BrainSTEPS CO was created by the Colorado Department of Education in 2016 with funding from the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund.



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Colorado’s BrainSTEPS CO is accepting NEW TEAMS and NEW TEAM MEMBERS. To participate in this nationally recognized professional development opportunity:

  • Districts/BOCES identify a team of 4-6* or more professionals who are interested and have the flexibility to serve as BrainSTEPS CO team members (BrainSTEPS CO Best Practices). *4-6 person teams are recommended. Exceptions may be made based on district/BOCES needs.
  • Each BrainSTEPS CO team member submits a BrainSTEPS CO application by 10/20/17.
  • Those accepted to the BrainSTEPS CO program attend the full two-day new team member training (November 29-30, 2017).
  • District/BOCES identify one person who will oversee their BrainSTEPS CO team as the team leader (this person must be identified on the application packet prior to the training.)
  • All BrainSTEPS CO team members must also attend the follow up capacity building training (Spring 2018).
Download BrainSTEPS Application HERE

About BrainSTEPS CO

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Colorado’s BrainSTEPS CO (Strategies Teaching Educators, Parents, and Students) Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program was modeled after Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS program which began assisting school districts in 2007 and is considered a national model for brain injury educational consulting.

As a result of acquired brain injury many students return to school with lingering effects that impact classroom performance. BrainSTEPS CO has been designed to consult with school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced acquired brain injury.

Acquired brain injuries include any injury to the brain that is sustained after a period of development and encompasses the following:

Traumatic brain injuries (injury caused by an external force), including concussions, and
Non-traumatic brain injuries (e.g., strokes, brain tumors, brain infections, and anoxia).

BrainSTEPS CO works to not only re-enter students following brain injury, but with students previously identified as having a brain injury who may begin to develop educational effects over the years as the brain develops and matures.

BrainSTEPS CO teams:
  • Consult with schools regarding identification, school re-entry planning, IEP/504 Plan development, intervention selection and implementation, long-term monitoring of students and other issues professionals face in supporting students with brain injury.
  • Provide consultation to parents of any student with brain injury referred to the team and ongoing communication regarding services the team is providing for student.
  • Monitor students annually until graduation for manifestation of new cognitive/behavioral/social issues.
  • Disseminate brain injury resource information (e.g., written information, links to websites, referrals to community resources, etc.) to educators, families, and community providers working with students with BI.
  • Provide training on the educational implications of brain injury to educators as well as groups in their local community (e.g., parent, medical, rehabilitation).

To make a student referral to the BrainSTEPS CO Program, click on "Make a Referral to BrainSTEPS CO Colorado" link at the top of the page.

Janet Tyler, Ph.D.
BrainSTEPS CO Program Coordinator
(303) 916-0826
tyler_j@cde.state.co.us
Heather Hotchkiss, MSW
BrainSTEPS CO Program Coordinator
(303) 866-6739
Hotchkiss_h@cde.state.co.us