INCLUDE DC – Free Conference for DC Teachers!

Early Childhood Teachers in DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools are invited to attend a free conference: INCLUDE DC – Supporting Students With Disabilities in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms. Conference sessions will focus on practical strategies for addressing the needs of students with disabilities within the general education classroom. Topics include: Autism in Early Childhood, Sensory Needs […]

D.C. Special Education Cooperative's 2016 Alternative Spring Break Program, March 28-April 1, 2016 Washington, DC (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/

Alternative Spring Break

There are close to 13,000 students with IEPs enrolled in DCPS and DC public charter schools.  Studies show that students with disabilities are more likely than their peers without disabilities to experience unemployment, lower pay, and higher job dissatisfaction.  Experts agree that for students with disabilities having work and work-based experiences as a student are […]

Alternative Spring Break: an innovative program for DC Charter Students with Disabilities

Washington, DC, March 24, 2016 Instead of hanging out during their spring break, 25 charter high school students with learning challenges and disabilities will participate in a pilot project, Alternative Spring Break, with the purpose of preparing them for all aspects of life after high school including career exploration and readiness, social skills development, and instruction […]


Nuts & Bolts Q: How do I add/remove a service? A: Use this tool from OSSE Q: How do I set up my SEDS calendar for ESY? A: Click the calendar at the top of your dashboard, go to the date you want, double click on the date.  You will be directed to a new screen […]

Inclusive Classrooms Need to Start with the Adults

December 7-11, 2015 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. […]

Secondary Transition Plans – Training Wheels for a Successful Future

The Co-op has launched our new Secondary Transition Services for SY15-16! Our Transition Specialist, Rebecca Foster, is already hard at work meeting with teachers and students at Co-op member schools to guide them through the transition planning process. In her first blog post, Becci shares the importance of quality transition planning: Transition Plans – Training […]