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.

Our web-based tool that assists schools in identifying strengths and areas for improvement within their special education programs.

Includes Co-op Bootcamp, 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, the special education continuum, behavior support, inclusive practices, 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!