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Increasing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Students with Disabilities

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Overview

Belongingness occurs at the intersection of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Healthy educational systems seek to ensure all students, including those with disabilities, enjoy this experience.  Unfortunately, many years of Colorado and National data identify many inequities for these students. This website is designed to provide resources for school and district personnel to close opportunity gaps for youth with disabilities.  Resources, training, opportunities to collaborate with others, and links to other sources of information regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion are available below. 

Advancing Equity for Students with Disabilities in Schools

This equity-focused community of practice (CoP) is designed to bring together people who share a passion for addressing the opportunity gaps experienced by students with disabilities. Education leaders committed to make meaningful systemic change and promoting equitable learning opportunities, will benefit from participating in this quarterly one-hour virtual meeting.  Sessions are hosted by Dr. Michael Ramirez, Supervisor, Equity Projects Specialist, Exceptional Student Services at the Colorado Department of Education. 

 

Topics may include: 

  • Equitable Family and Community Engagement to Improve Outcomes for Students with Exceptionalities.
  • Promoting Equitable Disciplinary Practices
  • Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices
  • MTSS to Advance Equity
  • Using Data to Dismantle Educational Inequities. 

Register to participate in future Virtual Community of Practice Meetings:

  • Session 1: September 10, 2024, 8:30-9:30 am     
  • Session 2:  November  12, 2024, 8:30-9:30 am  
  • Session 3:  February  11, 2025, 8:30-9:30 am 
  • Session 4:  May 13, 2025, 8:30 –9:30 am 

 

         Please register to attend the virtual CoP

To subscribe to the EDI CoP Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly!

The purpose of this Community of Practice is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will improve the lives of students with disabilities and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies.

Training Opportunities

Advancing Equity for Students with Disabilities in Schools

This equity-focused community of practice (CoP) is designed to bring together people who share a passion for addressing the opportunity gaps experienced by students with disabilities. Education leaders committed to making meaningful systemic change and promoting equitable learning opportunities, will benefit from participating in this quarterly one-hour virtual meeting.  

Register to participate in future sessions no later than two weeks before each event.   All sessions are scheduled between 8:30-9:30 am:

  • September 10, 2024     
  • November  12, 2024 

  • February  11, 2025
  • May 13, 2025

EDI Community of Practice Handouts and Resources

June 4, 2024 Session - Advancing Equity for Students with Disabilities Handout


Join The EDI CoP Listserv

The purpose of this Community of Practice is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will improve the lives of students with disabilities and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the EDI CoP Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

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Disclaimer: A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv.  These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).  The identification or description is to provide information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement.  Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.


For more information, please contact:

Michael Ramirez
Equity Projects Specialist
Phone (720) 460-6251

Email Michael Ramirez


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