Resources and Communication

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    The Portfolio Management Team is committed to supporting our charter schools. Many resources can be found on our District Partners page. However, for PMT-specific resources and meeting structures that may be valuable to you, please check below. If you have a specific need not covered below, please contact Stacy Wojdak-Goodman.

    Chalk Talk

    Chalk Talk is a weekly email newsletter that serves to inform charter school leaders of upcoming deadlines, meetings and trainings, new policies and best practices. Chalk Talk also incorporates larger district communication (e.g. Leader Weekly) relevant to charter schools.

    School leaders, please disseminate relevant information from Chalk Talk to your staff as needed. Although this communication is specifically targeted toward school leaders, we are happy to include other members of your staff upon request. To request that someone be added to the Chalk Talk mailing list, please email the Portfolio Management Team.

    District partners who would like to submit something to an upcoming edition of Chalk Talk, please send your blurb to Sara Taylor.

    You can view past editions of Chalk Talk below.

  • Chalk Talk 2020-21 Archive

    • Chalk Talk 7/14/21
      • (LEADERSHIP/OPS) REMINDER ACTION FOR SCHOOLS WITH INDEPENDENT REMOTE PROGRAMS: Next Steps with Deadlines Below (Schools using Denver Online - No Action at this Time)
      • (HIRING) REMINDER ALL: Program Specialist for the Portfolio Management Team
      • (HIRING) REMINDER ALL: Senior Manager of Special Education for DPS
    • Chalk Talk 7/7/21
      • (LEADERSHIP/OPS) ACTION FOR SCHOOLS WITH INDEPENDENT REMOTE PROGRAMS: Next Steps with Deadlines Below (Schools using Denver Online - No Action at this Time)
      • (HIRING) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Program Specialist for the Portfolio Management Team
      • (HIRING) REMINDER ALL: Senior Manager of Special Education for DPS
      • (OPS) REMINDER ALL: Infinite Campus Upgrades
    • Chalk Talk 6/30/21
      • (Enrollment) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Supporting District Enrollment Efforts
      • (HIRING) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Senior Manager of Special Education for DPS
      • (OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Infinite Campus Upgrades
    • Chalk Talk 6/23/21
      • (DPS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Congrats to Sophie Gullett!
      • (OPS) REMINDER ALL: Infinite Campus Summer Update
    • Chalk Talk 6/16/21
      • (OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Infinite Campus Summer Update
      • (SAFETY/OPS) REMINDER ALL: Updated Mask Policy for Adults
      • (LEADERSHIP) REMINDER ALL: The Equity Experience is Available on Menu of Services
    • Chalk Talk 6/9/21
      • (SAFETY/OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Updated Mask Policy for Adults
      • (LEADERSHIP) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: The Equity Experience is Available on Menu of Services
      • (LEADERSHIP) ACTION FOR DPS FACILITIES: Remove Electrical Appliances from Classrooms
      • (SAFETY/OPERATIONS) REMINDER ALL: 2021-22 Health Guardrails Update
    • Chalk Talk 6/3/21
      • (SAFETY/OPERATIONS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: 2021-22 Health Guardrails Update
      • (ENROLLMENT) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Summer Enrollment for DPS Remote Learning
      • (LEADERSHIP) ACTION ALL: Share End-of-year Student and Family Satisfaction Survey Results
      • (HEALTH/OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT: DPS Gradual Return of Indoor Meetings June 1-July 15 
      • (HEALTH) ANNOUNCEMENT CAMPUSES WITH SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS: Change to School-Based Health Center Consent Process
      • (HEALTH/OPS): REMINDER ALL: End of Year and Summer 2021 COVID Reporting Guidance
      • (ACADEMICS/HR) REMINDER ELEMENTARY: READ Act Teacher Training Requirement Extension
      • REMINDER ACTION ALL: EOY Conversations with POAST
    • Chalk Talk 5/26/21
      • (COMMS): ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Announcing DPS' Superintendent Search Finalist
      • (OPS) ACTION FOR INTERESTED SCHOOLS: Earlier Registration Openings
      • (HEALTH/OPS): ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: End of Year and Summer 2021 COVID Reporting Guidance
      • (SAFETY) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Safe Access ends on Memorial Day
      • (OPS) ACTION IMPACTED SCHOOLS: Process to Dispose of Furniture That is No Longer Needed
      • (ACADEMICS) ANNOUNCEMENT ELEMENTARY: READ Act Teacher Training Requirement Extension
      • (COMMS) UPDATE ALL: Student and Family Satisfaction Surveys
      • (OPS) ACTION ALL: Complete Wellness Policy Assessment Survey by June 4
      • (OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL: Final Bell Times for the 2021-22 School Year
      • (OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: IC Transition to 21-22
      • (OPS) ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SHARED CAMPUSES: Update on Grounds Mowing and Unwanted Turf-based Vegetation
      • REMINDER ACTION ALL: EOY Conversations with POAST
    • Chalk Talk 5/19/21
      • (COMMS) UPDATE ALL: Family Satisfaction Surveys
      • (LEADERS) ACTION: EOY Conversations with POAST
      • (OPERATIONS / COMMUNICATIONS) ACTION FOR SCHOOLS WITH TRANSPORTATION: Final Reminder for Transportation-Eligible Students to Opt-in for Transportation for the 2021-22 School Year
      • (#LOVE) OPTIONAL ACTION ALL: Nominations for Night of Honor Awards Are Now Open
      • (COMMS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Superintendent Search: Thank You and Stay Connected
      • (COMMS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Innovation Pause and Reflect Report Now Available
    • Chalk Talk 5/12/2021
      • (OPERATIONS / COMMUNICATIONS) ACTION FOR SCHOOLS WITH TRANSPORTATION: It’s Time for Transportation-Eligible Students to Opt-in for Transportation for the 2021-22 School Year
      • (GOVERNANCE) CORRECTION ALL: Spring Governance Submittal
      • (OPERATIONS) ACTION ALL: Enter End-of-year IC Attendance Codes for 5th-, 8th- and 12th-graders
      • (LEADERS) ACTION ALL: Save the Dates for Important 2021-22 UIP Deadlines and Requirements
      • (OPERATIONS) ACTION SECONDARY WITH DPS INTERPRETATION: Interpretation for Graduations and Continuations - Guidance for In-person and Virtual Events
      • (ACADEMICS) ANNOUNCEMENT SECONDARY: OTG Summary Dashboard Now Available
      • (HR) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Update on Hiring Health Techs for the 2021-22 School Year
      • (COMMS) REMINDER FOR SCHOOLS USING DENVER ONLINE: Window for Enrollment has Opened
      • (COMMS) REMINDER ALL: Student and Family Satisfaction Surveys
    • Chalk Talk 5/5/21
      • (ACADEMICS/OPERATIONS) ACTION ALL BY MAY 7th EOD: Virtual Planning for Next Year
      • (OPERATIONS) ACTION FOR THOSE WITH DPS TRANSPORTATION BY MAY 11th: Transportation for the Last Day of School
      • (OPERATIONS) OPTIONAL ACTION FOR LEADERS BY MAY 11th: Volunteers Needed for SchoolChoice Recruiting Guidelines Committee
      • (OPERATIONS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Updated Student Recruiting Lists Available for SchoolChoice Round 2
      • (HR) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: New CDE Online Licensing System Available
      • (MLL) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Spring Redesignation Postponed
      • (OPERATIONS) ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SHUTTLE SCHOOLS: Shuttle School Bell Times for SY22
      • (FINANCE) CLARIFICATION: 2020 Tech Bond Allocation for Charters
      • (OPERATIONS/SAFETY) REMINDER ACTION ALL: End of Year Events
    • Chalk Talk 4/28/21
      • (ACADEMICS/OPERATIONS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Virtual Planning for Next Year
      • (COMMUNICATIONS) ACTION ALL - UPDATED: End of Year Student and Family Surveys
      • (OPERATIONS) REMINDER FOR ALL: Period Schedule Submission Deadline THIS FRIDAY
      • (ACADEMICS) OPTIONAL ACTION: Fall EL Achieve Training Sign Up
      • (CULTURE) ACTION ALL: Correct and Validate 2020-21 School Discipline Data Errors by June 1
      • (SAFETY/COMMUNICATIONS) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Updated Guest Count for Graduation and End-of-Year Celebrations
      • (SAFETY/HR) ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: COVID-19 PCR Test Required for Early Quarantine Return
      • (POAST) REMINDER ACTION ALL: School Support Customer Service Survey Open Now
      • (OPERATIONS/SAFETY) REMINDER ACTION ALL: End of Year Events
    • Chalk Talk 4/21/21
      • ACTION ALL: School Support Customer Service Survey Open Now
      • ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: Student Retention Supports and Resources
      • ACTION ALL: End of Year Student and Family Surveys
      • TRIGGER WARNING - ACTION ALL: Inform Families of April 24 'Sexual Assault Day'
