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Principal Resources

Leadership Matters

Being a principal or other school leader in the 21st Century takes courage, commitment and care. In an effort to support principals in leading their staff in collaborative, innovative and creative ways throughout the year, the Colorado Department of Education has created the Principal Resources webpage to bring together internal and external resources to assist school leaders to confidently lead their school communities.

A CDE-wide, cross-unit team has collaborated to bring together valuable resources to assist principals with navigating the web of information with ease and efficiency. These resources and tools are intended to support principals with the creation of systems and structures in schools, to empower educational stakeholders, and to build a strong climate and culture in their schools.

Looking for something you can't find? Contact Educator Development or contact a member of the Principal Leadership Cross-Unit Work Group team.

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Resources for ALL Principals



Colorado Academic Standards

Distributed Leadership


Educator Effectiveness

Educator Professional Development

English Language Learners

Gifted Education

Inclusive Leadership


Instructional Hours and Attendance

Leadership Development


Migrant Education

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Nutrition and School Lunch

Quality Schools Initiative for Turnaround Schools

Reading Resources

Research and Impact

School Climate

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Self-Care

Special Education


Unified Improvement Plans

Memberships and Other Resources

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Resources for Elementary Principals (Grades PK-5)

Early Learning


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Resources for Secondary Principals (Grades 6-12)

Postsecondary Readiness

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Resources for Charter School Principals


General Resources


Induction and Professional Development

Memberships and Other Resources

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CDE Principal Leadership Cross-Unit Work Group Team

  • Educator Talent Division
    This division develops, deploys and supports talent management and human capital development strategies for districts and schools so that the most effective educators are in every school and classroom and all students are prepared for college, career and life.
  • Exceptional Student Services Unit
    This unit administers the state's Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.
  • School and District Strategic Transformation Unit
    This unit supports districts and schools in the continual improvement in student achievement.
  • Schools of Choice Unit
    This unit supports high-quality educational choices for Colorado families and students and promotes thoughtful innovations that will prepare Colorado students to be 21st Century adults.

Questions? Email Educator Development