CSDE 2022-2023 Secondary Transition Professional Learning Opportunities

Please visit the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Secondary Transition Professional Learning Opportunities webpage for information about all of the sessions offered during the 2022-23 school year.

CSDE/SERC Secondary Transition Professional Learning Opportunities

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring several professional learning opportunities for secondary transition. All sessions are FREE of charge.

For additional information about these trainings and to register for one of the sessions, please see the CSDE/SERC Secondary Transition Professional Learning Opportunities page. Participants must register on SERC’s website. If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397, or by email at wrigley@ctserc.org. If you have questions regarding registration or to request accommodations, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org.

CSDE/RESC Alliance/SERC Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse and Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the RESC Alliance and the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse and Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse.

Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

Person-Centered Planning (PCP) is a set of approaches to life-planning based on what a person considers most important. Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC), a universally-designed, PCP framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this session will understand the importance of PCP, become familiar with the CtLC tools, and how to use them to support the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Transition Planning.

Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse

In this session, we will take a deeper dive into Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC). Participants in this session will understand the various ways to utilize CtLC to support student outcomes and engage families, while developing individualized meaningful transition experiences and services that remain relevant to, and reflective of, the student’s/family’s social, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds; and promote self-determination and self- advocacy to ensure the development of student voice within the person-centered planning process.

For additional information about these trainings and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the CSDE/RESC Alliance/SERC Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse and Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse page. Please contact SERC or your local RESC, for questions or assistance with registration, or for in-district training and consultation (see the page linked above for contact information).

CSDE/RESC Alliance Introduction of Customized Employment

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is sponsoring several FREE, virtual sessions of Introduction to Customized Employment (CE) in CT for special education teachers, providers, and administrators working with transition-age students with disabilities. These sessions are designed to increase capacity and a shared understanding of the CE process in CT, which may lead to competitive integrated employment, for students with the most significant disabilities. Participants will understand the components of CE (e.g., Foundational Knowledge, Job Discovery, Job Development, Post-Employment Support), become familiar with the job discovery process, and learn how special education transition services and activities, as identified on a student’s IEP, could be aligned to and support CE job discovery activities.

For additional information about these trainings and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the Introduction to Customized Employment in CT page. For content questions or assistance with registration, please contact one of the RESC CE Trainers (see the page linked above for contact information).

CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) and Transition Tuesdays

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and our CoP agency partners, is offering four FREE, virtual CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) meetings and three FREE, virtual CT CoP Transition Tuesdays.

CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP)

The CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) meetings bring stakeholders together to collaborate and share transition information, resources, and activities related to transition. For additional information about the CT Transition CoP and to register for one of these virtual meetings, please see the CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) page. Participants must register on SERC’s website. If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397, or by email at wrigley@ctserc.org. If you have questions regarding registration or to request accommodations, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org.

CT CoP Transition Tuesdays

The CT CoP Transition Tuesdays are additional opportunities for stakeholders to learn more about transition resources, services, and activities. For additional information about these trainings and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the CT Transition CoP Transition Tuesdays page. Registration for CT CoP Transition Tuesdays cannot be found on the SERC website. For content questions or assistance with registration, please contact: Amy Norton, EASTCONN, by email at anorton@eastconn.org or by phone at 860-933-1826; or Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, by email at wrigley@ctserc.org or by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397.

SAVE THE DATE – CT 8th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium

The CT Secondary Transition Symposium brings students and their families together with educators and other professionals to improve secondary transition programming and services for students with disabilities. The 8th Annual Symposium, with the theme of “My Goals, My Future, My Life!“, will continue to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to help ensure successful post-school outcomes. This event is FREE of charge. The Symposium will be held virtually, over the course of three Tuesdays to break up the event. 

  • Day 1: Tuesday, February 7, 2023: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Keynote & Breakout Sessions
  • Day 2: Tuesday, February 14, 2023: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
  • Day 3: Tuesday, February 28, 2023: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Closing Keynote

Each of our breakouts offer sessions within three strands, based on the audience (i.e., youth, families, and educators/professionals). Youth voice and leadership are vital! Please make plans to have your students attend.

For additional information about this virtual event, please see the CT Annual Secondary Transition Symposium page. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event. If you have questions, please contact: Missy Wrigley, Consultant at the State Education Resource Center, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397, or by email at wrigley@ctserc.org.