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Technical Assistance and Partnerships

The primary mission of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center is to work for the
advancement of knowledge and quality service for individuals with disabilities and their families through research, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, partnerships, and student scholarships/financial assistance.

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities. One avenue for addressing this goal is to support professional development for educators who work in schools, districts, agencies or administrative units through partnerships and technical assistance. The Bresnahan-Halstead Center has partnered with the School of Special Education to develop the following list of faculty who are interested and willing to provide professional development. Also included is a brief description of their areas of expertise.

To enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals, the Bresnahan-Halstead Center suggests that administrators who are interested in providing professional development for their staff, determine the topic(s) they want to address. Then, review the list of experts to identify the faculty member who can provide the professional development, contact the faculty member, and discuss the possible topic, outcomes, date(s), and time(s). Once an agreement has been reached the faculty member will submit an application for providing the technical assistance to Silvia Correa-Torres, Research Director of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center. After the application has been approved, the professional development has been provided and evaluated, the Bresnahan-Halstead Center will remunerate the faculty member for his or her work.  If you have questions regarding a professional development project you are considering and would like more information, please contact Silvia Correa-Torres, Research Director of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center (silvia.correa-torres@unco.edu).

Meet our technical assistance experts.

In an effort to help administrators prioritize the topic(s) of concern for their staff, we have created a needs assessment that can be used as is or adapted. Access the needs assessment survey here.   

Application Guidelines

  1. Read application guidelines.
  2. Download application.
  3. Download Technical Assistance/Partnerships evaluation form.

Upcoming Partnership Events

Due to the many uncertainties that have now become part of our lives with regard to COVID-19, we have decided that it is in the best interest of everyone to cancel the 2020 Early Childhood Summit scheduled for June 17-19, the Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy scheduled for July 12-14, and the Behavior Academy scheduled for July 27-29. Our hope is to provide the same opportunities during the Summer of 2021. Stay well and remain hopeful!

2020 Early Childhood Summit

June 17 - 19, Breckenridge, Colorado.

What is Trauma-Informed Care and How Can I Use It in My Everyday Work? with Dr. Catherine Corr. 

Download 2020 registration form here.

Download 2020 Early Childhood Summit flyer here.



2020 Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy

July 12 - 14, 2020, Vail, Colorado

Leading with Purpose: Taking an Improvement Stance to Changing Systemic Results with Rory Fitzpatrick, Director of the National Center for Systemic Improvement, WestEd

Download 2020 registration form here.

Download 2020 SEDLA flyer here.


2020 Behavior Academy

July 27 - 29, 2020, Vail, Colorado

The Art of Contextualizing Applied Behavior Analysis: How to Apply Behavioral Principles and Practices into the Real World  with Tracy Gershwin

Calling all Current and Future Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs):

~Do you find yourself bored with generic and rigid professional development topics offered to meet your continuing education credits?
~Do you crave to learn how to apply applied behavior analysis (ABA) beyond typical school, clinic, or community settings?
~Do you want to gain up to 15 hours of your continuing education units in three days while staying in beautiful Vail, Colorado during the summer?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this is the professional development opportunity for you!

During these three days, participants will learn how to interpret ABA principles and practices into real world contexts that are otherwise overlooked in traditional ABA education.
Participants will have the opportunity to acquire up to 15 hours of BACB continuing education units, with 4 of those completing your Ethics requirement, and 3 hours in the Supervision requirement.

Download 2020 registration form here.

Recently Funded Projects

The Bresnahan-Halstead Center supported technical assistance and partnership activities of the following faculty members of the School of Special Education at UNC:

  • John Luckner, Brittany Dorn, and Kaitlyn Millen: Summer Day Program for Students Who are D/HH in Greeley-Evans Schools. This partnership between the Center and Weld School District 6 funded a structured 4-day summer program for students who are D/HH (ESY and non-ESY qualified) to develop self-determination skills.  The program, taught by two certified teachers for students who are D/HH, provided students with targeted skills practice using self-advocacy interventions and interaction among students who are D/HH. Self-determination skills, shown through research, lead and contribute to positive school/adult outcomes.
  • Todd Sundeen: Partnership with CBOCES. In partnership with CBOCES, Sundeen will provide consultant support and technical assistance to develop logic model and conduct pre/post data collection and data analysis as well as provide the technical assistance and resources for professional development and CBOCES goal attainment in achieving 80% level of special education students in general education classes for 80% of each school day by 2019. 
  • Kristine Melloy: Provided technical assistance in the form of professional development to 160 paraprofessionals in the Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado, and 40 paraprofessionals in the Pueblo 70 School District in “Positive Proactive Behavior Strategies.” The professional development consisted of two PD sessions at each site, with reported findings based upon quantitative and qualitative data collected regarding the impact of the sessions on the paraprofessionals.
  • Jason Robinson: Provided two 2-hour training sessions to 80 paraprofessionals (40 per session) in the Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado, on collaboration with their fellow educators to enhance communication among them to facilitate positive classroom learning communities in addition to providing them with practical strategies for enhancing their direct work with students with disabilities.
  • Todd Sundeen: Provided a one-day June Educator Training (JET) for teachers in Centennial BOCES that included training in inclusion, co-teaching/co-planning strategies for inclusive classrooms, and UDL for inclusive classrooms
  • Lori Peterson: Provided follow-up assistance/refresher training in using TGAP (basic structure and process) to transition professionals in writing compliant IEP goals and transition components. This PD was offered in a three-hour format to professionals enabling their attendance that did not interrupt their practice, with a follow-up offered via technology/DL if necessary.
  • Robin Brewer: Provided two hands-on professional development sessions to personnel in Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado, and two in the Pueblo 70 School District on (1) Supporting Students with Autism: Myths, Facts, Strategies, and Resources and (2) Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive: Developing Accommodations and Modifications on the Fly. Participating paraprofessionals will leave with materials they can use when working with students with autism/significant support needs.
  • PEAK Parent Center: The Center provided 6 full scholarships ($199) to families of students with disabilities to attend the 2017 PEAK Parent Center Conference in Denver, Colorado.  This annual conference brings together family members, general and special educators, and administrators to learn about and promote inclusive education for ALL learners.  Through these scholarships, parents can participate in collaborative efforts that boost the capacity and achievement through accessible curriculum in the school that is accessible to all students. 

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