Who We Are
CCDES is a small company directed by Dr. Catherine Collier. CCDES is available to assist schools, advocates and parents to partner with each other to help EVERY student. CCDES has been in business since 1987 and has worked with school districts around the United States and Canada.
What We Believe
We believe that each child needs and deserves a quality education, that teachers need and deserve the training necessary to make that happen and that families are an essential piece to the education puzzle. We understand that the task of teaching has become more challenging with budget cuts and new federal guidelines. There seem to be more and more questions and fewer and fewer resources available to provide REAL answers.
How We Can Help
We can help provide those REAL answers. Our company delivers professional development workshops such as "How to Separate Difference from Disability" and many others. We can assist your school district with language and learning programs and IEP technical assistance to help navigate the rough waters created by the legacy of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), English Language Learners (ELL) and Standard English Learners (SEL). Our focus is on diverse learners with special needs including language and learning challenges. We have developed cross-cultural screening tools and assessments that are used by school districts around the United States and Canada.
It is our hope that this website will be used as a cross-cultural resource for ESL, SEL, ELL, Special Education and classroom teachers as well as administrators and parents. Take some time to look around - there are articles and downloads available completely free of charge - and many other resources.
It is our desire to make every school a warm and welcoming place to educate every child and we believe that we can help you make that happen.
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Seven Steps to Separating Difference from Disability
When a culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student struggles in school, how can you tell whether language or cultural differences are the cause, or if the student has a learning or behavioral disability? Because the reason can be difficult to pinpoint, having the right assessment process in place is crucial. Seven Steps to Separating Difference From Disability shows how educators can adapt the widely used Response to Intervention (RTI) model to make sound decisions regarding a student's education.