      • ACTION ALL: Update Your School’s DPR and Title IX Contacts
      • ACTION ALL WITH HALF DAY TRANSPORTATION: Submit 2021-22 Late-In/Early-Out Requests by April 27
      • ANNOUNCEMENT ALL: State and Federal Accountability Update
      • ACTION ALL: Plan Ahead for October Count 2021
      • ANNOUNCEMENT SHARED DPS FACILITY SCHOOLS: Raptor Visitor Management Coming in August
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FNE SCHOOLS: Added FNE Shuttle Lines for the 2021-22 School Year
      • ANNOUNCEMENT SECONDARY: New Transition Readiness Capstone
      • ANNOUNCEMENT SCHOOLS WITH SEASON D ATHLETICS: Updated Guidelines from CHSAA
      • ANNOUNCEMENT SECONDARY: Update on 2020 Tech Bond Allocation
      • REMINDER ACTION ALL: End of Year Events
      • REMINDER ACTION ALL: Bell Time Scheduling
      • ALL: Help Promote Student Vaccine Opportunity
      • ALL: New Ad Hoc Report in IC to Identify I/NC on Transcripts
      • ALL: Apply for CO-ALAS Conference Scholarships for Leaders of Color 
      • STAFF ACTION: Virtual Office Support Summit for School Professionals: Registration Now Open
      • STAFF AND STUDENTS OPTIONAL: Share and Participate in Day of Silence Events
      • STAFF AND STUDENTS OPTIONAL: Tune in to the 37th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival
    • Chalk Talk 4/14/21
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SECONDARY: Vaccinations Available for Students 16+
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SECONDARY: Charter Secondary ELD Options and Guidance 2021-2022
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL: Superintendent Seach Survey
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SECONDARY: Review 2020-21 Graduates' Information by End of Year
      • ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ALL: New Online Registration Tool Available
      • REVIEW FOR ELEMENTARY: DPS Plans to Remain on Trimesters in SY21-22
      • REMINDER FOR THOSE IN SHARED DPS FACILITIES: Now Accepting Applications from Religious Organizations for Indoor Use
      • ALL SCHOOLS: Apply for CO-ALAS Conference Scholarships for Leaders of Color 
      • ALL SCHOOLS: Tune in to the 37th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival
    • Chalk Talk 4/7/21
      • REVIEW FOR SECONDARY: Prepare for SAT and PSAT in April
      • REVIEW FOR ALL: Update on CMAS Testing Waiver
      • ACTION BY APRIL 30: ECEA Screening for 6th Grade Students
      • REVIEW FOR ALL: Updates to Preferred Communication Language in IC
      • REVIEW FOR ALL: CDE Guidelines for Virtual Options for 2021-2022
      • REVIEW FOR ALL: End-of-Year Surveys
      • OPTIONAL REVIEW FOR ALL: DPS Implementing New SEL Curricula in Three Year Adoption Plan
      • OPTIONAL REVIEW FOR ALL: Enrollment Services Newsletter 3.26
      • REMINDER FOR ALL: Period Schedule Submission Deadline Extended to April 30
      • SECONDARY: Common Black College Application
      • SECONDARY: Credit Recovery Resources
      • SECONDARY: Share 18-21 Transition Program Referral Information
      • SECONDARY: Vaccines for 16- and 17-year-olds
    • Chalk Talk 3/24/21
      • Resources in the Aftermath of Violence
      • Bell Time and Length-of-Day Update
      • COVID Hotline Spring Break Hours
      • Return to School Portfolio Operations Survey
      • FYI: COVID and Vaccine Communication in DPS
      • FYI: 2021-22 and 2022-23 DPS Calendars Now Available
    • Chalk Talk 3/17/21
      • Resources in Support of our Students and Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities
      • Updated Cohort Guidance
      • FYI: District Guidance for Participation of Remote Students in Extracurricular Activities
      • Guidelines for Proof of Vaccination
      • Scheduling Considerations in Anticipation of CMAS Waiver
      • CMAS Accommodations - Device Requests
      • 2021-22 District Calendar Update
      • Opportunity to Host Center Programs for 2022-2023
      • Requesting Stimulus-Funded RTD Passes for Secondary Students
      • Save the Date: Superintendent Search Regional Community Gatherings
      • Nominate Your School Counselor for DPS School Counselor of the Year
      • UPDATED REMINDER: Opportunity for Your Communities to Inform Superintendent Search
      • Invite Your School Community to DPS' Annual Sustainability and Garden Forum
    • Chalk Talk 3/10/21
      • Updates on Snow Day Policy for 2020-21
      • CMAS Updates
      • Reminder and Action Needed: Device Readiness for CMAS
      • Opportunity for Your Communities to Inform Superintendent Search
      • ICYMI: Guidance on Extracurriculars and Quarantine Guidelines
      • Review Immunization Law Updates
      • ¡Sí se puede! is back again!
      • February MLE DAC Recordings Available for Families of MLL Students
      • Mid-Year 2021 READ Act Reports Now Available
    • Chalk Talk 3/3/21
      • Support Team Members in Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine
      • Finalize CMAS Schedules and Asynchronous Time, If Needed
      • Next Steps for 21-22 Scheduling
      • 2021-22 Transition Priorities for the District Identified
      • Update on ESSER Funds
      • Student and Family Launching March 10
      • District Black Family Advisory Council
      • Encourage Students to Access Ninth-Grade College Expo Recorded Sessions
      • Share Opportunity to Help Denver Public Schools Evaluate New School Applications
      • Provide Input on City’s Safe Routes to School Action Plan by March 12
      • Call for Submissions: Share Student Work for Women’s History Month in March
    • Chalk Talk 2/24/21
      • Plan for 21-22 Transportation, Tiered Bell Time Preference Survey
      • Notifying Transportation Regarding Vaccination Schedule and School Closures
      • Option to Opt Out of CMAS Testing
      • Complete Second Semester Documentation of COVID Coordinators
      • Spring 2021 ISA Redesignation Guidance 
      • Encourage Participation in Spring Celebration Survey by March 1
      • Attendance Guidance
      • Check your DPSK12.org Email Address for Important Vaccine Info
      • Nominate Students for Free Broadband
      • UPDATED REMINDER: Device Readiness for CMAS (Review Session on 3/1)
      • Invite your Families to Join the Virtual Multilingual Education DAC Meeting for ELA Families TONIGHT
    • Chalk Talk 2/17/21
      • Next Year’s District Calendar Expected in Early March
      • Ensure Relevant Staff Participate in Online Registration Training
      • Report Card March Due This Friday
      • Select Days Needed of DPS SSPs by 2/26
      • Device Readiness for CMAS
      • SchoolChoice: Recruiting Guidelines for Round 2
      • Portfolio is Hiring
      • Street Drugs in Boulder Found to Contain Fentanyl -- Share Resources with Families
    • Chalk Talk 2/10/21
      • COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ for School Leaders
      • CMAS Testing Guidance Now Available
      • Encourage Families to Participate in SchoolChoice
      • Upcoming COVID Hotline Hours
      • FYI: DPS Secondary Attendance Guidance for In-person Students Attending Virtually
      • Announcing the Multilingual Education Learning and Development Team
      • Apply to Join the DPS District Accountability Committee
      • Upcoming Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
      • Attend the DPS Foundation’s Films for the Future Virtual Event
      • COVID Testing: Access Staff Participation Rates
    • Chalk Talk 2/3/21
      • Celebrating Black History Month
      • Update on Vaccine Distribution
      • Complete Your Report Card March Survey
      • PPE Update - Increase in Masks Per Week
      • Opportunity to get Student Feedback via DPS Survey – Opt in by 2/23
      • Policy Changes to FF and FFA/FFA-R
      • Clarification Regarding Replacement Policies/Fee Schedules for Policy JQ - Fee Schedule
      • Update on Balarat for Second Semester
      • UPDATE - New Requirements for CDE Licensure: Trauma Informed Practices Available to Charter Employees for Free
      • Attend the Virtual Colorado Association for Bilingual Education Conference Feb 24-25
      • Implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training High School Program at Your School
      • Opportunity to Participate in Sustainability and Environmental Justice Education Survey by Feb. 19
    • Chalk Talk 1/27/21
      • Update on COVID-19 Vaccines for Charter Team Members
      • Submit Your School’s Operational Information for 2021-22 Planning
      • Ordering PPE
      • Communicating with Prospective Families
      • Updated Quarantine Guidance Video for Secondary Educators
      • Deadline for Kindergarten and Second-Grade GT Universal Assessments is Feb. 1
      • Submit Summer School Information to Community Use
      • Opportunity for Charters: New DPS/CCD Partnership for Most Concurrent Enrollment
      • FYI - New Requirements for CDE Licensure: Trauma Informed Practices
      • Invite Families to the Multilingual Education District Advisory Committee
      • Families May Qualify for Cash-Back Tax Credits and Free Tax Help
    • Chalk Talk 1/20/21
