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
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.
- Webinar Link (Recorded 3/2/2016)
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).
- Webinar Link (recorded on 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.
- June 18, 2015
- PowerPoint: Through a New Lens, Dr. Janine Jones (PDF)
Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Serious Emotional Disability
(for use by districts that have adopted SED criteria)
- Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Special Education for Students with Serious Emotional Disability (PDF)
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.
- Guidebook for Determining the Eligibility of Students with Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability (SIED) (PDF)
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
- Social Maladjustment - Determining the Presence of Social Maladjustment While Considering Eligibility for Serious Disability (SED) and Intervention Strategies (PDF)
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:
Phone: (303) 866-6933