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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Special Education Evaluation Webinar Series

Special Education Evaluation Webinar Series

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff | Topic: Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

Webinar format. Special Education Evaluation Webinar Series
Webinar format

Krista Klabo will host a six-part monthly webinar series on foundational concepts of special education evaluation!  Throughout the series, we will cover essential topics, including comprehensiveness in evaluations, meaningful family participation and collaboration, cultural considerations, building a thoughtful body of evidence beyond standardized measures, and assessment interpretation and communication. These topics are crucial for ensuring thorough evaluations, fostering strong partnerships with families, addressing cultural diversity, utilizing alternative assessment methods, and effectively communicating assessment findings.

This monthly series will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 – 9:30 am. Registration is required to attend.

Dates and Topics:

  • September 19, 2023 - Comprehensiveness in Special Education Evaluation
    • ​​Importance of comprehensive evaluations
    • Different assessment tools and strategies
    • Significance of considering multiple domain
  • October 24, 2023 - Meaningful Family Participation and Collaboration
    • Involving families in the evaluation process
    • Strategies for collaborative relationships
    • Incorporating family perspectives in decision-making
    • informed consent, confidentiality, and the rights of students and their families.
  • November 28, 2023 - Cultural Considerations in Special Education Evaluation
    • Importance of cultural competence
    • Impact of cultural factors on assessment outcomes
    • Strategies for culturally sensitive assessments

  • January 30, 2024 - Assessment Interpretation and Communication
    • Effective interpretation of assessment results
    • Clear communication with team members and families
    • Understanding score types and assessment types
    • Analyzing assessment data and making informed decisions
  • February 27, 2024- Basics of Building a Thoughtful Body of Evidence
    • Going beyond standardized measures
    • Influence of informal data on formal assessment interpretation
    • Introduction to alternative assessment methods
    • Covering topics such as assistive technology, flexible testing formats, and individualized supports
  • April 16, 2024 - Convergence of Data to Build a Stronger Body of Evidence
    • Appropriate use of assessment data
    • How different assessment data informs decision-making.
    • Reinforcing the decision-making process

Event Date and Time

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 -
    8:00am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023 -
    8:00am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023 -
    8:00am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024 -
    8:00am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2024 -
    8:00am to 9:30am
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 -
    8:00am to 9:30am



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