The Co-operative is a trusted source of information for our member schools and the community.  We have gathered the most useful links to websites, articles, and other organizations in the field of special education.

Laws and Regulations

links and documents to help our members stay in compliance with state and federal regulations.

Child Find

Every charter school in DC has a responsibility to identify students with disabilities in their school community. Use the information here to guide Child Find activities at your LEA.

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)

The IEP is the plan that drives everything we do for a student with a disability, yet it spends more time locked in a file cabinet than in the hands of teachers. It’s not hard to get caught up in compliance and forget that the IEP is working document that needs to be a part of day-to-day lesson planning. The tools in this section will help you develop a compliant and high quality IEP that functions to meet the needs of students and teachers.

Academics & Instruction

Schools with high quality special education programs do much more than meet compliance deadlines. Quality programs are evident in curriculum, classrooms, and teacher planning meetings. This section includes resources on planning, instructional strategies, and assessment.

Behavior & Discipline

Tools and resources for effective school-wide and classroom management.

Related Services

The term “related services” refers to any number of services that a student may need in order to benefit from the IEP, including speech language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral counseling, and others. This section includes resources for providing high quality and compliant related services.


Tips and tools for both early childhood and secondary transition planning.

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. This section includes resources on developing and implementing 504 plans in public charter schools.

Quick Links

Being able to find what you need, when you need it is half the battle.  This page is “in process” – growing and changing frequently.  If you’ve got a link you think will be helpful to other members, send it to us!  If you are looking for a link not currently listed, ask us and we’ll help you find it! Links and link requests can be sent to info@specialedcoop.org with the subject line “links”.