Our members want to get special education right! The Co-op fills a unique community need in DC by working with teachers, school leaders, and across charter schools to improve educational services for students with disabilities. Through Co-op membership, our schools are leveraging resources, sharing ideas, and building capacity to elevate the quality of their special education programs.

Why join?

Co-op members have access to our programs and services. Benefits of membership include:

Rapid response helpline, biweekly newsletters, and policy briefs.

The Co-op works with OSSE, PCSB, DC’s State Advisory Panel, and other city agencies to make sure the interests of charters are considered and addressed.

Development and collaboration opportunities for LEA-based special education leaders, and access to online communities of practice.

A web-based, valid and reliable special education program evaluation tool that charter schools can use to identify areas of strength and for improvement based on our Special Education Framework. The Needs Assessment is the first step in our ELEVATE continuous improvement process.

Includes online courses, annual conferences, and special events.

Full access to our member resource site: templates, articles, guidance documents, webinar, and infrastructure tools that include a resume bank, hiring tips, and sample job descriptions and performance evaluations.

Access to work groups and opportunities to partner with us on projects in our focus areas such as: secondary transition, evidence-based interventions, Universal Design for Learning, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and more!

Become a Member

The DC Special Education Cooperative is a 501(c)(3) organization. Membership is open to all charters in the District of Columbia.

Read more about the Co-op’s services in our Membership-at-a-Glance.

The Co-op’s membership year begins on July 1, but it’s never too late to join!