Upcoming CPI Classes August 2022

by Lorie Coonts -

Hello All - 

If you need an CPI Initial course or the CPI Refresher you need to sign up for these ASAP!  Space is limited!  


DATE: Monday, August 1, 2022

TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 3: 00 P.M.
PRESENTERS: JoDee Ellis & Callie Burgess
LOCATION: East Central BOCES West Training Room
Please see information attached. You must register in advance in order to receive the written portion of the course to have completed by the in-person training. Lunch will be provided.


DATE: August 2, 2022
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PRESENTER: Callie Burgess and JoDee Ellis
LOCATION: West Training Room, ECBOCES
DESCRIPTION: This is blended format training. All participants must register prior to the live training to receive access to the online part that must be completed prior to the training.

See information below:  


Teaching and Learning CoLabs Summer PD

by Megan Eikleberry -

Teaching and Learning CoLab logo

What is a Teaching and Learning CoLab?

Teaching and Learning CoLabs are locally hosted, multi-disciplinary events following a model developed and supported by the Colorado Department of Education. As the name suggests, these events are focused on teaching and learning and are designed for collaboration. Each one brings together stakeholders in K-12, higher education, Colorado's professional teaching organizations, and the Colorado Department of Education.

Who should attend?

Schools are encouraged to form teams that attend a CoLab, with teachers spanning across grades and content areas, along with instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and building-level administrators. Our target attendance is 200 to 250 attendees per CoLab, with approximately 40% elementary teachers, 40% secondary teachers, and 20% administrators and C&I support staff.

How will attending a CoLab benefit me? How will it benefit my team?

CoLabs are being co-designed by multiple partner organizations to help shape the event into something meaningful and sustainable for teachers and educators across the state. The schedule allows both elementary and secondary teachers to dig into these content areas in 2022:

  • English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, and Communicating)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Computer Science

In addition, leaders and instructional coaches can attend these sessions or a program strand designed for school leaders. At the end of the day, school teams will come together for a facilitated hour of planning where they can make sense of the ideas from the day and consider how to carry them forward into the 2022-2023 school year.

What is the cost to attend? How do I register?

CoLabs are free to attend, although you will be responsible for your travel and any lodging you may need. Each CoLab site page will have registration and suggested travel information.

2022 CoLab Dates and Locations

Greeley CoLab

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

  • Registration
  • Program
  • Travel, parking, maps, and other logistics

Greeley CoLab

Pueblo CoLab

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

  • Registration
  • Program
  • Travel, parking, maps, and other logistics

Pueblo CoLab

Here are some tips as you prepare to register: 

·       Register as a Team: Ideally, we want you to register as a school-based team representing multiple grades and content areas, and we would like a school leader (such as your principal) to attend with you. You can either have each person register themselves as individual ticket holders in Eventbrite, or select multiple tickets and enter the information for each attendee. (If you enter someone else’s information, make sure it’s 100% correct and uses the email address they will be checking in June!) 

·       The Event is Free, But Capacity is Limited: As each CoLab is limited to 200 participants, we want to ensure that everyone who registers attends the event. We encourage registration from participants who can commit to attending the full day. We understand that some changes may arise and we will work with you to adjust your registration if event capacity becomes an issue. 

·       Use Sched to Select Your Sessions: You'll register via Eventbrite but then be prompted to log in to Sched and to select the sessions you wish to attend. Selecting your sessions now helps us make the best use of the venue and helps presenters know how many attendees to expect. 


For general questions and answers about Teaching and Learning CoLabs, contact Joanna Bruno (bruno_j@cde.state.co.us), director of CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support. For site-specific questions, contact information will be listed under each CoLab site page.

Feedback Requested

by Emma Richardson -

We are working on some website improvements and would value feedback from our member districts!  Please take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey and help us as we work on updating the website to better meet your needs.


Thank you.

Emma Richardson

Attention K-6 Elementary Social Studies Teachers!!

by Emma Richardson -

Ute Knowledge History Kits for FREE!!!

Stephanie Hartman from CDE has shared an opportunity for elementary teachers. History Colorado has launched their new Ute Knowledge History Kits!  These free kits are available for educators across Colorado.  They are looking for a few teachers in our area who would be interested in piloting the kit.  If interested, please see more details on the attached flyer. 


REMINDER!! Free WIDA EL PD: Sign up and receive certificate through WIDA

by Megan Eikleberry -

Registration will close on March 22nd. If you plan on attending any of the sessions, please register using the link.

