Your Special Services PSESD Team
Supporting Leaders and Educators with creating inclusive and equitable systems and cultures of belonging to best serve students with disabilities
DAVID MCNAIR, PROGRAM COORDINATOR • DMCNAIR@PSESD.ORG OR SPECIALSERVICES@PSESD.ORG • 425-917-7627
For general Inquiries, Workshops, PDEnroller, ESA Initial Certification Course please contact David
Amy Okeze, Program Director • firstname.lastname@example.org • 425-917-7804
Erin Stewart, Program Director • email@example.com • 425-917-7826
COURTNEY O'CATHERINE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR • COCATHERINE@PSESD.ORG • 425-917-7823
APURVA IYENGAR WIKSTROM, PROGRAM MANAGER • AWIKSTROM@PSESD.ORG • 425-917-7727
Special Services 2023-2024 Network Meetings
Creating strong communities of professionals who support and assist one another to improve services for students with disabilities is a critical service provided by our program.
For the 2023-2024 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).
SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERS' NETWORK
VIRTUAL & *IN-PERSON (9:30AM-11:30AM)
*SEPT. 21, 2023 OCT. 19, 2023 NOV. 16, 2023 JAN. 18, 2024
FEB. 15, 2024 MARCH 21, 2024 APRIL 18, 2024 *MAY 16, 2024
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATORS' NETWORK
VIRTUAL (12:30PM-2:00PM) & *IN-PERSON (12:30PM-2:30PM)
*OCT. 26, 2023 JAN. 25, 2024 MARCH 28, 2024 *MAY 30, 2024
OCT. 11, 2023 JAN. 10, 2024 MARCH 13, 2024 MAY 8, 2024
OCT. 4, 2023 DEC. 19, 2023 FEB. 7, 2024 APRIL 3, 2024
EDUCATIONAL STAFF ASSOCIATES (ESA) COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
DEC. 5, 2023 FEB. 6, 2024 APRIL 2, 2024 JUNE 4, 2024
EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
PRACTITIONERS - VIRTUAL (3:30PM-4:30PM)
OCT. 17, 2023 DEC. 5, 2023 FEB. 20, 2024 APRIL 16, 2024
LEADERS - VIRTUAL (10:00AM-11:00AM)
OCT. 24, 2023 DEC. 12, 2023 FEB. 27, 2024 APRIL 23, 2024
For general inquiries and registration please contact David McNair, Program Coordinator
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. Clock hours are available online at the conclusion of each workshop for an additional fee.
For a full list and description of upcoming workshops and events, please visit https://www.pdenroller.org/psesd/catalog”.
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 Maggie Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2023: Oct. 6, 13 & 20, 2022• Registration opens on PDEnroller July 8th, 2023 & closes Sept. 22 , 2023 • Register HERE
Winter 2024: Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2024
• Registration opens on PDEnroller Nov. 13th, 2023 & closes Dec .29 , 2023 • Register HERE
Spring 2024: May 10, 17 & 24, 2024
• Registration opens on PDEnroller Mar. 15th, 2024 & closes May 10th, 2024 • Register HERE
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 email@example.com 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
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