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Inclusive Classrooms Need to Start with the Adults

December 7-11, 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Inclusive Schools WeekTM. During this week, school districts across the country are educating their staff, students, and parents about what it means to be inclusive and celebrating the achievements that we have made to help all of our children discover, explore and learn! Inclusivity is not about […]

INCLUDE DC Early Childhood – Solutions for Inclusive Classrooms in DC Charter Schools

There’s been a recent national push for inclusion in early childhood settings. Research supports the practice and links inclusive EC classrooms to positive outcomes for children with and without disabilities.  The Co-op agrees that ALL children need access to high quality inclusive classrooms, but how do we make sure what we have is high quality? […]

Unique Inclusive Practices at Creative Minds International Public Charter School (CMI)

INNOVATION and COLLABORATION The Co-op brings together charter school staff to share the innovative practices that allow them to provide high quality special education services to DC’s students. We asked Amita Lathigra, Director of Student Support at Co-op member school Creative Minds International (CMI), to share her thoughts on CMI’s unique approach to inclusive learning. […]

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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