Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CDE Needs Our Help

The Colorado Department of Education needs our assistance! CDE is currently accepting applications from Colorado citizens to review P-12 academic standards in Mathematics, Reading & Writing, Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Science, Economics & Financial Literacy, Civics, History, Geography, World Language, and Physical Education. Each committee will be about 18-23 in size. In order for the review to be successful, CDE will need demographic and ethnic diversity. Each committee will meet four times and more in virtual space, if needed. Unlike previous reviews this review will evaluate gaps based upon a completed analysis, international benchmarking, grade articulations and 21st century skills.

This is an exciting time for education in Colorado and we need the participation of the community college faculty and administrators to craft the educational standards for the next generation of students! Please encourage faculty and staff –especially our rural colleges—to access the online application at The deadline to receive applications has been extended to September 29, 2008.

Answers from CDE to Frequently Asked Questions:

Notification: Applicants will be notified of their status by October 24, 2008.

Time Commitment:
Depending on the content area, we anticipate holding 3 to 5 full-day meetings on Saturdays over the next year. There will also be necessary “homework” in preparation for each meeting. Meeting dates will be determined once subcommittees are formed. Phase I to begin this Fall will include Reading/Writing, Music, Mathematic, and Science. Phase II will begin in January 2009 will include Civics, History, Geography, Financial Literacy & Economics, Dance, Theatre, and Visual Art. Phase III will begin in March 2009 will include World Language and Physical Education.

Meeting Locations: Meetings will be held Statewide based on the level of participation from each region. Locations will be announced once subcommittee members have been selected.

Reimbursements: While service on these subcommittees is voluntary, CDE will reimburse subcommittee members for mileage to and from each scheduled meeting.

If you have additional questions, please email Angela Norlander at

Thank you so much for getting the “word” out- CDE is especially in need of reviewers for the arts (theater and dance), social studies (civics and geography), physical education and world languages.


Dr. Geri J. Anderson
Colorado Community College System

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