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Being a principal or other school leader in the 21st Century takes courage, commitment and care. In an effort to support principals in leading their staff in collaborative, innovative and creative ways throughout the year, the Colorado Department of Education has created the Principal Resources webpage to bring together internal and external resources to assist school leaders to confidently lead their school communities.
A CDE-wide, cross-unit team has collaborated to bring together valuable resources to assist principals with navigating the web of information with ease and efficiency. These resources and tools are intended to support principals with the creation of systems and structures in schools, to empower educational stakeholders, and to build a strong climate and culture in their schools.
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- CDE Leadership Learning Cohorts
- Data Tools and Reports
Colorado Academic Standards
- COMPS (RANDA) Guidance
- Educator Effectiveness: The 2021-22 Evaluation Cycle
- Measures of Student Learning/Outcomes for 2021-22
- Providing Effective Observations and Feedback
- Resource Guide for Deepening the Understanding of Teacher's Professional Practices
- Addendum to the Resource Guide that aims to promote understanding of how the Rubric for Evaluating Colorado Teachers within the Colorado State Model Evaluation System can be used in remote/virtual learning environments.
Educator Professional Development
English Language Learners
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Inclusive Leadership Resources
Instructional Hours and Attendance
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Nutrition and School Lunch
Quality Schools Initiative for Turnaround Schools
- Colorado READ Act
- How Our Brains Learn to Read
- The Science of Reading & Other Reading Resources
- The Science of Reading Research (ASCD Article)
Research and Impact
- Bullying Prevention
- CDE School Culture and Climate webpage and resources
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Self-Care
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- Remote Learning Resources for SEL, Mental Health and Behavior
- Self-care Toolbox
- Center for Implementing Technology in Education
- Getting Connected Online
- Guidance on E-Learning Technology
Unified Improvement Plans
Memberships and Other Resources
- CDE Preschool Through 3rd Grade Office
- Child Find for Children Birth to Age 5
- Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Department of Human Services
- Early Literacy Grant
- K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Requirements
- K-3 Teacher Evidence-Based Reading Training FAQ's
- Literacy Walkthrough for K-3
- Literacy Walkthrough for Grades 4-12 (includes checklists)
- Read with Me Campaign: Read With Me Today
- CASE Webinars for Secondary Principals
- Living Your Excellence During the COVID-19 Epidemic
- Virtual Structures and Systems - What Do They Look Like Now?
- Partnerships & Communications with Parents and Communities
- How to Maintain the School's Identity and Culture During This Time
- Grading, Discipline, Evaluation, Hiring and the Kitchen Sink
- Activities/Athletics - Now What?
- SEL Support for Staff and Self During COVID-19
- How to Prepare for Next Year - Returning to Normal...What's That?
- Advanced Placement
- Concurrent Enrollment
- Graduation Guidelines
- Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)
- Colorado Charter Schools Act
- Charter Schools Guidebook
- CDE Charter School Topic-Based Webinars
- National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS)
Induction and Professional Development
Memberships and Other Resources
- Educator Talent Division
This division develops, deploys and supports talent management and human capital development strategies for districts and schools so that the most effective educators are in every school and classroom and all students are prepared for college, career and life.
- Contact: Educator Development
- Exceptional Student Services Unit
This unit administers the state's Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.
- Contact: Tanni Anthony, Director of the Access, Learning, and Literacy Team at email@example.com
- School and District Strategic Transformation Unit
This unit supports districts and schools in the continual improvement in student achievement.
- Contact: Nicole Monet, Director of Intensive Supports, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Schools of Choice Unit
This unit supports high-quality educational choices for Colorado families and students and promotes thoughtful innovations that will prepare Colorado students to be 21st Century adults.
- Contact: Gisa Simmons, Senior Consultant, Charter School Program Lead Trainer at email@example.com
Questions? Email Educator Development