Professional Development

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality services for people with disabilities through research, professional development, partnership/technical assistance, and scholarships. As part of this mission, the Center is committed to assisting not only professionals who work with students with disabilities but also families of these individuals to expand their knowledge and skills in their work with them. Because the ultimate goal of the Center is to improve the academic, social, emotional, and vocational outcomes of individuals with disabilities, we have made funding available to professionals and families to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate professional development experiences.

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2017 Early Childhood Summit

The 4th annual Summit will be 2 ½ days of inspiring sessions developed for early learningprofessionals including early childhood educators, early intervention/special education providers, child care providers, early childhood administrators, special education administrators, family members and anyone interested in learning more about effective collaboration and teaming practices which support young children and their families!
Drs. Dathan Rush and M'Lisa Shelden will rejuvenate and reenergize participants who will leave with knowledge and collaborative action plans to support the needs of each infant, toddler, or preschooler in all learning environments.

2017 Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy

The annual Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy will address the changing identity of Special Education and implications for leadership of the field.  The Academy will be open to directors and assistant directors of special education in the state of Colorado from both special education administrative units and facility schools.  Registration will be limited to the first 45 registrants (40 from AUs and 5 from facility schools).  Registration will open on April 15, 2017.  The Academy will again be held at the Lion Square Lodge in Vail, Colorado.  Check back soon for more details and the registration form.

Recent Past Events

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2017 Early Childhood Summit
- Effective Teaming and Collaboration in Early Childhood Environments
- June 8-10, 2017
- Keystone, Colorado

2017 Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy
- Identity of Special Education and Its Implications for leadership
- July 5-7, 2017
- Vail, Colorado