CLDE Professional Development

  • Current Professionally Licensed Educators

    To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, mathsciencesocial studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). Educators holding these endorsements must meet the new licensing requirement:

    • 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. See below for more examples of the timeline for meeting this requirement.)
    • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado.

    What is the English Learner PD requirement

    Educators must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. Educators with previous CLD training or past experience can count it toward meeting their:

    1. new English Learner Professional Development requirement,
    2. their 90 clock hours of professional development requirement for renewing their educator license.

    Required areas to address in CLDE (Quality Standards)

    • 5.12 Quality Standard I: Educators are knowledgeable about CLD populations
    • 5.13 Quality Standard II: Educators should be knowledgeable in first and second language acquisition.
    • 5.14 Quality Standard III: Educators should understand literacy development for CLD students.
    • 5.15 Quality Standard IV: Educators are knowledgeable in the teaching strategies, including methods, materials, and assessment for CLD students.

    In District Professional Learning Opportunities 2019-2020

    Thursday, October 17th 8:30-3:30, Creekside Gym

    7 Steps to a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom with Dr. Stephen Fleenor, Seidlitz Education

    Thursday, October 24th 8-4pm, Creekside Gym

    Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students presented by WIDA Consortium

    Monday, January 6th 8:30-3:30, Creekside Gym

    Talk, Read, Talk, Write with Nancy Motley, Seidlitz Education

    Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th 8:00-4:00 PM, Creekside Gym

    Scaffolding Learning Through Language presented by WIDA Consortium


    CLDE Coaching Cycles - Up to 10 hours of work with CLDE Coach may be counted. 


    UCCS CLDE Academy

    UCCS offers a CLDE Academy that meets throughout the year. The spring semester flyer is here. Continuing Education credits are available, as well as scholarships/funding from the CLDE office for in-district staff Please inquire with Grant Geis at for more information. 


    Online Professional Learning Opportunities

    SPARK Authentic Assessment of CLD Students

    SPARK Surprise You Have An English Language Learner

    SPARK Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners - Part 1, 2, and 3

    SPARK course can be accessed via


    ICMEE eWorkshops through University of Nebraska or UC Denver. eWorkshop is free to earn graduate credit there is a fee.

    eWorkshops for:

    All eWorkshops are about improving teaching and learning for bi/multilingual students across K-12 grade levels and classroom contexts. They were developed for professional learning communities of educators to engage in collaboratively and typically are ideal for groups of 3-10 educators interested in learning together.

    Each eWorkshop is divided into six units, and each unit takes about three hours to complete. eWorkshop participants may start and end their eWorkshop on any date of their choosing. eWorkshop participants collaborate to select the eWorkshop they would like to take and plan the timeline and approach for their participation.

    ICMEE workshops can be accessed via


    New WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops available September 1st!

    WIDA e-Learning Flyer

    • Starting September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020, six self-paced eWorkshops that WIDA has developed will be available for educators to access. 
    • There is no limit to the number of participants, and participants can log in at any time, from any place.
    • To participate, educators must have a WIDA Secure Portal account.
    • Certificates of completion can be printed once an eWorkshop is completed. Participants are encouraged to download and/or forward certificates to their personal email as WIDA or CDE will not be able to reproduce certificates.

    If you have further questions please contact Inés Stabler at or ext. 3225