Learning Edge December 2018 #1

This semi-monthly newsletter for educators is posted here at the Colorado Virtual Library site on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.  Please share it with your colleagues! The newsletter welcomes information and happenings from the education community.  If you have something you would like to share with the learning community please complete the form located at Learning Edge Newsletter.  If you prefer to receive the link to the semi-monthly newsletter posting, please fill out the  information form   Subscribe to Learning Edge

English Learner Educator Training Requirement

New State Board rules require elementary math, science, social studies, and English language arts teachers to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education training:

  • Within their next five-year license renewal period (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023.
  • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado. For additional information visit PD Requirements.

Grants for Inventions by High School Students

The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000.00 grants offer an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention by inventing technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The teams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. Applications are due April 8, 2019.


Discover EdTech Teams’ 10 Days of Giveaways:
Good Things Come in HyperDocs
Explore Create Learn 
Traditions Around the World
 Surprise Bag of Learning

Additional digital learning resources can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy

InnEdCO 2019 Proposals   – Extended through January 7, 2018

Submit your proposal now! Get started with your Session Planning Process here. 

Stay warm and stay connected in January! Attend the Best Educator Social PD in Colorado!

Join one or both  #COllapporative opportunities for networking and learning!   Meeting dates are below along with links to register.  Visit #COllapporative  for more information to join the learning and fun.
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 – Southern Colorado
Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2019 –  Denver Tech Center

EdCamp Colorado Springs Announced!

March 2nd, 2019  7:30am – 12:00pm
Springs Studio for Academic Excellence
Colorado Springs, CO

An Edcamp is a participant-driven conference – commonly referred to as an “unconference”. Edcamps are designed to provide participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators. For more information and to register, visit EdCamp CS.

Looking for Previous Learning Edge Newsletters?

September 2018 
October 2018 #1
October 2018 #2
November 2018 #1
November 2018 #2

Teacher Librarian Day 2019

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region is proud to announce the 15th annual Teacher Librarian Day on Friday, February 15th, 2019.  For more information and to register at TLD 2019
for only $10!  The first 100 educators to register will receive substitute reimbursement.

Primary Source Sets for Elementary

Looking for primary source sets to use with elementary students? The primary source sets are comprised of three parts:   Lesson Overview, Primary Source Set and Lesson Ideas, and a Resource Set.  Created by your fellow Colorado educators, find these at Primary Source Sets

Where Do I Find Other Primary Sources?


Did you know? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has free online security tips and resources to support parents, students, and educators. Check out their website at OnGuard Online
Share a video with your students – Heads Up
Free Resources in English and Spanish:
Heads Up: Stop. Think. Connect.
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Teachers, club leaders, homeschool parents, and other educational groups are invited to bring students in grades 5-12 to attend our  free CEFF 4 Kids day at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) to be held in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) on Friday February 22, from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  More information at CEFF.

IMLS Grant Opportunity 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched a new initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.


12/12   Google Education on Tour – Littleton
12/13   Google Education on Tour – CO Springs
12/15   QPi Ed-Virtual Intro to Teaching Raspberry Pi. Register on EventBrite
1/7            InnEdCO Proposal Submissions Due
2/6 – 2/9   CCIRA 2019 conference Championing Literacy  Marriott Denver Tech Center
2/15           Teacher Librarian Day
2/22 – 2/23 iLearn 2019 Conference  Advancing the Practice of Student-Centered Learning
3/2              EdCamp Colorado Springs
4/27 – 4/28 EdTech Team Summit Aspen, Colorado

Colorado Department of Education Communications

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Don’t forget to read the SPARK newsletter from
Colorado Commissioner, Katy Anthes.

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