Webinars and Support Available for SPED Leaders and Instructional Staff

“Don’t let PERFECT be the enemy of GOOD.”

Lauren Mirando-Rhim from the National Center of Special Education in Charter Schools said this nugget of wisdom during a call to discuss how best to support students with disabilities during these times of closure due to COVID-19.  Districts and schools all over the country are being expected to create a plan for providing high quality online educational programming for both general education and special education students in a rapid amount of time with very little guidance or best practices to pull from. Now…as a special educator in my core, I like rules. I like laws. I like black and white. And when I look at the situation we are in, I see a whole lot of grey and the special educator in me is freaking out! It could be so easy to get lost in the weeds right now and want to throw our hands in the air and say it can’t be done. But that mindset only hurts our kids, and luckily, the US Dept of Education thinks so too.  In their updated guidance, they stated the following:

“To be clear: ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction. School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students. In this unique and ever-changing environment, OCR and OSERS recognize that these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided, and the Department will offer flexibility where possible. However, school districts must remember that the provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services provided through distance instruction provided virtually, online, or telephonically.” 

(3/21/2020) Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities – USDE

It is with this guidance that I encourage you to not be frozen with fear of compliance or legal consequences but instead release the creative and innovative part inside of you that has been held back for years. Our kids need us to be flexible beyond belief so that they can still receive high quality programming even during a pandemic.  


Some of you may be thinking that you don’t know where to start, well we are here to help!

Starting this week we will be holding free webinars to both shed light on the updated messages from the US Dept of Education and also provide guidance on how to provide high quality online services.  Please register for these today to save your place:

Special Education and COVID-19​

Wednesday 3/25/2020, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MDT 

New information is constantly coming out from the US Department of Education on the implications of school closures on our special education students and how to navigate them in the best way possible. What does this mean for Colorado educators who work with students with disabilities?  Join us as we dive into guidance from the US Department of Education, CASE, and NCSECS and use this content as you plan for remote instruction with your students with disabilities!  Register Here

Utilizing Online Platforms for Providing Support & Services 1.0: Introduction to Zoom for Online Services​

Friday 3/27/2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MDT 

Struggling to wrap your head around how to provide services and support to students with disabilities on virtual platforms? This webinar will provide you technical guidance on how to use Zoom in general as well as how to use Zoom to best deliver online specialized instruction to individual students or small groups. The content of this webinar is geared for individuals who are new to Zoom and are hoping to learn how to use it for providing specialized instruction. Some of these strategies may also be applied to other virtual platforms that offer video conferencing like Google Hangouts/Meets. ​Register Here

Providing Accommodations on Online Educational Platforms 

Monday, 3/30/2020 04:00 – 05:30 PM MDT

If our students can’t access the content being provided online, we are not only increasing the gap between them and their general education peers but also likely adding stress and frustration to their and their parents’ lives in this already challenging time. Join this webinar to learn how to provide students access to content that they are viewing online through online tools, instructional planning, and strategic use of co-teachers and paraprofessionals.

Register Here



Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need a thought partner! We will also be hosting opportunities to receive support and to collaborate with other special educators and related service providers weekly. Please register for those today to save your place:

Special Education Teacher Support Group

Weekly on Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM MDT (Starts 3/23) – Register Here

Collaborative Planning for Online Services: Moderate to Severe Autism Disabilities

Weekly on Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM MDT (Starts 3/31) – Register Here

Collaborative Planning for Online Services: Severe Behavioral & MH Needs

Weekly on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM MDT (Starts 4/1) – Register Here

  • Collaborative Planning for Online Services: Moderate to Severe Cognitive Disabilities

Weekly on Thursdays 3:30-4:30 PM MDT (Starts 4/2) – Register Here​

Collaborative Planning for Online Services: Leading Schools Through COVID-19 

Every other week on Mondays 3:30-4:30 PM MDT (Starts 4/6) – Register Here

We are excited to partner with you at this time!

Your biggest fan,

Kaci Coats

Executive Director for the Collaborative for Exceptional Education


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