Your Special Services PSESD Team
| Special Education | SPED | Student Support Services | Learning Support Services |
Amy Okeze, Program Director • email@example.com • 425-917-7804
For questions regarding Behavior Network and Trauma Informed Practices, please contact Amy
Erin Stewart, Program Director • firstname.lastname@example.org • 425-917-7826
For questions regarding OSSI, BEST Mentor and Disproportionality Network, please contact Erin
Abby Smith, Program Manager • email@example.com • 425-917-7712
For questions regarding ESSA, Post Secondary Transition Planning and Transition Network, please contact Abby
COURTNEY O'CATHERINE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR • COCATHERINE@PSESD.ORG • 425-917-7823
For questions regarding Special Education Early Childhood and Early Childhood Network, please contact Courtney
APURVA WIKSTROM, PROGRAM MANAGER • AWIKSTROM@PSESD.ORG • 425-917-7727
• For questions regarding the Special Services Assistive Technology Lending Library, please contact Apurva
2022-2023 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. Special Services Workshops will be held virtually via Zoom until we have been cleared to return to our in-person Renton location. Clock hours are available online at the conclusion of each workshop for an additional fee.
Special Services 2022-2023 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.
For the 2022-2023 School Year we will be holding a combination of in-person and virtual meetings. Materials and resources will continue to be housed on our Canvas Platform ( Clock hours are available).
Assistive Technology Lending Library
PSESD is committed to supporting student's access to their educational environments and instruction. Assistive technology is defined as any item or equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The Special Services AT Lending Library makes assistive technology equipment and tools available for checkout to school district and educational agency personnel in our region for a trial period.
Ranging from simple time-keepers to iPads complete with AAC technology, these devices may be borrowed and used directly with students to support them in classroom and other educational settings.
How it Works
-After completing an initial opt-in form, equipment may be requested from the online library. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the opt-in form.
-Equipment is made available for pick at the PSESD and is returned at the conclusion of the trial period.
Visit the online library at psesdatlibrary.myturn.com
Professional Transition to the Public Schools:
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, physical therapy, orientation & mobility or behavior analysis and want to take their profession into the public school setting. This is NOT the correct ESA track to becoming a School Counselor or School Psychologist.
Puget Sound ESD provides four 15-hour 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. However, we will be offering this training virtually through Zoom during the COVID19 pandemic. Participants should plan to participate and be fully engaged, as if they were in person, during the entire 15 hour online training.
NorthEast Washington ESD 101 out of Spokane also offers an online version of this training, generally fall, winter and summer, you will need to contact Nora at email@example.com for additional information and registration instructions.
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.
Fall 2022: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2022• Registration opens on PDEnroller July 8th & closes Oct. 10 , 2022 • Register HERE
Winter 2023: Jan. 27, Feb. 3 & Feb. 10, 2023
• Registration opens on PDEnroller Nov. 7th, 2022 & closes Jan. 13 , 2023 • Register HERE
Spring 2023: June 2, 9 & 16, 2023
• Registration opens on PDEnroller Feb. 20th & closes May 19th, 2023 • Register HERE
Special Services Resources
- OSPI Special Education Home Page
- OSPI Early Childhood
- OSPI Resource Library
- OSPI Section 504 Resources
- OSPI Dyslexia Information
- OSPI Certifications
- OSPI Parent Liaison
- OSPI Inclusionary Practices
- The Arc of King County
- WA Governor's Office of the Education Obudsman
- Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Developmental Disabilities Administration
- Open Doors for Multicultural Families
- Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment
- Center for Change in Transition Services, Seattle University
- Washington Sensory Disabilities Services
- Professional Educators Standards Board
- Early Supports for Infants and Children