ELEVATE is the Co-op’s core program that enables charter schools to “elevate” their practices and provide high quality and compliant special education services for students with disabilities to improve student outcomes.

A school-team focused on results and a common goal, with shared understanding of what makes a special education program great is key to success. The Co-op’s ELEVATE program activities are designed to meet schools where they are, get the whole school on board, and leverage our network of practitioners to move schools forward.

A key aspect of our program is the ELEVATE continuous improvement process – it gives teams a common language for identifying the practices that define a high quality special education program and a process to help them get there.

ELEVATE Program Activities:

ELEVATE Needs Assessment & Continuous Improvement Process:

  • The ELEVATE Needs Assessment – a 15-minute, 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 ELEVATE Deep Dive – use of the interactive ELEVATE Data Dashboard, alongside additional data sets and artifacts.
  • Action Planning & Implementation – a supported process that sets specific targets and plans for program improvement

Demo Classroom Network: The Demo Classroom Network is the Co-op’s on-site learning program for educators who want to continually develop their impact on the students they serve.

Annual ELEVATE Conference:The Co-op hosts an annual conference during National Inclusive Schools Week to highlight best practices for serving students with disabilities in DC Public Charter schools.