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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Programs

COVID-19 and ESEA

CDE's Office of ESEA Programs has gathered resources to help answer questions around the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

Our Office


The ESEA Programs Office is a part of the the Federal Programs Unit and consists of three teams: 

The work of this office is to administer federally-funded programs, define program and systems quality for supporting historically underserved students, and establish standards, indicators, and protocols with which to assess local programs and systems. The goal is to help build the capacity of the field to implement higher quality programs and systems which are supported and funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Our office seeks to ensure that program applications, review protocols and approval criteria reflect high quality program standards and maximize efficiency, improve program design and implementation, and impact student outcomes.

Our Mission

The purpose of our work is ensure that the ESEA programs in Colorado provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and close educational achievement gaps.

Our Stakeholders

The Every Student Succeeds Act Committee of Practitioners serves to advise the CDE in carrying out its responsibilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. It operates to identify issues across regions of the state and facilitate two-way communication between CDE and the preK-12 education community throughout Colorado.

At this time, CDE is accepting applications for the following representation on the committee:

  • Paraprofessional(s)
  • Parent(s)
  • Teacher(s) - Public School, Charter School, and Career and Tech
  • Non-public School Representative(s)
  • Other District Administrator(s)
  • Neglected & Delinquent Representative(s)
  • Early Childhood Practitioner(s)
  • Geographic representation from the Southeast, Southwest, and West Central areas of the State

To apply for a position, fill out the 2022-23 Application (PDF) and submit to Emily Owen.

 


Tools & Resources


Our Teams

Director: Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, Ph.D.

ESEA Programs 

Administrative Lead: Emily Owen
Email: owen_e@cde.state.co.us
Phone Number: 720-661-9065 (c)

The work of the ESEA Programs Team is to define program and systems quality and to establish standards, indicators, and protocols with which to assess local programs and systems quality. The goal is to help build the capacity of the field to implement higher quality programs and systems. This office seeks to ensure that program applications, review protocols and approval criteria reflect high quality program standards and maximizes efficiency and impact.

Competitive Grants and Awards 

Administrative Lead: Brittany Jimenez
Email: jimenez_b@cde.state.co.us 
Phone Number: 303-866-6813

The Competitive Grants and Awards Team is dedicated to enhancing school improvement through federal and state grant opportunities. We offer support to students, teachers and administrators in the application and funding process for a wide variety of grant and award programs. We strive to develop high quality grant applications and review protocols, to recognize highly effective local programs and educators, utilize their expertise in support of increased program effectiveness, and create incentives for others to implement bold reforms in support of increased student achievement.

Data, Accountability, Reporting and Evaluation (DARE)

Administrative Lead: Emily Owen
Email: owen_e@cde.state.co.us
Phone Number: 720-661-9065 (c)

The Data, Accountability, Reporting and Evaluation (DARE) team under the Office of ESEA Programs within the Federal Programs Unit is responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of ESEA programs, as reauthorized under ESSA, and fulfilling federal accountability and data reporting requirements. Our team collects, manages, and analyzes data to inform the development of applications for funding and standards for program quality, by going beyond accountability measures and evaluating the impact of programs and identifying best practices in program implementation.

Office of ESEA 

Nazanin (Nazie) Mohajeri-Nelson
Director, ESEA Programs Office
720-626-3895 (c)
mohajeri-nelson_n@cde.state.co.us

Emily Owen
Administrative Assistant III
720-661-9065 (c)
owen_e@cde.state.co.us

ESEA Programs Team

ESEA Programs

Evita Byrd
ESEA Senior Consultant: Title I 
720-347-5667 (c)
byrd_e@cde.state.co.us

Laura Meushaw
Title I School Improvement Coordinator 
720-728-9023 (c)
meushaw_l@cde.state.co.us

Niko Kaloudis
ESEA Title I & Title II Specialist
720-284-4356 (c)
kaloudis_n@cde.state.co.us

Kathryn Wisner, Esq.
ESEA Senior Consultant: Title I & Title III
720-595-7689 (c)
wisner_k@cde.state.co.us

Michelle Prael
ESEA Consultant: Title I, D & Title IV
720-545-7368 (c)
prael_m@cde.state.co.us

Karen Bixler 
ESEA Title II Specialist
720-357-4864 (c) 
bixler_k@cde.state.co.us

Rachel Temple
ESEA Title III Specialist
720-202-6135 (c) 
temple_r@cde.state.co.us

Tammy Giessinger
ESEA Senior Consultant: Title IV
720-827-5291 (c)
giessinger_t@cde.state.co.us

Vacant
ESEA Senior Consultant: Title I Parent & Family Engagement Specialist & Title V
tbd@cde.state.co.us

ESSER Programs Team

ESSER Programs

Kim Boylan
ESSER Federal Programs Monitoring Specialist
720-354-7031 (c)
boylan_k@cde.state.co.us

Kristin Crumley
ESEA Monitoring and Report Specialist
720-660-1369 (c)
crumley_k@cde.state.co.us

Mackenzie Owens
ESSER Monitoring and Report Specialist
720-601-7112 (c)
owens_m@cde.state.co.us

Jonathan Schelke
ESSER Monitoring and Report Specialist
720-388-0842 (c)
schelke_j@cde.state.co.us

Shannon Wilson
ESEA/ESSER Grants Administration Coordinator
720-456-9701 (c)
wilson_s@cde.state.co.us

Data, Accountability, Reporting and Evaluation Team

Data, Accountability, Reporting and Evaluation

Tina Negley
DARE Coordinator
720-766-2793 (c)
negley_t@cde.state.co.us

Mackenzie Owens
ESSER Monitoring and Report Specialist
720-601-7112 (c)
owens_m@cde.state.co.us

Mary Shen
ESEA Research Analyst 
720-766-8723 (c)
shen_m@cde.state.co.us

Alan Shimmin
ESEA Reporting Specialist 
720-788-8720 (c)
shimmin_a@cde.state.co.us

 

Competitive Grants and Awards Team

Competitive Grants and Awards

Kim Burnham
CGA Supervisor
720-607-1495 (c)
burnham_k@cde.state.co.us

Mandy Christensen
CGA Senior Consultant
303-957-6217 (c)
christensen_m@cde.state.co.us

Patricia Gleason
CGA Senior Consultant
303-910-5721 (c)
gleason_p@cde.state.co.us

Brittany Jimenez
Program Support 
303-866-6813
jimenez_b@cde.state.co.us