ECBOCES General Announcements

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. 


Contact

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.

CLICK HERE 

Thank you.

Emma Richardson

Free Robots for Elementary Teachers

by Emma Richardson -

Our Robotics training for Elementary Teachers moved to Monday, May 9th!  We still have slots available and will be giving away free robots for your classroom.  This is a great training, offer by MindSpark Learning.  Click HERE to register!

PD and Stipend for High School Science Teachers!!

by Megan Eikleberry -

This June 7-9, 2022, the Colorado BioScience Institute will be offering a new teacher professional development opportunity, Biotechnology Experiences in the Classroom and registration for this workshop has just opened. Participation in this 3-day training will provide you the opportunity to learn the 6 Biotech Experience labs and additional content in both a hands-on lab and virtual experience; learn more about the BACE credential for students; and meet with local biotech industry employees to learn more about this growing Colorado industry.

 Dates: June 7 – 9, 2022

Location: Front Range Community College, Westminster Campus

Stipend$450 stipend paid to participants upon completion of the course (teachers outside of the Front Range contact mjohn@cobioscience.com for additional travel funding)

Audience: High School Science Teachers

 

Description: The Biotechnology Experiences in the Classroom (Amgen Biotech Experience/LabXchange) teacher professional development program will provide high school science teachers the opportunity to learn a molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology. The curriculum is designed to allow students to have the opportunity to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines in a hands-on way through 6 labs and additional content. 
 

Biotechnology is a growing industry in Colorado that has brought about the discovery and development of new generation of human therapeutics. Advancements in both cellular and molecular biology have allowed scientists to identify and develop a host of new medicines for patients with serious illness. Biotechnology provides the tools and techniques for modern pharmaceutical research and drug development (including the COVID-19 vaccines), and it is critical that future citizens are knowledgeable about this field. The Colorado Department of Education also recently approved the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE), the course work in this training can help prepare you as teachers to prepare students for many of the skills that will be tested on BACE.

We are offering a $450 stipend and I recently found out we received additional funding that could provide another $400 to aid in travel expenses for those outside the Front Range (ECBOCES schools would qualify) which would help with the costs of coming to the Front Range for this training. We will also be offering a similar training completely virtual this fall 2022 and again in the spring 2023 to support teacher learning around biotechnology.

 

Space is limited so REGISTER TODAY to save your spot!


Social Studies PD Reminder

by Megan Eikleberry -

Just a reminder that our last Social Studies session with Stephanie Hartman from CDE will be this week. The final session will be on resources and what is available to support this work. K-5 will meet on Tuesday, April 19th. 6-12 will meet on Wednesday, April 20th. Each session will be from 4:15-5:15 and a stipend will be offered to all participants. 

Free Robots for Your Classroom!!

by Emma Richardson -

We still have seats available for two great MindSpark trainings that will be focused on how to integrate robotics into your classroom.  We have robots for the first 20 attendees and some extra giveaways as well.

Be sure to sign up today to grab your slot and get a great training and a free robot!

Elementary teachers - April 22nd - REGISTER HERE

Secondary teachers - April 29th - REGISTER HERE


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. 

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mL0SXJxIMeBcnBOUb5VSdNaP6tY6IanE/view?usp=sharing

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: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/language-specialists-engaging-multilingual-newcomers-tickets-247346819997

 

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.


The Last Day to Register for PREPaRE Training!!

by Lorie Coonts -

LAST DAY TO REGISTER!! MATERIALS WILL NEED TO BE ORDERED!

DATE:  Tuesday, March 29, 2022

TIME:  9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 

PRESENTER:  Franci Crepeau-Hobson, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training at University of Colorado Denver

LOCATION: East Central BOCES West Training Room

DESCRIPTION:

The trainer is Franci Crepeau-Hobson Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Training at the University of Colorado Denver

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE MARCH 1ST BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY, SO THAT MATERIALS CAN BE ORDERED. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, REGISTER ASAP! 

Participants will receive a set of curriculum materials provided in booklet and CD format.

Day 1 Training provides school mental health professionals and administrators, teachers, and other school staff with knowledge and resources to establish and sustain comprehensive, ongoing school safety and crisis prevention, mitigation, and preparedness. The PREPaRE program can be adapted to a school's needs and size. Special attention is given to developing, exercising, and evaluating safety/crisis teams and plans, and integrating school and community crisis response personnel. Concerns related to media, social media, technology, students with special needs, culture, and memories are also addressed.

