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Special Services

Special Services Team

Your Special Services PSESD Team

| Special Education | SPED | Student Support Services | Learning Support Services |

Keely Hogan, Program Specialist •• 425-917-7627
  • For questions regarding ESA certification, FRC training, workshop registration, event flyers,
    pdenroller, clock hours, facilities or schedules, please contact Keely
Laura Matson, Program Director •• 425-917-7823
  • For questions regarding SPED Directors Network, SPED program reviews, section 504 training,
    or fee for service district training, please contact Laura
Amy Okeze,  Program Director • • 425-917-7804
  • For questions regarding Charter School supports, UDL Training, Behavior Network, Trauma
    Informed Practices or Assistive Technology Lending Library, please contact Amy
Erin Stewart, Program Director • • 425-917-7826
  • For questions regarding the ARC program, Early Childhood Network, Early Childhood Pre-Literacy
    Project, SPED State Assessment/WA-AIM or Grow your Own: teacher certification models, please contact Erin
Abby Smith, Program Manager • • 425-917-7712
  •  For questions regarding Pre-Employment Transition Services and contracts or Transition Network, please contact Abby
  Erin Stewart, Director Amy    Okeze,  Director Laura Matson, Director Abby    Smith,    Manager Keely    Hogan,  Prg. Spec.
Special Education Services (K-12)      x      x       x       x  
Early Childhood Special Education      x      x      
Special Education Director Network (LEA)      x      x       x    
Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator Network      x      x      
Behavior Network      x      x      
Transition Network            x       x  
Professional Development/ Fee for Service/ Program Reviews      x      x      x        x
Charter Schools: Targeted Services & Supports        x      
Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)           x       x      x
Special Education State Assessments and WA-AIM      x        
Trauma Informed Practices        x      
Alternative Routes to Candidacy (ARC)      x        
Assistive Technology Lending Library        x          x
Section 504 Training and Technical Support           x    
Office of System & School Improvement (OSSI) Coordination      x        
Grow Your Own: Teacher Certification Models      x        
PDenroller registration & Clock Hours               x
ESA Certification            x               x
Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) Training       x             x
Schedules and Flyers               x



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Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS)


2018-19 Special Services Workshops & Professional Development Opportunities


Special Services offers a continuously changing variety of professional development opportunities to meet the current needs of educators and administrators of students with disabilities.  All Special Services Workshops are held at Puget Sound ESD in Renton, WA (unless otherwise noted). Clock hours are available at the conclusion of each workshop for an additional fee.

Questions about upcoming PD's? Contact Keely at

Register on                 Claim & Purchase Clock Hours

WA-AIM November 7, 2018 • 9am- 12pm / 1-3pm•  Toni Wheeler • OSPI

This year’s WA-AIM Training has been divided into two sessions. The morning session is basic information for those administering the WA-AIM, the afternoon session is instruction for those who train administers of the WA-AIM. Attendance in the morning session is required to attend the afternoon. Lunch is on your own.

Co-Teaching 101: Teams and Administrators • October 30, 2018 • 8:30am-3:30pm • Leslie Nielson & Laura Matson • PSESD

This day long training will provide information and planning opportunities for co-teaching teams focused on implementing and improving practices, strategies and collaboration methods when co-teaching for students with disabilities.  Specific information will be provided regarding the purpose of co-teaching, the six models of co-teaching, strategies for co-planning and integrating specially designed instruction within the flow of classroom instruction. Lunch Provided

This training will be offered a second time on May 30, 2019

Improving Successful Transition Services & Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: 4 Part Series

This High Level Series provided by the Center for Change in Transition Services consists of four, 3-hour workshops following each of the 18/19 Transition Network Meetings at PSESD. Participation in the entire series is encouraged but not required. Please consider attending as a district team which consists of at least one special education administrative staff. Lunch Provided.

  1. Improving the Components of the IEP Transition Plan (Indicator 13) • November 2, 2018 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University

  2. Improving the Consistent District-wide Implementation of the Quality Indicators for Secondary Transition Services • January 11, 2019 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University

  3. Improving Successful General Education Opportunities for Post-Secondary Preparation Experiences for Students with Disabilities • March 29, 2019 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University

  4. Improving Community Linkages for Students with Disabilities after Graduation • May 10, 2019 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University

Effectively Implementing Section 504 • November 20, 2018 • 9am- 12pm • Bill Rasplica

Participants will be provided with an overview of school district responsibilities under Section 504 including evaluation, identification, and creation of 504 plans. Practical suggestions and examples will be shared.

Overcoming the Challenges of Tourette Syndrome: Community Session • December 3, 2018 • 1- 2pm • Brad Cohen • Class Performance

Brad Cohen is nationally recognized for his advocacy for those with Tourettes Syndrome and his ability to effectively educate others about Tourette’s. This brief, FREE session is an opportunity for community members and local agencies to hear to this amazing educator!

Basic FBA to BIP: Building Capacity to Implement Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans in Schools • December 12, 2018 • 8am-3:30pm • Chris Borgmeier • Portland State University

This workshop will focus on building school and staff capacity to support those students presenting with the most challenging behavioral concerns. This workshop will review common challenges that schools face in implementing Tier 3 behavior support for students and provide suggestions, strategies and tools for implementing function-based intervention across tiers within an MTSS framework. Lunch Provided.