      • Safety Updates and Resources on Inauguration Day
      • Secondary Cohorting Guideline Reminders
      • Requesting Additional Funds for Special Education due to Pandemic
      • Remind Your Families: Free COVID Testing
      • Updated Mask Guidance
      • Early Literacy Instruction Training
      • FYI: DPS Implementing New Sick Leave Policy for its Employees
    • Chalk Talk 1/13/21
      • Clarification for ACCESS Testing for In-person Students
      • Charter Input Needed on Use of District Surveys
      • Share Enrollment Services Facebook Live Event
      • Remember Safe Access Screening Tool is Available for Use
      • FYI: Season B CHSAA Sports Begin Jan. 18
    • Chalk Talk 1/6/21
      • Free Student COVID Testing with CCC Partnership
      • ACCESS Testing Updates
      • More PPE Coming to Schools This Week
      • Resources for Return to In-Person Learning
      • 2021-22 School Year Bell Time Requests
      • Share Enrollment Services Facebook Live Event Info with Families
      • Post-Secondary Readiness Dashboard Now Available
      • Posting Grades in Infinite Campus for AP, IB, CE, and CTE Courses
      • Apply to Serve on the DPS Bond Oversight Committee by Jan. 20
      • Access Second Semester of Integrated Math 4 in IC
    • Chalk Talk 12/16/20
      • Required In-Person ACCESS Testing - Guidance for Virtual Program Students
      • Universal Assessment for Gifted and Talented Update
      • Friendly Reminder about Choice Season Norms
      • 2021-2022 School Year Bell Time Requests
      • SRO Resolution Implementation Update 
      • More PPE Coming to Schools in January
      • Out-of-State and International Travel during Spring Semester
    • Chalk Talk 12/9/20
      • Start Planning for In-person ACCESS Testing Now 
      • Provide Feedback on 2021-2022 Preliminary Projections
      • Welcoming New Leaders in Partner Teams
      • Extension for READ Act Required Training for K-3 Teachers
      • Fall 2020 READ Act Reports Now Available
      • College Board to Offer January PSAT/NMSQT Exam
      • IC Scheduling Guidance
      • CDE Educator Licensing Notification: eLicensing Offline Dec. 23-Jan. 5
    • Chalk Talk 12/2/20
      • Q3 Scheduling Best Practices
      • New Secure Login Process for DPS Systems Beginning Dec. 9
      • DPS Google Transition
      • Required UIP Deadlines
      • Resource for Directing Families' Special Education Questions
      • Participate in the Resilience in Schools Initiative
    • Chalk Talk 11/18/20
      • COVID Testing and Monitoring Updates
      • COVID-19 Testing Now Free for All Community Members
      • READ Assessment Reminders and Remote Resources
      • 2020-21 Winter Charter EL Achieve Sign-Up
      • College Board to Offer January PSAT/NMSQT Exam
      • Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Courses Help Students Meet Grad Requirements
    • Chalk Talk 11/11/20
      • Promote COVID-19 Testing with Your Team
      • 2021-22 Enrollment Estimates Submission
      • Short Q3 Scheduling Survey - Please respond before Thanksgiving Break
      • Update on DPS Snow Day Policy for 2020-21 School Year
      • CMAS Accommodations Change Policy Update
      • Video: Immigration Guidance for Educators
    • Chalk Talk 11/4/20
      • SchoolChoice Round 1 Recruiting 
      • 'Forthwith' Truancy Filing for Elementary-age Students
      • Submitting HR Documents for Annual HR Submission (December Count)
      • Updated 2020-21 Disparity Report Available
      • Students Can Apply Now for ASCENT
    • Chalk Talk 10/28/20
      • SchoolChoice Updates and Resources for Recruiting This Year
      • Update to Outdoor Music Activities
      • On-Track to Graduate Tool Available
      • Read & Write Software from DPS Assistive Technology Services
      • New FACE University Website is Now Live
      • Register for Latina Leadership Virtual Conference on Nov. 7
      • Resources and Support for Students and Team Members After the Election
    • Chalk Talk 10/21/20
      • COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources for the DPS Community 
      • Collect Outstanding October Count Documents
      • Review Revisions to DPS Policies
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Update - Action Required
      • New Functions in IC for Identifying In-person and Virtual Learners
      • Shift to CDE ACCESS On-Track Measure 
      • MAP Assessment Options
    • Chalk Talk 10/14/20
      • Safe Access Screening Tool Available for Students
      • Suspended Bell Time Change Requests and Early Release Changes
      • Desk Dividers Update 
      • Submit Waiver Applications for CMAS Paper/Pencil Testing by Nov. 6
      • New Landing Page for All Portals 
      • Guidelines for Family/Community Volunteers during COVID
      • Support for School Day Administration of SAT and PSAT
    • Chalk Talk 10/7/20
      • Q2 Scheduling Updates Due by October 16
      • Video Update: Tracking Our COVID-19 Conditions Dashboard
      • COVID-19 Testing 
      • Practice The DPS 5
      • Update on Desk Dividers and Distributions
      • October Count Document Submission Deadline is Oct. 12-14
      • Upcoming withholdings from funding payments: COVID test fees and PPE costs
      • Updates from Enrollment Services; Review Priorities for School Choice by Oct. 30
      • Transportation Team Restroom Use
      • CMAS Accommodations Changes for 2020-21
      • Opportunity for Students to Meet CCD College Ready Benchmarks
      • Balarat Outdoor Education Update
    • Chalk Talk 09/30/20
      • PMT Intake Form for Return to School
      • Update on Desk Dividers Anticipated Delivery
      • Address Disparities with Rigorous Course Enrollment Report
      • FYI: Resources for Oct. 13 ICAP Day
      • Highline Academy Southeast Wins National Blue Ribbon School Award
      • Virtual Volunteer Background Check Guidelines
      • RISE Grant Opportunity
    • Chalk Talk 09/23/20
      • Review October Count Tasks
      • Parent Portal & Learning Option Selection Change 
      • Keeping School Communities Informed on Building Readiness in DPS Facilities
      • Role of Special Education in Pre-Referral Process
      • ACCESS Trajectory 2020 Report Now Available
      • ISA Teams: Beginning of Year ISA Identification Forms: Due October 1, 2020
      • 2020-21 DPS Seal of Biliteracy Application is Now Open
    • Chalk Talk 09/16/20
      • PMT Intake Form for Return to School
      • Submit Documentation for Title I Compliance by Nov. 30 
      • Update on DPS SSP Service Model
      • Announcing the Multilingual Education Department!
      • Free RTD Passes for Denver Youth 12-18
      • Student Desk Dividers Available for Order
      • Facility Operations Updates
      • Updates about DPS Food Services in Schools
      • Update on Special Education Program Support Tool
      • On-Track to Graduate Tool Unavailable Until Quarter 2
      • Congratulations!
    • Chalk Talk 09/09/20
      • Youth Violence Prevention Specialist Available to Support Schools
      • Update on PPE and Cleaning Materials
      • Fall Governance Documents Submission - PMT Accountability
      • Special Education Curricular Resources Updates
      • In-Person Evaluations For Special Education
      • CDE/College Board School-Day SAT and PSAT/NMSQT Makeup Administration
      • Clarifying Timelines and Expectations for October Count and Q2 Schedule Updates
    • Chalk Talk 09/02/20
      • Submit Updated Period Schedules for Q2 Before Sept 18
      • Round 2 Ends: Admin Transfers and Mid-Year Entries Begin
      • Fall READ Assessment Recommendations
      • Update Your School's Information in School Finder
    • Chalk Talk 08/26/20
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution
      • Building Operations During Remote Learning
      • Assessment, Reporting and Data Support Updates
      • Setting Up Attendance Messages in SchoolMessenger
      • Clarification on Guidance on Parents/Guardians and Visitors in Buildings
      • For Schools Renewing this Year
      • Portfolio is Hiring
    • Chalk Talk 08/19/20
      • Health Guidance Signage for COVID 19
      • Approved Budgets
      • Update on Balarat during Remote Learning
      • Update Your School Information in School Finder
      • Device Recovery
      • 2020-21 Session 2: Charter ELA Instructor Training Sign-up
      • Returning to School Information Session for ELA Families
      • Mask Washing Guidance
      • Child Care Registration Opens Aug 24 for All Team Members and Families
    • Chalk Talk 08/12/20
      • Designate anOctober Count Primary Contact by August 17
      • PPE Distribution Update
      • Fall SAT and PSAT Dates Postponed
      • DPS Secondary ELD Curriculum Opportunity
      • Charter Governance Documents Due
      • Charter ISA Team Member Training
      • Infinite Campus: ELA District Tab Enhancements
      • Discipline Building Leader Induction
      • Fall SAL Training Schedule Now Available
      • Pandemic EBT Process Now Open
      • Infinite Campus Updates
      • Invitation to Join Black Excellence Resolution Workshops
      • Return to School Guidance

