The Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) supports personnel serving students with exceptional educational needs. Technical assistance and programming support are available for students who have disabilities, are gifted and talented, and/or who are culturally or linguistically diverse. This unit administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities. 

Colorado Department of Education ESSU is comprised of three offices:  Office of Special Education, Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education. This category Special Education is home to the courses offered through ESSU's primary office of Special Education. 

Please contact Amanda Timmerman, Timmerman_A@cde.state.co.us, with any questions regarding course in the Special Education section.  

Social Emotional Learning, Fall 2021
Bill BrownAmanda NieserAnna Vick

Social Emotional Learning, Fall 2021

This 8 week online course is offered in both fall and spring semesters, The purpose of the course is to support participants in the development of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) plans and instruction based on identified building-level and student-specific needs. Individual course participants will explore the evidence-based practices and competencies involved in effective SEL planning and intervention. Assessment for lagging skills and data collection opportunities will be provided. Participants will be able to identify specific skill deficits and needs to plan for effective SEL instruction and support. Instruction will be given via the online course shell and discussion boards for collaboration with colleagues will be provided. No face-to-face opportunities or scheduled meetings are included in this course.

This course will open October 17, 2021.

Please contact Anna Vick with any questions. 

Determination of Specific Learning Disability Eligibility: An Overview
Veronica FiedlerAmanda Timmerman

Determination of Specific Learning Disability Eligibility: An Overview

This overview of SLD eligibility will allow participants to

  • distinguish between MTSS and RtI and understand how they are interrelated.
  • develop an understanding of how to build a body of evidence through an RtI process in order to determine eligibility for Specific Learning Disability.
  • review considerations for English Learners during the eligibility process for special education services.

This on-demand course is free and can be accessed any time. One hour of CDE credit hours is available upon completion.

If you have any questions about this course please contact Veronica Fielder, Colorado Department of Education Specific Learning Disability Consultant. 

Individualized Problem Solving within Response to Intervention
Veronica FiedlerJason HarlacherJulia Wigert

Individualized Problem Solving within Response to Intervention

This Moodle "course" is a digital space for accessing and sharing resources to support our learning during the Individualized Problem Solving within Response to Intervention pilot. 

Questions? 

Contact Veronica Fiedler at Fiedler_V@cde.state.co.us

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Fall 2021
Bill BrownAmanda NieserAnna Vick

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Fall 2021

This online team-based course will present an overview of Basic Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). The course provides a foundation for teams to understand FBAs and provides opportunity for teams to practice completion of FBAs and BIPs.

Questions? 

Contact Anna Vick (Vick_A@cde.state.co.us)

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students
Tami CasselVeronica FiedlerAmanda Nieser

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students

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.

This course meets the special education licensure renewal requirement for 27 professional development hours.

For questions please contact:
  • Veronica Fiedler - fiedler_v@cde.state.co.us
  • Tami Cassel -cassel_t@cde.state.co.us



Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Spring 2021
Bill BrownAmanda NieserAnna Vick

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Spring 2021

This online team-based course will present an overview of Basic Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). The course provides a foundation for teams to understand FBAs and provides opportunity for teams to practice completion of FBAs and BIPs.

Questions? 

Contact Anna Vick (Vick_A@cde.state.co.us)

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning (Spring 2020)
Bill BrownAmanda TimmermanAnna Vick

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning (Spring 2020)

This online team-based course will present an overview of Basic Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). The course provides a foundation for teams to understand FBAs and provides opportunity for teams to practice completion of FBAs and BIPs.

Course Instructors: 

Social Emotional Learning Spring 2021
Bill BrownAmanda NieserAnna Vick

Social Emotional Learning Spring 2021

THis course is currently under development. Please contact Anna Vick with any questions. 

YODeL:  Your On-Demand eLearning Library
Kathy Wheatley

YODeL: Your On-Demand eLearning Library

Your On Demand eLearning Library  (YODeL)

To successfully prepare children with disabilities to reach their full potential, this series of online training modules provides IEP Teams with performance support and a targeted review of information regarding the IEP process.

Please email Kathy Wheatley  with questions regarding these modules.