CDE is paying for this PD event presented by WIDA and is offering it only to members of EC BOCES.  Please register with WIDA at the link provided below.  This event will not be on our website calendar; and your certificate will come directly from WIDA.

Engaging Multilingual Newcomers (3 Virtual WIDA Webinars totaling 4.5 ED PD Hours)   

Registration Limit: 40 attendees

Registration Ends: 3/22

Format: Live webinars not to exceed 90 minutes each. Webinars will not be recorded. Alternate tasks available from WIDA  for participants not able to attend.

Webinar 1: Wednesday, 3/30, 4:15-5:45pm

Webinar 2: Wednesday, 4/6,   4:15-5:45pm

Webinar 3: Wednesday, 4/13, 4:15-5:45pm

WIDA Facilitator: Amy Faust Fraser (She presented in Burlington and Bethune about 6 years ago and was excellent!)

Attendance Certificate: Provided by WIDA after attendee completes survey questions following Webinar 3

One thing you must do before registering, is have the person in your district who creates WIDA Secure Portal accounts associated with your district (usually your DAC) create an account for you (unless you already have an account).  This will allow you to access webinars and training on the WIDA website. 


After someone in your district has created a WIDA Secure Portal account for you, register at this link: 



Please contact Mitzi Swiatkowski at mitziski@ecboces.org or Megan Eikleberry at megane@ecboces.org if you have difficulty in registering or have questions about the PD.

READ Act Stipends Available-See Details Below

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

EC BOCES has received approval from CDE to use Title II funds for ($320) teacher stipends for successful completion of CDE approved READ Act PD.  There is funding available for about 90 teachers.  If you completed the required PD since last year’s deadline (May 28, 2021) and did not receive a stipend, please send your documentation, as you are eligible as well.

Terms:  The stipends will be paid out on a first come, first serve basis-until the funding runs out.  Be sure your superintendent signs the form before you send it to BOCES.  We will not be able to pay out the stipend without the superindent's signature (Plan ahead to be sure your superintendent is available to sign).  Once the budgeted amount has been expended, no more funding will be available to be paid out.  Hard deadline: May 28, 2022 (if the funding lasts through that date).  Please submit as soon as you have completed the training, and have the documentation you need to submit. (Form attached.)

Directions:  Email a scanned copy of stipend documentation including the attached form (signed by your superintendent), a completed W-9 (if you do not already have one on file with your current address at EC BOCES), and documentation of the successful completion of an approved training to:

Mitzi Swiatkowski (mitziski@ecboces.org)
East Central BOCES
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The stipends will be paid for with Federal funds and are approved for payment to certified teachers for completing the following CDE approved PD:  

  • Option 5-CDE-Provided Training (online course or face-to-face at no cost to the teacher), or 
  • Option: 7-A Successfully Completed Training on CDE’s Advisory List of PD Programs.  
The following are not eligible for the PD stipends: Holding a State of Colorado Endorsement as a Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist, CDE-approved Alternative Assessment, Undergraduate or Graduate Reading Course.

To address districts' immediate needs, the payment of the stipend will be limited to K-3 teachers and other teachers (may possibly include admin.) providing literacy instruction for students grades K-3, such as a Title I teacher, EL teacher or Special Education teacher.

Please call or email me if you have any questions.



Mitzi Swiatkowski
Federal Programs
(719) 775-2342 Extension 114

Free MindSpark Training

by Emma Richardson -

I wanted to let you know we just opened CS for ALL Teachers, a 2.5 hour self-paced learning course focused on integrating CS into 6-12 traditional content areas! 

This course is FREE to the first 250 teachers who enroll thanks to the Gill Foundation!!

Please check it out by enrolling in the course, or pass this along to someone you know who may be interested in learning about CS + 6-12 grade integration!


Educator Loan Forgiveness

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Apply for the Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

The Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program offers loan repayment assistance on qualified loans for educators, mainly for those who serve in rural and hard-to-fill positions in Colorado. Those who qualify may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness for any given year. Individuals who continue to qualify may apply every year of the program for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually. The program is funded for five years. The electronic application for the first round of awards will open on Wednesday, Dec. 15. More program details can be found on CDHE's website.