Day 2- Provides school mental health professionals and other school crisis intervention team members with the knowledge necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff following school associate crisis events. Attendees will learn how to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma, help to reaffirm both the physical health of members of the school community and students ’perceptions that they are safe and secure, evaluate conduct psychologist triage, respond to the psychological needs of the school community utilizing a multitiered approach and examine the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recover efforts. 

Lunch will be provided.


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
719-775-2342 Extension 114

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.

Best,

Mitzi

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

Amazing PD Opportunity for Elementary Teachers

by Megan Eikleberry -

Indigenous Voices: The Land & Water in the Four Corners Region is a 3-day Institute for elementary educators from Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.  

Elementary teachers will have an opportunity to learn from the Ute about life in this arid region. The first two workshop days will be half days. The morning sessions will include members of the Ute Tribes who will share their ways of knowing regarding land and water. The afternoon sessions will be field trips to the Ute Mountain Park with a Ute Mountain tribal guide, Canyon of the Ancients, and McPhee Reservoir.

Teachers will receive a stipend of $500 at the completion of the Institute and all post-Institute deliverables. 

 

Where: Cortez, Colorado

When: June 13 – 15, 2022

Who: 15 Elementary Teachers from each state - Arizona, Colorado, and Utah

Cost: Free! (Accepted teacher participants must provide their own transportation to Cortez)

 

Applications DUE: March 1, 2022

 

For more information and to apply, please visit the website at: http://fourcornersinstitute.weebly.com/


CANCELED DUE TO THREAT OF WEATHER -Early Childhood Cluster Reminder

by Megan Eikleberry -

SINCE THIS IS A FACE-TO-FACE ONLY CLASS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE DUE TO THE THREAT OF SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS!  WE WILL RESCHEDULE IN MARCH OR EARLY APRIL.  WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT WANT EVERYONE TO BE SAFE! 

Reminder that the Early Childhood PD from January 19th is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 16th. This cluster will focus on Trauma Informed Care in the Classroom and will be in person at the BOCES from 5-8pm

Tara Schmidt, licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor will be discussing how to support the social emotional needs of young students. Zoom will NOT be offered for this session, dinner will be provided so please register ASAP. IMPORTANT: Registration and attendance will be completed using the EC BOCES Website at www.ecboces.org for electronic check-in. We WILL NOT update attendance sheets at the end of the year. If you do not register for the and mark attendance at the training, you will not receive the certificate of attendance and the $25 stipend for each session attended




(Edited by Lorie Coonts - original submission Monday, February 14, 2022, 10:15 AM)

PD Reminder

by Megan Eikleberry -

Reminder of PD happening this week! Zoom sessions will be from 4:15-5:15. Participants will receive a stipend.

Tuesday, February 15th- K-5 Social Studies: High Impact Instructional Strategies

Wednesday, February 16th- 6-12 Social Studies: High Impact Instructional Strategies

Thursday, February 17th- 6-12 ELA (all content areas welcome)- Engagement strategies for surface, deep, and transfer learning. 

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!


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Cancellation of Para-Professional Cluster on February 2nd

by Lorie Coonts -

We will need to postpone tomorrow nights Para-Professional Cluster.  Our presenter isn't feeling well and we are worried about the impending snow storm.  This cluster will have a lot of hands-on activities and would not work well over zoom.  We have rescheduled for Tuesday, April 5th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.   If you have already registered you will not need to re-register again unless you are unable to make that date, then you will need to go in and delete your registration.  If you have not registered yet and want to attend, go to the calendar and register now!  We are sorry for the inconvenience.  

Get a Free Robot/3D Printer

by Emma Richardson -

Back by popular demand and thanks to another Computer Science Grant, East Central BOCES is offering out some great trainings by MindSpark Learning.  On April 22nd and 29th, we have two sessions of Robotics - one for Elementary and one for Secondary.  The first fifteen to sign up and attend will get a robot for their classroom.  On June 21st and 22nd, we are offering a comprehensive 2 day 3D printer training.  The first fifteen to sign up and attend both days will receive a 3D printer for their classroom.  This training will go from putting the 3D printer together to creating models and printing them.  (If you already have a 3D printer but are unsure how to use it or get the best use out of it, this training is for you!)  All of these training are hands on and are being offered in person ONLY (no Zoom) at the East Central BOCES office.  They are for East Central BOCES district staff only.  Please register through our website at https://www.ecboces.org.  For more information, contact Emma Richardson.

Reminder: Upcoming PD

by Megan Eikleberry -

Just a reminder that we have Social Studies PD and English Language Learner PD this week! Zoom session are 4:15-5:15 and participants will receive a stipend!

