Vision, Mission & History


All students with disabilities in the District of Columbia receive a rigorous, individualized, and inclusive education preparing them for post-secondary success.


WE CULTIVATE programs and professionals committed to the best outcomes for students with disabilities.

WE COLLABORATE by bringing together schools and community members to share ideas, leverage resources, and build capacity.

WE INNOVATE by offering programs and services that move schools from compliance to quality.


The Co-op was founded in 1998 by charter school leaders, teachers, special education experts, and local chartering authorities. Today, we remain a grassroots, co-operative organization governed by charter school representatives. This enables us to promote collaboration between schools, increase each school’s capacity to comply with special education laws and regulations, and drive high quality implementation. When charter schools think of special education, they think of the Co-op!

Do you share our vision? Become a Cooperative member today!