For More Information, Contact Megan McDermott at 720-394-3205 or megan.mcdermott@dhe.state.co.us

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

by Megan Eikleberry -


                           For kids from birth-age 5

The mission of the Imagination Library of Colorado is to increase literacy by ensuring all young children across the state may participate in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. 

Our goal is to provide support to current affiliates and launch new affiliates so all children in Colorado have access. 

We know that reading begins at birth, that the benefits of a home library go far beyond the books, and that parents and guardians are a child’s first and best teacher. By providing books every month at no cost to families, the Imagination Library increases childhood literacy rates, fosters a love of books, and promotes a culture of reading among all families in Colorado.

  • Imagination Library books are specially selected age-appropriate, high-quality titles.
  • Our books are delivered to registered children each month from birth to age five.
  • Each book is personalized with the child’s name and mailed directly to the child’s home.
  • This creates a gifting experience, making books exciting, showing the child someone is thinking of them. 

Share this with families in your communities, friends with young kids, or sign up your own young kids for free! Click on the link below and select enroll 


READ Act Update for Teachers

by Megan Eikleberry -

During the Title I training on September 30th, there were many questions regarding the READ Act and wanting clarification on EL students, SPED students, and possible training. The SPED guidance for local districts in ECBOCES is to not include the READ Plan in a student's IEP. These should be two separate documents. Attached is READ Plans and Students with Disabilities Guidance Document from CDE with highlighted areas that contributed to East Central BOCES decision that the READ Plan would not be included in IEP’s. In addition, we have attached an EC BOCES document to assist in integrating components of the IEP into the READ Plan to ensure the documents complement each other.


Here is the guidance and response we received from the READ Act Team at CDE:


All students in grades K-3 that are identified as having a significant reading deficiency (SRD) should have a READ plan. 

This READ Act and English Learners document provides guidance and flowcharts for determining SRD for English Learners. The READ and EL webpage provides additional information on the READ Act and English Learners and provides a sample READ Plan for English Learners. 

Districts have the option to integrate READ Plan goals into an IEP based on the following language in the READ Act:

CRS 22-7-1206 (3) Notwithstanding any provision of this part 12 to the contrary, if a student is identified as having a disability that impacts the student's progress in developing reading skills, the local education provider shall, as appropriate, integrate into the student's individualized education program created pursuant to section 22-20-108 intervention instruction and strategies to address the student's reading issues in lieu of a READ plan.


However, most districts choose to keep these plans separate. This is a local-level decision, and it is recommended that district leadership (including Special Education leadership) consult with district legal counsel to determine the most appropriate related district policy. You may find the information and scenarios in this READ Plans and Students with Disabilities guidance document helpful as you make considerations.

It is important to keep in mind that students with an IEP who are identified as having a significant reading deficiency are entitled to all the supports outlined in the READ Act, including scientifically and evidence-based core instruction, READ Act assessments, and READ plan services, whether documentation of the READ plan intervention instruction and strategies are integrated into the IEP or kept as two separate documents. 


Our training team is currently providing the K-3 evidence-based training in teaching reading sessions and is not available to provide live READ Act training this fall. We are updating resources on our website and will be posting a voiceover READ Plan training that can be viewed by individuals or in a group. We will let you know as soon as this training is posted on our website. 

Survival Spanish Recordings Sessions 1-4 Available on the EC BOCES Website

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Teacher, Alex Taylor, taught four Zoom sessions of "Survival Spanish for Educators" in September.

Links for all four sessions are available on the EC BOCES website (https://www.ecboces.org/), and can be accessed by clicking on the "Professional Development" tile on the homepage, then clicking on the "English Language Learners" tile, then scrolling down to "Survival Spanish Course for Educators". 

Reminder: Survival Spanish for Educators Session #4

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Teacher, Alex Taylor, will facilitate "Survival Spanish for Educators" Session #4 on Friday, September 24 from 9:00-10:00 AM.  Links for the videos from sessions #1, #2 and #3 are available on the EC BOCES website (https://www.ecboces.org/), and can be accessed by clicking on the "Professional Development" tile on the homepage, then clicking on the "English Language Learners" tile, then scrolling down to "Survival Spanish Course for Educators".  The video for Session #4 will be added as well once the session is complete.

Special Education Paraprofessional Positions

by Beverly Blagg -

Full-Time Special Education Paraprofessionalneeded for our West Area Center-based Learning Program located in Strasburg.  Competitive pay and benefits including individual health insurance. $13-$17 per hour depending on experience. Rewarding position in a supportive work environment with same schedule as Strasburg School District. To apply for this position, please complete the Classified Application for Employment available for download on the ecboces.org website under "Jobs" or contact Tracy at (719) 775-2342, ext. 101.  Please fax completed application to 719-771-4001 or email it to tracyg@ecboces.org Equal Opportunity Employer 

Wrap Up Any In-Progress WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops Before August 31

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

WIDA Secure Portal Redesign and eWorkshops: Complete your coursework today!

If you took advantage of the WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops, and have worked on any workshops that you have not yet completed, you must complete the work before August 31 to be sure you receive the professional development contact hours from WIDA.  More details below: 

The WIDA Secure Portal is getting a makeover! The redesigned WIDA Secure Portal goes live on September 1. A few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your professional learning coursework counts! The portal will be down briefly on August 31, so we encourage you to wrap up any in-progress coursework before then.
  • When you log in to the redesigned portal, you’ll notice some changes in how you access WIDA self-paced eWorkshops. Instead of going through the WIDA eLearning Center, you’ll select Professional Learning from the main menu and locate the course you want. Click Course Details and Enroll Now to join the course. From that point, you’ll interact with the course exactly as you’ve done in the past. The next time you log in, you’ll see an option to Enter Course.
  • WIDA will move over your account and course completion history, and you’ll keep your same login information. Have you changed schools or districts recently? Log in and update your account information so you’re ready to go on September 1. Need assistance with your account? Have additional questions about the WIDA Secure Portal? Contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 866-276-7735 or help@wida.us.

Mitzi Swiatkowski Awarded Roy G. Brubacher Award

by Beverly Blagg -

jason, mitzi and greg

Mitzi was award the the Roy G. Brubacher Award on July 12, 2021 at the Colorado BOCES Association meeting held in Colorado Springs. Mitzi is pictured above with Jason Westfall, EC BOCES Executive Director and her husband Greg. The Roy G Brubacher award recognizes outstanding leadership at the regional, state, or national level. Without question awardees show leadership that has impacted school districts in our region, across our state, and even at a national level. This is a well deserved award for Mitzi. She is voice for East Central BOCES schools and other rural schoosl at the state level. Mitzi is very skilled at her job and spends countless hours ensuring everything is completed appropirately and timely to ensure EC BOCES districts receive funding they need to provide services to students. As Jason shared in his nomitation letter, most of us are replaceable as someone could step in and take are place if needed, but that is not the case with Mitzi. The skills and knowledge she exhibits are outstanding and she it not replaceable. Congratulations Mitzi for this well deserved award!

(Edited by Jason Westfall - original submission Thursday, July 15, 2021, 8:43 AM)

Educator License Extension Beginning July 1

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Educator Licensing

Professional license extension increased to 7 years

Recently passed Colorado House Bill 21-1104 extends all professional teacher, special services, principal and administrator licenses from five to seven years. Beginning July 1, all applications for professional licenses will be issued for seven years and all active professional licenses will automatically be extended two years, (as will any professional licenses issued in response to renewal applications already submitted).

This two-year extension also delays the deadlines for meeting any required English learner, special education and behavior health professional development activities at the time of renewal, thus granting educators additional time to meet these requirements. Visit the Educator Professional Development Requirements webpage for more information

Please keep in mind that READ Act requirements do not pertain to licensure so this extension does not apply to them. However, the deadline for individuals teaching reading in a K-3 classroom to meet this requirement has been extended to the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. Visit the K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training Requirements webpage for more information about the READ Act and how individuals may fulfill its expectations.

In Case You Are Interested in Completing Free Self-paced EL PD by WIDA eWorkshops by August 31!

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

CDE has paid WIDA to provide these eWorkshops to Colorado teachers to earn EL PD hours for free.  This will not be available forever.  If you need assistance getting onto the WIDA website for access to the eWorkshops, contact the person(s) in your district who has/have an account to administer the ACCESS assessment, and they should be able to guide or assist you in gaining access to the site/workshops.  EC BOCES does not have the capacity (is not able) to assist with the WIDA website.

Have you been meaning to try a WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshop to earn EL PD contact hours? Or perhaps you started one, but didn’t get a chance to finish? Don’t worry, you have until August 31, 2021, to access this year’s self-paced offerings: 

  • WIDA Writing Rubric 
  • Doing and Talking STEM 
  • Classroom Educators: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers 
  • Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough 
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry 
  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics 
  • School Improvement Planning for Multilingual Learners 
  • The WIDA ELD Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach 
Visit the WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops webpage to view eWorkshop descriptions, estimated time to complete each course, and more. 