    • Chalk Talk 08/05/20
      • ACCESS Growth Results Available
      • Enrollment and Registration Updates
      • Updated Elementary Bell Times for Social Distancing
      • New Nurse Station Compliance and Isolation Plans
      • Infite Campus: ELA District Tab Enhancements
      • Charter ISA Team Member Training
      • Graduation Requirements for Current and Future Classes
      • 2020-21 Charter EL Achieve Sign-Up Reminder
      • 2020-21 Session 2: Charter ELA Instructor Training Sing-Up Reminder
      • Registration for August 11 Teal Day
      • Leadership Week Sessions Resources to Support Your Work
      • School Nurse and Health Tech Para Support

    • Chalk Talk 07/29/20
      • School Messenger Transition Complete
      • UIP Timeline and Updates
      • Designate 20-21 Site Assessment Leaders by August 7
      • District Hourly Pay Information
      • Student Internet Options and Access for Schools
      • Complete Shortened Day Interest Form
      • Virtual Office Support Summit for School Professionals on July 30
      • Resources for Communicating with Families

    • Chalk Talk 07/22/20
      • Updates About Transportation and Changes to Bell Times
      • Update on CARES ACT Allowable Expenses
      • School Day Adjustments
      • Identify 20-21 School Points of Contact
      • Updated Guidance for Returning to Buildings
      • All-Gender Restroom Sign Installation
      • Return to School Updates
      • Encourage Families to Complete AFU Beginning July 27
      • Upcoming ELA Trainings
      • Virtual Office Support Summit for School Professionals 7/30

    • Chalk Talk 07/15/20
      • Return to School Updates
      • Guidance for Returning to Buildings
      • Update on Fall Registration and Verification
      • Desk Barrier Information
      • Update Financial Transparency Documents
      • Additional Gender Identities Added to Infinite Campus
      • Accuplacer and CLEP Testing Updates
      • Time to Identify 20-21 School Points of Contact

    • Chalk Talk 07/08/20
      • Collaborating on 100% Remote Learning Option
      • DPS Purchased Services Timeline to Register
      • Charter Renewal Season is Around the Corner
      • Identify 2020-21 School Points of Contact
      • New Process for Entering New Hires
      • Time to Submit Emergency Drill Records
      • Teal Day on August 11th

    • Chalk Talk 07/01/20
      • New Family Survey Now Open - Help Requested
      • Emergency Drill Record Due
      • Appointments for Fingerprinting Now Open
      • Seating Modifications in High Schools, Possibly Middle Schools for New School Year
      • August Trauma-Informed Practices Remote Conference
      • Free Collegel Tuition Available this Fall for All 2020 DPS Graduates
      • Athletics Guidance
      • DCTA Negotiations Updatae
      • Questions Around Planning for Fall
      • New Charter ELA Resource

  • Chalk Talk 2019-20 Archive

    • Chalk Talk 06/24/20
      • Update on Accommodations Email
      • PPE for the Fall (FYI)
      • Request Barriers for School Front Offices and Reception Areas
      • Virtual DPS Budget Community Meetings Happening this Week
      • New Charter ELA Resource
      • FYI: Recommendation for New Device Purchases
      • Some Summer Programs Returning in Limited Capacity

    • Chalk Talk 06/17/20
      • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Remote Learning Family and Student Survey Data Available
      • Monitoring Guidelines for Returning to School
      • Return to School FAQ
      • REMINDER: Purchased Service Menu Now Available
      • DPS 2020-21 Return to School Google Site Live
      • Additional Support for Our School Communities

    • Chalk Talk 06/10/20
      • Purchased Service Menu Now Available
      • Update from the Return Workgroup
      • New Restroom Signage for DPS Buildings
      • Bell Time Update
      • Key Topics for July Leadership Week
      • Re-Engagement through Whole Child Supports
      • Resource for Schools, Students and Parents:  CISS Team
      • Supporting Our School Communities

    • Chalk Talk 06/01/20 (Delivered 06/03)
      • Planning for Reopening Schools: Please Take and Share our Second Survey
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Purchases
      • Collaborative Council Elections
      • Continued Call for School Leader and Teacher Interviews
      • Annual Family Update "Early Bird" Period is Now Closed
      • Governance Documents Due
      • State-Sponsored SAT/PSAT Fall 2020 Testing
      • DDES Student Recognized by RTD!

