Support Students with Autism

Participants will learn the TEACCH principles to instruct individuals with ASD skills in the areas of academics, communication, independence, social and leisure, vocational, and coping strategies.


Target Audience
Special Education Teachers and General Education Teachers.

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials.

Universal Design for Learning

Participants learn the research basis for UDL, practical applications of UDL to lesson design, and helpful technology tools that support flexible, inclusive instruction.

Target Audience
Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Student Support Specialist.

Participant Outcomes
Earn a Level 1 and Level 2 Microcredential.

Support Students with Emotional Disturbance

Participants will learn how trauma manifests in students and apply a trauma-informed framework for classroom interventions and student assessment.

Target Audience
Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Behavior Support Specialists.

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials.

Support Students with Low-Incidence

Participants will learn how to maximize classroom set-up and scheduling, develop a scope and sequence using LEAP Connect standards, implement progress monitoring systems, data analysis, and more.

Target Audience
Special Education Teachers in Self-Contained Settings.

Participant Outcomes
Earn up to four microcredentials.

Supporting Students in Co-Taught Classrooms

Special education and general education co-teaching pairs will learn how to implement co-teaching models aligned to lesson objectives, maximize co-planning time, and effectively use student data to create reteach plans.

Target Audience
Special Education and General Education Co-Teaching Pairs.

Participant Outcomes
Earn Four Microcredentials.


Participants will learn Orton-Gillingham’s multi-sensory teaching methodology specifically designed for upper elementary or older students who require foundational reading skills and continue to struggle in literacy development.

Target Audience
Reading Interventionist and Special Education Teachers who support ELA instruction.

Participant Outcomes
Earn Orton Gillingham Level 1 Certificate.

Specialized Development Cohort Program Elements

Fellow Training Sessions

These five formal training sessions occur during the school year and target the development of instructional strategies and content pedagogy. During these sessions Fellows are introduced to new key competences, practice emerging skills, and deepen their learning of previously introduced concepts.

Job-Embedded Coaching

Each Fellow receives a minimum of 6 one-on-one coaching sessions. Coaches provide responsive support to Fellows aimed at:
  • Providing feedback on instructional observations
  • Improving Fellows’ skills to more effectively lead in their classrooms
  • Supporting Fellows to advocate for change through partnership and service to students.

Professional Learning Communities

Professional learning communities occur throughout the school year and provide a structured space for Fellows to collaborate and find solutions to solve common challenges.


What is the commitment? (annual and monthly)

  • All Specialized Development Cohorts are 10 months in length and run from August-May of the school year.
  • Each Specialized Development Cohort has a full-day kickoff training followed by monthly touchpoints.

What are the program elements?

All Specialized Development Cohorts have three components: in-person fellow training sessions, virtual professional learning communities, one-on-one job-embedded coaching.

Who is the intended audience?

The Specialized Development Cohorts are targeted towards special education teachers, general education teachers, reading interventionists, and instructional coaches.

What are the requirements to apply?

The application process includes an online application.

I teach reading, what Specialized Development Cohort would be best?

Foundations of Literacy is best for teachers who are new to teaching reading or teachers who want to develop a deeper understanding of the five components of teaching reading.

HillRAP is best for teachers who have a dedicated reading block with a small group of students.

Orton-Gillingham is best for teachers who support ELA instruction.

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