Announcing CAS Special Education Coaching Support Grant

Time sensitive – open submission ends December 15, 2016.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Bureau of Special Education and the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Partnership

CAS is pleased to announce the availability of a grant to support special education administrators who are in years one through three in their position. In response to reports from the field indicating that newly appointed special education administrators would benefit greatly from the support of an executive coach with special education expertise, CAS has been working with the CT State Department of Education to develop a special education executive coaching model. The new model was approved in September and the CSDE has agreed to support the model through a competitive grant process made available to districts. Grant awardees can receive a coach at no cost for the services provided.

Through this grant, the CSDE and CAS will work collaboratively with partner districts to:

  • support the transition of a new special education administrator;
  • create a structured, individualized support plan for the administrator;
  • build capacity for supporting equitable learning experience for all students, specifically, students with disabilities; and,
  • enhance district capacity for implementing and sustaining successful practices that are developed throughout the year by providing training and technical assistance and resources to identified special education administrators.

Coaches will work with administrators to develop good time management and organizational skills. Systemic collaboration with all staff within the district will also be an area of focus. Ultimately, differentiated support will be provided as determined by district and school needs. Projected outcomes include increased job effectiveness; improved staff satisfaction and retention; timely responses and resolutions to compliance related matters; improved staff and family communication; and increased parent satisfaction. The coaching support will help to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.

For further information and to download the grant application, please visit
CAS Special Education Coaching Grant Application or go to Web address: http://www.casciac.org/pdfs/CAS_Special_Education_Coaching_Grant_Application.pdf

For specific questions pertaining to this competition, please contact:

  • Marie Salazar Glowski, Assistant Executive Director — Connecticut Association of Schools, at (203) 250-1111, extension 3926 (mglowski@casciac.org); or,
  • Dr. Don Briere, Education Consultant – Connecticut State Department of Education, at (860) 713-6931 (donald.briere@ct.gov).