    • Chalk Talk 5/27/20

      • Bell Time Changes and Transportation Impact
      • News to Know About Enrollment Over the Summer
      • Remote Learning Guidance for Students with Sexual Offense Charges
      • School Discipline Validation Due June 1
      • Update InforHR with All Staffing Changes
      • Submit Schedules for Next Year
      • Review Adjustments to 2020-21 ELA Partner/School Supports
      • Encourage Educators to Register for Aug 11 Teal Day Sessions
      • Body of Evidence Tool for 5th Grade Math Acceleration in MS Available

    • ChalkTalk 05/20/20:
      • ACCESS 2020 Report Now Available to School Leaders
      • Request Center Program Support by June 15
      • Call for School Leader and Teacher Interviews
      • Paycheck Protection Program Survey Link
      • DPS Board Delays Development of the Next Denver Plan
      • Identify PSAT SAL Team for 20-21 by May 26
      • New Requirement for Access to "ELA District Tab" in IC
      • Mark your Calendars to "Ring in Summer"
      • Summer 202 PD Registration is Live
      • Register for Trauma-Informed and Restorative Practices Webinars
      • Budget Webinar Recap
      • Regional Summer School Available to Charter Students
      • Grow your Adjunct Teaching Force Through Mini-Masters Program
      • Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse
      • Recording of "Pomp and Circumstance" Available to Schools

    • ChalkTalk 05/13/20:
      • Update on Return to Work Group from Jen
      • Join the District Accountability Committee
      • Schooling During COVID-19 Survey for Families and Students
      • Finance/Budget Advisory Committee Update
      • Budget Submission Update
      • Governance Documents Due

    • ChalkTalk 05/06/20:
      • Summer Programming
      • Classroom Summer Pack-Up and Prep Guidelines
      • CDPHE Guidelines
      • Student Check out and Close out Guidelines
      • What Materials / How to Collect Them
      • Guidance and Ideas for Virtual Graduation
      • Provide Feedback on "Reimagine SPF" Recommendations
      • District Waiver Policy Updates
      • 2019-20 Graduate Information Review in IC
      • School Satisfaction Survey
      • Share your Success
      • New Ways to Engage Families
      • PD Opportunity for Office Support Staff

    • ChalkTalk 04/29/20:
      • Update for High Schools
      • Financial State of the District Webinar
      • Update on Student Technology Distribution
      • Early Bird Annual Family Update Opens May 1
      • Charter ELA Nominations for 20-21 School Year - Action Needed
      • Special Education News
      • Open Meeting Laws
      • Tips From the DPS Team on Social/Emotional Learning
      • Grading Guidance

