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Turnaround Leadership Development Program

Pause on 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19

A second year of Accountability Pause (2021-2022) has been authorized by the Colorado legislature. The state's accountability system has been paused for 2020-21 and 2021-22. More details on the implications of a pause in accountability are available in the links below.



School Turnaround Leadership Development (STLD) Evaluation Update - Spring 2021

In the Fall of 2020, CDE partnered with the Center for Assessment, Design, Research, and Evaluation (CADRE) at the University of Colorado Boulder to perform an evaluation of the STLD support program. CADRE has recently completed the quantitative analyses portion of the evaluation, and will continue to work with CDE to complete the qualitative portion during the 2021-22 school year. Below is a link to the quantitative analyses report posted on CADRE's website, as well as more in-depth evaluation update from the STLD team at CDE.

Evaluation Update - Spring 2021 (CDE)

Evaluation of Colorado School Turnaround Network and School Turnaround Leadership Development Grants: Descriptive Analysis of 2015-2020 Cohorts (CADRE)


The School Turnaround Leadership Development Program (STLD), first created in 2014 through S.B. 14-124, establishes and promotes leadership training specifically for the turnaround environment and is an integral part of Colorado’s state-wide strategy to improve the performance of students in the lowest-performing schools and districts in the state. In 2018, H.B. 18-1355 modified the state's accountability law, renaming and expanding the School Turnaround Leadership Development Program by creating the School Transformation Grant program. Thus, STLD became one of the seven support program routes funded through the School Transformation Grant. The grant program releases two RFPs, one for providers and one for participants.

It is the intention of CDE and the Office of Priority Improvement and Turnaround Support to align the support offered through the turnaround leadership development Provider and Participant grants with other supports and partnerships offered through CDE. Applicants are encouraged to review other support systems.


The Participant RFP is intended for districts, charter schools, or the Charter School Institute to apply for state funds in order to have eligible teachers, principals, and district staff enroll and participate in the identified Providers. Applicants may request funds to support teacher leaders, school leaders, and district staff who directly work in or support schools with identified Priority Improvement or Turnaround plan types, according to the Colorado School Performance Frameworks.

Starting with the 2018-2019 school year, the Participant RFP is now a part of the Empowering Action for School Improvement (EASI) appllication. With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Colorado is taking the opportunity to change the way school improvement (1003a) funds are awarded to LEAs. Rather than multiple applications on separate timelines, CDE is now streamlining school improvement opportunities into a single application and using a “needs-based approach” to award services and funding.

Information about the EASI process is available in the links below:


The Provider RFP is intended for existing or new leadership development providers. Applicants may apply to have a new or existing program identified as meeting the criteria and quality as outlined in the RFP. Such identified Providers would then be eligible to enroll participants and to receive state funds through the Participant RFP. Provider applicants may also apply for one-time design grants to support the creation and/or development of their turnaround leadership development programs. Applicants must agree to serve leaders in more than one district across the state.

Providers Overview

Please click on each of the Providers for more information about their programs for participation in the 2022-23 school year.

Grant Reporting

Turnaround Leadership Resources


Please feel free to contact Carol Mehesy, with questions about the School Turnaround Leadership Development Program.

Previous Cohort Performance

The images below show the School Performance Framework (SPFs) for Cohorts 2 and 3, from the time of eligibility identification through completion of the program.

More data from Cohorts 2 and 3 is available in the Legislative Report to the Colorado Legislature on the School Transformation Grant (July 2020) (PDF), beginning on page 35.