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Special Education Office

This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.  It is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices under the Exceptional Student Services Unit.

Office of Special Education 

 

 

Address: 1560 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202
Room Number(s): 1175

Unit Supervisor: Randy Boyer, Assistant Commissioner-Interim
Administrative Lead: Jason Baggs
Lead Email Address: baggs_j@cde.state.co.us
Lead Phone Number: 303-866-6106

 

Office Responsibilities

This ofice supports students with exceptional educational needs, their families and personnel providing education support to them. Technical assistance and programming support are available for students who have disabilities, are gifted and talented, and/or who are culturally or linguistically diverse.

 

Major Projects

Teams

  • The Access Learning and Literacy (ALL) team is committed to building supportive learning environments and ensuring effective instruction for ALL students with disabilities.  For additional information on eligibility of students with disabilities, accessible assessments, core content and specially designed instruction, accommodations, assistive technology, Colorado Academic Standards/Extended Evidence Outcomes, mental and physical health supports, the Achievement and Literacy Grants and literacy expertise specific to students with disabilities, please contact Tanni Anthony, anthony_t@cde.state.co.us
  • Dispute Resolution provides parents and administrative units with information, guidance and training on IDEA Dispute Resolution Procedures. Contact Wendy Armstrong, armstrong_w@cde.state.co.us
  • Fiscal and Operation Services is responsible for all financial aspects of the Unit, including the use of federal funds, and approval of Administrative Units' and State Operated Programs' federal application narratives and performance reports.  All general operations for the Unit are also the responsibility of this team.  For additional information, please contact Barb Goldsby, goldsby_b@cde.state.co.us
  • Preschool Special Education and Child Find provides technical assistance to early childhood personnel and programs serving preschool aged (3-5) children with disabilities. Contact Penny Dell, dell_p@cde.state.co.us
  • Results Driven Accountability encompasses the analyses of performance data, data collections for state and federal reporting, implementation of the IEP Interchange for the Data Pipeline, monitoring the implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and family-school partnering to ensure family engagement in the education of students with disabilities.  For questions regarding Results Driven Accountability, contact Cindy Millikin, millikin_c@cde.state.co.us
  • Secondary Transition and Student Outcomes is the team who provides transition information and resources for students age 16-21, including information about SWAP (School to Work Alliance Program). Cross unit work for closing the achievement gap and Turnaround work for students with disabilities are also a focus of this team. Contact Judy Stirman, stirman_j@cde.state.co.us

 

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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

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