    • ChalkTalk 04/22/20:
      • Instructional Days and Hours Waiver
      • Grading Updates
      • Attendance in Infinite Campus
      • Financial/Budget News
      • Correct School Discipline Data Errors by June 1
      • ELA Reminders
      • NCAA Policies for Athletes' Academic Profiles
      • REMINDER: SchoolChoice Round 2
      • REMINDER:  Special Education Update
      • REMINDER:  Update on Student Meals
      • REMINDER: Grant Aware Updates
      • REMINDER: Mail and Package Delivery to Schools
      • Virtual Shakespeare Festival
      • REMINDER: Crisis and Grief Counseling
      • Grading Guidance Templates
      • Grant Opportunities for 2020-21
      • Spring Professional Learning
      • REMINDER:  Resources to Support with Discipline
      • REMINDER:  Registration Open for Office Support Summit
      • How are you Engaging Learners?
      • REMINDER: One Stop Resource Shop
      • REMINDER:  Share your Success
      • REMINDER:  Tell us you Good News Stories
    • ChalkTalk 04/15/20:
      • SchoolChoice Round 2
      • Special Education Update
      • Update on Student Meals
      • Grant Award Updates
      • Grading and Credit Guidance Update
      • Mail and Package Delivery to Schools
      • REMINDER: Mental Health Supports
      • REMINDER:  Special Education Next Steps
      • REMINDER: CH-ISA Teams
      • Special Education Town Hall for Parents
      • Virtual Learning Safety Procedures Training
      • 2020 Mile High Scholars
      • Resources to Support with Discipline
      • Registration Open for Office Support Summit
      • How are you Engaging Learners?
      • REMINDER:  One Stop Resource Shop
      • REMINDER:  504 Plan Support
      • REMINDER:  Share your Success
      • REMINDER: Tell us your Good News Stories
    • ChalkTalk 04/08/20:
      • Grading and Credit Guidance
      • Mental Health Supports
      • Special Education Next Steps
      • ELA Department Updates
      • Grab and Go Student Meals
      • REMINDER: Supports for Transgender and Nonbinary Students Online Learning
      • REMINDER: READ Plan Information
      • REMINDER: New Google Applications Added to Support Remote Learning
      • REMINDER: Guidance for Remote Learning Recording
      • One Stop Resource Shop
      • 504 Support Plan
      • Share Your Success
      • How are You Engaging Learnings?
      • Update from April 6th Email
      • Tell us Your Good News
      • REMINDER: CISS Support for Families and Charter Teachers
    • ChalkTalk 04/01/20:
      • COVID-19 Relief Funds for Schools
      • Supports for Transgender and Nonbinary Students' Online Learning
      • READ Plan Information
      • New Google Application Added to Support Remote Learning
      • Guidance for Remote Learning Recording
      • REMINDER:  Halt on COVID-19 Communications
      • REMINDER:  UIP Extension
      • April 6th Remote Learning Teal Day Sessions
      • REMINDER:  Remote Learning with DPS
      • CISS Support for Families and Charter Teachers
      • REMINDER: Remote Learning Links for Quick Access
      • REMINDER: CDE Resources for Charters
      • REMINDER: ALL DPS Students Now Have Access to the Sora Digital Library
    • ChalkTalk: 03/25/20:
      • Letter from Jen Holladay to Charter Leaders on COVID-19
      • Halt on COVID-19 Communications
      • Remote Learning Links for Quick Access
      • READ Act Deadline Changes
      • UIP Extension
      • REMINDER: Guidance for Supporting Students with IEPs
      • REMINDER: Select your READ Act Assessment for 20-21
      • Remote Learning with DPS
      • CDE Resources for Charters
      • REMINDER: ALL DPS Students Now have Access to the Sora Digital Library
      • REMINDER: COVID-19 Building Cleaning Resources
    • ChalkTalk: 03/18/20:
      • Dear School Leaders on Extended Spring Break due to COVID
      • Who to Contact with COVID-19 Exposure Concerns
      • COVID-19 Building Cleaning Updates
      • ALL DPS Students Now Have Access to the Sora Digital Library
      • Resources for Coronavirus
      • State and National Assessment Changes
      • Guidance for Supporting Students with IEPs
      • Accessing District Resources
      • 2020-2021 READ Act Assessment Selection
      • FAmilies to Receive Choice Results Soon
      • REMINDER: Access to DPS Learning Space
      • REMINDER: PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
      • Virtual Meetings for Charter Fee Information
      • Resources for Mental Health
      • Update:  CSU Global Mini-Masters Program
      • REMINDER: Mile High Scholars Submissions Now Open
      • REMINDER: 'Handle with Care' Initiative to Help with Trauma
      • REMINDER: Nominate your DPS Lunchroom Manager for Manager of the Year
    • ChalkTalk: 03/11/20:
      • COVID-19 Updates
      • Access to DPS Learning Space
      • Lend Your Voice to Denver Plan Engagement
      • Leader Meetings for Charter Fee Information Set
      • Shakespeare Festival Updates
      • Resources on the Coronavirus
      • CSU Global Mini-Masters Program - Grow Your Adjunct Teaching Force
      • Mile High Scholars Submissions Now Open
      • 'Handle with Care Initiative' to Help with Trauma
      • REMINDER: Warnings Guidance Document to Help with Threat Response Process
      • REMINDER: City Microgrants Available to Charter Schools
      • REMINDER: Engineering Connect Solar Racing League Challenge Sign Up
    • ChalkTalk: 03/04/20
      • Update on March 19th Day of Action
      • Resources about the Coronavirus
      • REMINDER:  Reimaging the SPF:  Updates and Next Steps
      • REMINDER:  New Transition Readiness Capstone
      • REMINDER: Waiver Updates
      • REMINDER: Provide Feedback on Operations Service Level Agreements
      • REMINDER: Review Schools' Child Find Obligation Video
      • Wanrnings Guidance Document to Help with Threat Response Process
      • City Microgrants Available to Charter Schools
      • REMINDER: "My Life, My Quit" Helps Students Quit Vaping
    • ChalkTalk: 02/26/2020
      • High Schools: Charter High School Graduation Dates Needed
      • Reimagining the SPF:  Updates and Next Steps
      • New Transition Readiness Capstone
      • Provide Feedback on operations Service Level Agreements
      • Renaissance Learning Program Updates
      • REMINDER: SchoolChoice Round 1 Ended and Next Steps
      • REMINDER: Prepare for CMAS Now
      • Review Schools' Child Find Obligatin Video
      • REMINDER: Charter Resource Workshop for Newcomer and ACCESS Level 1-2 English Learners
      • Celebrate Outstanding Teachers with Nomination Opportunities
      • "My Life, My Quit" Helps Students Quit Vaping
      • REMINDER:  On Track to Graduate Screencast: Overview of Front Page and Data
    • ChalkTalk: 02/19/20
      • SchoolChoice Round 1 Ended - Next Steps
      • REMINDER: Denver Plan Development-Opportunities to Provide Input & Advisory Committee
      • REMINDER: Prepare for CMAS now
      • REMINDER: Portfolio is Hiring!
      • Charter Resource Workshop for Newcomer & ACCESS Level 1-2 English
      • ELA DAC for Families Feb. 25
      • REMINDER: February ELA Professinal Learning Offerings
      • On Track to Graduate Screencast: Overview of Front Page and Data
      • Updated LGBTZ+ Toolkit Now Available
      • REMINDER: DPS Asian Education Advisory Council
      • REMINDER: Discount Days - Colorado Avalanche
    • ChalkTalk: 02/12/2020 
      • Denver Plan Development Opportunities
      • Prepare for CMAS Now
      • FYI: ESSA Progress Monitoring
      • REMINDER: Hiring Fair Sing-Ups
      • REMINDER: DPS Foundation's $1 Million Fund
      • REMINDER: Report Card March Survey due this Friday
      • New for Teal Day 2/14
      • DPS Discount Days - Colorado Avalanche
      • DPS Asian Educatin Advisory Council
      • RETRACTION: Apply for a Grant for After-school Activities
      • REMINDER: Access Prevention Programs in Time for Spring
    • ChalkTalk: 02/05/2020
      • Hiring Fair Sign-Ups now available
      • DPS Foundation $1 Million Fund
      • Building the Next Denver Plan - Engagement Opportunities
      • Request Interpretation Services in Advance
      • Welcoming Eldra Wedgeworth
      • REMINDER: Register Students in Extended School year
      • REMINDER: Report Card March Survey Due Feb. 14
      • REMINDER: EL Identification Forms Due Before ACCESS Window Closes
      • REMINDER: Portfolio is hiring!
      • REMINDER: Capstone Ad Hoc Reports Now Available
      • Apply for a Grant for After School Activities
      • Access Prevention programs in Time for Spring
    • ChalkTalk: 01/29/2020
      • UIP Update
      • Register Students in Extended School Year
      • Report Card March Survey Due Feb. 14
      • EL Identification Forms Due Before ACCESS Window Closes
      • Portfolio is Hiring!
      • 36th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival is April 24th
      • REMINDER: Prepare for 2020-21 Instructional Hours Requirements
      • REMINDER: Clarification of ‘School of Record’ for Students Who Leave and Return in the Same Year 
      • Reimagining the Montbello Campus
      • REMINDER: ELA DAC for Families is Jan. 30
      • REMINDER: Central Regional Town Hall Feb. 1
      • Capstone Ad Hoc Reports Now Available
      • Denver Nuggets DPS Discount
    • Chalk Talk: 01/22/2020
      • Prepare for 2020-21 Instructional Hours Requirements
      • Clarification of ‘School of Record’ for Students Who Leave and Return in the Same Year 
      • Reminder: UIP District Review and Submission Timeline
      • REMINDER: SchoolChoice Round 1: Things to Know
      • REMINDER: Math and Literacy Capstone Tabs in IC are Live
      • REMINDER: New Requirements for DPS Account Passwords
      • Central Regional Town Hall Feb. 1
      • REMINDER: SAVE-THE-DATE: January ELA DAC
      • REMINDER: TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS: PRINCETON SUMMER JOURNALISM PROGRAM
      • REMINDER: Families May Qualify for Cash-Back Tax Credits and Free Tax Help
    • Chalk Talk: 01/15/2020
      • SchoolChoice Round 1: Things to Know
      • Math and Literacy Capstone Tabs in IC are Live
      • School UIPs are Due
      • School Leaders - Please Share the Following with your 11th Graders
      • New Requirements for DPS Account Passwords
      • REMINDER:  School Expo Week (Jan. 21 - 23) 
      • REMINDER:  New Portfolio Partners
      • REMINDER:  Summer Camp Registration for all Extended Learning and Community School Programs Open
      • REMINDER:  Review Summer Bond Schedule
      • SAVE-THE-DATE: January ELA DAC
      • REMINDER:  ELA Interested Inventory - Newcomer Workshop
      • REMINDER:  Program Support Tool Meetings: IEP Quality
      • TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS:
        PRINCETON SUMMER JOURNALISM PROGRAM
      • Families May Qualify for Cash-Back Tax Credits and Free Tax Help
    • Chalk Talk: 01/08/2020
      • HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM!
      • New Portfolio Partners
      • School Expo Week (Jan. 21 - 23) & SchoolChoice Round 1 (Opens Jan. 15)
      • Welcoming New Choice and Planning Leader
      • Summer Camp Registration for all Extended Learning and Community School Programs Open
      • READ Plan Completion Rates Available
      • Review Summer Bond Schedule
      • ATTENTION: ELA Interested Inventory - Newcomer Workshop
      • Program Support Tool Meetings: IEP Quality
      • LGBTQ+ Equity Boot Camp
      • REMINDER: Native Language Instruction Programming
      • REMINDER: Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • REMINDER: The New Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021
      • REMINDER: SchoolChoice Resources Now Available 
    • Chalk Talk:12/18/19
      • HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM!
      • TS Gold Report Now Available in Principal Portal
      • Fall 2019 READ Act Reports Now Available
      • 2020-21 Preliminary Enrollment Projections
      • What's New for SchoolChoice 2020-21
      • Submit Important Operational Information for 2020-21 
      • Share Your Voice on SAT Standard Setting Committee
      • REMINDER: Specialized Service Providers (SSP) Evaluators Survey
      • REMINDER:  Midyear READ Act Assessment Window Open
      • REMINDER: Native Language Instruction Programming
      • REMINDER: Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • REMINDER:  The New Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021
      • REMINDER:  Supports for Transgender Students
      • REMINDER:  SchoolChoice Resources Now Available 
    • Chalk Talk: 12/11/19
      • Midyear READ Act Assessment Window Open
      • Kinder READ Plan Submissions
      • Center Program 20-21 First Rosters Feedback Window Opens
      • REMINDER: Bus Driver Shortages:  Updates and Resources
      • REMINDER:  Keep 2019-20 School Calendars Up-to-Date in Infinite Campus
