ABOUT

With support from OSPI, the WASA Special Education Director Academy has been developed to support those who have administrative responsibilities of Special Education. Session modules, noted below, are designed to support leaders with relevant and timely topics, presented by local experts and practitioners. 

OUR FACILITATOR

Jennifer Traufle
Chief of Student Support, Renton School District


2022–23 SESSION MODULES 

• Inclusive Practices
• Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
• Budget and Grant Management
• Recruitment and Retention
• High School and Beyond Plans (HSBP)
• Dyslexia
• Compliance

2022–23 SCHEDULE

Sessions will be held via Zoom, 8:30–10 a.m. on the following dates: 

October 6 | 8:30–10 a.m.

Session Resources
Pasco SD High School and Beyond: Plans and Graduation Pathways
OSPI: Partnering for Transition & High School and Beyond Planning

November 3 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

December  1 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

January 5 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

February 2 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

March 2 | 8:30–10 a.m. 
Zoom

May 4 | 8:30–10 a.m. 
Zoom

June 6 | 8:30–10 a.m. 
Zoom

2022–23 REGISTRATION

Register

Registration is complimentary and includes 16 Washington State Approved Clock Hours.

ZOOM
Soon after registering (within 24 hours), you will receive your Zoom confirmation with your personal link to join the session. Please click the link in the confirmation to save the meetings to your calendar. 

Access is limited to one person/device per email so please do not share your link. 

2021–22 ACADEMY RESOURCES

January 6 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

Session Resources
Special Education Community Complaints Presentation Updated
Andrew Stashefsky, OSPI

Special Education Update: Defense Attorney Perspective Presentation
Carlos Chavez, Pacifica Law Group

Note Catcher

Guiding Slides
Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator

View the recorded session here.


February 3 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

Session Resources
WASA Special Education Recovery Services
Andrew Stashefsky, OSPI

Vancouver PS Special Education and Recovery Services
Laura Bergeron and Daniel Bettis, Vancouver PS

Special Education Recovery Services Slides
Snohomish Recovery Service Considerations
Recovery Service Guidance
Sara Woolverton, Snohomish SD

Special Education Recovery Services Summer School 2021
Jennifer Marie Jones, Ed. S, and Michael Croyle, Tukwila SD

Guiding Slides
Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator


March 3 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

Session Resources
Guiding Slides
Dr. Tania May, Executive Director of Special Education, OSPI and Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator

Engagement and Improvement during the Pandemic: Sedro-Woolley School District
Tony Smith, Amber Gregg, Sarah Dahl, Rae Allen, and Maureen Hodge

Creating Communication Connections
Katie Howell, Director of Student Support in Chehalis Schools

Communicating with Families
Kathryn McCarthy, Strategic Communications and Marketing Manager, Tacoma PS, and Catherine Carbone Rogers, Chief Communications Officer, Highline PS


April 7 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

Session Resources
Implementation Strategies
Nicholas French, Director of Teaching and Learning/Special Programs, Ocosta School District

Effective PD For Teachers... Why 'One and Dones' Don't Work
Ariane Gauvreau, Senior Director, Professional Development and Training, University of Washington Haring Center for Inclusive Education

Guiding Slides: PD And Coaching
Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator

View the recorded session here.


May 5 | 8:30–10 a.m.
Zoom

Guiding Slides
Dr. Tania May, Executive Director of Special Education, OSPI and Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator

Monroe High School PowerPoint Slides
Brett Wille, Principal, Monroe School District

Why Inclusion Matters
Dr. Cassie Martin, Senior Inclusion Specialist, Demonstration Sites Project Lead, UW Haring Center for Inclusive Education

Partnership in Practice: UDL and Inclusive Practices
John Sander, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Services, Franklin Pierce School District

From Idea to Implementation: Bringing Inclusion to Life
Alexandra Haas, Principal of McMicken Heights Elementary, Highline Public Schools 

View the recorded session here. 


June 2 | 8:30–10 a.m. 
Zoom

Session Resources
Partnerships in Support of an Inclusive Educational System
Gaye Bungart, Director of Special Education, Highline Public Schools

The ABCs of Leading for Inclusion
Lake Chelan SD Resources
Sarah Clarke, Director of Inclusion and Student Services, Lake Chelan School District

District Partnerships
Bob Maxwell, Superintendent, Pullman School District

Guiding Slides
Jennifer Traufler, Academy Facilitator

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QUESTIONS

Contact Lisa Gehman with registration questions.
Contact Mike Nelson at with general academy questions. 

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