Professional Development

School districts and county school offices are required to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region (Special Education Local Plan Area) developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services. The Southwest SELPA serves 12 school districts and 5 charters in the development of: 

  • Ensuring program availability
  • Budget planning- Fiscal Management
  • Evaluation
  • Curriculum/Program Development Support
  • Community Advisory Committee & Awareness
  • Student Data Management Information System
  • Transition Planning
  • Training & Personnel Development
  • Coordination of Program Specialists
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Alternative Dispute & Conflict Resolution
  • Legal/Due Process Assistance
  • Mental Health and Behavior Support


As part of the commitment to delivering high quality special education programs and services to the students with special needs in our community, the Southwest SELPA provides a comprehensive program of professional development offerings.

The SW SELPA Professional Development opportunities are designed to support staff who are providing instruction and/or support in a variety of special education settings. Our training catalog includes an assortment of training options to meet the needs of all our districts and charter schools. 

Please review the Southwest SELPA Professional Development Catalog for training topics, dates and times, intended audience, and school-site training options. Also note that the SW SELPA now has a district bill-back fee for paid Professional Development vacated by registrants. Remember to notify two weeks in advance if you need to cancel your registration.