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Writing Intervention for Struggling Learners

Through Project SOAR, the Co-op brought an expert writing coach to work with teachers at 4 member schools in SY14-15 as they implemented a new writing intervention. We asked our coach, Cindy Sherman, a speech language pathologist with a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Maryland, to share her thoughts on the past […]

Teaching Practices to Improve Math Learning

During SY14-15, the Co-op piloted a new professional development program, Project SOAR, for special education math teachers in 3 member schools. Through Project SOAR, the Co-op was able to bring in an expert math coach to help charter school staff implement math interventions for students with disabilities in grades 4-8. Our coach, Angela Stoltz, is […]

Medicaid Reimbursement in DC Charter Schools

Providing high quality special education services is expensive.  All public schools in DC receive “special education add-on” funding, but it is often not enough to cover the costs of services they provide.  One avenue some charters have pursued to cover those costs is Medicaid reimbursement. Early Advocacy For Medicaid in DC Charter Schools Although the […]

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"One of the best"!

The DC Special Education Co-operative is honored to announce its recognition as one of Greater Washington's best community-based charities in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy. This award reflects the Co-op's status as a highly effective local charity, working to support DC public charter schools in providing high quality, compliant special education services that meet the diverse and often complex needs of students with disabilities, driving student growth and achievement.

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The DC Special Education Co-operative (legally named the DC Public Charter School Cooperative) was founded in 1998 by a group of charter school leaders, teachers, special education experts and local chartering authorities, and is the first of its kind in the nation. Learn More