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Affective Needs Conference 2019

The 2019 Affective Needs Conference will be held on October 4th at the Denver DoubleTree by Hilton. The conference is sponsored by the Colorado Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, and will feature keynote speaker Craig Zablocki. Craig has spoken to over one million people internationally and engages, confronts, and transforms individuals towards more authentic expression and purpose. Please see the flyer in the link below for more information and registration link. 

SED Quality Indicators - Extended Learning Opportunity for schools that would like support in the assessment and implementation of programming for students with Serious Emotional Disabilities

Serious Emotional Disability Quality Indicators offers guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programming and services for students with SED. The QIs cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation but as a tool designed to assist those who education and provide services to students with a SED or those evaluating these programs.  The QI will provide baseline data which can be used to action plan and, in turn, monitor improvement of programming.

Districts/Schools that would like assistance with the implementation of the SED Quality Indicator tool need to complete and submit the following documents:

A letter of interest that describes the makeup of the team(s), the need for SED QI intervention at the school or district, structures and resources already in place that will support the successful implementation, possible barriers as well as plans to address barriers to implementation and the details of how, when, and where the team will implement and what readiness factors make your school or system a hospitable environment for the successful implementation. Please submit the letter via Email to Bill Brown at with “SED QI Interest” in the subject line.

2-3 locations will be selected each school year for the development of pilot sites that can be developed into model sites that others across the state can observe.



The purpose of this webinar is to assist multi-disciplinary teams, including families, in the application of best practices while using the new disability criteria for identifying students with a Serious Emotional Disability (SED).


Webinar:  Discerning Social Maladjustment in Evaluations for Serious Emotional Disability (SED)

The Colorado Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Unit has provided a recording of a live webinar on discerning social maladjustments from Serious Emotional Disability (SED) when evaluating eligibility for SED recorded in December, 2016.

This webinar recording provides information on commonly understood definitions of social maladjustment, common characteristics of social maladjustment, an approach to determining whether a student qualifies for an SED when social maladjustment is present, and intervention resources.

Workshop: Transforming Disability Identification through Culturally Responsive Approaches

Featuring: Janine Jones, Ph.D.
The workshop held on June 18, 2015 focused on the problem of disproportionality and the over-representation of students of color identified for special education under the category of Emotional Disturbance.

Picture: Powerpoint cover for Through a New Lens by Dr. Janine Jones, June 18, 2015

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