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Brain Injury

Working with Colorado school districts to develop a comprehensive system of support for children with a mild to severe brain injury, through the development of systemic district-level protocol and partnership with community resources.

Professional Development

BrainSTEPS CO Training

The Colorado Department of Education is excited to announce the new BrainSTEPS Colorado Brain Injury School Consulting Program! BrainSTEPS began 10 years ago in Pennsylvania and is a nationally recognized brain injury school consulting program. BrainSTEPS Brain Injury Consulting Teams provide training and consultation to schools when students have sustained brain injury.

Every district in Colorado is being encouraged to form a BrainSTEPS CO Brain Injury Consulting Team to manage students with all severities of brain injuries (including concussion) in their district. Initial training, materials, and ongoing training, consultation, and support will be provided at NO COST to districts.

To participate in this nationally recognized professional development opportunity:

  • Districts/BOCES identify a team of 4 or more professionals who are interested and have the flexibility to serve as BrainSTEPS CO team members (see attached BrainSTEPS CO Best Practices).
  • Each BrainSTEPS CO team member fills out the attached BrainSTEPS CO application and sends it to Dr. Tyler by 10/10/16.
  • Those accepted to the BrainSTEPS CO program attend the full two-day new team member training November 9-10, 2016 (see below)
  • District/BOCES identify one person who will oversee their BrainSTEPS CO team as the team leader. (This person must be identified on the application packet prior to the training.)
  • All BrainSTEPS CO team members must also attend the two-day follow up capacity building training in March 2017.

Date and Time:
November 9 and 10, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn - Cherry Creek
455 S Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

BrainSTEPS CO Application (A limited number of travel stipends are available for those traveling greater than 90 miles)
BrainSTEPS CO Best Practices

***Email completed BrainSTEPS CO applications to Dr. Tyler by October 10, 2016*** 

For more information call 303.866.2879

CDE Materials


  • Senate Bill 11-040: The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act

Helpful Publications and Materials


May 26, 2015
Concussion Management: Best Practices/Getting Started - Kristy Werther, LCSW

April 15, 2015

Understanding the Needs of Students with a Concussive Brain Injury - Gerard Gioia, PhD

Areas of Support

Concussion Action Team Teleconference Meetings: Informal teleconference meetings held monthly to provide school professionals with an opportunity to ask questions, discuss challenges, share accomplishments, learn about new materials/research, and to connect with school professionals across Colorado. These meetings are provided by the Colorado Department of Education specifically for school professionals. For more information or to join the listserv contact Janet Tyler (email listed below).

Brain Injury - Health and Wellness

Provides support to Colorado school districts in developing a comprehensive system of support for children who have sustained a brain injury through the development of protocol and collaboration with community resources. This specifically includes technical assistance related to concussion management protocol, trainings, and facilitating collaboration across educational and community settings to ensure successful education and health outcomes for students.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Tyler, Ph.D.
Phone; 303.866.2879

To join the Brain Injury and/or Concussion list serves, please email Janet Tyler.

Brain Injury - Special Education

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Colorado Dept. of Education
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Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
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