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February 16, 2022

2021-2022 New Special Education Directors Academy

August 4, 2021 (held in conjunction with the Summer Conference, Graduate Eugene, Hellman Room)
October 6, 2021(held in conjunction with the Special Ed Conference)
December 1, 2021 (held in conjunction with the Law Conference - face to face)  12:00-1:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation "Working with Parents, Advocates and Attorneys" with Elaine Fox, Mike Franklin, Kevin Carroll
February 16, 2022 (face-to-face with Zoom option) 9:00-3:00 (lunch provided) Meeting Room B at COSA office in Salem - directions


Academy Leaders:
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  • Kevin Carroll, Director of Student Services, McMinnville SD
  • Elaine Fox, Executive Director of Special Programs, Hillsboro SD

This seminar series is dedicated to supporting new Directors/Coordinators during their first, second and/or third year of serving their school district as Leader for Special Education.  These meetings will focus on current concerns from the field and areas that need clarifying.  Special Education focused seminars are being planned for August 4, 2021, October 6, 2021, December 1, 2021 and February 16, 2022.  Additional virtual meetings on special topics will be announced throughout the year as needed.

Fenruary 16th Agdena:
9:00 - 11:00 - Parent Perspective of Special Ed - Cori Mielke, FACT
11:00 - 12:00 - Behavior, Behavior Programs, and the IEP - Kevin Carroll, McMinnville School District
12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 - Transition Services, What you need to know - Lu Ann Anderson, Anderson Consulting
1:30 - 1:45 - Break
1:45 - 3:00 - Legislative Updates - Morgan Allen, COSA 

The New Special Education Director Series is for new Directors to learn about important requirements, concepts and deadlines throughout the school year, learn new skills from veteran Directors and experience collaborating and networking with COSA, ODE members and colleagues. Our speakers are also available to field questions and brainstorm with participants. Come join us!  Here are what past participants had to say:
“It was great to hear from people in the field and get concrete examples of what issues you may come across during the year.” 
“It’s wonderful to be in a room talking with, and learning from, people who do our work. It’s a rare treat in special education to be surrounded by others who speak your same language - and know all the same acronyms!”
“The new special education directors academy allowed me to connect with other directors throughout the state. This is a unique opportunity to network with like minded educators that often work in isolation.”

"Join this cohort of Special Educators for information, mentoring, and networking."

Cost: $249


If you are registering someone other than yourself or need to register a group, please contact Sera Lockwood, or call the COSA office at 503-581-3141 and we will process their registrations Late cancelation within 72 hours of each seminar will be charged a $95 Non-refundable fee.  Failure to show will result in the full conference fee. If you have any questions, please contact Sera Lockwood at