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 Events

Early Childhood Summit

The 4th annual Summit was 2 ½ days of inspiring sessions developed for early learning professionals 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 rejuvenated and reenergized participants who left with knowledge and collaborative action plans to support the needs of each infant, toddler, or preschooler in all learning environments.


Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy

The annual Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy addressed the changing identity of Special Education and implications for leadership of the field. The Academy participants included directors and assistant directors of special education in the state of Colorado from both special education administrative units and facility schools. The Academy was held at the Lion Square Lodge in Vail, Colorado.