If you’ve started an eWorkshop, and haven’t had a chance to complete it yet, follow these steps: 
  1. Log in to your WIDA Secure Portal account and click on the WIDA eLearning Center tile. 
  2. Click into the eWorkshop you started. Look to see if you have any green checkmarks on the Modules page (located on the left menu bar). This may help you determine where you left off. 
  3. Work through the eWorkshop modules, which may include videos, handouts, and activities. 
  4. When you’re finished, print a certificate to document your eWorkshop completion. 
Questions? Visit your member/state page on the WIDA website for specific instructions from your State Education Agency, or contact the WIDA Client Services Center at 1-866-276-7735 or help@wida.us
With gratitude, 
Your friends at WIDA 


by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

EC BOCES received approval from CDE to use Title II funds to pay out ($320) stipends to any teachers providing K-3 literacy instruction in EC BOCES Consortium schools for successful completion of CDE approved READ Act PD.

Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K-3 teachers complete evidence-based training in teaching reading as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199.  This would include Title I, ELD and SPED teachers working with K-3 students in the area of literacy as well.

Terms:  The stipends will be paid out on a first come, first serve basis.  Once the budgeted amount has been expended, no more funding will be available to be paid out.  Hard deadline for the stipends: May 28, 2021 (if the funding lasts through that date).  Please submit as soons as you have completed the training, and have the documentation you need to submit.  There is NO GUARANTEE THIS FUNDING WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN.

Contact Mitzi at mitziski@ecboces.org if you have questions

The stipends will be paid for with Federal funds and are approved for payment to certified teachers for completing the following CDE approved PD:  
  • Option 5-CDE-Provided Training (online course or face-to-face at no cost to the teacher), or 
  • Option: 7-A Successfully Completed Training on CDE’s Advisory List of PD Programs.  
The following are not eligible for the PD stipends: Holding a State of Colorado Endorsement as a Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist, CDE-approved Alternative Assessment, Undergraduate or Graduate Reading Course.

As per CDE guidance, the state provided training and payment of the stipend will be limited to K-3 teachers and other teachers (may possibly include administrators) providing literacy instruction for students grades K-3, such as a Title I teacher, EL teacher or Special Education teacher.

READ Act Stipend deadline approaching: May 28

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Last December, EC BOCES shared out the news of approval from CDE to use Title II funds for EC BOCES consortium district K-3, Title I, Special Education and ELD teacher stipends for successful completion of CDE approved READ Act PD. 

Terms:  The stipends will be paid out on a first come, first serve basis.  Once the budgeted amount has been expended, no more funding will be available to be paid out.  Hard deadline: May 28, 2021 (if the funding lasts through that date).  Please submit as soons as you have completed the training, and gathered the documentation.  Almost 50 stipends have already been paid out which is about 1/3 of the funding available for the stipends.

Email a scanned copy of the Stipend Request Form, W-9 and certificate of  of the successful completion of an approved training to:

Mitzi Swiatkowski (mitziski@ecboces.org)

East Central BOCES

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The stipends will be paid for with Federal funds and are approved only for payment to certified teachers for completing CDE approved and provided online, or face-to-face online PD.

The following are not eligible for stipends: Holding a State of Colorado Endorsement as a Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist, CDE-approved Alternative Assessment, Undergraduate or Graduate Reading Course.

As per CDE guidance, the state provided training, and payment of the stipend will be limited to K-3 teachers and other teachers providing literacy instruction for students grades K-3, such as a Title I teacher, EL teacher or Special Education teacher.

Great News for K-3 Teachers in Reference to EL PD and READ Act Required PD-The READ Act Modules Could be Used to Serve Both Purposes!

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Good Morning All,

One of the consortium teachers emailed me with a question about the EL and READ Act PD requirements.  She had been reviewing the READ Act online module introduction.  It indicated that many ELL strategies are included in the online program.  This was her question, "Is there a possibility that this class/program could also count toward the 45 hours of ELL training that we need in order to renew our teaching license?"  I emailed Jennifer Simons who works in licensure at CDE in Educator Talent as an Educator Development Principal Consultant.  She responded with, "This should be fine."

