2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

The Connecticut Tech Act Project is presenting the 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Downtown Hartford Hilton in Hartford, CT. Registration with early bird pricing is available now through January 18, 2019.

For more information regarding this event, please visit:

Information and Registration for 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Opportunity to participate in a study on the Connecticut Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is collaborating with EASTCONN to conduct a study on the reliability of scoring using CT DOTS.  They are looking for individuals who have general experience with assessment to participate in this study, including infant/toddler teachers, preschool teachers, special education teachers, early interventionists.  Participants do not need to have extensive knowledge or familiarity with CT DOTS to participate.

All participants will engage in the following process:

  • Participants will provide limited background information.  No personally identifiable information will be gathered.
  • Participants can select the age ranges for which they have experience and education and would be able to conducting “scoring”.  The three age range options for this study are infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Participants will view data examples for all relevant observation progressions for each age range selected (17 for infants, 24 for toddlers, and 26 for preschool). For each observation progression there will be three data points to review through an online portal and one score to submit.
  • Based upon the data provided, participants will check a box on a summary sheet indicating the skill level best represented by the evidence presented.
  • Participants will have 2 weeks in mid-January to review the data and submit completed child summary forms by scanning or submitting a photograph of their scoring sheet.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the following survey.

https://sdect.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Zla2XJkdh0EZEN

Please note that this study was reviewed by the OEC Institutional Review Board as has been considered exempt due to the nature of this study.

Twenty-First Annual Youth Leadership Forum is Coming in July!

Once again this summer, students with disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day Youth Leadership Forum at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. This Forum brings together high school students with disabilities throughout Connecticut to explore personal leadership skills, participate in team building activities, define career goals, develop and practice self-advocacy and independent living skills, and create a specific action plan that describes what they will accomplish. Opportunities exist for both students and staff.

Please review more information and the application form using the Web links below. Feel free to forward this information to all those who may have an interest or may assist in further dissemination. Additional copies of the application are available at www.ctylp.org. 

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Student Application

2019 Youth Leadership Forum Staff Application

Now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year

Connecticut Leaders in Special Education, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) is now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year!

Primarily designed to support district Directors of Special Education or Pupil Services, this program also extends to include Special Education Supervisors, PPT Chairpersons/School- Based Leaders and other administrators carrying out special education initiatives and IDEA implementation.

For more a detailed description of this opportunity as well as application documents, please click the following link: http://cas.casciac.org/?p=15855.

Do not hesitate to contact Marie Salazar Glowski, CAS, mglowski@casciac.org or Jay Brown, Bureau of Special Education, jay.brown@ct.gov for questions.

 

UPDATE to our announcement for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting

UPDATE: We have been able to add an afternoon session of more valuable information! There is no need to register for this session, but please consider joining our colleagues, Scott Newgass, Kimberly Traverso, and Glen Peterson if you would like to learn more about Standards and Guidelines for Students Who Have Been Expelled.

This session will run from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is designed to provide an overview of two important CSDE guidance documents that were released this year: Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation and the companion document Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation.  These guidance documents will be available along with all other documents for this event at http://ctserc.org/bts18 beginning on September 7th.  Consultants from the CSDE Office of Student Supports will be on hand to address any questions.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

It’s Time to Register for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting!

Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

TIME SENSITIVE: Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements Effective July 1, 2018

On July 12, 2018, Special Education Bureau Chief, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued a TIME SENSITIVE memorandum to the field regarding changes to the statutory restraint and seclusion requirements. Please review this important memorandum below.

Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements (003)

WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation – this notification requires the submission of completed materials on or before June 15, 2018

Notifications will also be sent by email.

Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services and Transition Contact Persons:

The Bureau of Special Education is engaged in a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Developmental Services to assist in supporting students who will be transitioning to adult supports and services.   

This posting provides you with the following links:

  • A revised memorandum related to WIOA Section 511 with detailed instructions for completing and submitting the WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form,
  • WIOA Section 511 LEA Documentation Requirements, and
  • the WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form. 

Summary of requirements for your District’s DDS students exiting school in 2018 who are known to be seeking subminimum wage employment.

By June 15, 2018, please complete the following items:

  1. Complete the attached WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form and attach the student’s most recent IEP. Complete one form for each DDS student who will be graduating or aging-out in June of 2018 that the LEA is aware of who will be seeking subminimum wage employment after leaving high school.
  2. Submit the completed form and the student’s most recent IEP to André Pope (DORS) via mail or fax – confidential student information may not be submitted by email unless it is encrypted. For students who are consumers of DDS and who are outplaced either in an Approved Private Special Education Program (APSEP) or in a Regional Education Service Center (RESC), the sending LEA is responsible for submitting the Section 511 documentation to DORS.
  3. Provide the parent or guardian of the student with a copy of the submitted form and IEP.

Please read the memorandum and accompanying materials prior to completing this task.

Thank you

WIOA Section 511 LEA Transition Documentation Memo.

WIOA Section 511 LEA Documentation Requirements.

WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation Form.