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Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

Definition: A child with a Serious Emotional Disability shall have emotional or social functioning which prevents the child from receiving reasonable educational benefit from general education.

 

Professional Development Opportunities

Culturally Responsive Approaches to Identifying Students with Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

Featuring: Dr. Janine Jones

Sponsored by The Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Bilingual School Mental Health Network

Date/Time: June 8, 2016     8:30 am-3:30 pm

PowerPoint (PDF)

Picture: PowerPoint for Culturally Responsive Approaches to Identifying Students with Serious Emotional Disability (SED), June 8, 2016


Webinar: Increasing Achievement for Students with Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED): Literacy in Primary Grades
This 90 minute webinar addresses academic and behavioral strategies to embed in instruction to increase literacy outcomes for students with serious emotional disabilities (SED) in grades K-3.

Picture of the Flyer for SED: Literacy in Primary Grades, March 2, 2016


Webinar: Increasing Achievement for Students with Serious Emotional Disabilities (SED) - Creating Specially Designed Instruction for Students with SED
This one hour webinar addresses academic and behavioral strategies to embed in instruction and interventions to increase academic achievement for students with serious emotional disabilities (SED).

Picture of flyer for Creating Specially Designed Instruction for Students with SED, June 23, 2015


Workshop: Transforming Disability Identification through Culturally Responsive Approaches
Featuring: Janine Jones, Ph.D.
This workshop focuses on the problem of disproportionality and the over-representation of students of color identified for special education under the category of Emotional Disturbance.

Picture: Powerpoint cover for Through a New Lens by Dr. Janine Jones, June 18, 2015


Resources

Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Serious Emotional Disability
(for use by districts that have adopted  SED criteria)

 

Guidebook for Determining the Eligibility of Students with SIED
(for use by districts that have not adopted SED criteria - can be used until July 2016)

The purpose of this guidebook is to help parents, teachers, administrators and mental health professionals become knowledgeable about the special education eligibility process for students with emotional disabilities.

 

CDE SED Wikispaces
The Colorado Department of Education, with the help of the 2015 Serious Emotional Disability (SED) Taskforce, created a wikispace with various tools for collecting data, action planning, and measuring fidelity of and for behavior interventions, including Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).  This site allows for exploration of behavior tools: CDE Behavior Tools

 

Topic Briefs

 

Consent for Evaluation & Prior Written Notice for conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

Prior to providing individualized assessment, including FBA, consent for evaluation and prior written notice must be obtained.  Some districts have created a form specifically for FBA to avoid triggering a new Individualized Education Program (IEP) event in the IEP software.  Consult the special education director to obtain the correct forms, protocols and procedures for your Administrative Unit.  Below is a sample form created from Jefferson County Public Schools in 2013.  This form is provided as an example and is not for use without the directive of the special education director.

 

For more information about Serious Emotional Disabilities, please contact:

Julia Wigert
Phone: (303) 866-6933


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