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Leading Improvements for Students with Disabilities

​SDCOE assists districts and schools in meeting the unique needs of students with disabilities so that each student has equitable access to opportunities to be college- and career-ready. 

Supports and services are designed to help district and school leaders ensure their students with disabilities are challenged to excel and prepared for success after high school, as aligned with state standards. Analyze, reflect, and transform systems with SDCOE specialists to build exemplary programs of instruction reflective of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


Professional Learning 

Professional learning opportunities are available to districts and schools upon request. Listed below are several popular topics. Contact Gail Paradeza to get started. 

  • A leader's guide to special education basics. 
  • How to provide students with disabilities equitable access to grade-level, standards-aligned instruction and opportunities for full participation in LRE through research and evidence-based practices (e.g. Universal Design for Learning) and the California content frameworks.
  • How to develop Individual Education Programs (IEPs) that are reflective of grade-level, standards-aligned goals, and instruction that is aligned with the state standards.

Professional Networks

Join special education leaders from districts and schools across the county to investigate instructional frameworks and the state standards through the lens of serving students with disabilities and discuss best practices. 

Coaching and Consultation 

Email Gail Paradeza (or click the included link) to coordinate support in any of the following areas:

  • Customized coaching and consultation to support leadership in special education programs in districts or schools. 
  • One-on-one coaching for leaders through the Clear Administrative Services Credential Program, which connects the CPSELs to special education leadership practices. 
  • Consultation on implementing inclusive settings districtwide, such as specialized academic instruction (SAI) programs that are aligned with the general education system, a learning-centered culture in line with the vision for students with disabilities, special education staff equipped with the skills to provide high-quality teaching and learning, and strategically using resources.

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