Tuesday, January 25th K-5 Social Studies-Best First Instruction

Wednesday, January 26th 6-12 Social Studies- Best First Instruction 

Thursday, January 27th K-12 ELL- From Theory to Practice with Cognitive Content Dictionaries 

2/16/2022 - RESCHEDULED Early Childhood Cluster - Trauma Informed Care in the Classroom

by Lorie Coonts -

DATE: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 

TIME:  5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

PRESENTER: Tara Schmidt, MA, LMFT 

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Early Childhood Educators (ages 3-8)

LOCATION:  East Central BOCES West Training Room 

DESCRIPTION:  Tara Schmidt, licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor will be discussing how to support the social emotional needs of young students.

Zoom will NOT be offered for this session, dinner will be provided so please register ASAP.    


IMPORTANT:  Registration and attendance will be completed using the EC BOCES Website at www.ecboces.org for electronic check-in.  We WILL NOT update attendance sheets at the end of the year.  If you do not register for the and mark attendance at the training, you will not receive the certificate of attendance and the $25 stipend for each session attended. 

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

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

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: 3/21


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: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/language-specialists-engaging-multilingual-newcomers-tickets-247346819997

 

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


RESCHEDULED CPI Initial Class

by Lorie Coonts -

WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE 1/21/2022 CPI INITIAL CLASS FOR FEBRUARY 4, 2022.  IF YOU WERE REGISTERED YOU STILL ARE, IF THAT DATE DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU, PLEASE GO IN AND CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.  IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE COURSE AND DID NOT GET SIGNED UP, PLEASE REGISTER NOW!  

CANCELLATION OF CPI CLASS TODAY

by Lorie Coonts -

DUE TO ILLNESS WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THE CPI - INITIAL CLASS.  WE WILL RESCHEDULE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WE ARE SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!  

Two-day PREPaRe Training March 29th & 30th

by Beverly Blagg -

East Central BOCES is offering a two-day PREPaRE Training on March 29th & 30th at the East Central BOCES Office. Community agencies within EC BOCES 20 School Districts are invited to attend at a cost of $100 to cover the cost of materials and lunch on both days. Community agency employees who wish to attend may register by contacting Lorie Coonts at 719-775-2342 ext. 0 or loriec@eccboces.org.

District and BOCES employees register by logging into the ECBOCES website and clicking on the calendar link. There is no charge for District and BOCES employees to attend the training.

Day 1 Training provides school mental health professionals and administrators, teachers, and other school staff with knowledge and resources to establish and sustain comprehensive, ongoing school safety and crisis prevention, mitigation, and preparedness. The PREPaRE Program can be adapted to a school's needs and size. Special attention is given to developing, exercising, and evaluating safety/crisis teams and plans, and integrating school and community crisis response personnel. Concerns related to media, social media, technology, students with special needs, culture, and memories are also addressed.

Day 2 Training provides school mental health professionals and other school crisis intervention team members with the knowledge necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff following school associate crisis events. Attendees will learn how to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma, help to reaffirm both the physical health of members of the school community and students ’perceptions that they are safe and secure, evaluate conduct psychologist triage, respond to the psychological needs of the school community utilizing a multi-tiered approach and examine the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recover efforts.


CANCELLATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CLUSTER

by Lorie Coonts -

HELLO ALL -  FOR SAFETY SAKE WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND CANCEL THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLUSTER FOR TONIGHT AND RESCHEDULE AT A LATER DATE.  STAY SAFE AND WARM!  

Today's Early Childhood Cluster

by Lorie Coonts -

Tara Schmidt, licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor will be discussing how to support the social emotional needs of young students.

Zoom will NOT be offered for this session, dinner will be provided so please register ASAP.  

WE ARE PLANNING ON HAVING THIS CLUSTER TONIGHT, BUT WE WILL MAKE A FINAL DECISION BY NOON TODAY. IF WE DECIDE TO CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE  WE WILL SEND OUT A NOTIFICATION THEN.

IMPORTANT:  Registration and attendance will be completed using the EC BOCES Website at www.ecboces.org for electronic check-in.  We WILL NOT update attendance sheets at the end of the year.  If you do not register for the and mark attendance at the training, you will not receive the certificate of attendance and the $25 stipend for each session attended. 

