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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.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
KEDC Ashland
July 10, 2017 - 8:00am 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 and transition-age youth, ages 12-18. 

This training begins at 8:00am and ends at 5:00pm.

CCR for Alternate Assessment
KEDC Ashland
July 11, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Below is information about the roll out of the CCR for Alternate Assessment from KDE.  A registration form is attached in pdf. 

v  CCR for Students Participating in the Alternate Assessment

Within Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning Accountability Model, the College- and Career-Ready (CCR) measures for students with significant cognitive disabilities have been revised. The CCR measures now align more closely with those for students participating in the general assessment. The assessment instruments were expanded beyond the Transition Attainment Record (TAR) and Career-Ready accountability was strengthened.

·    The TAR has been retained as the measure for College Ready.

·    A new assessment, the Employability Skills Attainment Record, will assess Career Ready: Academic.

·    A Career Work Experience Certification process was developed for Career Ready: Technical.

·    A student participating in the alternate assessment now has the opportunity to be both College and Career Ready.

Students will be awarded Career-Ready status by the Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE).


Team should include:

  • District Admin
  • HS Admin
  • HS Counselor
  • HS Special Ed Teacher
  • MS Special Ed Teacher
  • DoSE
  • Employment Specialist
  • Other Relevant Member


Literacy Strategies Change Up
KEDC, Ashland
July 12, 2017 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Is your school looking for research-based strategies which will work with all ages and content areas? Our workshop is designed for district and school literacy leads and others who can go back and share.

Facilitated by: Tiffany Looney, Literacy Consultant

Trauma Informed Care Overview Training
KEDC Lexington
July 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Trauma-Informed Care

  • Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people that recognizes the potential presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma may play in an individual’s life.
  • When a human service agency becomes trauma-informed, every part of its organization, management and service delivery system is assessed and potentially modified to include a basic understanding of how trauma affects the lives of individuals.
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care states that it changes the “paradigm from one that asks, 'What's wrong with you?' to one that asks, 'What has happened to you?'”
  • Responding to the behavioral health care needs of all individuals in a trauma-informed manner is crucial to overall health and recovery, and therefore must be a priority and incorporated within an integrated health care system. Trauma is a pervasive issue that impacts all levels of health care and requires specialized knowledge and training, and collaboration among policymakers, providers and consumers/family members. Trauma-informed principles must be incorporated into all practices, with the ultimate goal to create trauma-free environments.
  • Health care professionals need to understand the effects of traumatic events on individuals in order to maximize the efficacy of behavioral and physical health care interventions. This understanding will ensure that all supports and services are provided in a manner that reflects trauma-informed principles and practices and that facilitates recovery in a person-centered manner.
IEP Development Training
Morehead Conference Center
July 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

This session will provide the updated step-by-step guide of the process for developing an Individual Education Program using the IEP Guidance Document produced by the Kentucky Department of Education. Teachers will be provided the knowledge and skills to design meaningful, individualized programming for students in special education. This session will emphasize the role of determining current baseline using student performance data, developing measurable, observable goals, determining evidence based SDI & SAS and using appropriate tools for monitoring progress on successful student outcomes.

Who can register for the training:

·        New Teachers

·        Service Providers

·        Administrators who need a detailed step-by-step training of how to develop IEP for students with disabilities. 

Visual Phonics
KEDC, Lexington
July 20, 2017 - 8:30am to July 21, 2017 - 3:30pm

Presenter: Lacey Lane

Target Audience: All educators teaching beginning reading, SLPs, SLPAs, teachers of D/HH, and teachers of ELL

Description: See the Sound-Visual Phonics is a system of 46 unique hand cues and symbols that represent the sounds of English without the ambiguity of English orthography. Included are the sounds commonly referred to as vowels, consonants, diphthongs and digraphs. This two day workshop demonstrates how this strategy allows students to “see” or conceptualize speech sounds and relate them to print.


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

  • 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

Anderson, Sheila, Due Process & Transition Consultant

Sheila Anderson

Due Process & Transition Consultant
Looney, Tiffany, Literacy Consultant

Tiffany Looney

Literacy Consultant
Carter, Mandy, Low Incidence Consultant

Mandy Carter

Low Incidence Consultant
Middleton, Pam, Executive Assistant

Pam Middleton

Executive Assistant
Dehart, Lori, Behavior Consultant

Lori Dehart

Behavior 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
Thompson, Allan , Math Consultant

Allan Thompson

Math Consultant
Looney, Jon, Assistive Technology Consultant

Jon Looney

Assistive Technology Consultant