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Colorado Charter Schools


In the state of Colorado charter schools are public schools that operate via a contract with an authorizer such as the local school district or, in some cases, the Colorado Charter School Institute. Our office administers the Colorado Charter School Startup and Implementation grant, which provides technical assistance to charter schools and authorizers, processes waiver requests for the State Board of Education, collects data on charter schools, produces special topic studies and the state evaluation of charter schools, and responds to questions from the general public. See more information on the CCSP Grant.

News & Updates

Attention all prospective Colorado Charter Schools Program (CCSP) applicants! 

In order to be best prepared for the upcoming 2022-2023 grant competition, the CDE Schools of Choice Unit would like to prescreen the applicant pool to learn who is interested in start-up charter school grant prior to the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) this August.  Even if you are still in the planning stages, please complete this linked Application Interest Form by July 31, 2022 if you are interested in applying for the CCSP grant in the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.  Completing and submitting this interest form does not require you to move forward with the application process, but it does help inform the grant team of the potential number of applications they may receive and begin recruiting the appropriate amount of external reviewers.  For more information about the CCSP Grant, please visit the Charter Schools website: and feel free to send questions via email to   

Application window for the 2022-23 Principal Leadership Institute is open 

The Principal Leadership Institute is a one-year program focusing on distributive leadership, where principal participants work alongside exemplary principals using a coaching framework. The program framework consists of job-embedded, actionable leadership seminars, monthly workshops, site visits and coaching sessions with principal coaches. The philosophy of this model builds in high levels of support for leaders via principal coaches throughout the program to sustain and integrate the skills and behaviors learned during the seminars. 
To apply, visit the Principal Leadership Institute webpage. 

Elevating and diversifying the teaching profession with TEACH Colorado 

Even before the pandemic finding enough teachers to fill open positions was a struggle, but the stresses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made the problem even worse. That is where TEACH Colorado – Colorado’s first tech-driven initiative to recruit teachers – has come in handy. READ MORE

Submit your application for 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year

The application for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year is now available. Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will also automatically become Colorado's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Applications for this honor will be due on Wednesday, June 29.
Visit the Colorado Teacher of the Year webpage for more information on the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year program, the application process and to access the online application form.

Request for recommendations: Colorado Talent Pool

CDE seeks recommendations for the “Colorado Talent Pool” - a roster of emerging classroom leaders who are distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces and special recognition programs. Recommendations will identify educators who are of great value to their community and state and who may also ultimately be considered for prestigious recognition.
A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building-level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition are of special interest. The recommendation deadline is Friday, June 20. For more information and to access the Talent Pool Recommendation Form, visit the Colorado Educator Talent Pool webpage