Guidelines for the Practice of School Psychology Released!

The CSDE is pleased and excited to announce the publication of the Guidelines for the Practice of School Psychology!

The Guidelines were last revised/published in 2004. This document is the result of a collaborative process involving a dedicated group of outside stakeholders and the CSDE. The project began under the leadership of then-Bureau of Special Education, Education Consultant, Jocelyn Mackey and was continued and completed by a group of school psychologists led by Dr. Michael Regan and the RESC ALLIANCE.

The Guidelines delineate the many ways school psychologists can support the educational process and contain not only a mission and philosophy, but also important information related to scope of practice, professional standards, ethics, professional development, supervision and evaluation, best practices and more. This important resource is designed to be used as a day-to-day resource by those who practice school psychology as well as individuals who supervise them.

The CSDE is planning to release a 20-minute high level webinar of the document in the near future. There will also be opportunities for further training/technical assistance sessions.

The document can be found on the CSDE school psychology page: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/School-Psychology/School-Psychology
or accessed directly at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/School-Psychology/GuidelinesSchoolPsychology.pdf

Assistive Technology (AT) Community of Practice (CoP) February 17, 2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education is sponsoring an Assistive Technology Community of Practice facilitated through the RESC Alliance. This AT CoP will launch February 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For information regarding the AT CoP’s topic for the February meeting, future meeting dates/times and registration information, please see AT-AAC CoP Flyer 2021.

The “INs and OUTs” of IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Grant – a Statewide Training for New Special Education Directors, IDEA Part B Grant Managers and Fiscal Officers

The two-hour virtual webinar training on 2/18/2021 from 9:00-11:00am, will review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grant and critical features such as Maintenance of Effort (MOE), Excess Cost, and the IDEA Part B Section 611/619 LEA subgrantee application.

Tom Boudreau, IDEA Fiscal Manager of the Bureau of Special Education will deliver an overview of the IDEA Part B Grant and then discuss hands on tools for the LEA such as the electronic grant management system (eGMS) and the MOE Calculator addressing both the eligibility and compliance standards.

Programmatic and fiscal personnel from the district, who are new or want a refresher on the topics – are encouraged to attend for a robust conversation with time set aside for question/answers. If further information is needed, please access the SERC website at www.ctserc.org. or register at https://ctserc.net/newdirectorswebinar. 

Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – A Conversation for Early Childhood Administrators and Educators

The RESC Alliance, in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education and CAS, continues its monthly roundtable discussions on the delivery of preschool programming in public schools.

Join them in February for Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – A Conversation for Early Childhood Administrators and Educators. Review Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – Early Childhood Conversations Flyer for session dates, times and registration information as well as an opportunity to view January’s recorded roundtable discussion on mindfulness and self-care.

CT 6th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium – VIRTUAL Event

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC), in collaboration with the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the CT Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), are hosting the 6th Annual CT Secondary Transition Symposium, which is being held VIRTUALLY on Friday, January 29, 2021. Please see the flyer for additional information about this FREE virtual event.

The Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium brings students and their families together with educators and other professionals to improve secondary transition programming and services for students with disabilities. The 6th Annual Symposium, with the theme of “Empowering Our Youth Beyond 2020,” will continue to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to help ensure successful post-school outcomes.

Register now at http://www.ctserc.org/events.
Registration deadline is January 27, 2021.

For registration questions, please contact Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485 ext. 256 or by e-mail at johns@ctserc.org. For content questions, please contact Melissa Wrigley, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485 ext. 397 or by e-mail at wrigley@ctserc.org.

*NEW DATES ADDED* – CSDE/RESC Alliance Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills – VIRTUAL Workshop

Due to popular demand, the Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is sponsoring two additional cohorts of a Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills. Please see the flyer for additional information related to the training.

Join us for this FREE, virtual workshop and learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities.

Participants will:
• Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities
• Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling
• Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency

To register for this cohort, either click here or visit the CREC Events page at www.crec.org/events. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Lisa Fiano by e-mail at lfiano@crec.org or by phone at 860-524-4040.

SAVE THE DATES! Related Services Communities of Practice January/February 2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education together with the RESC Alliance continues the critical resource of offering related services communities of practice (CoP) in 2021. Practitioners in the field have the opportunity to join CoPs in the areas of School Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Pathology, Behavior Analysis, Teachers of the Deaf and Social Work. Please refer to the Related Services Communities of Practice Informational Flyer Jan-Feb 2021 for the upcoming dates and contact information.