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COVID-19 resources for special education

Professional Learning (Speech or Language Impairment)

School Based Conferences


Kimochis Mini-Course: Helping Students With Disabilities Manage Their Emotions (Online Event) 

Kimochis are, on the surface, a family of cuddly critters and a big bowl of emotions. Underneath, is a proven system for helping kids grow and transform by dealing skillfully with their feelings. Participants will learn the 5 Keys to Communication, new words to express feelings, and new strategies to deal with feelings.

This mini-course is perfect for teachers and SLPs, is easy to implement, offers a starter kit to get you going implementing Kimochis, and two follow up coaching sessions for questions.

Learn more about this opportunity on the Kimochis Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course. Registration is open through September 20, 2021, or until the course is full. 

Course Dates & Information

  • September 24, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30pm: 2.5-hour training.
  • October 29, 2021, 3:30 - 4:15pm: 45-minute live Q&A session #1.
  • December 3, 2021, 3:30 - 4:15pm: 45-minute live Q&A session #2.

Space is limited. Priority will be given to Colorado public school educators who register with their school/district/BOCES email, register as part of a 2+ person team that includes an SLP and a special education teacher working with students struggling with social/emotional/behavioral needs, and who work with elementary age students. 4 CDE Contact Hours Available. This training satisfies the Special Education and Behavioral Health licensure renewal requirements.

Download Course Flyer [PDF]


Strategies to Write Informational Text (Online Course)

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students is an 8-week self-paced course with 11 modules that provide resources to support the writing process. It follows the book by Jill Jackson, How to Teach Students to Write Informational Text. You will not need the book to complete the course, but if you are a Colorado public school educator, you will receive a copy if you do. 15 CDE Contact Hours available.

Learn more about this opportunity on the Strategies to Write Informational Text CDE Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course.

Course Start/End Dates:  September 27 - December 20, 2021 (Registration closes September 23rd)

Strategies to Write Informational Text Flyer [PDF]

This course will also be offered in Spring 2022.


Language and Literacy Journal Club

The Journal Club is an online course that uses articles about language and literacy to create the opportunity to read professional articles related to school-based issues, participate in online discussions to support the implementation of strategies, and complete a knowledge check assessment. Credit hours vary by topic.

Learn more about this opportunity on the Language and Literacy Journal Club CDE Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course(s)

Course Start/End Dates:  October 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022 (Registration closes on October 1st)

Language and Literacy Journal Club Flyer [PDF]

This course will also be offered in Spring 2022.


SLPA Supervision in Colorado Schools

This is an online, self-paced course for any school-based speech-language pathologist who is new to supervising speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) in Colorado schools or who needs a review. This is not intended for administrators who are evaluating SLPAs for performance review, although administrators are welcome to take the course if you want to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathology assistants and the speech-language pathologist supervising them. 10 CDE Contact Hours available.

Learn more about this opportunity on the SLPA Supervision in Schools CDE Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course. (Registrations are processed the third week of each month).

Course Start/End Dates: Open year-round. Participants will have 6 months from their enrollment date to finish the course and download their certificate. 

SLPA Supervision Online Flyer [PDF]


Social Communication and Engagement Triad (Online Course)

The SCET Triad is a 6-week, self-paced online course with 6 modules to learn about the interconnectedness between communication and engagement. This course is intended for educators who support students with an autism spectrum disorder or other complex communication disorders. 7.5 CDE Contact Hours available.

Learn more about this opportunity on the SCET Triad Professional Development Page.

Register for the online course.

Course Start/End Dates:  October 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022 (Registration closes on October 1st)

Social Communication and Engagement Triad Flyer [PDF]

This course will also be offered in Spring 2022.


Regional Workshops

Regional workshops are provided based on specific topics to address the needs of educators in Colorado. Prior registration is required. These trainings are open to teams of educators including, speech-language pathologists, SLPAs, special education teachers and related service providers who are interested in the topic. 

2020-21 Topics and Dates TBD

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For more information about services for students who have speech or language impairments in Colorado, please contact:

Tami Cassel, Speech-Language
Phone: 303-866-6114
Email Tami Cassel


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