State Board of Education approves grants to expand computer science education


DENVER, Colorado – The State Board of Education, at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, approved the award of two grant programs to expand computer education in Colorado. A total of $ 386,517 has been approved for teacher training in 14 districts and BOCES, as well as $ 12,000 for teachers to undergo state-sponsored training. The council also approved $ 79,390 for eight districts and BOCES to expand participation in computer science courses for historically under-represented students.

Tracking Adams School District 14 Progress
The State Board of Education asked department staff for an update on monitoring progress at the November board meeting on the status of Adams School District’s 14 implementation of the Ordinance of 2018 council to ensure that the focus is returned to the needs of students. In addition, the council asked to postpone until November the presentation of the district to the state council which was postponed until September. Specifically, MGT, along with the local council and superintendent, were asked to share start-of-year academic data, current enrollment data, staffing data, including turnover rates and vacancies. , and an update on partners working in the district and how roles and responsibilities are delegated.

Board of Trustees Approves New Managing Partner for Gateway High School
The board approved a written order authorizing Aurora Public Schools to change its external manager from Gateway High School to Zero Dropouts. The board gave its initial approval for the change in September after Aurora Public Schools proposed an amendment to the 2019 State Council Order Ordering District to Establish Communities in Schools, who chose not to continue as a neighborhood partner after the conclusion of their last contract. Zero Dropouts will focus on credit recovery, tutoring support, virtual learning opportunities, and extended daytime and evening learning opportunities for the 2021-22 school year.

Revised rules envisaged for educator accreditation and workforce development
The board considered background information provided by CDE staff on proposed revisions to the accreditation of educators and workforce development rules. The rulemaking procedures were noticed on September 30 and public comments will be gathered until October. Hearings and possible votes will take place at the November council meeting.

The proposed revisions to the administration rules of the Educators License Act would align the rules with several changes to the law passed in 2021. Among the changes, the laws changed the identification required for an educator license, extended the duration of a license from five to seven years, put in place alternative training programs for directors, modified the application of the license to practice educators and created programs for the recruitment and retention of educators.

New Rules for Administering the Recruitment and Retention of Educators set out the financial assistance elements of the Educator Recruitment Grants program established in 2021 to help members of the military and others pursue careers educators. The law provides up to $ 10,000 in financial assistance for tuition in educator preparation programs.

In other rule-making actions, the board:

Approved the notice of development of the rules for the rules of administration of the grants program for services to expelled and at risk students. The proposed rule changes reflect the changes required by the 2021 legislation. Senate Bill 21-268 requires additional requirements and considerations for awarding grants. State Council to hold hearing on proposed rule changes and could vote in January

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