Early Childhood IDEA Part B and C CT Leadership Academy Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce the application for the first cohort of a leadership development opportunity is now available.  We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort.  This application will be open until July 1, 2020.  The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training.  A stipend will be awarded to those who participate throughout the full year of technical assistance.

Please see the application for this exciting opportunity here

CT Leadership Academy Application

The following link will guide you to learning modules created by Eastern CT State University about transition from Part C to Part B. Once on that page, the user will receive the instructions for how to create an account and is provided with the invitation link that allows them to enroll in this particular module. https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-modules/transition-from-birth-to-three.html

 

Early Childhood Guidance and Resources

 

  • On June 10, 2020, joint guidance from the CSDE and OEC was sent to school superintendents regarding transitioning to kindergarten. That important guidance may be viewed at: OEC-CSDE Joint Memo – Transitioning to Kindergarten
  • The following link will take you to a resource document that was produced by ECTA and the DaSy center.  The document provides information about norm-referenced assessment tools that have potential for remote administration with young children.  The document includes information about areas to be assessed as well as live link to  publishers of the instruments:  https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/events/Assessment_Tool_Table.pdf
  • The link below will take you to a webinar that was recorded in May.  The topic is itinerant early childhood special education services:  the provision of specialized instruction in community-based programs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8petv-FPo&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions about any of these resources feel free to contact Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov.

 

NEW: Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a June 5, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded a new guidance document regarding students exiting special education services during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to school Superintendents and Directors of Special Education.

Please review this important document at:

Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/6052020-Guidance-on-Student-Exiters-during-COVID-19.pdf

As always, we deeply appreciate all that you do to support our students during this unprecedented time!

English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, is hosting an English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020.

For more information about WestEd and registration for this event, please visit https://www.wested.org/wested_event/elswd-virtual-summit-2020/.

NEW – Guidance Documents Related to Summer School 2020, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

On June 1, 2020, two new guidance documents were released to the field related to Summer School 2020.

Please review these important documents at:

Rules for operating Summer School during COVID19(https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/Summer-School-2020-Final.pdf?la=en)

Preparing for a Safe Return to Classroom Learning – Summer School Opening Plan (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/Summer-School-Rules-Summary.pdf?la=en)

THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!

NEW – Guidance Documents Regarding IEP Progress Reporting and CTECS Revised Admissions Process, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In a May 29, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded two guidance documents regarding IEP Progress Reporting and the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process, to the field.

Please review these important documents at:

Guidance for IEP Progress Reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 29, 2020), and

BSE and CTECS Memorandum: CT Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process (May 29, 2020)

THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!

WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

WEBINAR – COVID-19 Considerations for Transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B

Please join us on June 8th at 2:30 p.m. for a webinar about COVID-19 considerations for transitions from IDEA Part C to Part B.

Presented by:

Andrea Brinnel, CSDE, 619 Part B Manager

Jane Hampton Smith, CPAC, Co-executive Director

Alice Ridgway, OEC, Birth to Three System Director

This webinar will review guidance surrounding special circumstances for transition from Part C to Part B during the COVID-19 Health Emergency.

This webinar is for both Part C and Part B professionals and is intended to clarify previous guidance and answer questions that have come up about this guidance.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2140472469585137675

Guidance Documents Regarding Extended School Year (ESY) services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B

In a May 20, 2020, email communication to the field, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded three guidance documents regarding Extended School Year (ESY) Services, Early Childhood Child Find and Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B, in consideration of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Please review these important documents at:

Guidance for Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)]

Guidance for Early Childhood Child Find during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 20, 2020)

Transition from Part C to Part B During the COVID-19 Health Emergency (May 8, 2020)

 

THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!

FREE audio library for kids during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut-based CRIS Radio is offering free, temporary log-in credentials to educators, parents, and students to access their CRISKids Audio Library during the COVID-19 crisis. The CRISKids Audio Library is quite extensive, with more than 1,000 recordings, nearly all requested by teachers in Connecticut.  Access to the recordings will be free and available on any Wi-Fi connected device or smartphone, as well as through the CRIS Radio mobile app.  Those interested should contact Laura Boogaert at lboogaert@crisradio.org to receive their free login credentials and instructions on how to access the service.