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.  

Fall 2022 Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties
Veronica FiedlerAmanda Timmerman

Fall 2022 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). 


For any questions contact Veronica Fiedler at fiedler_v@cde.state.co.us

Social Emotional Learning, Fall 2022
Bill BrownAnna Vick

Social Emotional Learning, Fall 2022

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 Fall, 2022.  The course will run from Sunday, September 18, 2022 to Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Please contact Anna Vick with any questions. 

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Winter 2022
Bill BrownAnna Vick

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Winter 2022

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 Emotional Learning, Fall 2021
Bill BrownAnna 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. 

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

Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Planning - Spring 2021
Amanda TimmermanBill BrownAnna 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)
Amanda TimmermanBill BrownAnna 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 BrownKrista KlaboAndrea PulskampAnna Vick

Social Emotional Learning Spring 2021

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