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Setting the Standard

Setting the Standard

By CO Department of Education
What's happening in education across Colorado? In this podcast, the content specialists from the Colorado Department of Education's Office of Standards and Instructional Support (CDE's SIS) talk about teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum, and (of course) academic standards. Episodes include news, resources, interviews from the field, and tips for improving teaching and learning in schools and classrooms.
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Music Blocks
Raymond and Carla discuss the podcast series Music Blocks, a recent production of Colorado Public Radio on which Carla served as an educational advisor. Links: Music Blocks: https://www.cpr.org/podcast/music-blocks/ Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Carla Aguilar (aguilar_c@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
12:01
October 18, 2021
Standards Review and Revision
Raymond is joined by three colleagues from the Office of Standards and Instructional Support to discuss the current round of standards revisions. Joanna Bruno (bruno_j@cde.state.co.us), director of the office, speaks to the process of standards revision while Judi Hofmeister (hofmeister_j@cde.state.co.us), specialist for the dance and the drama and theatre arts content areas, and Carla Aguilar (aguilar_c@cde.state.co.us), music specialist, provide their perspectives as facilitators of the process. Links: Standards Review and Revision: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/casreviewgroups Subscribe to the SIS Newsletter: https://us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bee6c43ae6102530cf98cadf9&id=7be08b4af3 Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
24:55
October 05, 2021
Alex Kajitani and the STS Webinar Series
We're back after a summer break, and for this episode, Raymond is joined by Jamie Hurley, CDE's specialist for comprehensive health and physical education. Together, they talk with Alex Kajitani, a California Teacher of the Year, who has helped arrange our presenters for this fall's Setting the Standards webinar series hosted by CDE on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm. Links: Setting the Standards webinar series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars Alex Kajitani: https://alexkajitani.com/ Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Jamie Hurley (hurley_j@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Alex Kajitani The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
18:13
August 31, 2021
Reflect, Reset, Reimagine
Raymond and Alyssa touch on the theme of the Equity and Excellence Summer Learning Series, "Reflect, Reset, Reimagine," with their own examples of how they're thinking about the year gone past, taking some time for themselves this summer, and rethinking how aspects of education might be done differently. Links: Equity and Excellence Summer Learning Series homepage: https://www.cde.state.co.us/equityandexcellence Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
20:21
June 21, 2021
Cross-Content Connection: Social Studies and Reading, Writing, and Communicating
Alyssa and Raymond are back with another cross-content connection, this time between the content areas of social studies and reading, writing, and communicating. Dr. Stephanie Hartman joins us to talk about the connections from a social studies perspective, and Olivia Gillespie shares her perspectives from her perspective as CDE's reading, writing, and communicating content specialist. Links: Reading, Writing, and Communicating website @CDE: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coreadingwriting Social Studies website @CDE: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cosocialstudies Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guests: Dr. Stephanie Hartman (hartman_s@cde.state.co.us) and Olivia Gillespie (gillespie_o@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
25:58
June 14, 2021
Equity and Excellence Summer Learning Series
Raymond and Alyssa preview CDE's Equity and Excellence Summer Learning Series and invite educators from across Colorado to engage with CDE around issues of equity and COVID recovery. The "E&E Conference" kicks off June 16 and 17 and continues on June 23 and 24 before wrapping up August 4-6. Registration is now open and please note the following guidance from the website about who should attend: "Due to virtual learning room capacity, the limit for each event during the series will be 1,500 participants. District, Administrative Unit, and BOCES leaders (e.g., Superintendents, Instructional Leaders, Recovery Plan leads) are invited to consider five to 10 people representing the district and school levels to attend each of the Learning Series opportunities. In particular, leaders should consider the program offerings and relevant staff that include school leaders (principals, assistant principals), federal program directors, special education directors, teachers and content specialists, and directors and coordinators working in health & wellness, social-emotional learning, and nutrition." Links: Equity and Excellence Summer Learning Series homepage: https://www.cde.state.co.us/equityandexcellence Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
08:33
June 07, 2021
Checking in with Julie Stephens, Middle School Principal
Alyssa and Raymond talk again with Julie Stephens, a middle school principal in Denver Public Schools, as a follow-up to Julie's appearance on November 9 of last year. Julie is completing her first year as principal of Skinner Middle School in Denver Public Schools, a job she comes to with 20 years of experience as a high school administrator and teacher. Together, we talk about how things have changed over the year, what we've learned, and what plans Julie is putting in place for her students and staff for next year. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Julie Stephens, Principal, Skinner Middle School in Denver Public Schools The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
