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COVID-19 resources for special education

Current SLD Learning Opportunities

What About Maths? 

Growing our confidence in our mathematical content knowledge - yes we can! 


Two 45 minute live webinars that will address the use of formal and informal assessment to drive student feedback to improve math outcomes for struggling students.

Webinar Objectives: 

  • Expand content knowledge
  • Discuss the effectiveness of various mathematical pedagogical practices
  • Explore how high quality tasks can positively impact conceptual understanding
  • Use assessment data to inform feedback for students, families, and support teams 


Elementary focus will be held on Wednesday 03/16/22 from 4:00 to 4:45 pm

Registration - Elementary Focus

Secondary focus will be held on Thursday 3/17/22 from 4:00 to 4:45 pm

Registration - Secondary Focus


Online - A Zoom link to attend the webinar will be sent to you.


Presenters are:

  • Juliana Tapper Math Intervention Specialist & Founder at CollaboratEd.
  • Dr. Mindy Adair Director of Mathematics and Technology Integration Specialist at Denver Academy.
  • Veronica Fiedler Specific Learning Disability Specialist with the Exceptional Student Services unit at Colorado Department of Education. 

On demand professional development

Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties 

Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties is an on-demand eLearning series that was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.

Content of the webinar series was originally included in the book Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015).

This on-demand eLearning series is designed for use in multiple ways:

  1. Complete all 13 modules: Participants who engage in all thirteen modules will be provided a comprehensive learning experience encompassing research, impact, and critical elements of assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties.
  2. Complete individual modules: Participants may view a session/s for specific information and guidance on topics related to assessing, preventing and overcoming reading difficulties. This format is ideal for short professional development opportunities, e.g., during an Impact Team meeting or Professional Learning Community.
  3. Complete as a book or chapter study: Participants may view all or part or the series as a tandem companion or supplemental resource for supporting a study of the book: The Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Kilpatrick, 2015)

At this time, this series is NOT set up for participants to receive any CDE credit hours. 

Click on the green computer icon above to be directed to the professional development platform. You may enter as a guest. Once you have successfully completed all modules, you will have an opportunity to offer feedback. 

Determining SLD Eligibility: An Overview

This 40-minute video will discuss:

  • the differences between MTSS and RtI and how they are interrelated.
  • how to to build a body of evidence through an RtI process in order to determine eligibility for Specific Learning Disability.
  • review considerations for English Learners during the eligibility process for special education services.

View the video on the CDE Professional Development Portal.

Podcast - The Gray Area

The Gray Area is a podcast where we examine pressing issues and common questions about Specific Learning Disability.

The Gray Area - SLP & Literacy Development

In this episode of The Gray Area, Veronica Fiedler and Tami Cassel discuss the role of Speech Language Pathologist in literacy development. (Episode Length 25:02)

Prior Written Notice

In this episode of The Gray Area, Veronica Fiedler and Beth Nelson discuss Prior Written Notice in Special Education. (Episode Length 11:04)

Archived SLD Learning Opportunities/Trainings

Other Training Opportunities

Visit the Colorado Department of Education's Professional Development Training Portal for a full list of professional development opportunities offered by the Colorado Department of Education.


For more information, please contact:

Veronica Fiedler
Phone: 303-866-6863
Email Veronica Fiedler


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