Program for Students with Special Needs

Supporting Students with Special Needs

The Orange County Department of Education's Learning Supports Services offers a wide variety of customized support to schools and districts looking to serve students with special needs.  Supports include, but are not limited to, such topics as: language arts and mathematics support, co-teaching, differentiation, California Content Standards aligned instruction and IEP goals, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The Special Ed Thread

Want to stay in the loop?  Published three times per year, this free resource for special educators provides updates on all the latest trends and initiatives in the field.  The Special Ed Thread spotlights teachers and programs in Orange County that are effective and unique, provides examples of best practices for elementary and secondary educators, and highlights numerous websites, books, and other resources to help special educators make the most of their instructional time.  Past topics include UDL, writing, technology in the classroom, assessment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For additional information on trainings or Special Education Services, please contact Pam Tupy at

Upcoming Events

Effective & Sustainable Co-Teaching: New Partnerships with Marilyn Friend
May 15, 2018

​Join renowned co-teaching expert Marilyn Friend and learn how to maximize your instruction by working with others.

Effective & Sustainable Co-Teaching: Advanced with Marilyn Friend
May 16, 2018 

​Join renowned co-teaching expert Marilyn Friend with your established co-teaching partnership to improve on your current practices with a focus on instruction and evaluation.

Contemporary Co-Teaching: It's All About the Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) with Marilyn Friend
May 17, 2018

​The fundamental purpose of co-teaching is improving outcomes by delivering exemplary instruction. This workshop for special educators and service providers will emphasize shifts to instruction. 


Supporting Students with Dyslexia
AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview


Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview

The following three videos are from the September 20th presentation by Theresa Costa Johansen – Policy & Program Services Unit Administrator, CDE & Richard Gifford – Ed. Programs Consultant, CDE

Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout