Additional Professional Development



Obtain approval from your special education administrator prior to registering for trainings.
Register according to steps specified by the sponsoring organization.



  • CA Practitioners' Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities Professional Development (Five-Session Series): This five-part professional development series will focus on each of the five sections of the California Practitioners' Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities.  Deborah E. Montoya, Lupita Olguin-Rubio, and Vanessa Lopez from the Imperial County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) state content lead on Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities will host each of the following five sessions in this series:
    • Session #1: An Overview of Section 1: Identification of English Learners, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and Pre-Referral Interventions (October 6, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Session #2: An Overview of Section 2: Pre-Referral and Referral, Assessment, and Individualized Education Plan Processes (January 11, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Session #3: An Overview of Section 3: Education Programs and Instructional Strategies (March 9, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    • Session #4: An Overview of Section 4: Proposing Exit from Special Education Services (April 6, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
    • Session #5: An Overview of Section 5: Reclassification from English Learner Status (May 24, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

    *All teams are encouraged to participate in the complete series, but may select to participate in individual sessions.

    The intended audience for this series includes the following: special education teachers, English learner coordinators, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, county office of education administrators, district level and site-based administrators, and SELPA administrators and staff.

    Registration for this event can be can be found on the Imperial County Office of Education Training Opportunities web page at

    For additional information on these workshops please contact Brenda Sandoval, Imperial County Office of Education, by email at

    If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Patrick Garcia-Smith, Education Programs Assistant, Programs and Partnerships Unit, Special Education Division, California Department of Education, by phone at 916-322-5101 or by email at

  • Vision for the Future: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities--October 16 & 23, 2021 9:00AM-12:30 AM English Flyer, Spanish Flyer, Video


      • Schedule of Presentations

October 16th at 9am-9:15am: Welcome & Keynote

October 16th at 9:20am – 10:50am:  Transition Planning

October 16th at 11am – 12:30pm: Adult Education

October 23rd at 9:00am – 10:40am: Can Students with Intellectual Disabilities Go to College? YES!!!

October 23rd at 10:50am – 12:20pm: Going to College: Students’ Perspectives

  • Strengthening Tier I Instructional Practices to Eliminate Disproportionality and Promote Equity in Schools: A collaboration between South County SELPA, the Equity, Disproportionality & Design Project, and the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST),featuring teachers and school leaders from award-winning schools. Flyer


  • The Speech Pathology Group Presents: Beyond the Verbs "Look & Go" - Strategies to Teach Curriculum Verbs--October 27, 2021 8:30AM-3:00PM: Limited verb lexicon is a characteristic of children with a specific language impairment (SLI). Learn how speech language pathologists (SLPs) can foster the development of verbs by increasing frequency input and verb diversity. Learn two intervention techniques and strategies that are critical for learning verbs. Strategies and techniques will be provided for children with language impairments to learn curriculum verbs. These strategies will facilitate the children’s participation with the demands of the curriculum and to participate in the classroom environment. Specific scaffolding strategies to implement will be provided and discussed. Grade-level verbs, high-incidence academic verbs, and verbs critical for academic success will be listed and reviewed as well. Numerous digital handouts will be demonstrated, discussed and provided.

    Presented by: Cathy Alexander, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Location: Zoom – The link to join the meeting will be sent to registered participants.

    Cost: Free

    Registration Link

  • 2021-22 Expert Webinar Series: Understanding Dyslexia and Literacy
  • Professional Learning Webinar Series for Paraeducators: Building a Community of Support

    An effective inclusion program requires all staff to be highly trained in supporting students’ individualized needs. Paraeducators play a critical role in providing access to instruction and resulting post-secondary outcomes. This year-long series will focus on roles/responsibility, behavior support, and universal design for learning. This series will focus on paraeducators, teachers, and administrators.

    • Session #1: Roles and Responsibilities and Maximizing Paraeducator Support
    • Session #2: Leveraging Inclusive Practices: Accommodations and Modifications are the Foundation for Inclusion
    • Session #3: Paraeducate Self-Advocacy
    • Session #4: Behavior Supports
    • Session #5: Data Collection

    A padlet of recorded webinars and presentation materials from this series can be accessed at

  • SELPA System Improvement Leads
  • Marin County SELPA Autism Spectrum Disorder - CAPTAIN trainings and information
  • Placer County SELPA Open Access Project - Resources for Universal Design, Assistive Technology, and the AAC
  • San Mateo County SELPA Events Calendar and Trainings Check which sessions are open to staff outside of San Mateo County, obtain approval from your District's special education administrator.
  • South County SELPA San Diego Equity Disproportionality & Design - Presentations and activities, and call to action toolkit.
  • Imperial County SELPA Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities - Collection of training opportunities and recorded modules
  • Contra Costa County SELPA Trainings.  Some sessions are open to staff outside of Contra Costa SELPA.  Obtain approval from your District's special education administrator, register through the link above.
  • Supporting Inclusive Practices (SIP) - link to recorded modules in the resources area of the site
  • Diagnostic Center North (DCN) 2020-2021 Monthly Trainings Schedule
  • Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA): Preschool During the Pandemic Series. This series shares nationwide experiences of practitioners and families, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following episodes are available:
      • Episode #1: Overview: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times
      • Episode #2: Teaching Through the Screen, Not On It
      • Episode #3: Reflections on Inclusion in Remote Preschool
      • Episode #4: Equity and Family Support
      • Episode #5: Alia Goes Back to Preschool
      • Episode #6: Bringing a Virtual Classroom to Life
      • Episode #7: My Virtual Preschool Classroom
      • Episode #8: Noah and Pop-Pop Go to Preschool
      • Episode #9: Back to the Classroom: Balancing Social Development and Safety
      • Episode #10: Promoting Social Skills in a Virtual Classroom
      • Episode #11: Rising to the Occasion
      • Episode #12: Engaging Preschoolers with Green Screens

For access to this video series, visit the ECTA Preschool During the Pandemic web page at


  • Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): Special Education
    The CDE; the California Collaborative for Excellence in Education (CCEE); and the EWIG Special Education grantee, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), partnered to support California educators learn new techniques for addressing the unique challenges teachers and students face.These organizations created a Padlet of resources that include links to webinar series, recommendations on remote design, video assessments in the virtual class, lesson planning guides, and more.  The Padlet is available at  For more information on this resource, contact Sharyn Coyle, Director, California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy at



  • Equity by Design Webinar Series (Part 1): A Conference in A Box Presented by Katie Novak and Mirko Chardin (Fall 2020)

The Equity by Design conference focuses on the following objectives:

    • Understand how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help to dismantle inequitable systems and practices to provide all students with equal opportunities to learn at high levels.
    • Explore and express the connections between UDL and culturally sustaining pedagogies, trauma-informed practices, and anti-racist teaching practices.
    • Design more equitable, linguistically appropriate, and culturally responsive lessons that elevate and celebrate students in ways that are authentically relevant.

A padlet of recorded webinars and presentation materials from this series can be accessed at