Professional Development

The Co-op provides professional development and coaching for staff at charter schools. Our professional development programs are provided independently and in collaboration with local and national special education experts. 

Free PD Workshops for Co-op Members

The Co-op offers free members-only workshops, PD series, and webinar on various topics throughout the year. Click the link above for the most up to date information and registration links.

Free Recorded Webinar for Members

Members can access our archived webinar anytime!

Early Childhood Inclusion Webinar Series

These webinar cover various topics and are based on our popular INCLUDE DC curriculum. Free and open to the public:

PD Programs:

INCLUDE DC: Special Education Tools for General Educators is a graduate level course designed for general education teachers working in inclusive classrooms in DC schools. !

Co-op Boot Camp

The Special Education Director at a DC charter school has a significant level of responsibility for implementing a compliant and high quality program. This session is designed to assist new Sped Directors to:

  • develop a clear understanding of DC’s Special Education Landscape;
  • clarify key aspects of the role; and
  • connect to Co-op resources that will facilitate their work.

This training is limited to brand new (first year) Sped Directors and/or a Sped Director new to DC. There is a limit of one seat per LEA held annually in summer.

CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

The Cooperative is a Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certified trainer! We can provide one or two day on-site trainings in crisis prevention and intervention.

Custom On-Site Professional Development for Members

All charter school staff need a basic understanding of special education and the tools to help them work effectively with students with disabilities.  The Cooperative provides fee-based, customized professional development workshops that will help your LEA to be compliant and deliver quality special education services to students. Contact us at info@specialecoop.org for more information!