      • REMINDER: Specialized Service Providers (SSP) Evaluators Survey
      • REMINDER: 2020-21 Preliminary Enrollment Projections
      • Southeast Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall
      • Re-imagining Montbello – Dec 12 Meeting CANCELLATION
      • REMINDER:  Trauma-Informed Practices Online Module 1 Available 
      • REMINDER: Native Language Instruction Programming
      • REMINDER: Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • The New Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021
      • Supports for Transgender Students
      • REMINDER:  SchoolChoice Resources Now Available 
      • REMINDER: End of Semester Capstone Tools
      • Win Tickets to Fly with United Airlines With I Give for Team DPS Employee Giving Campaign
    • Chalk Talk: 12/04/19
      • Grounds Department Working for Families on Snow & Ice Danger
      • Bus Driver Shortages:  Updates and Resources 
      • Keep 2019-20 School Calendars Up-to-Date in Infinite Campus
      • Specialized Service Providers (SSP) Evaluators Survey
      • REMINDER: 2020-21 Preliminary Enrollment Projections
      • REMINDER:  Trauma-Informed Practices Online Module 1 Available 
      • REMINDER:  FNE Leaders: Share Updated Information on Reimagining Montbello Campus Community Meetings
      • REMINDER: Native Language Instruction Programming
      • REMINDER: Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • SchoolChoice Resources Now Available 
      • End of Semester Capstone Tools
      • REMINDER: Special Education Teal Day Materials
      • REMINDER: Learn More About Ritchie Program
      • Win a "Sports Fanatic" Package with I Give for Team DPS Empoloyee Giving Campaign
    • Chalk Talk: 11/20/19
      • Board Member Transitions
      • Enrollment Projections Due 11/29
      • SchoolChoice Round 1: Top Things to Know
      • Trauma-Informed Practices Online Module 1 Available 
      • Native Language Instruction Programming
      • REMINDER: Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • Special Education Teal Day Materials
      • Learn More About Ritchie Program
    • Chalk Talk:11/13/19
      • Share Your School’s Summer Programming for Summer 2020
      • REMINDER: SchoolMessenger Resources for Families
      • REMINDER: Apply for the 2020 Planning Committee
      • REMINDER: 2019-20 UIP Information and Upcoming Deadline  
      • NNE Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall
      • Round 1 SchoolChoice Trainings
      • FINAL REMINDER: Reimagining Montbello Campus Community Meeting NEXT WEEK
    • Chalk Talk: 11/06/19
      • SchoolMessenger Going Live Nov. 12, Resources for Families
      • Administrative Presence During a Weather Delay
      • REMINDER: Remember to Keep Your 2019-20 School Calendar in Infinite Campus Up-to-Date
      • REMINDER: Share Reimagining Montbello Campus Community Meeting
      • REMINDER: 2nd Quarter ELA Administrator Cohort Meeting!
      • DPS Great Schools Expo Week
    • Chalk Talk: 10/30/19
      • Winter Weather This Week
      • Remember to Keep Your 2019-20 School Calendar in Infinite Campus Up-to-Date
      • CISS Support Update
      • REMINDER: Submit Waivers for CMAS Paper/Pencil Testing by Nov. 8
      • REMINDER: Apply to Serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee
      • REMINDER: Portfolio is Hiring!
      • Share Reimagining Montbello Campus Community Meetings
      • 2nd Quarter ELA Administrator Cohort Meeting!
      • REMINDER: NW Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall
      • REMINDER: Fall Leadership Week Sessions: Spaces Available for Charters
      • Share Teacher Nominations for Presidential Teaching Award
      • REMINDER: Invite Families and Students to ‘Anchored in Literacy’ Event
    • Chalk Talk: 10/23/19
      • Collect Outstanding October Count Documents
      • Submit Waivers for CMAS Paper/Pencil Testing by Nov. 8
      • Plan for DPS’ Future through 2020 Planning Committee
      • Apply to Serve on the Special Education Advisory Committee
      • Portfolio is Hiring!
      • DPS Systems Access
      • REMINDER: Support Requests for PMT
      • NW Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall
      • Fall Leadership Week Sessions: Spaces Available for Charters
      • Ritchie Program Information Session
      • Veteran's Day Curricular Resources Available
      • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award
      • Invite Families and Students to ‘Anchored in Literacy’ Event
    • Chalk Talk: 10/16/19
      • Submit Documentation for Title I Compliance by Nov. 29
      • SchoolChoice Window will be Jan. 15-Feb. 18
      • Portfolio is Hiring!
      • REMINDER: Review New Weather Delay Schedule for All Schools
      • REMINDER: ESSA Teacher Qualification Submission (December Count) Updates
      • REMINDER: Support Requests for PMT
      • Feedback Requested: Professional Development Offerings
      • REMINDER: 2019-20 Winter EL Achieve Sign-up
      • On Track to Graduate Tool Training Opportunities
      • La Voz Student of the Week Packet 2019-20
      • Free Colorado Symphony Concert and Resource Fair
    • Chalk Talk: 10/09/19
      • Review New Weather Delay Schedule for All Schools
      • New Emergency Messaging System for Families Starting in November 
      • October Count Document Drop-Off is Oct. 15-16
      • ESSA Teacher Qualification Submission (December Count) Updates
      • Building Clean-Out and Recycling Event for Schools in District Facilities
      • Safety Protocols to Support Continuity of Safety Plans
      • Transition to Higher Education Course for Students with IEP or 504 Plans
      • REMINDER: Language of Assessment Waiver Application Due Oct. 18
      • REMINDER: Support Requests for PMT
      • Free Concert Opportunity for Students Interested in Music
      • 2019-20 Winter EL Achieve Sign-up
      • Regional Engagement Continues in Southwest Denver
      • Graduation Requirements: All Consent Decree Languages Available
      • Celebrate Classified Employees Recognition Week with Thank-You Resources
      • Celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31: Resources Available
    • Chalk Talk: 10/02/19
      • October Count Reports Delivered on Oct. 10
      • Language of Assessment Waiver Application Due Oct. 18
      • New On-Track-to-Graduate Tools Available
      • Support Requests for PMT
      • DPS Substance Use Prevention Program Annual Report Now Available
      • REMINDER: Inform Collaborative Council Focus Areas
      • Graduation Requirements: Spanish Family-Facing Document Available
    • Chalk Talk: 09/25/19
      • SPF Review is Open
      • Reimagine the SPF
      • Charter Roundtable Follow-up
      • Inform Collaborative Council Focus Areas
      • Shout Out!
      • Reminders about October Count Window, Sept. 25-Oct. 9
      • REMINDER: 2019-20 UIP Information, Resources and Online System Access  
      • Join Educational Technology and Library Services at 2019 Reading Festival
      • REMINDER: Mandatory ACCESS Accommodations Trainings
      • FINAL REMINDER: FNE Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall THIS SATURDAY
    • Chalk Talk: 09/18/19
      • Student Walkouts Possible Friday, September 20
      • 2019-20 UIP Information, Resources and Online System Access  
      • 2018-19 Assessment Current Student Data Files in School Folders
      • Make Thanksgiving Meal Reservations by Sept. 30
      • Mandatory ACCESS Accommodations Trainings
      • Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training
      • Learn College Readiness Strategies You Can Implement Now
      • REMINDER: Attend the SPF Principal Review Webinar This Friday
      • REMINDER: FNE Leaders: Encourage Students and Families to Attend Regional Town Hall
    • Chalk Talk: 09/11/19
      • Superintendent Regional Engagement Cycles for Each Region
      • Support the Whole Child with Suicide Prevention Resources
      • Distribute CMAS and CoAlt Student Performance Reports
      • View October Count Resource Videos
      • Bus Evacuation Drills Happening This Week
      • ECE Missing Applications and Unpaid Bills
      • Remind Points of Contact of GT Programming Plan Deadline
      • ARE is now the Department of Assessment, Reporting and Data Support
      • ‘On Track to Graduate’ Tool has been Redesigned
      • FINAL REMINDER: Charter Governance Documents Due FRIDAY
      • REMINDER: ACTION REQUIRED for Elementary & K-8 Schools by Sept 18
      • Attend the SPF Principal Review Webinar Next Friday, Sept. 20
      • Training for Your School’s Threat Response Team
      • Scholarship Opportunity: Trauma Informed School Conference
      • Invite Families to the September ELA DAC Meeting
      • Invite Families to Regional Town Halls
      • Gifted and Talented Advisory Group
      • REMINDER: New System to Access School Meal Menus
    • Chalk Talk: 09/04/19
      • Deployment Request Form Now Online
      • Discrimination and Harassment Complaints
      • ACTION REQUIRED for Elementary & K-8 Schools by Sept 18
      • Admin Transfers and Mid-Year Entries Began September 3
      • View School Participation in CMAS Social Studies for 2019-20
      • Arts Education Pilot Opportunity
      • DPS Discount Night – Miss Saigon
      • Discipline Building Leader (DBL) Information
      • ELA Meeting Reminders
      • School Governance Training Session
      • New System to Access School Meal Menus
      • Updated Map and Handbook for Families and Students Now Available
      • Graduation Requirements: New Family-facing Document Available
    • Chalk Talk: 08/28/19
      • Student Data Privacy Compliance
      • Special Education Key Information for 2019-2020
      • Remind Your October Count Contact to Sign Up for Training
      • Keep Your 2019-20 School Calendar in Infinite Campus Up-to-Date
      • Access District Crisis Response Team for Support
      • 2019-2020 ELA Administrator Cohort Launch
      • Begin Title I Compliance Now
      • EXTENDED: Application Deadline for After-school Activity Grant
      • REMINDER: Charter Governance Documents Due 9/13
    • Chalk Talk: 08/21/19
      • Public Health Notice about Measles and Letter for Kindergarten Families
      • Prepare for October Count: Review Infinite Campus Period Schedule and Calendar
      • District and School-level Whole Child Data Available
      • Transportation Resources for the 2019-20 School Year
      • Apply for After-school Snacks
      • District Services Available for Purchase
      • Share Your Stories with Us
      • ICYMI: Heat Communication Plan for Early Release Days: Spanish Letter for Families Now Available
      • ICYMI: 2020 Bond Planning School Leader Survey
    • Chalk Talk: 08/14/19
      • New Leaders to DPS
      • Designate an October Count Primary Contact by Aug. 16
      • 2019 ACCESS Trajectory & Growth Spreadsheet Now Available
      • 2018-19 Assessment Raw Data Files in School Folders
      • WIDA Screener Updates
      • Charter Governance Documents Due 9/13
      • Possible Delayed Response
      • PACE Program – A Behavior Support Resource/Fee Structure Revision
      • Family Engagement Strategy Workshop
      • DPS Discount Night - CU vs CSU: Rocky Mountain Showdown Football Game
    • Chalk Talk: 08/07/19
      • New Emergency Messaging Platform - School Messenger
      • 2019-20 State Assessment Windows are Available; Identify Site Assessment Leaders by FRIDAY
      • Request Volunteers for Back to School by FRIDAY
      • Update about School Storage Assessments in District Facilities
      • Bookmark New Principal Portal Address
      • Stay Connected with Choice and Enrollment Updates
      • Apply for School Health and Wellness Funding
      • REMINDER: Identify 2019-20 School Points of Contact by FRIDAY
      • REMINDER: Update Your School Profile in School Finder by Aug. 12
      • REMINDER: 2019-20 Charter EL Achieve Sign-Up
      • REMINDER: Complete the Annual Mandatory Reporter Training for 2019-20
    • Chalk Talk: 07/31/19
      • Welcome Back!
      • Review Students’ Schedules and Transcripts by Aug. 5
      • You're Invited: DPS Back to School at the Zoo
      • Transportation Services Update and Transition
      • Designate 2019-20 Site Assessment Leaders by Aug. 9
      • Identify 2019-20 School Points of Contact
      • Update Your School Profile in School Finder by Aug. 12
      • Update InforHR with All Staffing Changes
      • ACCESS Technology Update
      • Make Your Voice Heard on School Safety!
      • REMINDER: 2020 Bond Planning Survey
      • 2019-20 NEW Charter ELA Administrators Required Training Aug 7
      • 2019-20 Charter EL Achieve Sign-Up
      • Complete the Annual Mandatory Reporter Training for 2019-20
      • REMINDER: Complete Discipline Building Leader Induction

