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December’s SEAC meeting included feedback from D20’s sped information night and a review progress on the Special Education Workgroup 1st quarter agenda. 

  • SEAC is an advisory committee and not an advocacy group 

Sped information night feedback: 

  • About 40 people in attendance with 114 RSVPs 

  • What topics might draw more parents to come?  Behavior, Autism, Project search, etc. 

  • Have we asked parents what they want to hear about? How can we involve parents? 

  • Can Peak Parent help with parent involvement? 

  • Can there be an online option? 

Special Education Workgroup updates: 

  • Department restructuring- eliminated several compliance facilitators. 

  • T.E. calculation, currently working with HR 

  • Job fair in fall and spring. Special Education is always recruiting 

  • Handbook- If you have not received yours by September 1, let us know.  

  • All staff read and signed that they had read Procedural Safeguards through Workday.  

  • External website has been cleaned and updated. 

  • On-going trainings to sped staff are offered and everyone is invited, including general education staff. 

  • All Sped updates occur once every month. It is an online meeting that typically lasts 25-30 minutes.  

  • Sped staff is criticized more than they are acknowledged. 

To-Do list: 

  • Program guidance has been updated. Sped administrators attend all level principal meetings to communicate updates as well as principal advisory groups every month. Staff train on requests from principals. 

  • Providing substitutes for paraeducator trainings is great and meaningful. Could this happen before the school year starts? 

  • Resource Program review is coming up in February 

Important Dates 

We have 2 remaining SEAC meetings for the year.  All meetings are held at the EAC from 5:00-6:30pm.  As a reminder, Teams is an available option for participation. 

  • February 22 

  • April 25 

CSEAC (Colorado Special Education Advisory Council) 

Nicole Gross is a local representative to the CSEAC.  Her contact information is below. 

You can reach Nicole at nicole.gross@gmail.com and the other representatives at ramer_d@cde.state.co.us 

Frequently Used Acronyms, Vocabulary, and Terms 

Acronyms are littered throughout conversations centered around special education. There is an acronym for just about everything, including eligibility categories, related services and providers, and programs.  One goal of the SEAC is to develop an extensive acronym and vocabulary booklet, but for now, here are each of the eligibility categories, related services, and programs in Academy District 20. 

Disability Categories 

  • ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder 

  • Deaf-blindness 

  • DD- Developmental Delay 

  • HI- Hearing Impairment, including Deafness 

  • Infant/Toddler with a Disability 

  • ID- Intellectual Disability 

  • MD- Multiple Disabilities 

  • OI- Orthopedic Impairment 

  • OHI- Other Health Impairment 

  • SED- Serious Emotional Disability 

  • SLD- Specific Learning Disability 

  • SLI- Speech or Language Impairment 

  • TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury 

  • VI- Visual Impairment, including Blindness 

https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/sd-main 

Services and Providers 

  • OT- Occupational Therapy/Therapist 

  • PT- Physical Therapy/Therapist 

  • DHH- Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

  • SLP- Speech Language Pathologist 

  • O&M- Orientation and Mobility 

Programs 

  • AN- Affective Needs 

  • CSD- Communication Social Delay 

  • ECSE- Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool) 

  • Resource 

  • SSN- Significant Support Needs 

Acronyms Used by CDE 

Current Special Education Staffing Assignments 

Directors 

Belinda Lujan-Linsey, Executive Director 

Becky Harris, Director of Instruction 

TBH, Director of Compliance 

Administrators 

Lisa Brandt- Compliance 

Jaleesa Steward- Preschool and K-12 Instructional 

Taylor May- Alternative Program, OOD 

Instructional Facilitators 

Kathie Garner- SSN Team 

Amelia Lynd- Autism Team 

Lisa Mitchell- Affective Needs and Behavior Team 

Lisa Shurgot- Autism and Preschool Teams 

Becky Buchannan- Elementary Resource 

Jenny Swan- Secondary Resource 

Cari Ordway- Transition 18-21 (Bridges) 

Compliance Facilitators 

Shellie Underhill- Douglass Valley, Foothills, Rockrimmon, Woodmen-Roberts, Eagle View, Air Academy, Aspen Valley Campus, NOP/EPP, Village High, Village Middle, HSA, Encompass Heights 

Daina Escamilla- Academy Endeavour, Encompass Heights, High Plains, Pioneer, Mountain Ridge, Rampart, Liberty, Timberview Middle, Academy International, Prairie Hills, Frontier, Explorer 

TBH- Chinook Trails Elementary, Chinook Trails Middle, Legacy Peak, Ranch Creek, Edith Wolford, Mountain View, Challenger, Pine Creek, Antelope Trails, The daVinci Academy, Discovery Canyon Elementary, Middle & High Schools