Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE Online Modules

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), are offering the following Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE online modules, which are available for immediate access on the Canvas Learning Management System.

  1. Increasing Awareness of SLD/Dyslexia: Implications for Connecticut Educators
  2. Using Literacy Screening Data to Support Students with Reading Difficulties
  3. Remediating and Accommodating Students with SLD/Dyslexia at the Secondary Level
  4. Identifying Students with SLD/Dyslexia: An Online Module
  5. It’s Never Too Late: How to Motivate and Teach Older Struggling Readers with SLD/Dyslexia
  6. Case Study Review of a Connecticut Student with SLD/Dyslexia
  7. SLD/Dyslexia: Connecting Research to Practice in Connecticut
  8. Identifying Students who are Gifted and Talented and have SLD or SLD/Dyslexia
  9. Distinguishing Between Typically Developing English Learners (ELs) and Students with Reading Difficulties

To learn more about these modules and/or for information on how to register, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/SERC 2021-22 Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE Online Modules.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org.

If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Claire Conroy, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 326, or by email at conroy@ctserc.org.  

If you have questions regarding Canvas access, please contact: Greg Glidden, SERC Consultant/Webmaster, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 380, or by email at glidden@ctserc.org.

Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-a-Glance (October 2021 to December 2021) – VIRTUAL Workshops

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring a VIRTUAL training series featuring structured literacy approaches during the 2021-22 school year. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges. 

For additional information related to dates and times for these sessions, and registration information, please see the attached flyer: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/CSDE-SERC-2021-22-Structured-Literacy-Program-Training-Series_10_12_21.pdf

To register for these and other CSDE/SERC events, please go to the SERC Events webpage. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org. If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Claire Conroy, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 326, or by email at conroy@ctserc.org.

Professional Learning for Early Childhood Special Education Professionals – SAVE THE DATES!

The CT State Department of Education in
collaboration with the RESC Alliance is
announcing its 2021-2022 Early Childhood
Special Education Professionals learning
opportunities. Please mark your calendars with
the dates of the activities of interest. Registration
information will follow.

For specific events and dates, please see

Updated Resource now posted: A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut

The Bureau of Special Education is excited to share our most recent updated Resource: A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut. 

This revision reflects all of the changes that were part of the most recent legislative session and contains updated links and dispute resolution forms. 

This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services.

The goal of this guide is to help families understand the key concepts of the laws and how to be an effective partner with the schools in the special education process.

You may view these important guides on the CSDE, Bureau of Special Education Website (https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Services/Special-Education) or directly at:

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut 2021 (English) https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Parents_Guide_SE.pdf

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut 2021 (Spanish) https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/parents_guide_SE_span.pdf

 

UPDATE! SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 7th –  Administrator Responsive Support Sessions – Professional Learning for Administrators of School Based Early Childhood Programs

The CT State Department of Education in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, the CT OEC and CAS is announcing the 2021-2022 Administrators’ Responsive Support series, a continuation of the 2020-2021 Administrator Roundtable series. For details and REGISTRATION information please visit

SAVE THE DATES –  Administrator Responsive Support Sessions – Professional Learning for Administrators of School Based Early Childhood Programs

The CT State Department of Education in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, the CT OEC and CAS is announcing the 2021-2022 Administrators’ Responsive Support series, a continuation of the 2020-2021 Administrator Roundtable series. For dates and details please visit

Special Education Teacher and Related Services Communities of Practice launch for the 2021-2022 School Year

The RESC Alliance and the CSDE Bureau of Special Education continue to partner in offering Communities of Practice (CoP) for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to the individual CoPs for Speech & Language Pathologists, BCBAs, Social Workers, School-Based Occupational Therapists, School-Based Physical Therapists, School Psychologists, Teachers of the Deaf, and Assistive Technology Specialists, we have added CoPs for Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Elementary Special Education Teachers, Middle School Special Education Teachers and High School Special Education Teachers.

