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District/BOCES teams invited to apply for free equity training

The Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Education Association have partnered to offer the second cohort of the professional learning series, Equity for Teachers & Students: Investigating Systemic Racism to Act for Equity in Our Schools.  This free, virtual professional learning series consists of three four-hour sessions to be held on Wednesdays, April 7, May 5, and June 2 from 12:30 - 4:30 pm.  School district and BOCES teams are invited to apply by Friday, March 26.  Additional information, including the online application form, Equity Team Contact List and Response Sheet are available on the Equity for Techers & Students event webpage

Stipends for Substitute Authorization holders now available

CDE, in partnership with the Colorado Center for Rural Education at the University of Northern Colorado, are pleased to announce the Colorado Substitute Stipend.  Eligible individuals with a valid 1-year, 3-year, 5-year or 2020-21 Substitute Authorization may qualify for a $300 stipend that can be used to reimburse a variety of costs associated with obtaining a substitute authorization.  Visit the Become a Substitute webpage for eligibility requirements and application details.

Required eLicensing Verification Access for districts and BOCES

School districts and BOCES are required by state statute to check with CDE on criminal background and licensure information before any educator is hired.  To do this, districts must use the secure CDE eLicensing Verification Access, a database-driven educator look-up that provides real time information on educator licenses, applications, criminal background, and exam information.  Visit the eLicensing Verification Access webpage for details, including how to apply for or renew a district/BOCES eLicensing Verification Access account.

Mandatory enforcement reporting requirements

Colorado school districts and BOCES are required to report to CDE if an employee is dismissed or has resigned as a result of an allegation of unlawful behavior involving a child. Immediate notification to CDE is required if a district/BOCES learns that a current employee has been convicted of, pled nolo contendere to, or received a deferred sentence or deferred prosecution of any felony or misdemeanor crime involving unlawful sexual behavior or unlawful behavior involving children.  Visit the Mandatory CDE Enforcement Reporting webpage for additional information, including how to access the CDE Notification Form.

Principal Resources website available for school leaders

The Principal Resources webpage brings together internal and external resources to support principals and school leaders. Resources around planning for the 2020-21 school year are also available on the COVID-19 Resources for Principals webpage. Principals and school leaders are encouraged to visit these newly developed webpages and/or connect with CDE Principal Leadership Cross-Unit Work Group team members with any questions or ideas.

Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQs 

CDE has received numerous inquiries about educator talent initiatives, such as licensing, educator preparation and educator effectiveness, and COVID-19 impacts.  Please visit the Educator Talent COVID-19 FAQ webpage for more details.  Updates and additional program and/or policy guidance related to the impact of COVID-19 can be found on CDE's COVID-19 Resources for Schools webpage.

CDE Teacher Loan Forgiveness webpage updated to include information on COVID-19 relief for federal student loan borrowers

Visit the CDE Teacher Loan Forgiveness webpage to access updated information from the U.S. Department of Education office of Federal Student Aid regarding relief for federal student loan borrowers.

TEACH Colorado Tackles Teacher Shortages

TEACH Colorado officially launched on Feb. 3, with a mission to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of the state’s teacher pipeline. TEACH Colorado is a partnership among Colorado’s school districts, educator preparation programs, state agencies, and business and nonprofit groups to launch a comprehensive digital platform that recruits talented Coloradans into the teaching profession and provides the support they need to enroll in an educator preparation program.

TEACH Colorado combines a media and outreach campaign with a robust digital platform to support future teachers, including: 

  • A one-stop-shop web portal ( with free tools that help prospective teachers understand the profession, find an educator preparation program that fits their needs, and navigate through the process of applying
  • A statewide PSA ad campaign, including TV, radio, and digital advertising that point prospects to Titled “Teachers Have Better Work Stories,” the advertising campaign highlights the creativity, leadership, and excitement that teachers experience daily in classrooms across Colorado.  The ads can be viewed on the Press webpage here.
  • A “Talk-to-a-Teacher” program and on-call advising at no cost to participants
  • Scholarship opportunities and reimbursement for application fees to educator preparation programs

All educator preparation programs in Colorado and 178 school districts are invited to participate and benefit from the shared resources and communications of the initiative. School districts, BOCES, educator preparation programs, and future educators are encouraged to contact TEACH Colorado Senior Program Manager, Annette Konoske-Graf, or (613) 933-4060.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • 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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