ESSA implementation is so important for parents to be involved in as the main stakeholder of education! We are sharing this email from CDE so you can sign up and make sure the parent voice is heard:
We are pleased to have received an overwhelming response from teachers, parents, business organizations, education groups, district staff, school staff, advocacy groups and many others requesting to participate in the ESSA Hub and Spoke committee process and to be involved in the development of a state plan generally.
The work of the HUB and Spoke committees is now underway. However, formal committee work is only one part of the ESSA state plan development, and the Colorado Department of Education is committed to providing multiple avenues and opportunities for interested individuals and organizations to review plans and provide feedback as part of the ESSA plan development process. Even if you are not on a committee, that does not mean you have missed your opportunity to influence that committee’s work!
How to Have Your Voice Heard
In order to ensure CDE has adequate time to review public comments and prepare a final draft for review by the State Board of Education, the Department will release a calendar of when people can provide input as well as the nature of the input that will be solicited.
Given current time constraints around the writing of the plan and development, feedback will most effectively be considered if it is provided during the window of time indicated.
An invitation to provide feedback will be sent to all email addresses submitted to CDE to receive updates, and to all Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Responses to this invitation will be the best way to provide feedback at this stage. To receive an invitation, please submit your email tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESSA_vettinglist
What type of feedback will be expected:
- Support and/or critique of key plan elements
- (Districts, schools and charter schools will be asked, specifically, to help identify any unintended consequences of the recommended plan elements)
What information you will receive:
- List of key decision points
- Summary of recommended elements for a section of the state plan
- Key differences between current state plan and recommended plan
- Brief explanation of the rationale
When the feedback will be accepted:
CDE will release a schedule for feedback. Because of timeline constraints, it is anticipated respondents will have only one week to provide feedback for each ESSA topic. The calendar of dates will be provided in advance so the public can plan accordingly. CDE anticipates publishing the calendar of feedback opportunities no later than Oct. 15.
Other ways to be included in the process
Here are other ways CDE will continue to incorporate the public’s voices in the process:
- CDE will post all Hub and Spoke committee work on our ESSA State Plan Development website, including the drafts and presentations from the Spokes to the Hub. We encourage you to view those materials and provide feedback directly to the ESSA committees as they work.
- Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the ESSA state plan development process and to receive notifications of upcoming feedback and involvement opportunities. Please follow this link to sign up for our list to receive updates: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESSA_vettinglist).
- ESSA Hub committee meetings are open to the public and CDE will provide opportunities to submit feedback directly to that committee. Live audio streaming and recording options are in the works.
- Click here for more information on the continuing work of developing Colorado’s ESSA State Plan, including information on the Hub and Spoke committees, committee meeting dates, and state plan draft materials.
- Click here to view the ESSA Hub Committee webpage.
- Spoke Committee Webpages
There are many ways to be involved in the process. We continue to be impressed with the public’s level of interest at participating in the challenging task of helping to draft the state’s ESSA plan. This work needs community involvement and we are so thankful that schools, districts, and community representatives have stepped up. We will continue to offer ways to be involved with the process as it goes forward. Thank you again for your interest.