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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 coordinator •• 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. Coor.
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


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

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. Seperate registration for each training is needed. Lunch provided.

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

Intelligent Lives Community Screening • April 25, 2019 • 6-8pm • FREE! • PSESD

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the United States. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

Creating Positive Learning Environments for Students with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges • May 9, 2019 • 8:30am-3:30pm • Michael & Nancy George

During this full-day workshop, presenters Dr. Michael George and Dr. Nancy George will provide insight, strategies and tools regarding best practices when working with students with emotional and behavioral challenges. This workshop will provide strategies for reducing the frequency and intensity of behavioral escalations within the classroom and school setting, creating a positive, productive and safe learning environment for both students and teachers. Teachers and administrators from public, private, charter and NPA schools are invited to attend and gain strategies that can create more time for academic instruction and less time managing challenging behaviors. Lunch provided. 

Co-Teaching 101: Teams and Administrators • May 30, 2019 • 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.

2019 Principal Leadership Academy • July 29,  8am-4pm & July 30, 8am-12pm • Green River College Kent Campus • Featuring presenter John O'Connor

Join us for our 4th annual Principal Leadership Academy that will focus on high quality instruction, creating equitable and culturally responsive learning spaces, and providing instructional leadership. This two-day learning experience is designed for building leadership to develop positive outcomes for students with disabilities based on building specific data. Thoughtful discourse on topics such as responding to learner variability, supporting great instruction through support of great instructors and addressing implicit bias in referrals for special education.  



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 2019 ESA** •  (Tentative Dates) Nov. 22 & 23 AND Dec. 6 & 7  • 8am-4:30pm  each day

** The WA State Professional Educator Standards Board  (PESB) is currently reviewing the requirements of the ESA Certification Course. New requirements will be finalized mid-July, 2019. Registration for FALL ESA will open upon completion of their review. Possible date/time changes are expected.

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