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Office of Special Education Services launches cohort program

2019 January 15
by HISD Communications
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The Office of Special Education services inducted more than 50 members into their first-ever cohort–Aspiring Cohort for Special Education Leaders (A.C.S.E.L) on Monday.

Those selected are general education teachers, special education teachers, department chairs, and educational diagnosticians, who hold a special education certification, and have demonstrated a strong drive and willingness to advocate for students with disabilities.

“We created the cohort as an effort to build the leadership capacity within the district as it relates to special education services,” Teacher Development Specialist Dr. Kimberly McNeil said.  “The cohort will equip aspiring department chairs and program specialists with the skills they need to be successful leaders in their classrooms and on campuses.”

The department created the cohort program with the goal to produce great special education leaders who are knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of special education law, compliance and instruction.

Upon completion of the cohort program, participants will have the necessary skills to be a competitive candidate for a position as a department chair or program specialists within the Office of Special Education Services.


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