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COVID-19 and Special Education

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COVID-19 resources for special education

Online Events (for Credit)

2020 Affective Needs Conference

Hosted by the Colorado Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, and sponsored by Colorado Department of Education, this conference will be offered virtually for the first time in its 36-year history. Dr. Laura Riffel of Behavior Doctor Seminars will be the keynote speaker with a talk on Building and Maintaining Relationships. Bill Brown, CDE Affective Needs/Serious Emotional Disability Consultant, will also speak on self-care and provide opening remarks. 1.5 CDE Contact Hours are available.

Date/Time: October 21, 2020, from 3:30 - 5:00pm

Online Courses (for Credit)

8 Week Online Course: Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans

This 8 week online course, offered in both fall and spring semesters, is intended for school and district-level teams.  The purpose of the course is to support the team in developing a functional behavioral Assessment (FBA) that accurately identifies a student’s function of behavior in order to develop more effective Behavior Intervention Plans. Team-based approaches to complete such activities are always best practice and in the best interest of the student, school, and family. By the end of the course, participating teams will be able to successfully complete Basic Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). The course provides a foundation for understanding FBAs and provides opportunity for practice in the completion of FBAs and BIPs. Support from instructors will be given in the form of discussion board with no face-to-face opportunities provided.

Date(s): September 20th, 2020 through November 20th, 2020 (8 weeks not including week of Fall Break) (Spring 2021 Dates TBD, please check back!) 
** REGISTRATION Opens on August 24th, 2020 and CLOSES on August 28th, 2020 or when registration is full. 


8 Week Online Course: Social Emotional Learning

This 8 week online course is offered in both fall and spring semesters, The purpose of the course is to support participants in the development of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) plans and instruction based on identified building-level and student-specific needs. Individual course participants will explore the evidence-based practices and competencies involved in effective SEL planning and intervention. Assessment for lagging skills and data collection opportunities will be provided. Participants will be able to identify specific skill deficits and needs to plan for effective SEL instruction and support. Instruction will be given via the online course shell and discussion boards for collaboration with colleagues will be provided. No face-to-face opportunities or scheduled meetings are included in this course.

Date(s): October 18th, 2020 through December 20th, 2020 (8 weeks not including week of Fall Break) (Spring 2021 Dates TBD, please check back!) 
** REGISTRATION Opens on September 14th, 2020 and CLOSES on September 18th, 2020 or when registration is full. 


On-Demand Webinars (for Credit)

Direct Behavior Rating

This video will provide an overview of Direct Behavior Rating (DBR), specifically with a focus on the use of this process for behavioral data collection in remote learning. The process of DBR will be discussed in a step-by-step format and the applications for remote learning will be addressed. The video will also address goal setting and progress monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan in place. Viewers will be able to identify options for DBR as a behavioral data tracking tool across grade levels and school settings. 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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Discerning Social Maladjustment in Evaluations for Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

The Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Unit has provided a recording of a live webinar on discerning social maladjustments from Serious Emotional Disability (SED) when evaluating eligibility for SED, recorded in December, 2016.

This webinar recording provides information on commonly understood definitions of social maladjustment, common characteristics of social maladjustment, an approach to determining whether a student qualifies for an SED when social maladjustment is present, and intervention resources. 1.0 CDE contact hours.

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Grief & Anxiety

In this time of COVD19, the potential for anticipatory grief is high. This Webinar will explore anticipatory grief in the context the Grief and Growth Cycle. The Grief Cycle's relationship to resiliency and coping strategies will be explored, providing actions steps that can be taken to support the journey through the grief cycle. 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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Positive Discipline or Positive Behavioral Supports

This webinar will present an overview of using positive discipline in the school setting. This learning opportunity will focus on how to reclaim "discipline" as preventative, positive, and instructional. This will include methods for teams to address positive discipline within a systems framework. 1.5 CDE contact hours.

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Remote Learning Instructional Strategies

This video addresses instructional strategies and supports that can be implemented in the home setting for remote learning. Multiple options for both proactive and responsive strategies are shared as suggestions for application across grade levels. Examples of the challenges addressed include difficulty focusing or understanding assignment prompts and the impact of social isolation on functioning. Throughout the video, ideas for families to prevent or remedy these challenges are addressed. 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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SED Eligibility

The purpose of this webinar is to assist multi-disciplinary teams, including families, in the application of best practices while using the new disability criteria for identifying students with a Serious Emotional Disability (SED). 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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SED Quality Indicators

Serious Emotional Disability Quality Indicators offers guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programming and services for students with SED. The QIs cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation but as a tool designed to assist those who education and provide services to students with a SED or those evaluating these programs. The QI will provide baseline data which can be used to action plan and, in turn, monitor improvement of programming. 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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SED Quality Indicator Tool

The QIs are a tool designed to assist those who educate and provide services to students with an SED or those evaluating these programs. This document was designed with multiple purposes in mind. A team may use it as a self-assessment or teams can use this tool to help build or create a new program or system for students with an SED. Building teams or administrators may use it to determine programming, resources and professional development needs. Educational leaders (superintendents, special education directors, behavior team members, etc.) to determine if systems are in place to support high-quality educational programming.

Districts/Schools that would like assistance with the implementation of the SED Quality Indicator tool should email Bill Brown at brown_w@cde.state.co.us

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Social Emotional Learning

Social skills training and support for students with social/emotional/behavioral challenges. 0.5 CDE contact hours.

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Other Training

SED Quality Indicator Videos

This series of 21 videos offers guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programming and services for students with SED. The QI will provide baseline data that can be used to action plan and, in turn, monitor improvement of programming. The Quality Indicators cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation but as a tool designed to assist those who educate and provide services to students with SED or those evaluating these programs.

SED Quality Indicator Video Page


Workshop: Transforming Disability Identification through Culturally Responsive Approaches

Featuring: Janine Jones, Ph.D.
The workshop held on June 18, 2015, focused on the problem of disproportionality and the over-representation of students of color identified for special education under the category of Emotional Disturbance.

Picture: Powerpoint cover for Through a New Lens by Dr. Janine Jones, June 18, 2015


For more information, please contact:

Bill Brown
Phone: (303) 866-6712
Email Bill Brown


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