About Bureau Bulletin

The Bureau Bulletin is a news publication of the Bureau of Special Education, Connecticut State Department of Education

School Occupational Therapy Community of Practice 2019-2020

This community of practice will bring together Connecticut school occupational therapy practitioners to focus on best practices in a workload approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection participants will learn, pool knowledge, and share resources. Please visit School Occupational Therapy Community of Practice 2019-2020 Flyer for more details and registration information.

School-Based Speech and Language Pathologist Communities of Practice 2019-2020

Register now to connect with other SLPs and build your capacity to effectively support students receiving school- based speech and language services. Certificates of attendance will be provided to participants. Please visit Speech and Language Community of Practice 2019-2020 Flyer for registration information for each RESC region.

Bureau of Special Education Secondary Transition Webpage Redesigned

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) Secondary Transition – Planning from School to Adult Life web page has been redesigned and is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Secondary-Transition.

This page is comprised of eight sections:

  • The Main page describes an overview of transition services, including the secondary transition planning process, as well as information and links for secondary transition professional learning opportunities.
  • The Documents/Forms page contains CSDE secondary transition documents/forms in the following areas: Secondary Transition Planning, Transition Assessments, Post-School Outcome Goal Statements (PSOGS) & Annual IEP Transition Goals and Objectives, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Student Success Plans (SSPs), and Summary of Performance (SOP/ED635).
  • The Related Resources page contains additional resources related to secondary transition including information from other state agencies.
  • The Resources for Students and Families page contains secondary transition resources for students and families.
  • The Easing Into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut page was developed as a result of a collaborative effort between the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC). The guide may be used as a resource for educators, students, and families throughout Connecticut to identify secondary transition resources and services.
  • The IDEA Part B Indicators: 1, 2, 13, and 14 page contains resources and tools related to IDEA Part B Indicators 1: Graduation, 2: Dropout, 13: Secondary Transition, and 14: Post-School Outcomes and Post-School Outcome Survey (PSOS).
  • The Laws/Regulations page contains federal and state laws and regulations related to secondary transition.
  • The CT Transition Programs page contains a link to a listing of CT Transition Programs (18-21).

We hope you will utilize this valuable tool as you navigate through the secondary transition planning process.

Questions can be directed to Alycia M. Trakas by phone at (860) 713-6932 or by e-mail at Alycia.Trakas@ct.gov.

Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year

The Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium will be a valuable professional learning opportunity for Paraeducators, as well as a time to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions Paraeducators make to the successful education experiences of so many Connecticut students. For more details and registration information please see Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year Flyer.

Upcoming Training Dates on Data Privacy & Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities

With the ever-changing nature of technology, how do we ensure the tools we use with students comply with Connecticut’s data privacy laws? Schools and families should be aware that regardless of privacy requirements, deciding what technology meets the unique needs of a student with an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan should lie with the planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 team, NOT with technology directors enforcing privacy laws.

A change to the state’s laws through Public Act 18-125 allows school districts to apply a narrow exception to privacy requirements for students with (IEPs) and 504 plans. This half-day information session will provide guidance to districts on this exception and how to meet reporting obligations on the software or apps used for students with IEPs and 504s.

Register for the event at https://ctserc.org/events for the following dates:

Date Location Time
11/13/19 CES Trumbull 12.00-3.00
12/18/19 Double Tree Bristol 12.00-3.00
1/22/20 EdAdvance Litchfield 12.00-3.00
2/26/20 Aces Hamden 12.00-3.00
3/31/20 LEARN Old Lyme 12.00-3.00
4/22/20 EASTCONN Hampton 12.00-3.00

 

 

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition

Please see the attached flyer regarding the 2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition.  For complete event details or to register, visit https://ctserc.org/events.  Content questions can be directed to Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 397 or wrigley@ctserc.org.  Registration questions can be directed to Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or johns@ctserc.org.

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition

The International Dyslexia Association Connecticut Presents: Structured Literacy – Closing the Reading Gap – October 25, 2019

The International Dyslexia Association Connecticut Presents an October 25, 2019, Conference: Structured Literacy – Closing the Reading Gap. For more details and registration information please see: The International Dyslexia Association Connecticut Conference Flyer

Structured Literacy Professional Development Opportunities

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with SERC, is sponsoring a training series featured structured literacy approaches in each of the RESC areas throughout the state during the 2019-2020 school year.  These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with SLD/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges.

For additional information related to locations, dates and times for these sessions, and registration information, please see the attached two flyers: CSDE-SERC 2019-2020 Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-A-Glance and CSDE sponsored LiPS Course at LEARN.