Professional Development Survey

by Megan Eikleberry -

Below is a link to the Professional Development Survey to help ECBOCES and Superintendents decide on professional development activities provided by ECBOCES for next school year. If you have not taken the survey already, please do so by February 18th. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-B-62H9_DixlbGEtWf89wqxUOZNGlix4ZTf6V27ZMJ-umAg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Two Depth and Complexity Virtual, Self-Paced Training Opportunities

by Lorie Coonts -

Hello Teachers and Administrators, 

We have two Depth and Complexity virtual, self-paced training opportunities for all educators in the ECBOCES districts. Based on conversations with teachers, GT coordinators, and from GT stakeholder survey responses, teachers need strategies to differentiate for their gifted and high ability students. Depth & Complexity is full of easy to use strategies that are appropriate for ALL levels of students, at any grade level and in any content area

There are two options for this training: Level I and Level II. Educators can participate in one or both courses. The Level II course will start with a common introduction and will then split into an elementary course and a secondary course. 

They will each run from February 1st - April 30th. Registration is open through January 24th and the course and materials will be provided by ECBOCES. Three hours of continuing education credit will be offered. 

More information can be found on the flyer attached below. 

Reminder: 6-12 Math

by Megan Eikleberry -

Join Lori Cook tonight from 4:15-5:15

Learning is a process, but often students mislabel struggle in mathematics as something that is wrong with them and assume that they aren’t good at math. Students are also impacted by cultural messages that the goal of mathematics is to get the correct answer and get it quickly, rather than deepen their understanding or skills, so learning feels like a continual performance rather than productive struggle. Join Lori Cook this year as she explores how teaching students the learning process, while engaging them in meaningful experiences, can change both mindsets and outcomes. We will: · Define and deepen our own understanding of the learning process (surface, deep, transfer). · Explore methods for making the process student-friendly and part of our everyday thinking and doing. A stipend will be paid to those participating in this session. 

Upcoming CPI Dates

by Lorie Coonts -

https://www.ecboces.org/pluginfile.php/16468/mod_forum/post/3888/21-22%20Training%20Dates%20Flier%20%281%29.pdf


Please see attached information on upcoming CPI Trainings and register for the dates available to attend in 2022.  

Administrators, if you have staff that need to be certified in CPI for the first time, or their recertification is coming up for renewal, please share this information so they can register and get it on their calendars to attend ASAP.  


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 -

IMAGINATION LIBRARY OF COLORADO: 

                           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 

https://www.imaginationlibrarycolorado.org/?fbclid=IwAR2oEyzp1YuHCTzs7l4EFpaLOmWTy14CIS3r2iGw_cKbks2mJz2jhGlHCr8

Reminder: Math Professional Development with a Stipend!

by Megan Eikleberry -

Zoom from 4:15-5:15 Oct. 26th for K-5 teachers and Oct. 28th for 6-12 teachers


Join Lori Cook this year as she explores how teaching students the learning process, while engaging them in meaningful experiences, can change both mindsets and outcomes. We will:
  • Define and deepen our own understanding of the learning process (surface, deep, transfer). 
  • Explore methods for making the process student-friendly and part of our everyday thinking and doing. 
A stipend will be paid to all those attending this session.

 

Attention Social Studies Teachers K-12

by Megan Eikleberry -

Upcoming PD opportunity next week!! 

October 19th: K-5 Zoom from 4:15-5:15

October 20th: 6-12 Zoom from 4:15-5:15

Stephanie Hartman, from CDE, and Beth Montgomery, from DBQ, will be digging into the 2020 standards and providing resources to help with implementation. Please register on the ECBOCES website to attend. This is a great opportunity to get support and resources for your Social Studies classroom. 

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.

Help us Celebrate National IT Professional Day on September 21, 2021

by Beverly Blagg -

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Every day we depend on technology in order to complete our varied responsibilities. Tuesday, September 21st is National IT Professional Day and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of the IT Professionals at East Central BOCES and our 20 member districts who help support us every day. Thank you Allen Bell, Emma Richardson, Jarred Masterson, and Sandy Kane for making sure we have the technology we need to do our job. Also, thanks to all of the IT Professionals in the districts who help support all of us when we are in the buildings. We could not help students without all the hard work you do behind the scenes. 



Reminder: Social Studies PD for K-12 Teachers

by Megan Eikleberry -

Join us for a great opportunity to dig deeper into the new social studies standards! 

The Social Studies professional development will begin tomorrow, Sept. 21, for elementary and Tuesday, Sept. 22, for secondary teachers over zoom from 4:15-5:15. We will be digging into the new standards to gain a deeper understanding of what we should be teaching and moving into instructional strategies throughout this 5 session course. Register on the ECBOCES website to join. 

