Two Important Bureau of Special Education Professional Development Training Opportunities

Below are two exciting events that the Bureau of Special Education is providing so that LEAs have as much information needed to align goals, activities and resources to ensure students with disabilities are having their needs met in a timely and coordinated effort. Please ensure that all District personnel who have federal grant responsibilities been informed of these events and given a chance to attend.

BSE Professional Development Training #1

Webinar: FY22 ARP with IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Funding Request Training

September 29, 2021

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Section 2014(a) provides supplemental funding under the obligation of IDEA Part B for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021/Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for the IDEA formula grant programs. Eligible LEAs that received approval of FFY21/FY22 IDEA Part B Section 611/619 will be shown through a live virtual webinar platform, the abbreviated sections that are required to request the funds that must be tracked through the electronic grant management system (eGMS).

Special Education Directors, Business Managers and Grant Managers/personnel are encouraged to attend the one hour session (9:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.) on 9/29/21. The training will include time for questions and answers and will focus on the breakdown of FY22 ARP IDEA Part B mandated supplemental funding and the eGMS process that will be utilized for monitoring of these funds through a budget(s), with a goal(s) and activities that align with IDEA Part B and assist with the excess costs of specialized instruction and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21 (Section 611) and 3-5 (Section 619).

This webinar will be held using Zoom. Registration is available:

BSE Professional Development Training #2

Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit: November 3rd and 4th.

November 3rd (Part one has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) & November 4th (Part two has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) 

Please share this information with all educational team and administration members as needed.

Register here: https://22-69-036.eventbrite.com 

How do school districts leverage new federal funds with established funding sources in order to build capacity and establish sustainable supports, but avoid common mistakes that lead to unspent resources? Careful planning. The CT State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, in conjunction with many partners, are offering this summit for District Teams to gather together and discuss, develop, and plan for managing increased resources and opportunities, including funding under the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) Act Part B Section 611/619 and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) with IDEA Part B.

 After two half-day sessions, teams will come away with a plan for expending resources most targeted to support learning and improved outcomes.

The District Team will identify a team leader (Note: all team members must register individually on the virtual platform).

*Teams must register for one morning or afternoon session each day for session  one – November 3rd and session two – November 4th .

Districts must register as teams of up to 5 that may include the Special Education Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Transition Coordinator, Business Manager, Student Support Services Professionals, and Special Education and Pupil Services Staff

The team will gather together in a central location within the District, and through the virtual platform will join the Summit, in order to examine how to braid resources and build a functional plan with a management timeline. This planning is necessary for success as well as to avoid common mistakes that lead to not expending all the resources available.

Questions:

Content questions contact Thomas Boudreau, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education, (860)713-6919/ Thomas.Boudreau@ct.gov

Training questions contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 / proffitt@ctserc.org 

Registration questions contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241/ adorno@ctserc.org.