These CoPs are designed to be a virtual gathering place for practitioners in each area to collaborate, exchange ideas, focus on evidence-based practice and build collective capacity to support students in Connecticut schools. An excellent resource for education personnel, if you are currently at work in one of these areas in the field, we encourage you to consider reaching out to the contact email for your CoP on the flyer below and become a part of that community of practice!

See September/October dates and times for all CoPs at

Two Important Bureau of Special Education Professional Development Training Opportunities

Below are two exciting events that the Bureau of Special Education is providing so that LEAs have as much information needed to align goals, activities and resources to ensure students with disabilities are having their needs met in a timely and coordinated effort. Please ensure that all District personnel who have federal grant responsibilities been informed of these events and given a chance to attend.

BSE Professional Development Training #1

Webinar: FY22 ARP with IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Funding Request Training

September 29, 2021

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Section 2014(a) provides supplemental funding under the obligation of IDEA Part B for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021/Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for the IDEA formula grant programs. Eligible LEAs that received approval of FFY21/FY22 IDEA Part B Section 611/619 will be shown through a live virtual webinar platform, the abbreviated sections that are required to request the funds that must be tracked through the electronic grant management system (eGMS).

Special Education Directors, Business Managers and Grant Managers/personnel are encouraged to attend the one hour session (9:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.) on 9/29/21. The training will include time for questions and answers and will focus on the breakdown of FY22 ARP IDEA Part B mandated supplemental funding and the eGMS process that will be utilized for monitoring of these funds through a budget(s), with a goal(s) and activities that align with IDEA Part B and assist with the excess costs of specialized instruction and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21 (Section 611) and 3-5 (Section 619).

This webinar will be held using Zoom. Registration is available:

BSE Professional Development Training #2

Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit: November 3rd and 4th.

November 3rd (Part one has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) & November 4th (Part two has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) 

Please share this information with all educational team and administration members as needed.

Register here: https://22-69-036.eventbrite.com 

How do school districts leverage new federal funds with established funding sources in order to build capacity and establish sustainable supports, but avoid common mistakes that lead to unspent resources? Careful planning. The CT State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, in conjunction with many partners, are offering this summit for District Teams to gather together and discuss, develop, and plan for managing increased resources and opportunities, including funding under the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) Act Part B Section 611/619 and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) with IDEA Part B.

 After two half-day sessions, teams will come away with a plan for expending resources most targeted to support learning and improved outcomes.

The District Team will identify a team leader (Note: all team members must register individually on the virtual platform).

*Teams must register for one morning or afternoon session each day for session  one – November 3rd and session two – November 4th .

Districts must register as teams of up to 5 that may include the Special Education Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Transition Coordinator, Business Manager, Student Support Services Professionals, and Special Education and Pupil Services Staff

The team will gather together in a central location within the District, and through the virtual platform will join the Summit, in order to examine how to braid resources and build a functional plan with a management timeline. This planning is necessary for success as well as to avoid common mistakes that lead to not expending all the resources available.

Questions:

Content questions contact Thomas Boudreau, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education, (860)713-6919/ Thomas.Boudreau@ct.gov

Training questions contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 / proffitt@ctserc.org 

Registration questions contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241/ adorno@ctserc.org.

WORKSHOP – Supporting Social and Emotional Growth at Home for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Age Children

Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Social and emotional growth for young children begins at home with the family. Our daily routines, mealtime, playtime and family time are great ways to support young children in a natural setting. For details of the workshop, see this flyer:

CT Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute

The Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is a one‐year
intensive experience for professionals who chair IEP teams in Connecticut. The
purpose of the institute is to train leaders to facilitate IEP team meetings that are
compliant and collaborative.

PPTLI is a separate, but important experience from CT SEDS or the 8-Day Leadership Training Institute.

This year‐long institute is funded and supported by the CT State Department of
Education, Special Education Division and the State Education Resource
Center (SERC). This year, up to 80 applicants will be supported.

See additional details and registration information here. IF YOU APPLIED TO PPTLI PRIOR TO AUGUST 1, 2021, YOUR INFORMATION MAY NOT HAVE BEEN RECORDED DUE TO A SYSTEM ERROR. PLEASE APPLY AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.