25:25
May 24, 2021
Cross-Content Connection: Computer Science and Visual Arts
This week, Alyssa and Raymond are joined by two other content specialists for another cross-content connection. This time we'll look at the intersection of computer science and visual arts and be joined by Chris Summers, CDE's computer science content specialist, and Donna Goodwin, CDE's visual arts content specialist. Links: CDE Computer Science: https://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience CDE Visual Arts: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coarts/visualarts Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Co-Hosts: Chris Summers (summers_c@cde.state.co.us) and Donna Goodwin (goodwin_d@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
19:10
May 17, 2021
Scarcity Mindsets
Alyssa returns to the podcast after taking some time off and she talks with Raymond about a book she read on scarcity, the theory behind it, and what it might mean for school districts and educators as they adjust to having new resources to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Links: Scarcity: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250056115 Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
19:49
May 10, 2021
Cross-Content Connection: Mathematics and Music
Raymond is joined by Dr. Carla Aguilar, CDE's music content specialist for another episode in our series of cross-content connections. Links: Vox Earworm: The most feared song in jazz, explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62tIvfP9A2w CDE Mathematics: https://www.cde.state.co.us/comath CDE Music: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coarts/music Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Co-Host: Carla Aguilar (aguilar_c@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
25:30
May 03, 2021
Troops to Teachers with John Scheuer
Raymond is joined by John Scheuer, Colorado's recruiter in the Troops to Teachers program. Together, we talk about Troops to Teachers' long history, the current successes of the program, and avenues for people to get a start in teaching by participating in a Substitute Boot Camp. Links: Troops to Teachers Colorado: https://www.cde.state.co.us/educatortalent/troopstoteacherscolorado Troops to Teachers LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12084733/ Become a Substitute and Substitute Boot Camp: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/licensure_subapp Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: John Scheuer (scheuer_j@cde.state.co.us), Troops to Teachers Colorado Recruiter The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:14
April 26, 2021
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) with Kristen Brown
Alyssa and Raymond visit with Kristen Brown, Director of CDE's Office of Learning Supports. Kristen and the team are experts in MTSS (multi-tiered systems of supports) and PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports). In this episode, we get updates about OLS's speaker series and the MTSS Online Academy. Links: CDE MTSS Trainings: https://www.cde.state.co.us/mtss/trainings CDE Office of Learning Supports: http://cde.state.co.us/mtss CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Kristen Brown, Ph.D., CDE Office of Learning Supports (brown_kristen@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
19:57
April 19, 2021
Cross-Content Connection: Financial Literacy and Theatre Arts
Raymond is joined as usual by Alyssa Wooten, CDE's financial literacy specialist, as well as by Judi Hoffmeister, CDE's specialist for drama and theatre arts. Together, Alyssa and Judi talk about the intersections between financial literacy and theatre, both from the perspective of performers and as producers of theatre productions. Links: Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Co-Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Judi Hofmeister (hofmeister_j@cde.state.co.us). The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
22:41
April 13, 2021
Contemplating COVID Class Sizes
Raymond and Alyssa look at some enrollment numbers and have some fun speculating about what the effects might be of a smaller-than-usual kindergarten class followed by a larger-than-usual class. Links: Schoolview: https://www.cde.state.co.us/schoolview Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
16:50
April 06, 2021
Thinking About Essential Skills
Alyssa and Raymond think about the Colorado Essential Skills and how they not only shape the opportunities we provide for students, but how they can be used to describe our work as adults, including the work to produce this podcast. Links: Setting the Standards webinar series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
17:13
March 29, 2021
Student Engagement and Dropout Prevention
Raymond and Alyssa talk with Ashley Idrees, CDE's director of the Office of Student Engagement, Re-Engagement, and Dropout Prevention. We talk about engagement data, strategies, and the office hours Ashley's office hosts each Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Links: Office of Student Engagement, Re-Engagement, and Dropout Prevention: https://www.cde.state.co.us/dropoutprevention Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Dr. Ashley Idrees (idrees_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:55
March 23, 2021
Snow Day
Alyssa and Raymond stay warm and dry the day after one of the biggest snowfalls in recent Colorado history, and pontificate about snow days of past, present, and future. Links: The Beginning of the End of Snow Days: https://www.edutopia.org/article/beginning-end-snow-days Colorado Mathematics (CoMath) website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/comath Colorado Financial Literacy website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cofinancialliteracy Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
12:52
March 15, 2021
Cross-Content Connection: Science and Health
Raymond is joined by Maya M. Garcia, CDE's science specialist, and Dr. Jamie Hurley, CDE's comprehensive health specialist, for a conversation about intersections between science and health. Links: Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Co-Hosts: Maya Garcia (garcia_maya@cde.state.co.us) and Jamie Hurley (hurley_j@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
20:07
March 08, 2021
PD Needs Survey Results
Raymond and Alyssa discuss the findings from CDE's recent survey about professional development needs and preferences. Links: Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
18:47
March 02, 2021
Virtual Conferences with Michelle King
Alyssa and Raymond are joined this week by Michelle King, an assistant professor of mathematics and mathematics education at Western Colorado University. Together, they talk about the experience of attending virtual conferences, especially the recent event hosted by NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Links: NCTM: https://www.nctm.org/ Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Michelle Morgan King (mmking@western.edu) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
37:11
February 23, 2021
Navigating the CDE Website
Raymond and Alyssa discuss the challenge of finding resources on CDE's website, and the work that we do to make the website easier to navigate. CDE has a page for educators that highlights the most important links related to standards and teacher support. Links: CDE's main page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/ CDE's Educators page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/educators Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
11:54
February 15, 2021
Talk Moves
At some point, all teachers suffer from asking low-quality questions in the classroom. This week, Alyssa and Raymond talk about "talk moves," those questioning strategies that teachers can use to improve discourse in the classroom. Links: TERC Talk Science Primer: https://inquiryproject.terc.edu/shared/pd/TalkScience_Primer.pdf CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
20:45
February 09, 2021
Colorado Talent Pipeline Report
Raymond and Alyssa visit with Kelly Mitchell about the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, an annual product of the Colorado Workforce Develop Council. Kelly's role bridges Colorado's Department of Labor and Department of Education and she helps explain how the state's workforce needs and postsecondary and workforce readiness plans come together. Links: Colorado Workforce Development Council: https://cwdc.colorado.gov/ Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary Colorado Talent Pipeline Report: https://cwdc.colorado.gov/resources/colorado-talent-pipeline-report Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cofinancialliteracy Professional Development Needs Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JGX3JZ8 Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Kelly Mitchell (kelly.mitchell@state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:16
February 01, 2021
PD Needs
Alyssa and Raymond talk about professional development and how the Standards and Instructional Support Office is trying to meet the PD needs of teachers across the state. Teachers and other stakeholders are encouraged to complete a short survey that will help CDE and SIS tailor their future PD offerings to peoples' needs. Links: Professional Development Needs Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JGX3JZ8 Setting the Standard Webinar Series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
11:59
January 26, 2021
FSCP with Darcy Hutchins
Raymond and Alyssa sit down with Dr. Darcy Hutchins, CDE's Director of Family-School-Community Partnerships. Together, they talk about how Darcy's role at CDE came to be, the kind of work she normally does with schools and districts, and how strengthening relationships between schools, families, and communities has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Links: Family-School-Community Partnerships: https://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/familyengagement State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE): https://www.cde.state.co.us/sacpie Promising Partnerships Practices 2020: https://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/promising-partnership-practices-book-2020 Family, School, and Community Partnerships P-12 Framework Self-Assessment Rubric User's Guide: https://www.cde.state.co.us/uip/self-assessment-rubric-users-guide Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cofinancialliteracy       Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Darcy Hutchins (hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
30:12
January 18, 2021
Teaching and Learning with Floyd Cobb
Alyssa and Raymond sit down with Dr. Floyd Cobb of CDE's Teaching and Learning Unit. As the TLU executive director, Dr. Cobb oversees the offices whose work include standards revisions, the READ Act, and multi-tiered systems of supports. Floyd talks a bit about his background, his work in carrying out CDE's mission, and looking forward to talking about the pandemic in the past tense. Links: CDE Office of Learning Supports: https://www.cde.state.co.us/mtss CDE Office of Preschool Through 3rd Grade (P-3): https://www.cde.state.co.us/early CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
