Continued Educational Opportunities and Approved Private Special Education Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 31, 2020, the Connecticut State Department of Education, Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued a memorandum to Connecticut Superintendents of Schools, Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, and Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs regarding continued educational opportunities and approved private special education programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review this important memorandum at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/March-31-2020-BSE-Memorandum-APSEPs-COVID-19.pdf

 

Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education now has a dedicated webpage, Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19. This page will provide information for special education leaders, school personnel, and families about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and special education. It will be updated as additional guidance and resources become available. Please visit http://portal.ct.gov/SDE-SpecialEdCoronavirus to check out this new resource!

 

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a March 24, 2020, memorandum to Connecticut School Superintendents, Boards of Education, and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz issued guidance related to continuing educational opportunities and special education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This memorandum is a working document which may be updated frequently due to the changing response to the pandemic emergency and ongoing Federal guidance updates.

Please be sure to review this important memorandum.

You may review the memorandum here https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/March-24-2020-LEA-Memorandum-BSE-COVID-19.pdf?la=en.

REMINDER: Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021!

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the RESC Alliance, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI).

For more details about the PPTLI and registration information, please visit PPTLI Information and Request for Applications 2020-2021

 

Applications to become a Pyramid implementation site are up on the OEC website!

The CT Pyramid Partnership is now accepting applications for pre-school programs to participate in Cohort 2 of Pyramid Implementation. 

For more information on the model check out challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu.

For an application informational flyer please see the OEC and the Connecticut Pyramid Partnership pre-school program application flyer.

 

Registration Now Open! Explore the Landscape of Equity and Bias through the Lens of Social-Emotional Learning with national speaker, Dr. Rosemarie Allen.

Registration is now open for the Childhood Conversations and Together We Will joint conference:Together We Will… Explore the Landscape of Equity and Bias through the Lens of Social-Emotional Learning”.

For more details including registration information regarding this event please visit www.childhoodconversations.com.

REGISTRATION OPEN for CSDE March 11, 2020 Leadership Forum – Engaging in Productive Partnerships at the Planning and Placement Team Meeting

THIS SESSION WAS RESCHEDULED FROM DECEMBER 11, 2019, WHEN IT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

New registrations are being accepted. Those who had already registered for the December 11th forum do not need to re-register in order to attend the rescheduled forum on March 11th.

Target Audience: PreK-Grade 12 Special Education and General Education Administrators

Registration Link: https://ctserc.net/march20leaders

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

This morning training concentrates on providing the specific tools and techniques for IEP meeting participants to improve positive communication, reduce conflict, and focus the meeting on the needs of the student among all team members.

Participants learn to:
• Guide the school and family partnerships in developing appropriate IEP’s for students
• Channel communication to building mutual understanding based on respect
• Develop PPT outcomes based on full participation by all participants
• Generate informed discussions
• Prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict

These instructional outcomes are all delivered in a hands-on, practical application workshop that promotes rapid assimilation and long-term retention of concepts. This workshop prepares participants to successfully conduct effective IEP meetings. The Key2Ed Facilitated training by Doug Little will provide the tools and techniques to participants in how to manage/prevent conflict while ensuring the meeting content and process focuses first and foremost on the needs of the student.

Directors are encouraged to bring general education administrator to this training with them.

During the afternoon session, participants will engage in facilitated conversation with panels of Directors, Parents, Parent Advocates, and General Ed. Administrators around developing effective strategies to build effective school and family partnerships before, during and after the PPT process.

For content questions, please contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 or proffitt@ctserc.org.
For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or adorno@ctserc.org.

Initial Evaluation Timeline Memorandum

On January 24, 2020, the Bureau of Special Education released the following notification to the field.

Good Afternoon Special Education Leaders,

Please find an updated guidance memorandum related to Initial Evaluation Timeline: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Timeline-for-Initial-Evaluation-Memo.pdf?la=en

This guidance will replace the December 21, 2018 guidance document titled: Timelines for Initial Evaluations

Additionally, we have revised the model Special Education Procedures and Practices Manual to reflect the updated guidance (specifically page 30):  https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Special-Education-Procedures-and-Practices-Manual.pdf

Please update your district manual accordingly.