If you choose to earn the EL PD hours as you are completing the READ Act PD requirements, please take notes that will allow you to provide a description of how the module addressed the selected elements in the EL PD Matrix.  Jennifer at CDE has told me that "justification is key".  

From my perspective, the READ Act PD will most likely meet EL PD Standard III, Elements A and B related to literacy development.

Teachers will be required to align all of the EL PD with a standard element in the EL PD Matrix and will need to justify how it aligns with the element.  1 hour will be required in each element and the other hours can go under any of the elements as long as they can be justified under the element.  

CDE designed a new matrix that can be found at the link below (with a short video that explains how to use the matrix).  Scroll down to the blue box to find those items.  They have told me they will accept the old form as well, but the new form might be easier to complete.  I am unable to attach a document to this announcement, but I completed my 45 hours and have an example of the matrix if you would like a model.  Just email me at mitziski@ecboces.org

Thanks so much to the teacher for being proactive in understanding the online READ Act modules and thinking out of the box about meeting the EL PD requirements at the same time!  We will all benefit from her great thinking!

CDE Online READ Act Training Now Available

by Megan Eikleberry -

CDE provided reading training online is now available. 

Reading Course Details:
  • Registration for the online asynchronous training “Building a Strong Foundation: Developing Early Literacy Skills” by the Public Consulting Group, Inc. is now open.
  • After registering, participants will receive access to the course in the Pepper Learning Experience Platform.
  • Access to the online course will expire one year after the enrollment date.
  • Completion of all course modules and a score of 80% or higher on the end of course assessment are required to meet the evidence-based training in teaching requirements.
Use this link to sign-up for the online training with CDE


Free EL PD to Support CDE Licensure Requirements

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

WIDA Resources:  eLearning Professional Development 

WIDA (Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, at University of Wisconsin, Madison) provides eLearning courses for Colorado educators as part of their contract with CDE. These courses are free and count toward the English Learner Professional Development Quality Standards Professional Development requirement for relicensing. Educators can request access to WIDA eLearning by contacting the WIDA Client Services Center (help@wida.us) from their school issued email. Please share this information with new and veteran teachers in your district.


READ Act CDE Trainings

by Megan Eikleberry -

CDE has training courses available for K-3 teachers needing CDE hours to meet the READ Act requirements.

Reading Course Details:

  • All face-to-face sessions will be held virtually as synchronous sessions.
  • Class sizes will be capped at 30 participants.
  • If a minimum of 15 participants do not register for a cohort, the cohort may be canceled.
  • Registration for courses will close 2 weeks prior to the first training session to allow for manuals to be mailed to participants. 
  • Course manuals will be mailed to participants soon after registration closes.
  • Attendance at all training sessions and a score of 80% or higher on the end of course assessment are required to meet the evidence-based training in teaching requirements.
Visit this link to sign-up

Great teacher opportunity!

by Emma Richardson -

We are collaborating with Belize to provide some teachers to share a session or so for their teacher training conference this summer.  If you have a great idea, are considered innovative or just have something that you want to share with other teachers, ECBOCES, through the help of the Morgridge Foundation is offering stipends for teachers who would be willing to teach a session or so via Zoom/Google.  Please contact Emma Richardson (emmar@ecboces.org) for more information.

One Year out of High School - Survey Calls

by Nicole Kollath -
Hello Families, Students, Staff and Service Providers. 

As part of the Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP) results-based accountability process, OSEP requires states to gather information from students one year post high school exit as part of our State Performance Plan Indicator 14. In Colorado, districts are responsible for contacting students to collect data on special education students who have graduated, dropped out, or aged out and report that information to the Colorado Department of Education. This survey is intended for students who have left high school or a transition program, not those currently enrolled in a secondary education program. 

These calls will begin around June 1st to families of students that graduated one year ago.  Please respond to the call so that we can gather the appropriate data in order to support our special education programs. 

Thank you all! 

(Edited by Lorie Coonts - original submission Monday, May 11, 2020, 9:44 AM)

CDE Guidance to Support Districts in Implementing Federal Programs during COVID-19

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Hi All,

I realize you have had so many resources and links passed on and it can get a bit overwhelming to keep track of all of them.  

In the last several weeks CDE has passed on info about serving students including:

  • COVID-19 and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • Colorado Provisional Identification and Placement of English Learners
  • Re-designation of English Learners
  • Colorado EL Distance Learning Guidance
  • COVID-19 and ESEA 

Links to all of these resources can be found in one place on the EC BOCES website:

In order to access them, log into the website.