18:00
January 11, 2021
Standards Committee Representation
This week, Raymond and Alyssa get back into their routines after winter break and talk about the application and committee selection process for the upcoming review and revision to the Colorado Academic Standards. CDE is now accepting applications for committee members for revisions to social studies, music, visual arts, dance, and drama & theatre arts. Committee work on these standards is expected to begin in May of 2021 and finish with state board adoption ahead of the July 1, 2022 deadline. If you are interested in applying to participate on a standards revision committee you can find more details at the link below. Applications are due January 11th, 2021. Links: Revision Committee: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cas-application Standards Revision Page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/casreviewandrevision Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics book study: https://www.cctmath.org/taking-action CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
20:06
January 05, 2021
Twas the Week Before Winter Break
Raymond and Alyssa share a little story for the week before winter break. See you in 2021! Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Jingle Bells track licensed CC BY 4.0 by Free Sounds Library at https://www.freesoundslibrary.com/jingle-bells-track/.
03:26
December 15, 2020
Colorado School District Needs Inventory
Alyssa and Raymond discuss the Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory, which was again co-administered by CDE and the Colorado Education Initiative. The executive summary centered on four main points: technology needs, teacher concerns, student concerns, and the availability of child care. Links: Colorado School District Community Needs Inventory: http://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools/communityneeds CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
19:41
December 09, 2020
Financial Literacy and MoneyWi$er
Raymond and Alyssa chat about the personal financial literacy standards in Colorado and share some great opportunities for scholarships and funding to support personal finance education in local communities. Learn more in the links below about how to access teacher training and the MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards application. Award categories include: $1,500 Student Scholarship, $3,500 Educator Award, $10,000 School Award & $15,000 District Award. Links: MoneyWi$er Financial Innovation Awards: https://coag.gov/moneywiser/  Personal Finance and How to Teach It workshops hosted by Economic Literacy Colorado: https://econlitco.org/ags-office-workshops  CDE's Personal Finance Content Page & Resource Bank: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cofinancialliteracy       Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:50
December 02, 2020
Thanksgiving Thanks
Show Notes: Alyssa, Raymond, and other people from CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support offer their thanks in celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guests: Judi Hofmeister, Dance and Drama & Theatre Arts Content Specialist (hofmeister_j@cde.state.co.us) Stephanie Hartman, Social Studies Content Specialist (hartman_s@cde.state.co.us) Joanna Bruno, Director of Standards and Instructional Support (bruno_j@cde.state.co.us) Chris Summers, Computer Science Content Specialist (summers_c@cde.state.co.us) Jamie Hurley, Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist      (hurley_j@cde.state.co.us) Maya Garcia, Science Content Specialist (garcia_maya@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
10:42
November 23, 2020
MTSS Online Academy with Adam Collins
Raymond and Alyssa chat with Adam Collins from CDE's Office of Learning Supports about Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and the work that Adam and his colleagues are doing to bring professional development to teachers across Colorado. Links: CDE MTSS Trainings: https://www.cde.state.co.us/mtss/trainings CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Adam Collins, Ph.D., CDE Office of Learning Supports (collins_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
16:43
November 17, 2020
Principal Pandemic Perspectives
Alyssa and Raymond talk with two middle school principals about their experiences leading their staffs and students through the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Stephens is in her first year as principal of Skinner Middle School in Denver Public Schools, a job she comes to with 20 years of experience as a high school administrator and teacher. Joining Julie is Jim Butterfield of Bookcliff Middle School in Grand Junction. This is Jim's 7th year as principal of Bookcliff, having previously served as an administrator and teacher in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts. Together, we talk about what their school days look like, the challenges they've faced, and advice they'd give to other principals around the state. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guests: Julie Stephens, Principal, Skinner Middle School in Denver Public Schools, and Jim Butterfield, Principal, Bookcliff Middle School in Mesa County Valley School District 51. The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
31:00
November 09, 2020
Hosting the NCTE Convention with Jacqueline Smilack of CLAS
