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OERColorado Digital Resources

The OERColorado Project recently launched the OERColorado Microsite digital library of classroom resources in Fall 2023 for Colorado PK-12+ educators. The project is a statewide initiative, funded through state and federal grants administered by the Colorado River BOCES under 22-5-119, C.R.S. provides access to digital collections of free, openly licensed curriculum materials. In addition to Colorado K-12 classrooms, the OERColorado Hub on OER Commons allows for public membership for preschools, homeschool, and adult education resources. OERColorado thanks Governor Jared Polis for his support to expand Open Educational Resources (OER) in the state. For more information on how to use OERColoado resources, visit the OERColorado on YouTube or email OERColorado@gmail.com

Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado survey is open through February 23

Codes for the statewide, biennial TLCC survey will begin arriving by email next week for survey coordinators to distribute. The anonymous survey will be available for all educators, special service providers, school leaders and education support professionals to provide feedback from Wednesday, Jan. 24, until Friday, Feb. 23. Schools and districts must have 50% participation and five responses to receive results. The survey results can be used for continuous improvement, strategic planning, research and policy. Take the survey and track participation on the TLCC website.  For more information contact Lisa Steffen at steffen_l@cde.state.co.us or 720-498-3020

Applications opening for two Out of School Time program grants

CDE will award approximately $3 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding and approximately $8 million in Colorado Academic Accelerator Program funds. 

Both grant programs seek to establish or expand community learning centers that will accelerate student learning by providing academic support and enrichment as well as family engagement activities in Out of School Time programs. OST programs are regularly attended by students and their families when school is not in session. Applicants to both grants may apply for up to $180,000 per center per year. Both applications are due on Thursday, Feb. 15.

To learn more about the grant programs, technical assistance opportunities and tools and resources for applying, visit the 21st CCLC webpage and the CO-AAP webpage. For more information contact Anna Young at young_a@cde.state.co.us or 720-614-8666.

 

Opportunity, Access, and Inclusion Resources

CDE Equity Tool Kit

Imagine a school where ALL the children are loved and challenged, where the educators are empowered and where families and communities are seen as critical partners. Each of us is uniquely positioned to create a learning environment that honors the talents and gifts of each student so that they are prepared to thrive in their careers, in their homes and in their greater communities. This toolkit has been designed to give school leaders the tools and resources needed to capitalize on those unique strengths that foster supportive and effective relationships wherein the community works together to mitigate barriers to success. We designed this toolkit to support you and your community as you further build a learning environment where every student and every educator is supported to find success.

This toolkit is designed to provide user-friendly information and resources to support school and district leaders in centering equity in their work to support positive outcomes for the students they serve. We are all in different phases of our equity journey, and that’s okay. You are already off to a great start because you are here, you are reading, and you are open. We hope this toolkit supports you on your quest to create welcoming environments where all students and families feel a sense of belonging and all students are supported to achieve success.  Visit the CDE Equity Tool Kit.

Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education virtual workshop series

The Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will offer a virtual workshop series delivered by authors Tan Huynh and Beth Skelton. The series is based on Huynh's and Skelton's book, Long-Term Success for Experienced Multilinguals and focuses on serving experienced multilinguals, the asset-based term for long-term English learners.
The workshops will consist of four live, multi-session book-study courses for educators teaching grades four through 12 who want to provide equitable learning experiences for experienced multilinguals. Upon completion of the sessions, participants will be eligible for 10 hours of CTE credit. The workshops will be offered in June and again in the fall. To learn more and to sign up for one of the two workshop series, visit the Professional Learning Opportunities webpage. For more information contact, Alice Collins at collins_al@cde.state.co.us, or Janet Turnmeyer at turnmeyer_j@cde.state.co.us