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COVID-19 and Special Education

Overview

These Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) webpages are continuously expanding to support educators who serve, and families of Colorado children with disabilities through the provision of Special Education-specific information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State & Federal Guidance 

This section organizes guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, State Of Colorado Agencies including the CDE Exceptional Student Services Unit. 

 

 

Learning Supports for Students With Disabilities

This section provides resources across a wide multitude of disability topics. 

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

This section provides access to resources for families and caregivers of children with disabilities, as they support their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Disability & Topic Specific Information

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brain Injury & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 

Facility Schools Information

IEP Tele-Facilitation

Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior

Significant Support Needs

Speech & Language

Transition Age

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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                           Virtual Office Hours

After the time of remote instruction, the Office of Special Education has been fielding many phone and email questions regarding how best to support the accessibility, behavior, learning, social-emotional, and transition needs of learners with disabilities.  In response to requests from the field, the following office hours have resumed: 

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Beginning August 12, 2022, Brooke Carson and the ASD team will host office hours during the school year Fridays from 12:30 - 1:30 PM on the following Fridays: 

  • August 12, 19, 26
  • September 9, 16, 23, 30
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • November 4 & 11
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 6, 20, 27

School Year ASD
Zoom Meetings

Meeting ID: 816 3285 8576

Blind/Visually Impaired (B/VI)

Tanni Anthony will be offering Sound Bite sessionsa Virtual Monthly Professional Learning /Conversations this Fall.

Sound Bites are 2022-23 opportunities for personnel trained to work with learners with visual impairment, including blindness to gather once a month for professional learning and conversations on improving educational assessment and programmatic practices. Some sessions will be restricted to teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs).

 

The dates are as follows from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

  • October 19, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
  • January 18, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • April 19, 2023
  • May 17, 2023

Register Sound Bites/
BVI Office Hours

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each session.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listen, Learn, Ask, Answer

Join the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Leadership team as they discuss various topics around Deaf Education. Each conversation will be held from 3:30 - 5:30 on the date listed below. 

Registration links by date & topic

Learn More about Listen, Learn, Ask, Answers sessions here.

New or Near-New Special Education Directors - Lunch Connect Meetings 

The Director Mentors, Frances Woolery-Jones & Mary Gomez will host virtual opportunities for new or near-new directors of special education directors members to ask questions, stay up to date on various topics and network with each other. 

Lunch Connect Meetings are scheduled for 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on the following dates: 

  • September 23, 2022
  • October 21, 2022
  • November 18, 2022
  • January 13, 2023
  • February 17, 2023
  • March 17, 2023
  • April 21, 2023 
  • May 12, 2023 

Meeting Link

This meeting is open to only new or near-new Directors of Special Education. For more information email Mary Gomez, at gomez_m@cde.state.co.us, or Frances Woolery-Jones, at woolery-jones_f@cde.state.co.us

School-Based Mental Health and Special Education

Krista Klabo will resume office hours in fall 2022. 

Office hours will be the third Tuesday each month from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

The content will focus on Coaching and Consultation as a Related Service Provider. 

Session dates & topics of focus are: 

  • September 20, 2022 - Intro Coaching and Consultation as a Related Service Provider
  • October 18, 2022 - Coaching and Consultation with Families
  • November 29, 2022 - Adult Learning Principles    
  • January 17, 2023 - Coaching and Consultation with General Education Teachers
  • February 21, 2023 - Implementation Science
  • March 21, 2023 - Coaching and Consultation with Support Professionals and Other School Staff
  • April 18, 2023 - Coaching and Consultation with Administrators 

Register for School-Based
Mental Health Office Hours

Registration for the School-Based Mental Health will close two weeks prior to each session.

Secondary Transition

Gail Lott will offer Secondary Transition office hours on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30- 4:30 PM on the following days: 

 

  • October 11, 2022
  • November 8, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
  • January 10, 2023
  • February 14, 2023
  • March 14, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023

Register for Secondary
Transition Office Hours

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each office hour.

Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior

Bill Brown will be resuming holding monthly office hours in October 2022. 
 
Office hours will be the first Tuesday each month from 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.  
 
Session dates & topics of focus are: 
 
  • October 4, 2022New FBA and BIP
  • November 1, 2022 - Data Collection/Progress Monitoring
  • December 6, 2022 - Serious Emotional Disability VS Social Maladjustment 
  • January 3, 2023 - PTR-Early Childhood
  • February 7, 2023 - Gifted and Twice Exceptional 
  • March 7, 2023 - Alternative to Suspension
  • April 4, 2023 - Manifestation Determination Review
  • May 2, 2023 - Restraints and Seclusion 

Register for SED, SEL
& Behavior Office Hours

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance.

 

Significant Support Needs

Gina Herrera will host office hours/SSN Power Hour on the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance for each power hour.

  • September 7, 2022
  • October 5, 2022
  • November 2, 2022
  • December 7, 2022
  • January 4, 2023
  • February 1, 2023
  • March 1, 2023
  • April 5, 2023
  • May 5, 2023
  • June 7, 2023

Speech-Language Pathology Office Hours

Beginning in October, Shani O'Brien will hold monthly office hours from 9:00 am - 10:00 am on the following Mondays: 

  • October 10, 2022
  • November 21, 2022
  • December 19, 2022
  • January 9, 2023
  • February 13, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • May 8, 2023

Register for SLP
Office Hours

All participants must register no later than two weeks in advance.

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