Alyssa and Olivia talk with Jacqueline Smilack, the new President of the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS). CLAS is Colorado's affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Denver was set to host NCTE's 110th Annual Convention. With the COVID-19 pandemic, that conference has moved online, and Jaqueline discusses the features of the convention amidst all the challenges in shifting such a large event to a new setting. Links: NCTE Virtual Annual Convention: https://convention.ncte.org/ Colorado Language Arts Society: https://sites.google.com/site/cololangarts/home CDE Reading, Writing, and Communicating webpage: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coreadingwriting CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Olivia Gillespie (gillespie_o@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Jacqueline Smilack, President, Colorado Language Arts Society The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
21:48
November 02, 2020
Social and Emotional Learning Through the Arts
Alyssa and Raymond talk with CDE's three arts specialists about their three-part virtual symposium "Social and Emotional Learning Through the Arts," which is currently underway. Although the current event is at capacity, we'll talk about what prompted the creation of this symposium, why it's so needed now, and plans for similar offerings in the future. Links: Think 360 Arts: https://think360arts.org/ Colorado Creative Industries: https://coloradocreativeindustries.org/ CDE Visual and Performing Arts webpage: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coarts CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guests: Judi Hofmeister (hofmeister_j@cde.state.co.us), Carla Aguilar (aguilar_c@cde.state.co.us), and Donna Goodwin (goodwin_d@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
10:59
October 26, 2020
Getting Social with Stephanie Hartman
Raymond is joined by CDE social studies specialist Dr. Stephanie Hartman, who talks about how she got into education and what's shaped her perspectives on teaching social studies. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction CDE Social Studies website: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cosocialstudies Setting the Standard Webinar Series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars Host: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Stephanie Hartman (hartman_s@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
29:16
October 20, 2020
Don't Be Boring
Raymond and Alyssa try to draw a line between "finding your groove" and "getting stuck in a rut" and provide some tips to teachers about engaging their students with some fresh strategies. They dive into a database of distance learning research studies collected by the U.S. Department of Education and, coming up somewhat empty-handed, offer three pieces of their own advice for not being boring in the classroom. Links: March 26 IES blog announcement of the cooperative rapid evidence synthesis in response to COVID-19: Announced March 26, 2020 in response to the coronavirus crisis - https://ies.ed.gov/blogs/ncee/post/seeking-your-help-in-learning-more-about-what-works-in-distance-education-a-rapid-evidence-synthesis April 26 IES blog announcement about progress and challenges of the rapid evidence synthesis: https://ies.ed.gov/blogs/ncee/post/rapid-evidence-synthesis IES/What Works Clearinghouse Studies of Distance Learning Database: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/DistanceLearningStudy/Search Regional Education Laboratory (REL) COVID-19 Evidence-Based Resources Page: https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/covid-19/ CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Setting the Standard Webinar Series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
26:47
October 13, 2020
Building Relationships and the STS Webinar Series
It's unlucky Episode 13! CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support is trying to help teachers however they can, including hosting webinars about relevant instructional topics. In this episode, Alyssa and Raymond talk about the Setting the Standard webinar series and highlight a few of the teacher interactions from a recent webinar about building relationships with students. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Setting the Standard Webinar Series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
17:13
October 06, 2020
Overbooked With Book Studies
Read any good books lately? Raymond and Alyssa talk about the abundance of book studies and book clubs they're seeing right now, including the books we're reading in the Office of Standards and Instructional Support. Links (linking does not imply an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Education): Standards Deviation: How Schools Misunderstand Education Policy by James P. Spillane: https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674021099 High-Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching by Jim Knight: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/high-impact-instruction/book234377 Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/culturally-responsive-teaching-and-the-brain/book241754 Learning to Improve: How America's Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu: https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/resources/publications/learning-to-improve/ Taking Action book study from the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics: https://cctmath.org/taking-action Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
20:53
September 28, 2020
Trying to Follow Our Own Advice
Alyssa and Raymond talk about how difficult it is to summarize what's happening in schools right now except to say that teachers are working at their limits. We offer some tips for making it a little easier to get through the day, even though we admit that sometimes we struggle to follow our own advice. Links: CDE's Office Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
22:60
September 21, 2020
How did you know you were ready to graduate?