TOMORROW, Wednesday, Sept. 8: English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation and Coding for Data Pipeline

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Each fall, we get questions around the screening and identification of English Learners.  Tomorrow on Wednesday, September 8, you can join us for any questions or clarification around this process.

Title of Training:  English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation and Coding for Data Pipeline

When:  Wednesday, September 8, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Presenter: JoAnn Anderson 

Target Audience: Anyone involved in the EL identification, designation and redesignation process, and if your Data Pipeline Respondent would like to join you, that might be helpful as well.

Location: Session will take place over Zoom 

Description:  This one-hour Zoom session will provide a review of EL requirements around English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation and coding for Data Pipeline. The session will begin with a 30-45 minute presentation and end with a Q and A. This hour-long event is for anyone involved in the EL identification, designation and redesignation process. If your Data Pipeline Respondent would like to join you, that might be helpful as well, as your district's ELPA and Title III funding is associated with your district's Student October Pupil Enrollment collection numbers. In the past, CDE has noted there were a great number of errors statewide in EL coding as compared to other coding errors. Some clarification on the coding might be of assistance.

Questions about English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation or Coding for Data Pipeline? This hour is for you!

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Each fall, we get questions around the screening and identification of English Learners.  Next Wednesday, on September 8, you can join us for any questions or clarification around this process.

Title of Training:  English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation and Coding for Data Pipeline

When:  Wednesday, September 8, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Presenter: JoAnn Anderson 

Target Audience: Anyone involved in the EL identification, designation and redesignation process, and if your Data Pipeline Respondent would like to join you, that might be helpful as well.

Location: Session will take place over Zoom 

Description:  This one-hour Zoom session will provide a review of EL requirements around English Learner Identification, Designation, Redesignation and coding for Data Pipeline. The session will begin with a 30-45 minute presentation and end with a Q and A. This hour-long event is for anyone involved in the EL identification, designation and redesignation process. If your Data Pipeline Respondent would like to join you, that might be helpful as well, as your district's ELPA and Title III funding is associated with your district's Student October Pupil Enrollment collection numbers. In the past, CDE has noted there were a great number of errors statewide in EL coding as compared to other coding errors. Some clarification on the coding might be of assistance.

Mind and Brain Education Mini-Conference

by Megan Eikleberry -

Dear Fellow Educator, 

 

Come join us for a day of learning about "how we learn" at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  

 

Sessions facilitated by educators like you and other experts! 

 

Looking forward to seeing you there, 

Tim Blesse 

Teacher Programs Consultant 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science 


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MIND & BRAIN EDUCATION MINI-CONFERENCE

For Practicing K-12 Teachers

Join us at the Museum of Nature & Science for a day of " Mind & Brain Education" presented and attended by local K-12 educators and other experts with a common interest in applying psychology and neuroscience to their practice as they learn about things like: ​

  • How do we learn?  
  • How do we regulate emotion?  
  • What motivates and demotivates learners?  
  • The Science of Belonging & Agency  
  • The Adolescent Brain  

    We are bringing together local facilitators who will present some evidence-based strategies that you can walk away and use tomorrow.  Choose between several 90-minute concurrent mini-sessions held in 3 rounds.  

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Register here: www.dmns.org/tpd 


Tim Blesse

Teacher Programs Consultant

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver CO 80205

tim.blesse@dmns.org

(W) 303.370.8298 (C) 303.949.8683

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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 


CORRECTION: SURVIVAL SPANISH WILL BE OFFERED FROM 9-10 AM on Fridays beginning on September 3

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Oops!  The Survival Spanish for Educators Course will be offered on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 AM; register on the EC BOCES website.

DATES: 9/3/2021, 9/10/2021, 9/17/2021, 9/24/2021 

TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

PRESENTER: Alexandros Taylor 

LOCATION: Via Zoom

Join usEnhance your ability to communicate with English learners through Survival Spanish for Educators Course taught by an educator from the Limon School District who teaches Modern Languages, and also provides English Language Development support to language learners. Instructor has varied experience living and learning language and culture in multiple countries through his volunteer service in the Peace Corps. Depending on interest level and attendance, the course may be extended. Participants are highly encouraged to attend the first three classes in a row to build knowledge supporting course activities and future coursework. PD contact hours certificate will be generated after each session on the website once participants have completed evaluation.  Register on the EC BOCES website.


