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2021 New Directors' Orientation 

The 2021 New Directors’ Orientation (NDO) will be held virtually on August 25-26, and September 2, 2021.  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. Registration will open on July 19th and will close on August 10th. For more information email Faye Gibson, Gibson_F@cde.state.co.us or Brittany Deyoe, Deyoe_B@cde.state.co.us

Training Dates & Times

  • August 25 & 26, 2021 from 8:30 - 4:00
  • September 2, 2021  from 8:30 - 2:00

Please try to attend all three days if at all possible.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Introductions & Overview of ESSU
Paul Foster

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Overview of the Mentor Project
Jeanne Boice-Wiley, Marietta Sears, and Frances Woolery-Jones

9:40 - 11:10 a.m. ESSU & Grants Fiscal Process
Vicki Graham, Moira Blake, Kim Boylan and Evan Davis

11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Personnel Compliance
Lauren Rossini

12:00 -12:30 p.m. Indicators 11 and 12
Gloria Durosko

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch Break & Check-in With Mentors

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Equity Focus in the ESSU
Michael Ramirez

1:40 - 2:40 p.m. Dispute Resolution
Candace Hawkins and Brandon Edelman

2:50 - 4:00 p.m. Meet with Mentors

Thursday, August 26, 2021

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. General Supervision and Monitoring, DMS and Parent Survey
Kerry Whitmore, Miki Imura, Joyce Thiessen-Barrett and Becky O'Malley

10:40 - 11:30 a.m. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Parent Phone Calls
Mary Anne Fleury and Joyce Thiessen-Barrett

11:40 - 12:10 p.m. Indicator 13 and Student Record Review
Gloria Durosko

12:10 - 12:40 p.m.  Lunch Break & Check-in With Mentors

12:40 - 1:30 p.m. Preschool Services including Child Find and Results Matter
Heidi White and Tara Rhodes

1:40 - 2:10 p.m. Secondary Transition, Services and Supports
Gail Lott

2:20 - 3:20 p.m. READ Act and Different Pathways
Ellen Hunter and Gina Herrera

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Meet with Mentors

2021 Thursday, Friday NDO Schedule (Word Doc.)


September 2, 2021

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.  - Welcome and Introductions 
Director Mentors

8:40 - 9:30 a.m. Who is Who in the ESSU?
Paul Foster and ESSU Directors

The Company We Keep
Paul Foster

9:40 - 10:10 a.m. - PEAK Performance
Michelle Williers and Pam Christy from PEAK Parent Center

10:20 - 10:40 a.m. - A Walk Through the Website
Amanda Timmerman

10:50 - 11:30 a.m. - Facility with Facilities
Judy Stirman and Facility Schools Team

11:30 - Noon - Meet the ALL Team - Getting Help, TA & PD
Tanni Anthony and ALL Team Supervisors

Noon - 12:15 p.m. - Grab Your Lunch for the Next Session

After our two days together on August 25-26, we know that you may have questions for specific people.

We will make break-out rooms available for brief check-ins with ESSU staff members with whom Directors might want to have short conversations. Use this time to schedule an appointment, ask a question, or just say hi.  Please let us know by 8/30 if you would like a room so that we can be sure the staff member is available during this time.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Eat, Meet, and Greet
Enjoy your lunch while members of the ESSU "drop in" to chat

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Meet with YOUR Mentor


Accommodation Notice

Requested ADA Accommodations are due by August 10th. Accommodations requested after this time cannot be guaranteed.

If you have registered and are then unable to attend the event, we ask for at least a 72-hour notice of cancellation, so that CDE can be proactive with cancelling requested accommodation services ahead of the training.


 New Directors' Handbook


Review the Sessions 2020 New Directors' Orientation

Access the recordings and handouts from the 2020 New Directors Orientation (NDO) at the 2020 NDO webpage

View 2020 NDO Sessions


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