1,600. Those employed in a school with Turnaround or Priority Improvement ratings, which are anticipated to be finalized in December, may be eligible for an additional stipend of up to $3,200. Read the 2018-19 Stipend Distribution Process fact sheet for an outline of the process (PDF).

District, BOCES and charter school human resource officials will be notified in mid- and late-September, and again in October, and are encouraged to reach out to teachers who may qualify. Individuals who submitted materials to NBPTS for initial certification in 2018 do not qualify for a stipend this cycle.

For more information, visit the National Board Certification webpage. For questions, contact Erin Burns at or 303-866-6216.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Sept. 28: Educator induction program evaluation and renewal application deadline

More Information

For more information, contact Colleen O'Neil, associate commissioner of Educator Talent, 303-866-6945, or visit


In May 2018, the Colorado Department of Education received approval of its state plan for the implementation of ESSA from the U.S. Department of Education.


What's Happening Now

Schools Identified for ESSA Support and Improvement in 2018-19

In August, CDE staff identified schools for support and improvement under ESSA. Districts with identified schools will receive a notification this month of any schools identified for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement. A data file and school profiles explaining the reasons for identification and areas of focus for each school will be sent to the district using a secure online system. After districts have been notified of their identified schools, a CDE methods and criteria webpage will be updated to align with Colorado’s USDE-approved ESSA state plan and include a list of the schools identified for ESSA support and improvement in 2018-19. Webinar training sessions will be available on the ESSA Identification Methodology webpage to explain the data and reasons for identification.

For more information, contact Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, at or 303-866-6205.

2018-19 Consolidated Application

LEA/BOCES should have received initial comments and should have begun to update their applications based on the feedback received. CDE staff will continue to review or ask additional questions and provide final approval of the application through September. LEA/BOCES are asked to respond within 30 days of initial comments with a goal of giving all applications final approval by the last day of September. Questions regarding the review process should be directed to your ESEA Regional Contact.

2018-19 Committee of Practitioners Calendar

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

For the 2018-19 school year, quarterly meetings will be held on the following Thursdays: Sept. 20, Nov. 8, Feb. 21, April 25.

More information on the committee can be found at the ESSA Committee of Practitioners page.

2018-19 English Learner (EL) Redesignation Guidance now Available

The 2018-19 redesignation guidance is available on the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education's (CLDE) redesignation and exiting guidance webpage. While the format is new, the requirements have not changed when using ACCESS 2.0 assessment results. The new guidance, however, clarifies district and school obligations when considering ELs with an IEP for redesignation.

   2018-19 redesignation guidance noteworthy additions:

  • Addition of a pathway for those EL students who are assessed on the Alternate ACCESS.
  • Specific language and recommendations for EL students with an IEP who take ACCESS 2.0.  

If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Cox at or 303-866-6784.

ELPA Program Overview and Funding Announcement

The English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) 2018-19 funds may be used to cover costs beginning July 1, 2018. CDE will send all grant award notification letters, including ELPA allocations and award notifications, to the superintendent or business manager via the secure file transfer to the impacted districts (less than 16 identified EL students), as requested. Local education providers can expect to receive 90 percent of the 2018-19 ELPA allocation by mid-September.

Allocations are to be used to provide additional funding to support the implementation of an evidence-based English language development (ELD) program for all eligible K-12 English learners (ELs). The goal is to increase the English language development and academic performance of eligible EL students. ELPA Support Program funds are provided to offset the cost of reporting the number of ELs who exit the program, provide effective professional development activities related to teaching English learners for all educators who may work with ELs, and to expand programs to assist English learners in achieving greater content proficiency.

For more guidance on each program funded under ELPA, including allowable use of funds, visit the ELPA webpage.

For  ELPA Program questions, please contact Lindsay Swanton at or 303-866-6298. For ELPA Fiscal questions, please contact Marti Rodriguez at or 303-866-6769.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Patrick Chapman, executive director of Federal Programs, at 303-866-6780 or or visit

Organizational Effectiveness

Data Pipeline is a streamlined approach to efficiently move required education information from school districts to the CDE. Data Pipeline reduces data redundancy, captures closer to real-time data, streamlines the data collection process and allows districts to exchange information on transferred students.