Raymond and Olivia talk about their answers to the question, "How did you know you were ready to graduate from high school?" Their answers mix academics, maturity, and co-curricular experiences, and how experience and hindsight has given them perspectives on the value of high school beyond their performance in mathematics and English. Links: CDE's Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness: https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) and Olivia Gillespie (gillespie_o@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:51
September 14, 2020
Checking In With Hilary Wimmer, Teacher of the Year
Alyssa and Raymond talk with Colorado Teacher of the Year, Hilary Wimmer. Hilary shares what it has been like to teach remotely for the first part of this school year and how she's making things fun for students. We also talk about her experience as Teacher of the Year, including a visit to Google headquarters and advice she'd give to TotY applicants. This year's deadline is Friday, September 11th, 2020. Links: Colorado Teacher of the Year information and application: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/teacheroftheyear Colorado Teacher of the Year on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coloradoTOY/ Hilary Wimmer's COVID-19 Experience: https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/toycovid19experience Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Hilary Wimmer, Colorado Teacher of the Year The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
11:58
September 04, 2020
CS With CS
Alyssa and Raymond talk with Chris Summers, Computer Science Content Specialist, about Colorado's computer science standards and grant opportunities. Learn how the computer science educator community is growing in Colorado through partnerships among various professional development organizations and CDE. Links: Computer Science Website: http://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience Computer Science Teacher Education Grant: http://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience/csed-grant Computer Science Education Grant: http://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience/csed-grant-b Computer Science Resource Bank: http://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience/computer-science-resource-bank Colorado CSTA: https://colorado.csteachers.org/ Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us), Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Chris Summers (summers_c@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
12:47
August 31, 2020
...and Instructional Support
Raymond, Alyssa, and Stephanie talk about how the Standards and Instructional Support team approaches the vast and complex topic of teaching and then works together to develop professional development for instructional support. Links: SIS webinar series: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/settingthestandardwebinars SIS guidance for high-impact instruction in diverse learning settings: https://www.cde.state.co.us/learningathome/bestpracticeseducators Standards and Instructional Support main page: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Hosts: Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us), Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us), and Stephanie Hartman (hartman_s@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
25:16
August 25, 2020
Staying Healthy with Jamie Hurley
Alyssa and Raymond talk with Jamie Hurley, CDE's comprehensive health specialist about his work both in Standards and Instructional Support and the Office of Health and Wellness. Links: CDE Whole School. Whole Community, Whole Child Resources: https://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/CSH_Home.htm CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/index.htm CDE Health and Wellness: https://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness RMC Health, Health Skill Models www.rmc.org/healthskills Panorama Education Student Survey: https://backtoschool.panoramaed.com/ Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) Guest: Jamie Hurley (hurley_j@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
23:39
August 18, 2020
After "I'm Just a Bill"
Alyssa and Raymond talk about what happens after the Schoolhouse Rock song "I'm Just a Bill" ends and CDE's work of implementing new laws begins. Links: Schoolhouse Rock "I'm Just a Bill" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag HB20-1032: Timing K-12 Education Standards Review: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1032 Colorado Capitol Watch on HB20-1032: https://coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill/1/HB20-1032/2020/0/ Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
