Instructional | KEDC Special Education Cooperative

KEDC Special Education Cooperative

The KEDC Special Education Cooperative is composed of a multidisciplinary team of educators with expertise in the areas of special education procedures and issues, instructional strategies, literacy, positive behavior interventions & support, classroom management, assistive technology, UDL, complex needs, and secondary transition. KEDC Special Education Cooperative provides support services and technical assistance as well as professional development to 22 school districts in Eastern Kentucky.

CANCELED Youth Mental Health First Aid
March 30, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm


Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

® Assess for risk of suicide or harm
® Listen nonjudgmentally
® Give reassurance and information
® Encourage appropriate professional help
® Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents & transition-age youth, ages 12-18. 

This training begins at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm

CANCLED Life After High School Transition Fair
April 14, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm


VI Life Skills Symposium
KEDC Ashland
April 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm


CANCELED Life After High School Transition Fair
April 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 1:00pm


Summer Institute 2020
KEDC Ashland
July 22, 2020 - 8:30am to July 24, 2020 - 3:30pm



Support services include technical assistance and consultation with individual teachers, teams, and district staff for a variety of situations which may include:

Request for Indirect Services
Request for Direct Services
  • Implementing and monitoring special education procedures
  • Supporting emergency & probationary certified and new teachers
  • Implementing differentiated instruction via literacy & math strategies, co-teaching, PBIS, Kansas Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines
  • Providing training, consultation and support on using Assistive Technology and UDL
  • Analysis of district & regional data and district assistance with ASSIST/CDIPs and CSIPs.
  • Providing training and technical assistance for students with autism, sensory impairments and other complex needs
  • Collaboration with other agencies

KEDC Special Education Cooperative Districts

KEDC Special Education Cooperative Staff

Carter, Mandy, Low Incidence Consultant

Mandy Carter

Low Incidence Consultant
Looney, Jon, Assistive Technology Consultant

Jon Looney

Assistive Technology Consultant
Dehart, Lori, Behavior Consultant

Lori Dehart

Behavior Consultant
Middleton, Pam, Executive Assistant

Pam Middleton

Executive Assistant
Hogg, Jenny, Special Education Consultant

Jenny Hogg

Special Education Consultant
Rutledge, Charles, PGES & Math Consultant

Charles Rutledge

PGES & Math Consultant
Lane, Lacey, M.S. CCC-SLP

Lacey Lane, M.S. CCC-SLP

Staton, Julia, Pre-employment Transition Specalist

Julia Staton

Pre-employment Transition Specalist
Little, Stephanie, KEDC Special Education Cooperative Director

Stephanie Little

KEDC Special Education Cooperative Director
Walker, Debbie, Literacy / Coaching Consultant

Debbie Walker

Literacy / Coaching Consultant