School and District Special Education Services: Improving Outcomes for Children, Youth, and Young Adults

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Receive customized technical assistance and coaching designed to support quality instruction and services to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and struggling learners, from preK–12 through successful transition to college and career.

Who Will Benefit

  • General Education Teachers, PreK–12
  • Special Education Teachers, PreK–12
  • School and District Administrators, PreK–12
  • Instructional Coaches

What You Will Learn

Designing or improving systems to improve results for students with disabilities, including:

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports, with a focus on developing aligned systems for Response to Intervention, and behavior supports*
  • Collaborative, inclusive practices for supporting students with disabilities within the general education environment to the greatest extent possible
  • Alignment of Individualized Education Programs to state standards
  • Evaluation and recommendations to improve special education services for alignment of opportunity to results
  • Reviews of district policies and practices for identification of issues of disproportionate representation in special education
  • Successful student transition from school to college and career
  • Leadership capacity building to support improved results for all students
  • Development and implementation of effective family and community engagement strategies

* Visit Multi-Tiered System of Supports: A Sustainable, Data-Driven Framework for General and Special Education Student Success Districtwide for more on this service.

Service Details

WestEd provides customized technical assistance and coaching across school and district systems to promote effective partnerships between general and special education with the desired goal of improved results — including, but not limited to, academic, social/emotional learning, and behavior — for all students.

We begin by building a collaborative team of general and special education staff to help conduct a comprehensive review of the current systems of support in your school and/or district. The focus is on students with disabilities and struggling learners.

Based on the results of the review, we work with the team to develop and customize an improvement plan.

The services we provide are based on the needs identified in the district’s improvement plan and aligned with district and school priorities. The services are designed to build the capacity of the personnel to implement improved services to address outcomes defined in the plan.

What Makes This Service Unique

Our special education services, offered by WestEd’s Center for Prevention & Early Intervention (CPEI) and Learning Innovations (LI), are based on decades of experience building capacity within school districts and individual schools.

CPEI and LI staff have extensive expertise in all levels of the education system. We work closely with teachers, site- and district-level administrators, and state education agency staff.

We also serve as technical assistance providers for national centers funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, and support improvement efforts in local school districts.


Cost varies based on the specific program and scope of work to be carried out.

LEARN MORE > To learn more, please contact: Dona Meinders at 916.492.4013 or, if you are located west of the Mississippi River. Julie Colton at 781.481.1135 or, if you are located east of the Mississippi River.