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.

 

REMINDER: CSDE Bureau of Special Education Leadership Forum for Special Education Leaders – February 6, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM,

The Leadership Forums are designed for district special education administrators to build their knowledge around specific topics, procedures, and practices to support their roles on behalf of serving students with disabilities and their families.

Join us at 8:30 for check in and networking.

Agenda begins at 9:00 AM and includes:

  • Welcome/Bureau of Special Education updates
  • New “draft” IEP discussion/presentation
  • Overview of the March 11th Leadership forum
  • Overview of the 2020-2021 8-Day PPT Leadership Series and Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI)
  • IDEA Grant application/MOE calculator

Lunch is on your own

You will find us at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

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

 

 

UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program for the 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is now open for the UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program for the 20-21 school year.  Registration information can be found at https://pk3leadership.uconn.edu/registration/ .

If you are interested in the program, early registration is recommended as spaces in the program are limited.

For additional information contact Karen List, Program Director at karen.list@uconn.edu 

 

ARE YOU SERVING OR SUPPORTING A STUDENT WITH A HEARING LOSS?

The American School for the Deaf and Soundbridge invite you to attend a discussion and workshop on December 13th related to the required emergency communication plan that includes procedures for alerting the deaf/hard of hearing and deaf/blind child of an emergency situation and ensuring that the specific needs of the child are met during the emergency situation.

https://sites.google.com/asd-1817.org/asd1817workshop/home.

NEW: Effective July 1, 2019, Section 3 of Public Act 19-184 extends the LCP requirement to deaf or hard of hearing or deaf/blind students who have 504 Plans as well as IEP’s. The amended legislation also requires that the LCP include an Emergency Communication plan with outlines procedures for alerting the student to emergency situations as well as other specific needs of the student during the course of the emergency.

The LCP is a required document to be completed during planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 Plan meetings while engaging in meaningful discussion to address the special language and communication considerations for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind in compliance with federal and state requirements. The LCP must be used to develop or revise the IEP or 504 Plan at least annually or as needed during PPT or 504 Plan meetings.

A revised LCP is posted on the CSDE website that includes the emergency communication plan requirement to address the procedures and specific needs of the student during the course of an emergency. Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, MUST have an LCP that documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT or 504 team.

Effective July 1, 2019, the LCP must address:

  • The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
  • Educational options available to the child;
  • The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
  • The accessibility of academic instruction, school services, and extra – curricular activities for the child; and communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child; and
  • NEW: An emergency communication plan.

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.

2019-2020 CSDE & SERC SLD/Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

The Bureau of Special Education, together with SERC, are offering the following SLD/Dyslexia FREE online courses and archived webinars, which are now available for immediate access.

 

To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit 2019-2020 CSDE SERC SLD-Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

CSDE/RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration !

The Bureau of Special Education, together with the RESC Alliance, is offering several sessions for Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life.

To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration Flyer updated 11.8.2019.