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Colorado Loves Teachers Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 - 7 #ThankATeacerCO


May 3-7, 2021, is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Colorado teachers have gone to great lengths to support students and their families during an extraordinarily difficult year. Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time for us to thank teachers for their resilience and adaptability during the pandemic. CDE invites you to participate and give thanks to Colorado's deserving teachers!

There are several ways to participate in the celebration from home:

Thank a teacher on social media

Share a post, image or video on any social media site with your thank you message and the hashtag #ThankATeacherCO. Tell us how your child's teacher has supported them with learning over the last year or give a shout out to a teacher who made a difference in your life. Tag a friend and invite them to also give thanks!

Click here to download, customize and print your own #ThankATeacherCO sign (DOC). No printer? No problem! Break out the markers or crayons and have your children create their own sign thanking a teacher. You can even have them share a photo or drawing of something that a teacher taught them. For example, write out a math equation or pose with a favorite book.

Nominate a teacher for the 2022 Teacher of the Year award

Do you know an outstanding teacher? Nominate them to be the next Colorado Teacher of the Year by filling out this online form. All nominees will be sent an email encouraging them to apply for the awarded position.

For more information about Colorado Teacher of the Year, visit the program webpage.

Share these deals with teachers

Many teachers use their own funds on supplies for their students and classrooms. Several companies recognize this and offer discounts to help teachers alleviate some of the cost. Share this page of deals and discounts with teachers to take advantage of this week and, in some cases, all year long.

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The resources listed here are selected to assist families and students in their school-related needs.

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State Assessments

Colorado Measures of Academic Success

The state legislature and U.S. Department of Education adjusted the the CMAS tests students will take in spring 2021 due to the unique circumstances Colorado schools and districts are facing as a result of the pandemic:
CMAS: English Language Arts / Literacy, grades 3, 5 and 7. Math, grades 4, 6 and 8. Science, Grade 8. Social Studies, no tests this spring. PSAT / SAT: PSAT, grades 9 and 10. SAT, grade 11. Note: Parents and caregivers can choose to have children take both the English Language arts and math tests if they would like to see how their children are progressing in both subject areas.

ACCESS for English Language Learners Testing Fact Sheet

​The ACCESS for English Language Learners tests are given each year to help parents, teachers and school leaders understand the progress emerging bilingual students are making in learning English. Read this fact sheet to learn more about State ACCESS tests during COVID-19.English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)

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CDE launches campaign on importance of reading to children at home

To increase awareness of the importance of early literacy, the Colorado Department of Education launched a public information campaign to encourage and empower parents to make reading part of their daily routine with their children. website

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