EC BOCES SURVIVAL SPANISH FOR EDUCATORS COURSE

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

DATES: 9/3/2021, 9/10/2021, 9/17/2021, 9/24/2021 

TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

PRESENTER: Alexandros Taylor 

LOCATION: Via Zoom 

Join us!  Enhance your ability to communicate with English learners through Survival Spanish for Educators Course taught by an educator from the Limon School District who teaches Modern Languages, and also provides English Language Development support to language learners. Instructor has varied experience living and learning language and culture in multiple countries through his volunteer service in the Peace Corps. Depending on interest level and attendance, the course may be extended. Participants are highly encouraged to attend the first three classes in a row to build knowledge supporting course activities and future coursework. PD contact hours certificate will be generated after each session on the website once participants have completed evaluation.  Register on the EC BOCES website.

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.

Hello, 
 
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 

June 14 and 15 Rich Feller Training is Face-to-Face

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Hi All,

If you are receiving email reminders about the June 14 and 15 training as a video conference, it is incorrect.  THE TRAINING WILL BE FACE-TO-FACE at the BOCES office in Limon.

Thanks!

Opportunity to earn a Stipend! June 14 and 15: Helping Students be Future-Ready…Tips, tools and practice in Career Development

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

All teachers (especially secondary, CTE, and special education teachers), counselors, administrators, and service providers:  If you are interested, but have not yet registered for Rich Feller's training, Helping Students be Future-Ready...Tips, tools and practice in Career Development, do so now!  All EC BOCES consortium member educators attending and engaging in the event will be provided with a stipend of $150 per day.  Please register by June 10 at 4:00 pm. to assist us in planning for lunch. 

9:00 AM-3:00 PM  Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15

PRESENTER: Rick Feller, Ph.D. 

LOCATION: East Central BOCES West Training Room 

DESCRIPTION: We want to design futures, not fall into them. “Future-ready” learners is the new accountability. This two-day “hands-on” workshop promises you’ll practice tools to use immediately. You’ll learn how they fit into “life design”, practice them, take some home to use, have access to videos to support your use, AND your EC BOCES consortium school will receive a box of additional tools. You’ll each learn to use, peer practice and leave with a set of: Personality Lingo cards and demo video Career Value Cards and demo video Motivated Skill Cards and demo video and more.  You’ll have access to your school or organization’s Box of Tools which will include: Who You Are Matters Facilitator Kit (2 game sets and profiles for 40 game players) 5 Sets of Career Values Card Sorts and worksheets 5 Sets of Motivated Skill Card Sorts and worksheets 5 Sets of Personality Lingo Card Sets. Lunch will be provided, so make sure you register for an accurate count. This will NOT be offered over Zoom. If you have community people or someone that would not have an account on our website, please have them call Lorie Coonts at 719-775-2342 Ext. 100 or loriec@ecboces.org to register for this event. Thank you!

Two Additional EL PD Opportunities This Summer

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

If you are working to earn the 45 contact hours of EL PD, please take advantage of one of the Beth Skelton PD events taking place on June 1, 2, or 3 hosted at Deer Trail, Limon and Burlington. See the BOCES website calendar to register and for more information about the content.

Additionally, CDE is offering self-paced eWorkshops and a series of online courses.  These opportunities will not always be available, so please take advantage of them while they are being offered.  The State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, mathsciencesocial studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD).

CDE has paid WIDA to provide self-paced EL eWorkships until August 31.  The person in your district who manages the WIDA Secure Portal accounts, will need to create an account for you if you want to access these trainings.  

WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops can be a valuable resource to use in a Professional Learning Community (PLC). WIDA Self-paced eWorkshops are available to Colorado K-12 educators with a school district email through August 31st.  To access the workshops:

  1. Log in to your WIDA Secure Portal account. 
  2. Click the “WIDA eLearning Center” tile in the Portal to view available eWorkshops.
  3. Complete an eWorkshop and print & save your certificate.

Summer CLD Professional Development Opportunity

They are also providing a series of online courses titled CLD Professional Development.  See the attached flyer for more information.  

A series of 5 online courses will provide educators with a foundation in language and literacy development, materials, methods, and assessment to best support their culturally and linguistically diverse learners.  Please open the attached flyer for more details and contact information. 


Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties Summer 2021 Online Course

by Megan Eikleberry -

New learning opportunity with CDE!

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties Summer 2021 Online Course 

The course will start June 1st and will run until September 13th 2021. 

This is an online course designed by David Kilpatrick Ph.D. in collaboration with the SLD specialist from CDE. The course follows his book of the same title. Please see the attached flyer for more info and a registration link. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OOC7l7T2Pwh8OHtiX5doWorsvTEaHgDx/view?usp=sharing


FINAL REMINDER: DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR READ ACT STIPENDS FOR K-3 TEACHERS OF LITERACY IN THE EC BOCES CONSORTIUM

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.




