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.  

SLPA Supervision in Schools
Tami CasselAmanda Timmerman

SLPA Supervision in Schools

This course is designed for speech language pathologists  who will be supervising speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) for the first time or need a refresher on:

  • Supervision Guidance of SLPAs according to Colorado rules and regulations.
  • Roles and responsibilities of supervisors, not performance review evaluators.
  • Teaching and Mentoring: Understanding supervisory process, including collaborative models of supervision.

The course consists of three modules with narrated presentations, articles, and resources to support you in your role as a supervisor for a speech - language pathology assistant.

For more information contact: Tami Cassel - cassel_t@cde.state.co.us

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning (Fall 2020)
Bill BrownAmanda NieserAnna Vick

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning (Fall 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.

Questions? 

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

Social Communication and Engagement
Charlie BuckleyPamela BuckleyTami CasselAmanda NieserAmanda Timmerman

Social Communication and Engagement

The Social Communication and Engagement online course is designed to support educators who work with students who have autism spectrum disorder and other complex communication disabilities. This course looks at social communication skills and strategies through a language development perspective.

For more information contact: Tami Cassel - cassel_t@cde.state.co.us

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students
Tami CasselVeronica FiedlerAmanda NieserAmanda Timmerman

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, but will receiev a copy if you do.

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 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: 

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. 

Social Emotional Learning
Bill BrownLynne DeSousaAmanda NieserSheri OlsonAnna Vick

Social Emotional Learning

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.