Additional Professional Development



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

  • South County SELPA and the Equity, Disproportionality and Design Team


    MTSS: Setting up Academic Interventions and Supports 

    In this two-part training, teams will receive an overview of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) with an emphasis on Tiered Academic Interventions and Supports. This training will provide the structures and systems to begin implementing MTSS in a school or district. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to attend to create collective efficacy and support effective implementation. 

    Objectives include:

    • Overview of Tier 1, 2, and 3 research based practices
    • Examining current tiered academic support practices for hidden biases and increasing cultural responsiveness
    • Disaggregating data to support decision making and address disproportionality in special education
    • Professional Learning Community supports to encourage stakeholder engagement for lasting change and impact



    Dates: February 10, 2022 & February 17, 2022

    Time: 8:30-11:00 am


    Office Hours and PLC Planning:

    Select Date for a 1-hour session

    Feb. 23, Feb. 25, March 2, March 4



    Location: Zoom (links to follow)

    Cost: Free

    OMS Registration Link:

    • Workshop #1 The Law - January 21, 2022 8:30am-2:00pm PDT: Dive deep into IDEA's transition mandate and decipher each component of this highly misunderstood and confusing law. This will also cover the top misinterpretations and errors that trigger due process proceedings and how to avoid these. Attendees will deepen their understanding of the transition process both from a legal standpoint and a best practices standpoint.
    • Workshop #2 The Plan - March 4, 2022 8:30am-2:00pm PDT: Step-by-step approach to the initial phases of the Individual Transition Plan (ITP). Age-appropriate transition assessments will be covered in detail. We will cover how to identify assessments that meet the full requirement of the law and then how to use the results of those assessments to inform the development of student postsecondary goals and annual goals. Attendees will learn how to write a comprehensive transition report that meets IDEA criteria and CA Ed Code 56327.
    • Workshop #3 The Program - April 1, 2022 8:30am-2:00pm PDT: Training on the ITP with an emphasis on transition services, how to document them on the ITP/IEP, and how to integrate them into a comprehensive school-wide transition program that goes beyond the walls of the special ed classroomAttendees will learn how to partner with general education programs and staff, guidance counselors,  and community agencies for the provision of transition services and learn how to document this system of coordination on the ITP/IEP.
  • 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

  • Imperial County SELPA Content Leads’ trainings scheduled for January 2022:
    • January 11, 2022; 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.: California Practitioners’ Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities. An Overview of Section 2: Pre-Referral and Referral, Assessment, and Individualized Education Program Processes.
    • January 13, 2022; 1–3 p.m.: Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities. Session 3- Assessment of English Learners for Possible Identification as a Student with a Disability.
    • January 20, 2022; 3:45–4:30 p.m.: Improving Outcomes for English Learners with Disabilities. Session 1- How the Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework provides support to English learners prior to and after identification for special education services.
    • January 27, 2022; 8:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.: Writing Linguistically Appropriate Goals and Objectives for English Learners with Disabilities. Review English Language Development (ELD) Standards and California Common Core State Standards/Review Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Blueprint and ELD core content connectors/Use ELPAC and Alternate ELPAC data to inform instruction and goal development/Review student scenarios; from baseline skills to goal development/Practitioners will practice writing linguistically appropriate goals and objectives for students with mild/moderate disabilities and extensive support needs.

      For more information, contact Brenda Sandoval, Imperial County SELPA, by email at or visit the Imperial County SELPA website at

      If you have any questions regarding this subject, contact the California Department of Education, Special Education Division by email at

  • 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) 2021-2022 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