This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities. It is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices under the Exceptional Student Services Unit.
This ofice supports students with exceptional educational needs, their families and personnel providing education support to them. Technical assistance and programming support are available for students who have disabilities, are gifted and talented, and/or who are culturally or linguistically diverse.
- The Access Learning and Literacy (ALL) team is committed to building supportive learning environments and ensuring effective instruction for ALL students with disabilities. For additional information on eligibility of students with disabilities, accessible assessments, core content and specially designed instruction, accommodations, assistive technology, Colorado Academic Standards/Extended Evidence Outcomes, mental and physical health supports, the Achievement and Literacy Grants and literacy expertise specific to students with disabilities, please contact Tanni Anthony
- Dispute Resolution provides parents and administrative units with information, guidance and training on IDEA Dispute Resolution Procedures. For more information, please contact Wendy Jacobs
- Fiscal and Operation Services is responsible for all financial aspects of the Unit, including the use of federal funds, and approval of Administrative Units' and State Operated Programs' federal application narratives and performance reports. All general operations for the Unit are also the responsibility of this team. For additional information, please contact Barb Goldsby
- Preschool Special Education and Child Find provides technical assistance to early childhood personnel and programs serving preschool aged (3-5) children with disabilities. For more information, please contact Heidi McCaslin
- Results Driven Accountability encompasses the analyses of performance data, data collections for state and federal reporting, implementation of the IEP Interchange for the Data Pipeline, monitoring the implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and family-school partnering to ensure family engagement in the education of students with disabilities. For questions regarding Results Driven Accountability, contact Toby King
- Secondary Transition and Student Outcomes is the team who provides transition information and resources for students age 16-21, including information about SWAP (School to Work Alliance Program). Cross unit work for closing the achievement gap and Turnaround work for students with disabilities are also a focus of this team. For more information, please contact Fran Herbert
- Statewide Professional Learning Initiatives Team is responsible for developing and providing professional learning options to Administrative Units, districts, and educators throughout Colorado. The Team oversees the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), the State Identified Measurable Result (SiMR)Project, the CEEDAR Project, the Directors of Special Education Mentor Project, and a number of literacy initiatives. We maintain effective relationships with Institutions of Higher Education and support efforts in leadership and educator preparation. For additional information or to discuss a professional learning opportunity, please contact Faye Gibson