READ Act Requirement Policy Implications

Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K-3 teachers complete evidence-based training in the teaching of reading as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199. Following a six-month extension approved by the State Board of Education, all K-3 teachers must complete the teacher training by Jan. 31, 2022. This is a one-time requirement for teachers. Each year going forward, districts will need to make sure teachers new to K-3 have met this requirement.

The K-3 teacher training requirement does not affect a teacher’s licensure status. Districts are responsible for ensuring all of their K-3 teachers have met this requirement by January 31, 2022 in order to be able to receive READ per-pupil intervention funds for the 2022-2023 school year.

Redefining Reading READ Act Course on COpilot

The CEA has assembled a team of four CEA members to build the highest quality, evidence/research-based online course to help union members meet the READ Act requirement. These union leaders are senior level COpilot facilitators and elementary reading specialists representing both large (urban/suburban) and small (rural) local associations.

Each section of Redefining Reading will be fully facilitated by one of these four members, which means the class content is not “sit and get.” Rather, course participants will work collaboratively with other educators across Colorado to study and improve reading instruction. Redefining Reading is single online course that meets the following criteria:

  • Consist of a minimum of 45 content hours;
  • Address the content of the educator preparation literacy standards referenced in the state board’s Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements, 1 CCR 301-101, section 4.02(5) through 4.02(12); and
  • Includes an end of course assessment that teachers can provide evidence of passing.

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