Online PD for K12 Schools & Districts

School PD Requirements in Colorado

What professional development requirements does a school in Colorado need to meet?

As a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199 (PDF), Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K – 3 teachers complete 45 hours of evidence-based training in teaching reading. This will become effective at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.   To meet this training requirement, explore the ConnectedPD course catalog for online reading PD.

According to the English Language Proficiency Act, schools districts in CO must provide professional development to all staff members supporting English learners to enhance their abilities to provide English language development and access to grade-level content.

What are the Professional Learning Standards in Colorado?

According to the Colorado State Board of Education (SBE), professional development activities must be related to:

    • Increasing the license holder’s competence in his or her existing or potential endorsement content area; or,
    • Increasing the licensee’s skills and competence in delivering instruction in his or her existing or potential endorsement area; or,
    • Increasing the licensee’s skills and competence in teaching literacy or numeracy.

How do I get free clock hours for teachers in my school?

CO schools can enroll their teachers in Keeping Kids Safe, a free clock hour class. This free online PD course is a great introduction to recognizing and preventing human trafficking for educators.

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How do I contact the CO Department of Education?
Contact the Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your school and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and school PD requirements in Colorado listed on this page are current as of July 7th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State professional development  requirements and may change and it is your responsibility as a school administrator to know your state staff development requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or local authority.

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