What's Happening Now

Superintendent and Principal Integrated Timelines

The Superintendent and Principal Integrated Timelines that give district and school leaders a month-by-month timeline of important implementation dates is available for the 2018-19 school year. The timelines can be accessed in the communications toolkit for superintendents.

For more information, contact Jeremy Meyer at or 303-866-2334.

Teacher Student Data Link/ Statewide Standard Course Codes

Sign-off forms for the Teacher Student Data Link are due Friday, Sept. 14.

Special Education End of Year

The Special Education End of Year snapshot is open to Administrative Units. All exception requests should be into CDE by Thursday, Sept. 6, and all errors resolved by Tuesday, Sept. 11. This collection will close Thursday, Oct. 4.

Student End of Year

The 2017-18 Student End of Year Snapshots are available for submission. Summer school graduates can be reported through Friday, Aug. 31. Thursday, Sept. 13, is the deadline by which local education agencies must submit their Student End of Year snapshot as required by Colorado Administrative Rules. 

December Finance

The 2017-18 December Finance snapshot is open and is due the last day of December.

Record Integration Tracking System​

Local Education Agencies, if they haven’t done so already, may begin requesting State Assigned Student Identifier Numbers (SASIDS) for the 2018-19 school year. Requesting SASIDS early will help expedite the process. Be sure to use Record Integration Tracking System (RITS) READ in Pipeline if submitting large batches for new incoming students.  For existing students use RITS Batch in Pipeline. If using the RITS Web for smaller numbers of students, be sure to do a student search first so as not to create duplicate SASIDS.

Student October

The Student October snapshot is open. The 2018-19 official Student October count date will be Wednesday Oct. 3. Friday, Sept. 14, is the deadline by which to request an Alternate Count Date from the School Auditing Office. The legislated deadline for snapshot approval is Friday, Nov. 9at which time the duplicate count procedures will commence. Final approval is due Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Human Resources

Staff interchange files may be submitted to the Data Pipeline beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Special Education December Count

2018-19 IEP and staff interchange files may be submitted beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Non-public School Directory

Non-public schools may be entered into Data Pipeline beginning Monday, Oct. 1. This collection will close Monday, Dec. 3.


Local education agencies will continue to receive monthly notifications for direct certification of newly identified migrant students through Data Pipeline.

What's on the Horizon

The nonpublic schools Data Pipeline collection will open in early October. 

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Sept. 6:  All exception requests for the Special Education End of Year collection should be into CDE

Sept. 11:  All errors resolved within Special Education End of Year

Sept. 13:  LEAs must submit initial Student End of Year snapshots as required by Colorado Administrative Rules 

Sept. 14:  Teacher Student Data Link sign-off forms are due

Sept. 15:  Deadline to request an Alternate Count Date for Student October from School Auditing Office

Oct. 3:  Official Student October count date

Oct. 4: Special Education End of Year closes

More Information

For more information on data pipeline, contact Jan Petro, director of data services, 303-866-6838, or visit

Postsecondary Readiness

CDE supports the various ways students can enter postsecondary education by working with districts and schools in thinking through the personalization of a pathway through high school and on to college and career for every student.

What's Happening Now

AP Incentives Program Applications due Sept. 30

Apply for the Advanced Placement (AP) Incentives Program for the 2018-19 school year. The program is designed to build capacity for increased Advanced Placement participation in rural and small rural school districts across Colorado. So far, the program has awarded $950,000 in incentives to 26 participating high schools in 23 school districts across Colorado. These districts and schools represent a diverse cross-section of Colorado’s rural and small rural school districts Rural and Small Rural Designation list (PDF) and for the 2017-18 school year, the program helped 475 students reach their Advanced Placement goals.

The 2018-19 application will be posted on the AP Incentives webpage by Tuesday, Sept. 4, and will be due to CDE by Friday, Sept 28.

Priority will be given to schools with a Free and Reduced Lunch percentage above the state average.

For more information, contact Cori Dreger at or 303-866-6528.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Misti Ruthven, executive director of Student Pathways, 303-866-6206, or

Teaching and Learning

CDE continuously improves Colorado’s education system to provide students with the future skills and essential knowledge needed for success in a globally competitive world.

What's Happening Now

Learning Supports

Bullying Prevention and Education Grant

The Request for Proposal for the second cohort of the Bullying Prevention and Education Grant awardees is scheduled to be released early-to-mid September. The grant provides districts funds to hire an implementation coach and is scheduled to run for three years with the first year of distribution occurring during the 2019-20 school year.

