Your Special Services PSESD Team
| Special Education | SPED | Student Support Services | Learning Support Services |
Laura Matson, Program Director • email@example.com• 425-917-7823
Amy Okeze, Program Director • firstname.lastname@example.org• 425-917-7804
Abby Smith, Program Manager • email@example.com • 425-917-7712
Keely Hogan, Program Specialist • firstname.lastname@example.org• 425-917-7627
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 KHogan@psesd.org
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.
Teaming for Post-Secondary Success • October 9, 2018 • 9am- 3pm • Greg Abell • Sound Options Group
This training will provide instruction for effective delivery of post-secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Intended to increase knowledge and skills for conflict engagement & resolution, effective communication, role clarification, problem solving and collaboration, districts are encouraged to bring their DVR counselors, DDA Case Managers, School-to-Work Coordinators, SPED teachers, transition coordinators and administrators. Lunch Provided.
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.
Improving the Components of the IEP Transition Plan (Indicator 13) • November 2, 2018 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University
Improving the Consistent District-wide Implementation of the Quality Indicators for Secondary Transition Services • January 11, 2019 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University
Improving Successful General Education Opportunities for Post-Secondary Preparation Experiences for Students with Disabilities • March 29, 2019 • 12-3:30pm • CCTS, Seattle University
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 • Jim Rich
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 • 1:30- 2:30pm • 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.
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 KHogan@psesd.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Dates: Sept. 27, Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23
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
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 PDEnroller.org
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 Dates: Dec. 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
- Autism Society of Washington
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
- Division of Developmental Disabilities, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- Dyslexia FAQs
- Helpful up-to-date resources (OSPI)
- Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
- Washington State Dyslexia Resource Guide (PDF)
Early Childhood/Special Education Birth-3 Services
Early Childhood Outcomes Project
Family Resource Coordinator Training and Information
Response to Intervention (Response to Intervention (RTI)
- Recognition & Response: Pathways to School Success for Young Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
- Special Education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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! PDEnroller.org
If you have additional questions regarding registration for the ESA Course, please contact Keely at KHogan@PSESD.org