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2020 New Directors' Orientation

COVID-19 and Special Education

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COVID-19 resources for special education

This two day meeting was held virtually on August 12 & 13, 2020. This meeting is for new and near-new directors of special education and will cover information regarding fiscal responsibilities, legal issues, dispute resolution, general supervision and monitoring, and much more.  The sessions were recorded and can be accessed below. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Introductions and Overview of the ESSU

Paul Foster, ESSU Executive Director

Overview of the 2019-2020 Mentor Project

Faye Gibson & ESSU Director Mentors, Jeanne Boice-Wiley, Marietta Sears & Frances Woolery-Jones


Fiscal Processes

Vicki Graham, Moira Blake & Kim Boylan

Special Education Data Reporting and Personnel Compliance

Lauren Rossini & Beth Nelson


General Supervision and Monitoring

Candace Hawkins, Kerry Whitmore, Heidi Derr, Orla Bolger & Alyssa Ohleyer

Parent Survey

Joyce Thiessen-Barret & Miki Imura

Thursday, August 13, 2020


Dispute Resolution

Brandon Edelman

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mary Anne Fleury

Communications from and to the ESSU

Suzy Shotts

Introductions to PEAK

Pam Christy


  • About PEAK PPT (PDF) - coming soon! 

Helpful Links:

Introductions to the ALL Team

Tanni Anthony

Secondary Services Transition and Support

Gail Lott


Training / Talks / Office Hours:

CDE Link:


Child Find and Preschool Special Education & Results Matter/Preschool Outcomes

Heidi White & Tara Rhodes

Facility Schools

Judy Stirman

Overview of Directors' Handbook, Q&A from the Day

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