Embedding the Standards for Mathematical Practice in Your Specially Designed Instruction • February 6, 2019 • 9am-3pm • Leslie Nielsen • PSESD

During this day of professional learning, participants will have the opportunity to explore and engage in the Standards for Mathematical Practice and learn how to support special education students in engaging in the Standards for Mathematical Practice in specially designed instruction.

2019 Principal Leadership Academy • June 27-28, 2019 • 8am-2pm daily • Presenters to be Announced

This annual leadership academy is designed as an intensive summit for principals desiring a higher degree of expertise in current trends, data, practices and law for special education. Nationally reclaimed presenters are brought in each year to discuss a variety of current topics and provide resources. 



Network Meetings

Special Services 18/19 Network Meetings

Creating strong communities of professionals who support and assist one another to improve services for students with special needs is a critical service provided by our program.  We hope you will consider attending the Network Meeting that best fits your needs! If you would like more information about any of our network meetings, please contact Keely at

LEA Special Education Directors’ Network

Designed to support district special education directors and administrators, this network provides leaders with opportunities to stay current with special education trends, practices and requirements through presentations, discussions, updates and collaboration with community agencies.  These meetings are typically scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Cedar/Duwamish/Nisqually rooms. Remote access to these meetings are also available via zoom and monthly resources can be found on Schoology.  Please email if you would like to be added to the email list.

2018/’19 Meeting Dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 21, April 18 and May 16


Early Childhood Special Education Coordinators’ Network  

Designed to support district special education staff who supervise and coordinate special education preschool services, this network provides leaders with opportunities for facilitated discussions, sharing of current practices, review of evidence based practices and compliance requirements.  These meeting are typically scheduled for the 4th Thursday of the month from 12:30-3:00 pm in the Puyallup room.  This network uses an online collaboration tool, Schoology, for ongoing resources and the ability to join remotely via Zoom. Registration not required to attend. 

2018/’19 Meeting DatesSept. 27, Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23


Behavior Network

Designed to support district behavior specialists and those who supervise special education behavior services, this network meets three times per year, typically on Tuesdays from 9am-12pm, and provides leaders with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and professional practices related to the design, coaching and delivery of positive behavior supports in the classroom and school setting. This network also uses the online collaboration tool, Schoology, for ongoing discussions and file sharing.  Registration not required to attend.

2018/’19 Meeting Dates:  Nov. 6, March 5, May 21


Transition Network  

Designed for district transition specialists and those who supervise special education transition services, this network provides leaders with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and professional practices related to the design and delivery of services that support students with disabilities to successfully transition from the public school setting to post-secondary education and/or training, employment and independent living. This network provides opportunities for networking with representatives from community agencies that can assist with students’ successful post-secondary transition.  The network meets four times per year on Fridays from 9-12pm in the Puyallup room and uses the online collaboration tool, Schoology, for ongoing discussions and file sharing. Registration not required to attend.

This year's Transition Network Meetings will be followed by high-level workshops entitled "Improving Successful Transition Services & Outcomes for Students with Disabilities" presented by the Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS). Registration for each session can be found on 

2018/’19 Meeting Dates:  Nov. 2, Jan. 11, March 29, May 10


Newer Sped Director PLC  

Designed to support administrators who are new (less than 5 years) to their role as a special education administrator, this informal Professional Learning Group meets twice a year to learn from more experienced administrators about topics such as budgeting, using iGrants, leading change and bargaining. Meetings typically take place during district breaks from 8:30-10:30am. Please email Laura Matson if you are interested in this PLC.

2018/’19 Meeting DatesDec. 17, 2018 and June 24, 2019



Special Services Resources

Section 504 Resources and Support The Section 504 Manual is a document to assist school districts in serving their students with disabilities in a way that assures a quality education that is in compliance with state and federal laws.

Special Education Resources: Find resources and links related to special education below: Developmental Disabilities and Autism


Early Childhood/Special Education Birth-3 Services

Early Childhood Outcomes Project

Family Resource Coordinator Training and Information


Preschool Inclusion

Response to Intervention (Response to Intervention (RTI)

Sensory Disabilities


Washington State

ESA Certification

ESA Certification Course

The Initial ESA Certification Course is intended for those who already have a certification in either nursing, social work, audiology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy or physical therapy and want to take their profession into the public school setting.

Puget Sound ESD provides two, Spring and Fall, 30-hour in-person ESA Certification courses each year that meet Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's (OSPI) requirements to become ESA certified in WA State. Attending in person allows you the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and gain hands-on experience and knowledge from leaders in the field. 

NorthEast Washington ESD 101 out of Spokane also offers a 6-week ONLINE version of this training, generally fall, winter and summer, you will need to contact Tracy at  for additional information and registration directions. 

All certification questions should be addressed to OSPI, as we ONLY provide the course necessary to meet the requirements. Once you have completed the course you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Completion to OSPI to obtain your certificate. At OSPI's discretion, they can grant a temporary ESA certification with proof of enrollment in a certification course. 

Please check OSPI’s website for the ESA application process and additional ESA certification requirements.

Upcoming Courses:

  • FALL 2018 ESA • Oct. 19 & 20 AND Nov. 16 & 17  • 8AM-4:30PM  each day

Course full, waitlist only

  • SPRING 2019 ESA • March 1 & 2 AND March 22 & 23  • 8AM-4:30PM each day

Registration now OPEN!


If you have additional questions regarding registration for the ESA Course, please contact Keely at