Thursday, September 6, 2018

Douglas County School District Special Education Task Force: Parent and Staff Survey

DCSD is looking for your personalized input (anonymous) on Special Education services. This is your chance to provide feedback, rate services, and be heard by the district. 

Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tucker, joins first DCSEAC District Board Meeting of the school year!

Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tucker, came to DCSEAC's first District Board Meeting of the 2018-19 school year.  During the meeting, Dr. Tucker first asked the group for their questions, and spoke candidly about his philosophy that ALL students need and deserve a proper education in Douglas County.  He feels strongly that all students on IEPs must have their needs met, and encourages parents to take the Douglas County School District Special Education Task Force: Parent & Staff Survey (for more information, click here).  In addition, Dr. Tucker covered the district's need for additional funding via the Bond/Mill Levy override on the November ballot.  He spoke to how greater compensation and professional development for teachers and staff would greatly aid in filling positions such as special education teachers, EA's, transportation staff, and counselors for all students.  If you would like more information on the Bond/Mill Levy, please click here.  DCSEAC meetings do not permit personal agendas, but Dr. Tucker asked all parents to talk about their student/s on IEPs.  His warm and attentive demeanor allowed members to share triumphs and struggles.  It was a great honor to meet and learn more about our district's new leader, and we would like to extend our appreciation to him for coming.
From left to right: Kerri Tompkins (DCSEAC), Janis DeBaca (Developmental Pathways), Tricia Zabelin (DCSEAC), Sabrina West (DCSEAC), Kirah Johnson (DCSEAC), Dr. Tucker (DCSD Superintendent), Kara Lewis (DCSEAC), Sarah Cannon (DCSD Director of Personalized Learning), Melina Depasse (DCSEAC), Lynnette Steinhoff (DCSD Director of Personalized Learning), Danielle Kombo (DCSEAC), David Ray (DCSD Board of Education Director), Alisa Creamer (DCSD Special Education Coordinator), not pictured - Nancy Ingalls (DCSD Personalized Learning Officer), unable to attend - Robin Evans (DCSEAC) and Marisa Ala (DCSEAC).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DCSEAC Support Groups - Upcoming Meetings

Need support? We're here to help! Please join us for our next support group meetings that fit your needs. For more information and additional meeting dates, please click here.

  • SSN (Significant Special Needs) Support Group - Tuesday, September 18 from 10-11:30am, Lone Tree Library, Event Hall Meeting Room 
  • Stronger Together - SED Families Support Group - Kick-Off Meeting - Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 - 8:00pm, Marisa Ala’s house, 4676 Briarglen Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

DCSEAC & Healing Our Youth Event

Get Educated:  Youth Mental Health and Wellness 
  • Wednesday, October 3
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Cresthill Middle School

     To register for free, click here!
  • Listen to a parent’s perspective on raising a child with a mental disorder 
  • Learn important facts/statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders 
  • Learn  about the adolescent brain and teen substance use
  • Learn to identify unhealthy adolescent behavior  
  • Learn what treatments are available for mental disorders and the steps to take to access treatment 
  • Connect with experts and resources in mental health 
  • Talk one-on-one with mental health professionals 
  • 2 CE credits offered
  • Light refreshments include
      For more information, click here.

Community Partners

DCSEAC partners with a number of organizations dedicated to helping those with special education needs in our community. Please see the below links for current offerings!

Douglas County School District Board of Education Authorizes Bond, Mill Levy Override for 2018 Ballot

The biggest concern for Douglas County School District is growing funding challenges. On August 21, 2018, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted to place a $40 million Mill Levy Override (MLO) and $250 million Bond on the 2018 ballot. If passed, these funds would stay local to help the 68,000+ students in Douglas County Schools. 

You might ask; what would these funds mean for special education? While we don’t have an exact answer, we do know that the funds would help the following areas, all of which have a big impact on students with IEPs. If you would like more information, please visit DCSD’s Funding Page.
  • COMPENSATION - Increased pay to help recruit and retain classified staff (i.e. special education teachers, EAs and transportation staff).
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Increased support for ongoing education of afore mentioned staff.
  • CAPITAL REPAIRS - Address school buildings issues such as heating and cooling systems, roofing, carpeting, fire alarm systems, plumbing, etc.
  • TRANSPORTATION - Replace aging buses. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Summer Opportunities

Summer is coming!  Are you ready?  Below are resourceful links to therapeutic programs, classes and camps offered in our community over the summer months.  Don’t delay, spaces run out fast!