In Conversation with OSSE’s Dr. Christina Grant

In August, the Co-op released All In: Getting to Solutions for Students with Disabilities. As the Co-op notes in the report: Changing results requires reimagining our schools and dismantling systemic inequities. A wealth of research throughout the years supports the recommendations that emerged from summit participants’ conversations. We cannot continue...

Organize Yourself and Your Team to Support Student Growth

“I wanted to make sure we were supporting the right students with the right kind of supports. The systems we created helped me become a stronger leader and delegate more effectively.”  —Amanda Arellano, Special Education Manager, LAMB PCS When Amanda Arellano participated in our Elevated Leadership Service program (which provides...

UDL: a gateway to improving academic outcomes for ALL students

“UDL is what you want to see in any classroom: it’s strong teaching and learning, with a focus on equity, high expectations, and planning intentionally. The Framework gives us the tools  and guides us through the process of removing barriers to learning.” — Meagan Alderton, Program Quality Specialist at the...

Fellow Executive Directors, what are we willing to change?

By Raymond Weeden In my 20+ years in education, I’ve rarely been surprised by assessment results. Educators have a good pulse on how students are doing and where support is needed. So as we find ourselves looking at abysmal PARCC results for students with disabilities, it’s not a question of...

In this week’s Washington Post

Author: Julie Camerata This week, The Washington Post published an op-ed I penned on the need for our city, at all levels of leadership, to prioritize students with disabilities. We know DC’s students with disabilities were struggling before the pandemic. Now we must act with the urgency to support them:...

At Paul PCS: Data, Support, and All Really Meaning All

Interviewed by Julie Camerata, Executive Director of the DC Special Education Cooperative This week, EmpowerK12 released its 2022 Bold Performance Schools report, highlighting DC schools that are serving high-priority students, including students with disabilities, well.  We sat down with Rosee Ragin, Executive Director of Student Support Services at Paul PCS,...