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The 2016 Colorado PTA Legislative Conference!

Advocacy is the foundation of your PTA. Colorado PTA wants to help you become a stronger advocate for your child and every child.  Please join us at the annual Colorado PTA Legislative Conference.  Register Now and don’t miss out on the Advocacy training opportunity of a lifetime!

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Colorado PTA 95th Annual Convention

SAVE THE DATE!  Colorado PTA 95th Annual Convention is Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel. Visit the Annual Convention Page and stay tuned for more details.

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2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence Awards

Three Schools in Colorado were awarded with the 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence Award! We are excited for the work that our local units are doing and want to Thank all of our families, students, educators, staff, schools and communities that are helping to Advocate for Every Child With One Voice!

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As a school principal, administrator, or board member, you know all about shrinking budgets, increasing class sizes, and government mandates on testing and instruction. You face multiple challenges. There are all kinds of parent groups out there, but there is only one PTA.

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The Colorado Academic Standards

Is your PTA looking for more information on the Colorado Academic Standards (Common Core Standards)? Colorado PTA is offering trainings and presentations to inform and educate our members, parents, and teachers alike.  Contact us at PTA_CAS@copta.org to request a presentation!

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Archive: 2015 Legislative Conference Schedule

March 11, 2015 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Registration and Welcome Table– Colorado State Capitol Rotunda Come check in at the Colorado PTA table in the State Capitol, pick up your registration packet, name tag and grab-and-go breakfast items before you get ready to explore your capitol your way. Your Day at the Capitol – Take the Morning to explore the Capitol with Colorado PTA In the morning participants can: Watch from the gallery at the 9:00 a.m. opening of the House and Senate Go on a tour of the newly renovated Dome (9:15 a.m.) or take the full Capitol Historical Tour (10:00 a.m.) Act like a lobbyist- Send a note to your legislator(s) asking them to come off the meeting floor and meet you for a quick chat Attend morning House and Senate Committee Meetings- Schedule TBD Go on a tour of the nearby Ralph S. Carr Judicial Center Take a picture with Lifetouch Photography to commemorate your day with Colorado PTA Meet other Colorado PTA members and supporters of education from across the State 11:00am- 2:30 p.m. Workshops and Keynote Lunch – After a morning at the Capitol, our conference changes location to the nearby Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 1555 Grant Street, Denver, for our workshops and panel presentations. 11:00 a.m.- Welcome to the 2015 Colorado PTA Legislative Conference – A member of Colorado PTA welcomes our attendees to this day of education and advocacy before the start of our featured panel and workshops: Workshop #1 Can You Hear Me Now: How to be Heard by your Local School Board. Workshop #2 Show Me the Money: The Current...

Legislative Conference, Presentation Description: What Assessment Results Really Mean for Students and Schools

Colorado has been in the process of transitioning to new more rigorous standards that define what all K-12 students need to know, understand, and be able to do since the State Board of Education adopted the Colorado Academic Standards in 2010. Over the past two years the Colorado Department of Education has administered new assessments aligned with those standards — the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) including tests developed by the statewide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The recent release of CMAS/PARCC results in English Language Arts and Math has raised critical questions about why fewer students are meeting expectations this year then on previous state assessments.  Is this cause for concern? During this session, participants will explore the meaning of CMAS/PARCC results for individual students, and what these results suggest for the performance of their schools. The session will also highlight the impact of CMAS/PARCC results on school and district accountability ratings during the current school year and the 2016-17 school...

Legislative Conference: Julie Oxenford-O’Brian Biography

Julie Oxenford-O’Brian, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT) at the University of Colorado Denver. CTLT works with educators across the US to catalyze and co-create the transformation of learning environments through the use of assessments so that all are engaged in learning and empowered to positively contribute in a global society. Her expertise are in the areas of standards-based education, using assessment to support learning/formative assessment, data-driven instructional practice, educational accountability, improvement planning, educator effectiveness, education policy, and educator professional development. When she isn’t working, Julie enjoys attending her step-daughter’s sports events, writing songs with her husband, playing violin, hiking, back-country skiing, white-water canoe paddling, reading fiction, and engaging with family and...