  • Comprehensive Calendar

    In order to support charter schools, PMT has assembled a comprehensive calendar which we encourage you to refer back to regularly. We will highlight key upcoming deadlines in each issue of Chalk Talk, but the full calendar:

    • Serves as a resource for charter leaders when planning;
    • Reflects key dates for submission deadlines, optional and mandatory trainings, and other events;
    • Includes sign-up and submissions instructions;
    • Is regularly updated as new dates and events are scheduled; and
    • Has been developed in collaboration with other DPS departments.

    Year Zero Leader Guidebook

    Year Zero is the timespan between a new school’s approval by the DPS board and the first day of school operations. While in Year Zero, school leaders will be asked to:

    • Meet standard and school-specific conditions;
    • Submit various documentation;
    • Use their new school application and the condition guidance document as the basis of their Year Zero work and planning; and
    • Engage in the charter contracting and waiver process.

    The Year Zero Guidebook provides guidance for the above processes. For questions, please contact Max Tweten, Authorizing Program Specialist.

    Charter Leader Guidebook

    The Charter Leader Guidebook is designed for school leaders at charter schools authorized by DPS. It provides information and resources on:

    • Charter/District Relationship,
    • Charter Legislation, and
    • Supports and Services from DPS.

    Although this guidebook is comprehensive, it does not contain all available information for charter schools, nor should it be considered legal authority or advice. Charter schools are encouraged to contact the PMT and/or support teams at DPS for details about the information referenced throughout this document.

    District Charter Collaborative Council

    The council, made up of senior district leaders and charter representatives, meets regularly to discuss and develop policy recommendations that improve the way that DPS and its charter schools work together. It is the primary mechanism for collaboration between these two groups. In addition, decisions made by this body often inform positive change for the entire district. Members of the Council are guided by joint commitments to:

    • The three equities of responsibility, access, and accountability;
    • The value of sharing best practices and collaborating among multiple school types; and
    • Sustaining charter school autonomy.

    For more information, read the Collaborative Council’s original overview of its structure and responsibilities or contact Elizabeth Stamberger, Associate Director, Ecosystem and Support.

    Charter Roundtable

    These quarterly meetings are for all charter school leaders to meet with the Superintendent and other district leaders. These meetings often are an opportunity for the Collaborative Council (see above) to present recommendations to the broader charter community for input. It is also the opportunity for the charter community to hear directly from the Superintendent on key issues. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Stamberger.

    2019-20 Meeting Dates:

    • Q1: Monday, September 23
    • Q2: Tuesday, December 10
    • Q3: Tuesday, February 11
    • Q4: Tuesday, May 5

    Quarterly Charter Operations Workshop

    These meetings are for charter office managers, HR Liaisons and/or operations managers to discuss important tactical and logistical supports and processes.

    2019-20 Meeting Dates:

    • Q1: Thursday, September 19
    • Q2: Thursday, November 14
    • Q3: Thursday, February 13
    • Q4: Thursday, May 14

    Charter Business Manager Meeting

    This group of district and charter school staff (primarily business managers) meets regularly to discuss policy issues related to charter school finance. Policy recommendations are brought to the District-Charter Collaborative Council for approval. For more information, please contact Eric Adelman.

    General Communication Resources

    The following resources are helpful to stay apprised of important information in the charter sector throughout the state of Colorado.

CONTACT


  • Portfolio Management Team
    1860 Lincoln Street, 12th Floor
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 720-423-3709
    Email: portfolio@dpsk12.org