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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education


Highly effective school environments prioritize the academic achievement and social skills of all students. The Office of Special Education has identified research-based strategies and practices that support positive behavioral outcomes for all students. Implementation of effective strategies and best practices within a variety of host settings, improves school climate and student outcomes. This site provides multiple links to rules, guidelines, assessment tools, and research-based strategies to promote social competence and support positive behavioral interventions.

Office Hours

Bill Brown will be offering weekly office hours beginning August 11th on Tuesdays from 8:00 - 9:30 AM.

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What's New

Our team has collected resources and tools specific to SED, SEL, behavior, and mental health that may be useful during this time as you plan for students.

View the SED/SEL/Behavior & COVID Resources

Direct Behavior Rating

This video will provide an overview of Direct Behavior Rating (DBR), specifically with a focus on the use of this process for behavioral data collection in remote learning. The process of DBR will be discussed in a step-by-step format and the applications for remote learning will be addressed. The video will also address goal setting and progress monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan in place. Viewers will be able to identify options for DBR as a behavioral data tracking tool across grade levels and school settings.



Professional Learning

Positive Discipline or Positive Behavioral Supports

This webinar will present an overview of using positive discipline in the school setting.  This learning opportunity will focus on how to reclaim "discipline" as preventative, positive, and instructional.  This will include methods for teams to address positive discipline within a systems framework.


8 Week Online Course: Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans

This 8 week online course, offered in both fall and spring semesters, is intended for school and district-level teams.  The purpose of the course is to support the team in developing a functional behavioral Assessment (FBA) that accurately identifies a student’s function of behavior in order to develop more effective Behavior Intervention Plans. Team-based approaches to complete such activities are always best practice and in the best interest of the student, school, and family. By the end of the course, participating teams will be able to successfully complete Basic Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). The course provides a foundation for understanding FBAs and provides opportunity for practice in the completion of FBAs and BIPs. Support from instructors will be given in the form of discussion board with no face-to-face opportunities provided.

Date(s): September 20th, 2020 through November 20th, 2020 (8 weeks not including week of Fall Break) (Spring 2021 Dates TBD, please check back!) 
** REGISTRATION Opens on August 24th, 2020 and CLOSES on August 28th, 2020 or when registration is full. 


Other Resources

Crisis Management

Picture: Colorado Crisis Services Logo  1-844-493-TALK (8255)

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CRISIS LINE: 1-844-493-TALK (8255) is a 24/7/365 support line for anyone affected by a mental health, substance use or emotional crisis. All calls are connected to a mental health professional, who will provide immediate support and connections to further resources. WALK-IN CRISIS SERVICES/ STABILIZATION UNITS: Our walk-in crisis services are open 24/7, and offer confidential, in-person crisis support, information and referrals to anyone in need. If you need in-person assistance, or are helping others with a crisis, you can always visit a walk-in crisis services location near you. Some locations provide crisis beds for 1-5 days, for either voluntary or involuntary treatment. View the map to find the locations nearest you.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Brown
Phone: (303) 866-6712
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