Administrative Assitants Day

by Beverly Blagg -

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If you have the opportunity to see, email or talk with Lorie, Craig, Marianne and Tracy today please let them know how much you appreciate all they do. EC BOCES would not run as smoothly as it does without these four amazing people!  We apprciate everything they do and always with a smile on their faces. 

We also want to thank all of the administrative assistants in the 20 school districts who help support BOCES providers on a daily basis. We could not do our jobs without your help and support!

Outstanding Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

by Beverly Blagg -

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April is appreciation month for Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants. Please up us to celebrate the outstanding OT's and COTA's that work in the 20 school districts. They assist students to increase their motor skills which allow the students to complete everyday tasks and help students to address any sensory needs they may have. If you see any of our OT team this month please let them know they are appreciated. We send our thanks and appreciation to Callie Burgess, Gina Martin, Sharon Mason, Christina Graham, Trish Cauthon and Louise Wamsley.

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

719-775-2342 Extension 114

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.


Zoom Login Issues

by Emma Richardson -

Just to let you know that we are experiencing some issues with our login provider for Zoom which will stop you from being able to login via SSO.  It is being worked on and I hope to have it resolved shortly.

PD Survey Reminder

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Hi All!

If you are a teacher in an EC BOCES consortium school district, you should have received a link for a District Teacher and Administrator Survey from your superintendent last week.

This 4 minute survey is a way of asking EC BOCES consortium educators what PD has been most beneficial this year and what they see as their most important professional development needs related to 2021/2022. The results of the survey will assist in guiding future EC BOCES PD offerings.  Deadline 2/26/21.

Please take time to complete the survey.  Your input matters!

Note:  Each district has their own unique link, so I am not including "a link" in this reminder.

COMING SOON-Feb. 18: Developing Writing Across the Curriculum for English Learners

by Mitzi Swiatkowski -

Beth Skelton will be facilitating a Zoom session for K-12 teachers of English Learners.  This session is intended to support teachers in all content areas.  IF you have already registered-you are still enrolled, the title of the session has just been updated to align with planned activities.

DATE: Thursday, February 18, 2021 

TIME: 4:15 - 5:15 P.M. 

PRESENTER: Beth Skelton 

LOCATION: Over Zoom 

DESCRIPTION: Developing Writing Across the Curriculum for English Learners: In this hour-long session, you will learn how to analyze your English Learners’ writing with a Can Do lens, build on their strengths, and implement strategies that develop improved complexity in academic writing across the curriculum. This session is appropriate for K-12 teachers who work with English Learners. Bring a student writing sample from your class, if you have one. Objectives: 1) Analyze student writing to determine next steps in instruction 2)Implement strategies that develop academic writing across the curriculum

Get a free Sphero Bolt robot for your classroom!

by Emma Richardson -

In addition to the robotics kits for the schools listed below, the first 20 participants for ANY ECBOCES district to sign up will receive a Sphero Bolt Robot and a stipend!  Sign up today for this great training. 

DATE: 2/1/21 and 2/8/21 TIME: 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM PRESENTER: Christa Kovak, MindSpark LOCATION: via Zoom DESCRIPTION: K5 Intro to Robotics This 2 part workshop provides virtual experiences with robots, along with practical classroom applications. For participants from the following districts that attend both sessions and complete a lesson with their students, there will be a $125.00 stipend provided by the Gill Foundation and a Robotics kit including several robots for your classroom. • Arickaree • Arriba Flagler • Bethune • Cheyenne Wells • Strasburg School District 31J • Woodlin School R-104 • Agate School District #300 • Idalia RJ-3 School District • Genoa-Hugo School.  For those that attend that are not from these districts, there will be some other giveaways during the trainings as well so you will still have a chance to win a robot or circuitry kit for your classroom plus get some great PD!


CPI Initial and Recertification Courses

by Lorie Coonts -

Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting the January 22nd and 29th CPI classes virtually.  The last day to sign up for the initial is January 8th and the last day to sign up for the refresher is January 22nd in order to have your book delivered to your school prior to the classes.

We will not be certifying new trainees in the safety intervention skills at this time, but will do this in the future as restrictions allow.

Once signed up, you will complete Online Modules via CPI Learning's website (a link will be sent to your email used to sign up for the class).  Instead of coming to Limon for the classroom portion of the CPI training, we will meet virtually via Zoom on the day of the scheduled class.  Please monitor your emails as the dates get closer for Zoom links and further instructions.


