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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE plans conferences throughout the year that are family-centered and designed to offer support, information, and education to parents and professionals. Click on the boxes above or view the FAQs about PEP for more in-depth information.

PEP Online Academy Conference for Spring 2021


The registration link for the spring PEP Online Academy is now available on SurveyMonkey at the following link for parents and for professionals. Please click on a link to apply! (for parents) (para padres que hablan Español) (for professionals)


The PEP Online Academy will be presented via live and pre-recorded sessions through Zoom and Moodle over the following dates:

Friday evening, March 19, 2021 – 6:30 pm-9:30 pm (3 hours)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – 8:15 am-12:15 pm (4 hours)

Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 9:15 am-11:45 am (2 hours)

Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 8:45 am-12:45 pm (4 hours)


The above registration links will close on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm.


We will provide both language interpretation during the PEP Online Academy conferences for confirmed participants and technical assistance for participants who have questions or issues with their computer.


A certificate of completion for 16 hours will be available for participants who attend a PEP Online Academy conference in its entirely. No partial hours will be given on a certificate.



More Information about PEP

Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Family and School Partnering
Phone: 303-866-6757
Email Joyce Thiessen-Barrett

David Ramer, Program Support Assistant
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-866-6943, Fax: 303-866-6767
Email David Ramer

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