17:59
August 17, 2020
So Much Guidance
Alyssa and Raymond try to make sense of all the school guidance that has come out over the summer and what it's going to mean as educators prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year. Links (linking does not imply an endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education): CDE Planning the 2020-21 School Year: A Framework and Toolkit for School and District Leaders for Feedback: https://www.cde.state.co.us/planning20-21 CDE Best Practices for Educators: https://www.cde.state.co.us/learningathome/bestpracticeseducators TNTP Learning Acceleration Guide: https://tntp.org/covid-19-school-response-toolkit/view/learning-acceleration-guide CCSSO Restart & Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning: https://ccsso.org/blog/ccsso-releases-restart-recovery-considerations-teaching-learning Council of the Great City Schools Addressing Unfinished Learning After COVID-19 School Closures: https://www.cgcs.org/cms/lib/DC00001581/Centricity/Domain/313/CGCS_Unfinished%20Learning.pdf Student Achievement Partners Instructional Considerations for the 2020-21 School Year: https://achievethecore.org/page/3269/instructional-considerations-for-the-2020-21-school-year NCTM/NCSM: Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19: https://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Research_and_Advocacy/NCTM_NCSM_Moving_Forward.pdf Hosts: Alyssa Wooten (wooten_a@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
25:27
August 04, 2020
CAS Updates in the Arts
In this episode, Carla and Raymond get an overview from CDE's arts specialists about the updates to the 2020 CAS in Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, and Music. Links: CDE's "Learning at Home" resources, as well as other COVID-19 related resources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools Standards and Instructional Support Office Hours: http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction Computer Science Grant Contact: Kim Burnham (burnham_k@cde.state.co.us) Colorado Essential Skills: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/essentialskills Guests: Donna Goodwin (goodwin_d@cde.state.co.us), Visual Arts Specialist Judi Hoffmeister (hofmeister_j@cde.state.co.us), Dance and Drama and Theatre Arts Specialist Hosts: Carla Aguilar (aguilar_c@cde.state.co.us) and Raymond Johnson (johnson_r@cde.state.co.us) The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
30:25
March 27, 2020
Revised Standards Implementation Support
Dive into ways CDE can help your district by connecting with the Standards and Implementation Support team.  Director, Joanna Bruno, shares insight and examples of how various districts solicit support from CDE in their journey to align with the revised Colorado Academic Standards.  Joanna speaks with School District 11 Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Karol Gates, about how their district has used CDE support in combination with district initiative to ensure a smooth transition to the revised standards.  Is your district looking for support and resources around standards alignment in Colorado? Contact the Standards office at CDE for questions and requests.  (bruno_j@cde.state.co.us) 
38:45
March 10, 2020
Assessment Literacy and the NCME Special Conference on Classroom Assessment
In this episode, Raymond and Maya talk about assessment systems and assessment literacy with guests Michael Brom of the Lewis-Palmer School District and Angela Landrum of CDE's Assessment Unit. Links: CDE Office of Standards and Instructional Support: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction TLCC Survey: http://www.tlccsurvey.org/ Computer Science Grant Program: http://www.cde.state.co.us/computerscience/csed-grant READ Act rubric feedback opportunity: https://www.cde.state.co.us/coloradoliteracy/readact/programming School Health Professional Grant Program: http://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/shpg Video and materials from the NCME Special Conference on Classroom Assessment: https://www.colorado.edu/cadre/classroom-assessment-learning-experience CDE Science Resources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/coscience CDE Mathematics Resources: http://www.cde.state.co.us/comath Hosts: Raymond Johnson and Maya Garcia The Setting the Standards theme music is courtesy of DjDocent.
38:44
February 07, 2020