DCSpecialeducation co-operative Helping Charter Schools Develop High Quality Special Education Programs 2010-2011
What is the Co-operative? • The Co-operative supports charter schools by providing information, resources, services, and advocating for members at the state level. • First organization of its kind, created by charter school leaders in 1998. • Recognized nationally as an innovative model and has been replicated in states across the country. • A true “co-operative”, the DC Special Education Co-operative is guided by its members through the Board of Directors.
Who is the Co-operative? • 25 member schools • Each school elects one “director” to sit on the Co-operative’s Board • All staff at member schools can benefit from membership • 2 staff members • 1volunteer
Members for SY 2010-2011 • AppleTree PCS • Bridges PCS • Capital City PCS • Center City PCS • DC Bilingual PCS • DC Prep PCS • Early Childhood PCS • Education Strengthens Families PCS • EL Haynes PCS • Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS • Friendship PCS • Hope Community PCS • HYDE PCS • IDEA PCS • Imagine South East PCS • KIPP DC PCS • LAMB PCS • Maya Angelou PCS • Next Step PCS • Potomac Lighthouse PCS • SAIL PCS SEED PCS • St Coletta Special Education PCS • Washington Latin PCS • Washington Yu Ying PCS
What do we do? • Compliance and Program Consulting Services • Program/file review and development • Mentoring Special Education Coordinators • Monitoring preparation • Special Education staff candidate searches • Medicaid application support and billing services
What do we do? • Professional Development and Training Services • Annual conference – Jumpstart • ASSIST DC – graduate certificate program with Catholic University • Charter Start-Up in collaboration with FOCUS • Training on topics of interest to members • Legal/compliance/policy • Program development • Staffing • Advocacy • Working with parents • Inclusive practice • Special Education Praxis coaching • Custom trainings
What do we do? • Advocacy through • Frequent and direct communication with OSSE at • policy level • program development level • professional development level • Testimony at the SEA level • The Co-operative organizes/trains members to testify at public hearings • Reviews and submits comments on all new and pertinent OSSE policies • Representation on State-level panels and workgroup • LRE workgroup & Secondary Transition Workgroup • State Advisory Panel for Special Education
What do we do? • Provide Information: • Website – members only sections with tools, resources, articles, forms – all specific to the needs of DC charters. • Bi-weekly newsletter • Policy briefs and updates from OSSE • Group discussion lists for SECs to share ideas and ask questions (SECs and Co-operative staff only). • Helpline – call or email the Co-operative anytime with questions about policy, practice, parents, EasyIEP, etc.
How we can help: • Your membership entitlesALLstaff at your LEA to access Co-operative resources. • Call/email us when you have a question • Visit the website to find sample forms, policy briefs, articles about lesson planning, and links to other resources • Use the email discussion lists to get immediate feedback from your colleagues • Read our notes when you can’t make it to an OSSE meeting • Read our newsletter to stay up to date on policies, events, and get tips for improving your special education practice
Opportunities for Collaboration • Monthly member meetings on various topics • Webinar training sessions • Email lists • Advisory Groups • Ad-hoc committees to address member needs • DC CAS planning • Non public placements • Special Education Policies and Procedures
Current and Upcoming Projects • ASSIST DC • Cohort 2 possible for Spring 2011 • Shared Services • Legal, Related, Sub Pool • Advisory Panels • Early Childhood Special Education, Bilingual Special Education, & Secondary Transition • Listserv Launch • Special Educators • General Educators • SST • Member Meetings • October 28 – Legal Issues & Compliance
CONTACT US www. specialedcoop.org Julie Camerata, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 202-903-6883 Monica Lesperance, Program Quality Specialist email@example.com 202-904-0249