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Kaci Coats
Director of Exceptional School Services

What I Do For Charter Schools
(How Charter Schools Will Know Me)

As the Director of Exceptional Student Services, I will offer support to charter schools through trainings, coaching and consultation, while simultaneously managing the development of the Exceptional Student Services Initiative, a new program here at the League that will prioritize both strategic advocacy and the provision of quality teacher and leader professional development. This initiative will be a multi-year process that will include gathering information through needs assessments and focus groups, completing a strategic planning process, and then implementing a regional roll out.  Through this process, my hope is to ensure that districts and charter schools in Colorado have what they need to work in tandem to provide the most meaningful programming for all students that walk through their doors. 


On Charter Public Schools

I have worked in the charter school sector for approximately 12 years in various settings and roles. My experiences have led me to believe that they can and should be blazing a path in the world of Student Services. The structural and budgeting autonomy that charter schools have allows them to be innovative and flexible when planning programming for the diverse needs of their scholars.  I have had the pleasure of seeing passionate teachers and leaders sit down with families to develop creative, individualized plans for their scholars so they can be successfully served in the least restrictive environment.  When leadership and staff in a charter school environment possess a dedicated and passionate mindset, extraordinary results can occur for all students.



I received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Math and Science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Before joining the League’s team, I worked for four years at Betty Marler Youth Services Center teaching Science, Math, and Special Education to incarcerated females aging 14-21. I then went on to become a Middle School Special Educator for four years at STRIVE Prep – Federal (formerly West Denver Prep). For the last four years, I having been serving as the Director of Student Services at STRIVE Prep where I worked with a fantastic team of experts to develop network programming in the areas of Special Education, Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), English Language Development, Mental Health, and Gifted and Talented. My skillset includes program development, leader and teacher development, and change management and investment. Outside of the office, I enjoy drinking coffee with family and friends, taking my dogs for hikes in the mountains, laughing with my husband, and daily attempting to show my 13 and 7 year old sons that I can still out perform them in most activities.  


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