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.
Mark your calendar… The Bureau of Special Education’s 15th Annual Back to School Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Registration information will be sent via email at the end of August. Have a great summer!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Bureau of Special Education welcomes a new member, Dr. Andrea Brinnel.
Andrea joined the Special Education team earlier this month as an Education Consultant and is a welcome addition to the Grants Administration Unit. Her primary responsibilities include: 619 IDEA Grant Coordinator, Special Education Early Childhood Coordinator, and Parent Partnerships. Andrea will also manage the State Performance Plan Indicators 6, 7, 8, and 12, Complaint Resolutions, and provide general special education support for school districts and parents.
Andrea comes to the Bureau with a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous role as a program manager for the Smart Start and School Readiness grant programs at the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC). Prior to her work at the OEC she was the program manager for the State Head Start grant program and staffed the Early Childhood Cabinet. Before coming to work for the state, Andrea was a special education coordinator and preschool special education teacher. She has worked in the field for almost 30 years.
Andrea may be reached by email at Andrea.Brinnel@ct.gov or by phone at (860) 713-6941.
The revised SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide is now available on the SDE’s website and can be found at http://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Publications/SLD-Dyslexia-Assessment-Resource-Guide.
Also, the following document contains a list of all of the free SLD/Dyslexia online courses/modules available from SERC. These can be accessed at http://ctserc.org/about/serc-programs/dyslexia/professional-learning-resources or an abbreviated version can be found at SLD Dyslexia Free Online Courses.
SAVE THE DATE
The Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership is holding its fifth annual conference on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Central Connecticut State University.
For more information and the CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS announcement, please visit the links below.
The Bureau of Special Education is pleased to present updated guidelines regarding Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) and In-School Observations. This document was sent to Superintendents and the State Board of Education on March 28, 2018. The Bureau also plans to post an interactive IEE and In-School Observation guideline document on the State Department of Education website. In addition to the guidelines, the website page will contain a Frequently Asked Questions document, an IEE Flow Chart, Definitions, and other related resources. Please take an opportunity to review the memorandum to superintendents and guidelines at the following link: IEE Memo and Guidance 3.28.2018
If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Jones, Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education at 860-713-6933 or email@example.com
Thank you for all you do to support our students!
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announces a Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity through the CSDE’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG). The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is an assessment tool used to inform school’s current behavioral interventions and supports implementation levels.
For more information on the TFI process, please review the attached informational flyer at GOT FIDELITY_TFI
The Bureau of Special Education welcomes its newest member, Dorothy (Dori) Papa-Santini. Dori started at the Bureau two weeks ago as an Education Service Specialist and is a welcome addition to the Special Education Program Improvement Unit. Her primary responsibilities include: Least Restrictive Environment (State Performance Plan Indicators 3 and 5); Complaint Resolutions; and general special education support for school districts and parents.
Dori comes to the Bureau with a wealth of knowledge and experience as a Special Education Teacher, Department Head, and Interim School Principal within the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Unified School District 2 (USD #2). Dori has earned her Special Education CT Endorsement #165 in Comprehensive Special Education Teaching (K-12), an M.S. in Special Education with a concentration area in Serious Emotional Disturbance, a CT Endorsement #092 in Intermediate Administration and Supervision, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D).
Dori may be reached by email at Dorothy.Papa-Santini@ct.gov or by phone at (860) 713-6918 extension 6923.
A technical assistance opportunity through the Connecticut State Department of Education’s School Climate Transformation Grant is available to schools that have completed one year of PBIS training in the past.
Please see additional information by visiting: