The South County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), in partnership with the Teachers Guild, is hosting a workshop Oct. 22 that aims to bring together teachers, special education providers, parents, and district administrators to address the issue of disproportionality in special education.
Disproportionality is when groups of students are under- or over-represented in special education, which means that not all students have the opportunity to live up to their full academic and social potential.
Participants will be introduced to design thinking methods and mindsets and will hear multiple perspectives on the challenges and opportunities within special education.
The workshop will address the following topics:
- How might we build a shared understanding of disproportionality across all stakeholders?
- How might we empower our community with the tools to confidently and proactively address disproportionality?
- How might we establish a statewide network of collaborators to scale new, bold ideas?
This workshop is part of the South County SELPAs participation in the California Statewide System of Support as the content leads for helping SELPAs reduce disproportionality and improve equity. The project is being funded by a five-year grant from the California Department of Education. The South County SELPA coordinates special education program development and student placements for more than 11,000 students from birth through age 22 in the southern region of San Diego County.
Last month, the South County SELPA started a year-long collaboration with IDEO, a human-centered design organization, with a co-design session that gathered feedback and perspective from stakeholders on early designs, messaging, and materials that were used to launch the Content Leads Disproportionality Project and shared with SELPAs all over the state.
For more information about the project, please contact Russell Coronado, executive director for the South County SELPA.