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.  

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
Veronica FiedlerAmanda Timmerman

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

Through engagement in this series of 13 webinar modules, participants will understand the current research, implications, and the essential elements necessary for assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties. 

This series was created in conjunction with David Kilpatrtick, PhD to compliment the information provided in his book Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015). 

If interested in taking this course please contact Veronica Fielder, Colorado Department of Education Specific Learning Disability Consultant. 

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. 

High Cost Application Tips & Tricks
Kim Boylan

High Cost Application Tips & Tricks

Each year the Colorado Department of Education receives hundreds of applications for High Cost Reimbursement. Please use these resources to guide you through the process of submitting applications. It is our goal that this site will provide guidance as well as explain how to avoid common mistakes made in the application process.   Contact Kim Boylan at boylan_k@cde.state.co.us with questions.



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. 

Strategies to Write Informational Text for Secondary Students
Tami CasselJayne DoughertyVeronica Fiedler

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.

For more information please contact:
  • Jayne Dougherty - dougherty_j@cde.state.co.us
  • Veronica Fiedler - fiedler_v@cde.state.co.us
  • Tami Cassel -cassel_t@cde.state.co.us


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.