For more information, please contact Adam Collins at or 303-866-6622.

2018-19 PBIS within MTSS Framework Training Series

The Office of Learning Supports will host a year-long training series for district-level coaches and their accompanying school-based leadership teams focused on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) within the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. Using a new training model, the goal is to scale up this effort in Colorado. This training is designed for district coaches and their partner schools focusing on Tier 1 implementation.

For more information, visit the PBIS training webpage. Send questions to Lynne DeSousa, MTSS specialist and PBIS coordinator, at or 303-866-6768.

PBIS within MTSS Universal Training

The Office of Learning Supports will also host a three-day training on universal/Tier 1 PBIS within MTSS for schools teams. The first two days of this training are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 5, with the third day scheduled for Feb. 13, 2019. Training will take place at Summit County School District Central Office,150 School Road, Frisco, 80443. 

Participants will learn the structure and features of Tier 1 PBIS, allowing them to use this information to develop a plan for implementation. School-based leadership or PBIS teams should attend. A team consists of a minimum of three people and the principal or administrator must be among the members who attend. The principal must also complete the School Readiness Checklist.

P-3 Office

Preschool Team Meetings

CDE's preschool team will hold meetings around the state to share guidance with Child Find coordinators, Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) coordinators and preschool administrators (both general and special education). These consolidated meetings provide an opportunity for district and administrative unit leaders to attend together and network.

Space is limited at the meetings to the following:

  • Up to two AU administrators responsible for Child Find for birth to 5-year-olds and/or preschool special education. This is usually the designated Child Find Coordinator, or a representative, and a preschool special education administrator.
  • One CPP coordinator or representative for each school district may attend.
  • Special education directors are always welcome to attend if they are interested in doing so and we value their participation.

The CDE Regional Preschool Meetings are planned for eight locations across the state, approximate meeting time for each meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specific times for each meeting will be identified in your confirmation email. The locations and dates:

  • Telluride - Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Rifle - Thursday, Sept. 27
  • Pueblo - Wednesday, Oct. 10
  • Colorado Springs - Thursday, Oct. 11

  • Loveland - Friday, Oct. 19
  • Frisco - Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Denver, North Metro area - Thursday, Nov. 1
  • Denver, South Metro area - Friday, Nov. 2

The tentative agenda includes the following topics:

  • Updates from CDE Preschool team
  • An in depth look at the revised Colorado Academic Standards for Preschool
  • Using data to inform practice
  • Partnering with community resources
  • New legislation affecting early identification of children with disabilities (HB18-1333)

CDE Regional Preschool Meeting Registration Registration for each location will close seven days prior to the meeting date.

Contact Marcia Blum at or 303-866-6319 with questions.

Register Early for the 2018 READ Conference

The fourth annual 2018 READ Conference will be Thursday and Friday, Sept. 27-28. The conference is sponsored in partnership between the Office of Literacy and the Exceptional Services Unit. This conference is designed to support the implementation of the Colorado READ Act, specifically research-based reading instruction, intervention and assessment.

K-3 educators including general education teachers, special education specialists, reading coaches, reading interventionists, English Language Development specialists, principals and school leadership teams and representative from Higher Education are encouraged to attend. 

The focus of the conference will be on direct and explicit instruction for all students including: English Learners, emerging readers and struggling readers. Register via the Colorado READ Act webpage.

For questions, contact Marisa Calzadillas at or 303-866-6189.


Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program

Applications for the Computer Science Grants for Teachers Program will be available Wednesday, Sep. 12. School districts, charter school institutes and BOCES agencies can apply on behalf of teachers to support them in their professional development.

For more information about this opportunity please contact Christine Liebe at or 303-957-6565.

Online Standards Tool now available

The 2020 CAS online standards tool is now available. Through this online tool educators can explore the eight standards across every grade, as well as discover cross-content connections to support instructional integration of multiple subjects.

Districts will have two years to review and revise their local standards as needed with implementation scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. Subscribe to the quarterly newsletter for implementation updates from the Standards and Instructional Support Office.

What's on the Horizon

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Watch for more information in next month's Update.

More Information

For more information, contact Floyd Cobb, executive director, 303-866-6868, or visit

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