Thursday, March 27, 2014

Exciting Things Are Going on in CCCOE for Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or an Intellectual Disability!

The CCCOE Special Education Department has partnered with the Diagnostic Center, Northern California (DCN), California Department of Education, to support their programs serving students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or an Intellectual Disability. This partnership is at no cost to CCCOE because it is part of the DCN mission to serve local education agencies who serve students with special needs in Northern California.
CCCOE will benefit from professional development and coaching opportunities over two years to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) with students affected by an ASD and Intellectual Disability. The initial selected teachers and schools are:
  • Marie Graham-Tyler, Mauzy School
  • Lisa Ecker, Turner Elementary School
  • Ken Maffeo, Park Middle School
  • Lori Brady, Bristow Middle School
  • Greg Reichardt, Liberty High School
Past and current legislation, policy and position statements require all service providers to implement research based evidence-based practices that have evidence of efficacy demonstrated by rigorous research design.  
The CCCOE teachers and service providers will be learning about the EBPs from the research-based findings of the National Professional Development Center on ASD’s 24 Evidence-Based Practices, tools and resources, and the established treatments from the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project.  Best practices for teaching students with an Intellectual Disability will be taught, and implementation into the classrooms will be supported.
CCCOE is committed to increasing their knowledge about these EBP resources and best practice guidelines because it:
  • helps CCCOE know which treatments have evidence of effectiveness and which treatments do not;
  • allows CCCOE to make informed decisions when we select treatments;
  • provides CCCOE with the opportunity to support individuals on with ASD and/or an Intellectual Disability in reaching their full personal potential. 
If you have any questions about this special project please contact:

Katie Gaines, Director, Educational Services
Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523