Your Special Services PSESD Team
| Special Education | SPED | Student Support Services | Learning Support Services |
(from left to right: Amy Okeze, Erin Stewart, Andrew Mitchell, Keely Hogan, Laura Matson, Abby Smith)
Amy Okeze, Program Director • firstname.lastname@example.org • 425-917-7804
For questions regarding Early Childhood, Charter School supports, UDL Training, Behavior Network, Trauma
Informed Practices, and Early Childhood Network. please contact Amy
Erin Stewart, Program Director • email@example.com • 425-917-7826
For questions regarding Special Education recruitment and rentention programs, WA-AIM, OSSI Supports and para-educator training, please contact Erin
aNDREW MITCHELL, Program Manager • aMITCHELL@psesd.org • 425-917-7707
For questions regarding Charter School support and the Assistive Technology Lending Library, please contact Andrew
Keely Hogan, Program coordinator • firstname.lastname@example.org• 425-917-7627
For questions regarding workshop registration, event flyers, pdenroller, clock hours, facilities and schedules, please contact Keely
Laura Matson, Program Director • email@example.com• 425-917-7823
For questions regarding Special Education Leaders' Network and Section 504, please contact Laura
Abby Smith, Program Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org • 425-917-7712
For questions regarding Post Secondary Transition Planning and Transition Network, please contact Abby
2019-2020 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 online at the conclusion of each workshop for an additional fee.
Questions about upcoming PD's? Contact Keely at KHogan@psesd.org
Examining your Special Education Data through a Racial Equity Lens w/ Scott Raub • March 31, 2020 • Find information and registration HERE
SDI in Inclusive Settings w/ Laura Matson and Rachel Dickson • April 27, 2020 • Find information and registration HERE
Moving Toward Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogies in Transition Programming w/ Edwin Achola • May 20, 2020 • Find information and registration HERE
Co-Teaching 101: Teams and Administrators w/ Laura Matson and Leslie Nielsen • June 30, 2020 • Find information and registration HERE
Special Services 2019-2020 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.
Special Education Leaders’ 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 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.
2019/’20 Meeting Dates: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 19, April 16 and May 20
New this year following select LEA meetings from 12 - 2:30pm in the Snoqualmie Room, our Disporportionality PLC will utilize the book, Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity: A Leader’s Guide to Using Data to Change Hearts and Minds, as we work to support district leaders in identifying policy and practice root causes for disproportionality and develop action plans to address systemic and structural changes across districts. Lunch is provided. No cost for this PLC however registration is required through pdenroller. Space is limited, please register HERE
2019/’20 PLC Dates: Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Jan. 16 and March, 19
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.
2019/’20 Meeting Dates: Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 26, April 23, May 28
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 in the Cedar Room, 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.
2019/’20 Meeting Dates: Oct. 22, Jan.14 and May 12
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 Cedar/Duwamish Rooms and uses the online collaboration tool, Schoology, for ongoing discussions and file sharing. Registration not required to attend.
2019/’20 Meeting Dates: Nov. 1, Jan. 24, March 6, May 8
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 three times a year to learn from more experienced administrators about topics such as Advocacy and Collaboration, Finances and Budgets, and Instructional Leadership. Meetings are from 9am-11am in the Snoqualmie Room. Please register on pdenroller HERE
2019/’20 Meeting Dates: Dec. 20, March 13, June 5
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
ESA Certification Course
SUMMER ESA REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
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 or behavior analysis and want to take their profession into the public school setting.
Puget Sound ESD provides four 15-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 (Formerly 30 hours). 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 an ONLINE version of this training, generally fall, winter and summer, you will need to contact Tracy 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.
SPRING 2020 ESA • May 1 & 2 • 8am-4pm each day • $250 • Waitlist Only
SUMMER 2020 ESA • August 14 & 15• 8am-4pm each day • $250 • Register HERE
If you have additional questions regarding registration for the ESA Course, please contact Keely at KHogan@PSESD.org
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