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Local Flexibility for Educator Evaluation

The Educator Effectiveness Office has created is new web area for districts/BOCES to learn more about areas of differentiation and efficiency that can be used within local evaluation practices. Discover practical ways to find time, differentiate evaluations, maximize measures of student learning/outcomes (MSL/Os) and engage stakeholders as part of the educator evaluation process. Learn more by visiting the Local Flexibility for Educator Evaluation web area.

Educator Effectiveness regional specialists

The Educator Effectiveness (EE) regional specialists have been providing onsite support to districts throughout the state with a focus on improving implementation of educator evaluation systems. As the effectiveness of evaluation systems increases so does the effectiveness of educators, resulting in increased student success. The EE regional specialists consider this each day in their work.  

This team has been in place for over two years. The specialists come from a variety of experiences within education. All five have been teachers, teacher leaders, building principals and district leaders. One serves as the Chair of the Department of Education for Adams State University and another serves on the Academy District 20 school board.

EE regional specialist image - Telluride School District

These five educators have found success by working side-by-side with superintendents, district leaders, principals and teachers to improve the implementation of educator evaluation systems – from focusing on the improvement of a single component to assisting in the complete overhaul of local evaluation systems.

As the EE regional team members travel throughout the state of Colorado, they regularly connects with one another, constantly refining the support of districts through shared experiences and reflection on those experiences. Through this constant networking, the EE regional team ensures it has the resources necessary to support each district’s specific needs. Each member of the team is focused not only on supporting the current districts they have partnered with in the past but also on engaging with districts that have not yet reached out for support.

The EE regional specialists are available to support all Colorado districts and BOCES. Visit the Educator Effectiveness Contact Us webpage for contact information.

EE regional specialist image - Summit Middle School on a snow day

EE regional specialist image - Summit Middle School administration building

EE regional specialist image - Hayden Tigers

New Teacher of Record License and Grant Program

HB18-1309 created the Teacher of Record License, Teacher of Record Program, and Grow Your Own Educator Program in response to the teacher shortage. When a district, BOCES, or charter is in need of a licensed teacher in a designated shortage area, and no qualified applicants have applied for the position, the teacher of record license and associated programs may be used to fill the position. This option allows an individual to serve as the teacher of record in a classroom while completing up to the remaining 36 credit hours of a teacher preparation program. The Grow Your Own Educator grant program provides funding to support the teacher’s tuition while they complete these remaining credit hours. Click here for more detailed information.

Teacher-Student Data Link (TSDL) collection update for 2019-2020

The 2018-19 TSDL collection is on pause, meaning that for this year it is an optional collection except for districts serving migrant students. CDE put this year’s collection on pause in order to solicit stakeholder input. Toward that end, last fall we established a stakeholder group and obtained the help of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) to facilitate it. The stakeholder group arrived at a set of recommendations (see entire stakeholder report for more detail) that CDE is actively considering. Namely, the stakeholder group recommends that CDE take steps to improve and streamline the TSDL collection and make the data collected in TSDL more useful to districts. In an effort to implement these recommendations, this spring CDE will engage in a detailed re-examination of data elements across CDE collections to specify source requirements and identify redundancy.

In the 2019-20 school year the TSDL collection will resume (pending any legislative changes this session) with at least one significant reduction in effort: student records required to be submitted for TSDL will be restricted to middle and high school students. Other changes to TSDL remain unknown at this point, pending results of the re-examination of data elements. Additionally, offices reporting on TSDL data will consider how to make their reports more useful to districts as the work on the data elements unfolds. Please see the website for additional details about the 2019-2020 collection.

New Student Teacher/In-Field Experience fingerprint process now available

CDE has launched a new fingerprint process for students completing field experience, student teaching and any other pre-service placement in a classroom. This new process aligns with recently passed legislation, SB 18-229 Student Teacher Criminal History Checks, and will allow CDE to share criminal history information, if any exists, with the students’ educator preparation program and school district/charter school. Making this information available will allow educator preparation programs and school districts/charter schools to make informed decisions about placing students in the classroom. This will also allow students to be fingerprinted once for all their pre-service placements.

While this new process provides enhanced visibility of a field experience student's criminal history and potential barriers that their history may present in their pursuit of educational licensure, it is critical for all stakeholders to understand that field experience students WILL NOT undergo a full background investigation. A full background check with any criminal history results will only occur when an individual meets licensure requirements and submits an application for a CDE-issued credential. CDE will only act as a pass-through for information returned in fingerprint-based criminal history checks, allowing educator preparation programs and school districts to make an informed decision when placing a field experience student.

Please visit the Fingerprinting for Field Experience Educators (Student Teachers) web page for additional information.

Teacher shortage grant opportunities available

To help school districts and BOCES review and identify teacher shortage grant opportunities that resulted from the 2018 legislative session, the Educator Talent Unit created a Teacher Shortage Funding Opportunities Overview highlighting the primary initiatives. The document allows for the review of available grants, timelines, funds and eligibility requirements for potential combining of opportunities.

Free ETS® test prep tool and data manager upgrades now available

The Khan Academy®and Praxis® Core program have teamed up to offer a free test prep tool.  Teacher licensure candidates now have an opportunity to gain a full understanding of every skill included in the exam.

ETS®  recently launched its upgrade to the ETS® Data Manager for educator preparation programs. One exciting new feature is the ability to run “First Attempt” reports. They have also enhanced the searching capabilities within different reports.

To learn more about either of these topics and other news from ETS® review the April 2019 ETS® e-newsletter

Learn about district, BOCES and charter school parent notification requirements, House Bill 18-1269

House Bill 18-1269 was passed during the 2018 legislative season with an effective date of August 15th, 2018. The law creates a new section, 22-1-130 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.), which requires public school districts, Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) and charter schools to notify parents of students anytime a school employee is charged with certain crimes.

Understanding the English Learner Professional Learning requirements for teachers with a professional license

In July 2018, the State Board of Education approved new rules to ensure educators in Colorado are prepared to meet the needs of English learners in our schools. The new English Learner Professional Learning requirements must be met only by teachers with professional licenses with an elementary, English language arts, math, science or social studies endorsement. In addition, teachers with licenses in all other endorsement areas may elect to also meet the requirements. The same holds true for special service providers, principals and administrators. Individuals with a culturally and linguistically diverse endorsement, or its linguistically diverse predecessor, automatically meet this requirement.

Educators who choose to meet the English Learner PD requirement but aren't required to can visit the Educator Talent News webpage for more information.

Detailed information about the English Learner PD requirement, the timeline for meeting it and how educators may document and demonstrate that they have done so can be found on at the English Learner PD Requirements - Information for Educators webpage.

Model Code of Ethics (MCEE)

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) presents the Model Code of Ethics (MCEE), a common language of ethics developed by educators for educators.  The MCEE is the first common language of ethics that can support and guide decisions regarding professional practice.  Educators and administrators are encouraged to include the following listed resources in a future training or Professional Learning Community (PLC).  For questions or comments contact NASDTEC at support@nasdtec.org.

  • MCEE video featuring the educators who helped develop the MCEE, speaking to the importance of the code and its application in the classroom
  • DistruptEd two-part video conversation with Troy Hutchings and Phil Rogers about the Code of Ethics (Part 1 and Part 2)

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