SLD/Dyslexia Resources

The revised SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide is now available on the SDE’s website and can be found at

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 or an abbreviated version can be found at SLD Dyslexia Free Online Courses.


SAVE THE DATE: Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference


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.

SAVE THE DATE Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership



Updated Guidelines Regarding Independent Education Evaluations and In-School Observations

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

Thank you for all you do to support our students!

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

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

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  or by phone at (860) 713-6918 extension 6923.


Technical Assistance Available Through the CT School Transformation Grant

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:

School Climate Transformation Grant technical assistance opportunity

SAVE THE DATE: Paraeducator Symposium November 16, 2017!

The Second Annual Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium supporting social and emotional learning will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. For detailed information related to this important event, please view this symposium announcement: Paraeducator Symposium 17-18 Announcement.