The Scoop, Nov 17 , 2021


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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This Week in The Scoop


Capital Construction

Notify CDE of intent to apply for BEST grants in 2022-23

Applicants for the 2022-23 round of Building Excellent Schools Today grants should provide notification by Tuesday, Nov. 30, that they intend to apply by filling out the registration.

Local matches are required for all BEST grants. Match percentages will be posted in December. The application portal will open on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Here is the timeline:

  • Applications are due electronically by Friday, Feb. 4.
  • The Capital Construction Assistance Board will meet May 18-20 to review applications and create a prioritized list of projects to recommend to the State Board of Education.
  • The State Board of Education will meet to review and vote on the prioritized list no later than June 30.
  • By Friday, July 15, the Capital Development Committee will meet to review and vote on those projects recommended for financing through lease-purchase agreements.

Visit the BEST webpage for additional information

For More Information, Contact:
Angel Garcia
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-2153
Email: [email protected]

Green Schools Summit 2021

The U.S. Green Building Council's Green School Summit is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3. The first day will be an update on Colorado's Building Excellent Schools Today program. The two-day program will cover decarbonization, electrification, funding strategies, empowering students through storytelling, indoor air quality and more.

As schools face challenges around sustainable operations and managing a healthy environment during a global pandemic, there are also many opportunities, including new funding sources, technologies and strategies to overcome these challenges.

Visit the Eventbrite link to explore the sessions, hear the speakers and register. The summit is free for school/nonprofit employees.

For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Honigsberg
Capital Construction
Phone: 720-231-5389
Email: [email protected]

Early Learning & School Readiness

Volunteers needed for READ Act Instructional Programming Review

CDE's Preschool through Third Grade Office seeks volunteers to review instructional programming aligned to the READ Act. Initial reviews will be conducted virtually over multiple days in January. The application for volunteer reviewers is available on the 2021-22 READ Act Instructional Programming Review Processing webpage.  The volunteer reviewer application will close Wednesday, Dec. 15.

For More Information, Contact:
Tammy Yetter
Teaching and Learning
Phone: 720-955-8055
Email: [email protected]

Health, Wellness & Nutrition

School Climate Transformation Training Series

The second in a three-part training series on improving school climate will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. This interactive session will focus on how to use various indicators of school climate (i.e., perception survey, discipline, and observation data, etc.) as part of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to strengthen universal supports. This session will also address how to integrate school climate data into improvement planning. Participants do not need to have attended the first training to fully participate. Participants should complete this form if they have not already registered and/or don’t have an official invitation on their calendars.

Visit the School Climate webpage for more information

For More Information, Contact:
Andrea Pulskamp
Student Pathways
Phone: 720-505-6070
Email: [email protected]

News & Notes

Department of Early Childhood transition plan approved

Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission approved a transition plan for the state's new, unified Department of Early Childhood. This is a critical milestone in Colorado’s commitment to efficiently and effectively serve young children and their families. It is also the first step in developing and implementing the state’s voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program by 2023.

Access the Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan (PDF). 

To learn more about the recommendations for universal preschool and to engage in the planning process, visit the Early Childhood Leadership Commission website.

For More Information, Contact:
Kristina Heyl
Phone: 303-817-4706
Email: [email protected]

Postsecondary Readiness

High School Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program

Applications are open for the High School Innovative Learning Opportunities Pilot Program for the 2022-23 school year. Those who plan to apply, must complete the Intent to Apply by Friday, Dec. 10.

Find the Request for Application and complete details regarding this opportunity on the program webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Aimee Barker
Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness
Email: [email protected]

Standards & Assessments

CDE accepting public feedback on social studies and the arts

Public feedback is now open for the arts and social studies standards revision committee recommendations. The public feedback window will be open through Friday, Jan. 1.

For more information, visit the Colorado Academic Standards Review and Revision webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Joanna Bruno, Ph.D.
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: 303-919-3907
Email: [email protected]

COVID relief funds to make long-term investments in curriculum and instruction

With an influx of COVID relief funds, schools are seeking ways to overcome problems brought on by the pandemic. CDE’s Office of Standards and Instructional Support recommends that schools consider making significant investments in teaching and learning, especially where spending supports long-term improvements in the classroom.

For more information, visit the COVID relief funds standards webpage.

For More Information, Contact:
Raymond Johnson, Ph.D.
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
Phone: 303-866-6582
Email: [email protected]

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