Elementary Robotics Training with Free Robots!!

by Emma Richardson -

Don't miss this great opportunity to get a Robotics kit for your classroom plus a stipend!

DATE: 2/1/21 and 2/8/21 TIME: 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM PRESENTER: Christa Kovak, MindSpark LOCATION: via Zoom DESCRIPTION: K5 Intro to Robotics This 2 part workshop provides virtual experiences with robots, along with practical classroom applications. For participants from the following districts that attend both sessions and complete a lesson with their students, there will be a $125.00 stipend provided by the Gill Foundation and a Robotics kit including several robots for your classroom. • Arickaree • Arriba Flagler • Bethune • Cheyenne Wells • Strasburg School District 31J • Woodlin School R-104 • Agate School District #300 • Idalia RJ-3 School District • Genoa-Hugo School.  For those that attend that are not from these districts, there will be some other giveaways during the trainings as well so you will still have a chance to win a robot or circuitry kit for your classroom plus get some great PD!

2 question needs survey - please respond! (2 minutes or less of your time!)

by Emma Richardson -

As a follow-up to the brief survey that so many of you responded to (THANK YOU!!), please take a couple of minutes and let us know what specific equipment/technology would be beneficial to support remote learning.

CLICK HERE TO RESPOND

ECBOCES Website Offline Notice

by Emma Richardson -

We will be doing some work on the ECBOCES Website later this morning.  The site will be offline from 11am for a few hours.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

ELL PD with Beth Skelton

by Megan Eikleberry -
On Nov. 4th, Beth Skelton will be zooming with ECBOCES from 4:15-5:15. Her topic is Making Content Comprehensible for Newcomers. In this interactive webinar, you will experience strategies for making grade-level content comprehensible for beginning level English Learners. You'll leave the session with strategies for building background knowledge, developing academic vocabulary and increasing comprehension. 

Please register on the ECBOCES website if you plan on attending!

Website Upgrade

by Emma Richardson -

The East Central BOCES website will be offline briefly today while it undergoes an upgrade.   We have noticed before that when we upgrade, sometimes all of your certificates will be emailed to you.  We apologize in advance if this happens again today.  

Two minute survey request from ECBOCES

by Emma Richardson -

Please take a couple of minutes to let us know your needs as we tackle the new world of remote learning.  This very brief survey will help us gauge the needs of our teachers so that we can figure out how to best support you all.

Thank you for your time.

CLICK HERE TO RESPOND


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!

Science PD K-12

by Megan Eikleberry -

Just a reminder for next Tuesday, September 29th there will be an interactive zoom session with CDE on the new Colorado 2020 Science Standards. Please join us from 4-5:30 for a deep dive with the new standards. We look forward to learning with you!

Do you want a drone for your classroom??

by Emma Richardson -

MindSpark learning will be offering our ECBOCES members a training on using drones in the classroom.  This training will be offered remotely over four Thursday afternoon 2 hour sessions starting on October 15th.  Participants will receive a Tello drone for your classroom.  Commitment to attend all four sessions is required.  Please register by October 1st to ensure that we have enough time to get the drone sent out so that you have it for the training.

Please register at https://www.ecboces.org.

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

https://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/onlinecdetraining

January CPI Classes

by Beverly Blagg -

Due to COVID-19, we will be conducting the January 22nd and 29th CPI classes virtually.  The last day to sign up for the initial is January 8th and the last day to sign up for the refresher is January 22nd in order to have your book delivered to your school prior to the classes.

We will not be certifying new trainees in the safety intervention skills at this time, but will do this in the future as restrictions allow.

Once signed up, you will complete Online Modules via CPI Learning's website (a link will be sent to your email used to sign up for the class).  Instead of coming to Limon for the classroom portion of the CPI training, we will meet virtually via Zoom on the day of the scheduled class.  Please monitor your emails as the dates get closer for Zoom links and further instructions.



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
https://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/cdeprovided-readingtraining-f2f

PEERS Physics Grant Opportunity

by Megan Eikleberry -

We currently have 7 science teachers interested in the PEERS Physics Grant opportunity. We need to have 10-12 teachers to receive the grant. Science teachers, please review the attached flyer and sign up if you are interested. This is a great opportunity for teachers in our BOCES to bring back curriculum, web-based resources, and ideas to engage students in science and engineering.   


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CPJvLEOLzuPLFmDUJpI0sn4a48oVtKeW/view?usp=sharing