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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.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Training and information is available in various formats noted below.  Please note that these training workshops are reserved first for Colorado School District and Administrative Unit personnel who work directly with children with autism spectrum disorders and parents of those children. All other reservations have been added to the waiting list and you will be notified at the registration deadline if there are open spaces.

Virtual Events 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Literacy Institute, Tier 2

The Autism Literacy Institute Tier 2 training builds on content discussed in the Tier 1 training. Participants will continue to learn assessment strategies and develop deeper knowledge about best practices in literacy instruction for learners with ASD. Tier two involves opportunities for individual application as participants develop lessons for their classrooms based upon student data.

View the Tier 2 Literacy Institute flyer (PDF).

When: 
All sessions will be from 4:00 - 7:00 (MT) on the following days: 

April 7, 2021
April 15, 2021
April 21, 2021

*Attending all three sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least two of the three sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions. 

An additional option for participants to have virtual coaching from the presenters for additional clock hours for a virtual project identified during the institute.

Registration:

Registration for this training has closed. 

ASD Educational Identification

The training is designed to support districts in understanding how to identify students suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), using evaluation tools to assess the triad of characteristics of ASD. Participants will learn how to build a body of evidence to support the identification of ASD (determining eligibility) in an educational setting (without using the ADOS).

This distance learning opportunity will be presented over four days, in three-hour segments.

View the ASD Ed ID flyer (PDF) for more details! 

When: 

Thursday, January 7, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, January 28, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Attending all four sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least three sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions.

Registration: 

Registration for this training has closed. 

 

Educational Identification of Complex ASD Cases: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Evaluations

Children from culturally and linguistically minoritized populations are more likely to be misidentified or receive a delayed educational identification of ASD. This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children, including children that are economically vulnerable, racially/ethnically minoritized and linguistically diverse. In addition, participants will receive training in differentiating ASD from other disabilities. Further, information will be shared regarding laws and recommendations pertaining to addressing significant disproportionality among children with ASD. This training will be presented by Dr. Bryn Harris from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Harris has extensive expertise in this content area.

See the flyer for more information! 

When: 

April 13, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

April 20, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Registration: 

Registration for this event has closed. 


Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Tri-State Webinar Series - Upcoming

The Colorado Department of Education is partnering with the Kansas TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Group and the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network to bring a comprehensive series of webinar trainings to their educators, families, and related service professionals.

The 2021-2022 Webinar Series Scheduled to be determined.

All webinars are offered on the day scheduled:

2:30pm – 3:15pm MT

Past Webinars

A full list of the archived Tri-State Webinars can be accessed from CDE's Professional Development Portal. 

Autism Library of
On-Demand Webinars
 

 


Other Training Opportunities

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Online Training Opportunity

This 40+ hour readiness training is a free, self-directed, online training which fulfills the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) eligibility training requirements toward attaining a Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBTTM) credential. Please note this course is for staff or families working/living in Colorado,
Dates:
 
January 7, 2021 - July 5, 2021
*Please note the application for registration for the January - July session is CLOSED.*
 
May 17, 2021 - November 11, 2021
*Please note the application for registration for the May - November session will open at 9:00 am on April 19, 2021.*

 

RBT Application

More information regarding the May 17, - November 11, 2021 RBT Online Training Opportunity (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the RBT Course

Online Para-Educator Training

Due to the high demand of the RBT course, the Kansas Technical Assistance Network created a training geared toward para-educators who want further training on behavior and instructional strategies, but are NOT seeking the RBT credential. The content is based on information covered in the RBT course. If you simply want more information around behavior and instructional strategies, but do NOT want/need the RBT credential, please take this course.

About the Para-Educator Training:

  • You do NOT have to apply for this course, and can create account at the link below and begin taking modules at any time.
  • There is no timeline for completing the course. You can complete content whenever is convenient for you.
  • The course is completely free.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for 7-8 contact hours.
  • This course does NOT meet BACB requirements for the 40 hour RBT training.

Online Para-Educator Training

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive ASD Educational Identification

This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children, including children that are economically vulnerable, racially/ethnically diverse, linguistically diverse, and females.  See flyer for more information and to register.

More information coming soon! 


Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Face-to-Face

Face-to-Face trainings are currently on hold for the 20-21 school year. 


Specialist Contacts

Brooke Carson, Ph.D.
Phone: 303-866-6691
Email Brooke Carson

Rhonda Danner, M.A.Ed - Email Rhonda Danner

Kelsey Young, Ph.D. - Email Kelsey Young

 

 


 


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