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Blended and Online Learning

The Office of Blended & Online Learning serves and supports Online & Blended Learning Schools, Programs, Students, Parents, Authorizers, other related entities, and individuals related to K-12 Online & Blended Learning in Colorado. We are committed to providing information to all interested parties, as well as supporting the responsible growth of Online Learning & Blended Learning.

The Office of Blended & Online Learning began duties October 1, 2007 under Senate Bill 215 legislation. Our purposes are:

  • To support Online Programs, Students, Parents, Authorizers, and other entities related to Online Learning by providing information and access to available data;
  • To facilitate the certification of Multi-District Online Programs.

Notice of Rulemaking-Rules for the Administration, Certification and Oversight of Colorado Online Programs

Comments from the public regarding the rules can be sent to by November 10, 2014, prior to the November State Board Meeting. 


 Office of Blended & Online Learning ListServ

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College Level Online Courses

For information regarding Online Courses in Higher Education, please visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Online Task Force

Recently passed legislation, Colorado House Bill 14-1382 (HB 1382), requires the convening of an Online Task Force to review best practices and policies for authorizing and administering multi-district online schools, provide the State Board of Education with recommendations regarding quality standards and practices for authorizers, and provide recommendations to the State Board of Education and General Assembly regarding the regulatory and statutory changes that are necessary to certify authorizers of multi-district online schools.   

Online Task Force meetings are open to the public and are also broadcasted via the internet.  To hear the live broadcast of the meeting(s) go to the following link at the posted meeting time:   

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Meeting Agendas:
August 28, 2014
September 12, 2014
September 29, 2014
October 13, 2014

Meeting Recordings & Minutes:                                                                                    
August 28, 2014 Recording:                   Minutes-August 28, 2014 Meeting
September 12, 2014 Recording:                      Minutes-September 12, 2014 Meeting
September 29, 2014 Recording:                  
Minutes-September 29, 2014 Meeting  
October 13, 2014 Recording:

Online Task Force Meeting Dates
Friday, September 12, 2014: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Adams 12 Conference Center, 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241
Monday, September 29, 2014: 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Adams 12 Conference Center, 1500 East 128th Avenue, Thorton, CO 80241
Monday, October 13, 2014: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., CDE-State Board Room, 201 East  Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Monday, October 27, 2014: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., CDE-State Board Room, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203  
Monday, November 17, 2014: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Colorado Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO 80226
Wednesday, December 3, 2014: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80011
Tuesday, December 16, 2014: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Colorado Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO 80226
Meeting Resources:
Keeping Pace 2013                                     Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence
Online Pupil Count                                      Colorado Average Daily Membership Study         
NCSL Final Meeting Doc                             Authorizing Charter Schools
NACSA MN Policy Brief                               Measuring Quality From Inputs to Outcome
Online Emergency Rules                           The State of Charter School Authorizing
2013 MN Statute Charter Schools           Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing
Online School Handout                              Authorizer Standards Draft 1
Article 30.7 Online Education Programs
Non-AEC Schools SPF
School SPF Including AEC

Members Include:

  • Judy Bauernschmidt - Parent, Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy
  • Brian Bissell - Parent, Colorado Virtual Academy
  • Scott Campbell - Superintendent, Widefield School District #3
  • Joe Dinnetz - Teacher, LPS Voyager, Littleton Public Schools
  • Leanne Emm - Associate Commissioner, Public School Finance, CDE
  • Diana Gamboa - Director of Online Learning, Boulder Valley School District & Head of School, Boulder Universal
  • Ethan Hemming (Task Force Chair)- Executive Director, Colorado Charter Institute
  • Chaille Hymes - Principal, Colorado Connections Academy

  • Renee Martinez - Online & Blended Learning Specialist, CDE
  • Dale McCall - Executive Director, Colorado BOCES Association
  • Kim McClelland - Executive Director, Colorado Digital BOCES & Zone Superintendent, Falcon School District 49
  • Gretchen Morgan - Executive Director, Choice and Innovation Unit, CDE
  • Dan Morris - Executive Director, eNet Colorado
  • Amy Valentine - Executive Director, Insight School of Colorado & Colorado Preparatory Academy
  • Linda Van Matre - President, Board of Education, Academy School District 20

Click on any Online Task Force Member name to contact via email.
Task Force Facilitator: John L. Myers

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Denver, CO 80203
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