Become a Member

The NYC Special Education Collaborative provides a wide breadth of school supports for special populations. From onsite consulting and technical assistance to various professional development opportunities, Collaborative member schools are provided with essential assistance to develop rigorous, inclusive and fully-compliant special populations programs.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are excited to be offering more workshops with top experts, adding a fall conference and building out our English learner supports.

membership levels at a glance

Premier

  • Up to 3 special education school visits/semester and up to 3 ELL visits/year
  • Onsite customizable 2-hour SPED workshop
  • Audit of special education program/systems
  • Onsite customizable 2-hour ELL workshop OR ELL program/systems audit
  • Over 50 event seats/semester
  • Training and certification for up to 10 staff members on CPI’s non-violent crisis intervention (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Access to LCSP advocacy/networking opportunities
Enhanced
  • Up to 1 special education school visit/semester and up to 1 ELL visit/year
  • Onsite customizable 2-hour SPED workshop OR special education program audit
  • Onsite customizable 2-hour ELL workshop OR ELL program/systems audit
  • Over 40 event seats/semester
  • Training and certification for up to 10 staff members on CPI’s non-violent crisis intervention (Part 1)
  • Access to LCSP advocacy/networking opportunities
Core
  • 1 special education school visit/year and 1 ELL visit/year
  • Over 25 event seats/semester
  • Technical assistance on special populations questions
  • Access to resource libraries and communities of practice
Select
  • Over 15 event seats/semester
  • Technical assistance on special populations questions
  • Access to resource libraries and communities of practice
For more details on all four levels of membership, click here

Testimonials

“There are many times that we, as a school, don’t have the capacity to bring in a specialist. Luckily, with the shared resources of NYC charter schools’ and the planning, expertise, and thoughtfulness of the Collaborative, we can still access these innovative ideas in the field of special education and inclusion.”

NIKKI LADOPOULOS, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUPPORTS, COMMUNITY ROOTS CHARTER SCHOOL

“Melissa provided tremendous guidance to our school as we worked to execute our vision for ELL services. Her onsite expertise and remote accessibility has been an ongoing support to school leaders. We’re excited about the changes to ELL programming we’re rolling out this year and know it will have such a positive impact on our scholars. Without Melissa, this would have been much more challenging and confusing work.”

JENNIFER YOUNG, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, ASCEND LEARNING

“The Collaborative has been a constant support to our developing teachers and programs. We benefit from the extensive professional development they offer, and always return to campus feeling reinvigorated with immediate takeaways towards the benefit of our scholars. Our ability to develop specialized supports within all of our special populations programs is enhanced by their hands-on and deliberate guidance. Each time they visit our schools with a specific lens for consultation, we are left with immediate feedback and tons of resources for continued development.”

ELLIE GROSE, DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION, DEMOCRACY PREP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“KIPP NYC has been a proud member of the Special Education Collaborative since its inception. We are grateful for your expertise and quick replies to our questions on behalf of our students with special needs and English language learners. Thank you for serving the NYC charter sector to ensure all children in the city receive these supports.”

CRAIG VARSA, DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, KIPP NYC

The Collaborative has been instrumental in our compliance success. Not only did they assist us in creating and maintaining effective compliance trackers, they’ve helped us follow up on individual student issues, compliance trends, and even get Related Service providers! Most importantly, my ability to track compliance issues and communicate effectively with the CSE has increased as a direct result of coaching by Collaborative staff.

KORLEEN BRADY, STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATORBRILLA COLLEGE PREP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL