Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month, a time to foster greater awareness, understanding, and inclusion.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines acceptance as “the quality or state of being accepted or acceptable:  approval”.  In the context of Autism Acceptance Month, it means building our knowledge in order to embrace autistic people as they...

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...

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...

Our Holiday Wishlist

Our Holiday Wishlist for Serving Students with Disabilities At the Co-op, we believe that every school can serve its students with disabilities and provide strong, rigorous teaching and learning. Here is our wishlist for this holiday season (and the common practices we see when students with disabilities are being well-served):...

Who are students with disabilities?

Students with disabilities are often lumped into one monolithic category, but nearly 20 percent of DC students are students with disabilities and their needs are not a monolith. In fact, they are diverse in their dreams and academic needs. Meet three families who are sharing their unique perspectives on navigating...

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...

The State of Special Education in the District of Columbia

By Julie Camerata A wealth of resources share startling statistics about students with disabilities in DC public schools. Looking at, understanding, and acting on data is critical for DC to move forward both at the city level and for each student learning in a DC school.  This overview of how...