Look for the "COVID-19 Resources for Districts" (orange rectangle on the right side of the homepage).

On the next page look for "CLICK HERE FOR FEDERAL PROGRAMS RESOURCES" (on the right side of the page).

Clicking on that link will take you to the resources CDE has shared with me.  I will continue to add the the list as the resources are made available.



MS and HS Science Teachers Only

by Megan Eikleberry -

Need Resources and Support with Transitioning to Remote Learning?

We recognize the unprecedented moment in education across the country.  Are you in need of support with maintaining student engagement in scientific practices through remote instruction? PEER Physics has online resources to help with timely and effective web-based support for teachers and parents.

Remote learning link for resources: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kOOmCOl9XHQo-iSP1wsIl2LbBx7TW19e

Jonathan Mann

Director of Educational Partnerships
University of Colorado, Boulder | School of Education
jon.mann@peerphysics.org | Cell: 303-887-6216

COVID-19 Resources

by Emma Richardson -

East Central BOCES has started a webpage of resources for our districts that might be looking at closing down during this COVID-19.  This page will continued to be updated as we continue to research options for our schools that might need to support their students remotely.  A link to the page is found on the ECBOCES website or the page can be found HERE.

EL PD Tips from CDE's Educator Talent News: This should answer many of your questions

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Tips for educators to meet the English Learner Professional Development requirement

All educators with elementary, math, science, social studies and English language arts endorsements are required to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). This new requirement was adopted by the State Board of Education in June 2018. Below are some tips and reminders about how to ensure educators are meeting this requirement.

How to check if you need this professional development?
Educators can look at their current teaching license to check if they already meet the requirement. If an educator has either of the following endorsements on their teacher license, the educator is not required to complete the additional CLD training.

  • CLD (or related, such as ESL) endorsement, or
  • English Learner Professional Learning Designation Met=yes

If educators don’t have these two endorsements on their teaching license there are multiple pathways to meet this requirement.

For educators that already have some relevant PD completed
WIDA is offering six free self-paced, online eWorkshops through Monday, Aug. 31 that total 34 hours and are aligned to the CDE standards for CLD professional development. For more information about accessing this free PD opportunity, visit the Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education webpage.

For educators that don’t have any of the relevant PD completed 
There are 21 programs approved by CDE offering 45 hours of the required PD around the state that educators can choose from. Additionally, 14 districts are approved to offer the full 45 hours of required PD to their educators. The list of these programs can be found on the Approved English Learner Professional Development Programs webpage.

For educators currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program or who have recently graduated
All approved educator preparation programs in Colorado must have the CLD standards in place by Spring 2020. Upon completion of an educator preparation program that has been verified by CDE to meet the new standards, educators will receive an Approved Program Verification (APV) form denoting that the educator has satisfied the new CLD requirement.

For detailed information on the requirement for educators, visit the EL PD Information for Educators webpageA tutorial video is also available for educators about how to meet the requirements. 

For questions or comments, contact Jennifer Simons at simons_j@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6793.

Google Login for ECBOCES Website

by Emma Richardson -

For those teachers who have school email addresses associated with a Google Apps account, we have now enabled Google login so that you can log in to our website with your school credentials.  Currently, this is set up for the following districts:  Agate, Arickaree, Arriba Flagler, Burlington, Hi Plains, Idalia, Limon, Kiowa, Stratton. 

To take advantage of this, you have to do the following:

1. The email in your ECBOCES profile must be your school email address.  (If you are unsure, when logged into the site, click on your name in the top right hand corner of the site, click on Profile.  If the email there is not your school email, click on Edit Profile, update the email and click on update profile)

2. If you are logged into the ECBOCES website, log out.  Then, from the home page, click on the Google icon in the Login box.  Enter your school login.

3. You will then be sent an email to connect your Google login to your ECBOCES website account.  Once you have clicked on the link in the email, the two accounts will be linked and you will then be able to use your school login to access our website.

We hope that this will make it easier for you to access our site.  I hope to be able to add more districts as they confirm that the emails will match correctly so if your district is not listed and you know that you have Google Apps, please put in a help desk ticket and we will follow up.  A few districts (Bennett, Byers, Deer Trail) do not have your school email linked to Google and so we cannot set those up as yet.