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UPDATE to our announcement for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting

UPDATE: We have been able to add an afternoon session of more valuable information! There is no need to register for this session, but please consider joining our colleagues, Scott Newgass, Kimberly Traverso, and Glen Peterson if you would like to learn more about Standards and Guidelines for Students Who Have Been Expelled.

This session will run from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is designed to provide an overview of two important CSDE guidance documents that were released this year: Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation and the companion document Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation.  These guidance documents will be available along with all other documents for this event at http://ctserc.org/bts18 beginning on September 7th.  Consultants from the CSDE Office of Student Supports will be on hand to address any questions.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

It’s Time to Register for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting!

Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

TIME SENSITIVE: Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements Effective July 1, 2018

On July 12, 2018, Special Education Bureau Chief, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued a TIME SENSITIVE memorandum to the field regarding changes to the statutory restraint and seclusion requirements. Please review this important memorandum below.

Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements (003)

WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation – this notification requires the submission of completed materials on or before June 15, 2018

Notifications will also be sent by email.

Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services and Transition Contact Persons:

The Bureau of Special Education is engaged in a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Developmental Services to assist in supporting students who will be transitioning to adult supports and services.   

This posting provides you with the following links:

  • A revised memorandum related to WIOA Section 511 with detailed instructions for completing and submitting the WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form,
  • WIOA Section 511 LEA Documentation Requirements, and
  • the WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form. 

Summary of requirements for your District’s DDS students exiting school in 2018 who are known to be seeking subminimum wage employment.

By June 15, 2018, please complete the following items:

  1. Complete the attached WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation form and attach the student’s most recent IEP. Complete one form for each DDS student who will be graduating or aging-out in June of 2018 that the LEA is aware of who will be seeking subminimum wage employment after leaving high school.
  2. Submit the completed form and the student’s most recent IEP to André Pope (DORS) via mail or fax – confidential student information may not be submitted by email unless it is encrypted. For students who are consumers of DDS and who are outplaced either in an Approved Private Special Education Program (APSEP) or in a Regional Education Service Center (RESC), the sending LEA is responsible for submitting the Section 511 documentation to DORS.
  3. Provide the parent or guardian of the student with a copy of the submitted form and IEP.

Please read the memorandum and accompanying materials prior to completing this task.

Thank you

WIOA Section 511 LEA Transition Documentation Memo.

WIOA Section 511 LEA Documentation Requirements.

WIOA Section 511 Transition Services Documentation Form.

 

 

 

The Bureau Welcomes Andrea Brinnel!

The Bureau of Special Education welcomes a new member, Dr. Andrea Brinnel.

Andrea joined the Special Education team earlier this month as an Education Consultant and is a welcome addition to the Grants Administration Unit.  Her primary responsibilities include: 619 IDEA Grant Coordinator, Special Education Early Childhood Coordinator, and Parent Partnerships.  Andrea will also manage the State Performance Plan Indicators 6, 7, 8, and 12, Complaint Resolutions, and provide general special education support for school districts and parents.

Andrea comes to the Bureau with a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous role as a program manager for the Smart Start and School Readiness grant programs at the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC).  Prior to her work at the OEC she was the program manager for the State Head Start grant program and staffed the Early Childhood Cabinet.  Before coming to work for the state, Andrea was a special education coordinator and preschool special education teacher.  She has worked in the field for almost 30 years.

Andrea may be reached by email at Andrea.Brinnel@ct.gov or by phone at (860) 713-6941.

 

SLD/Dyslexia Resources

The revised SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide is now available on the SDE’s website and can be found at http://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Publications/SLD-Dyslexia-Assessment-Resource-Guide.

Also, the following document contains a list of all of the free SLD/Dyslexia online courses/modules available from SERC. These can be accessed at http://ctserc.org/about/serc-programs/dyslexia/professional-learning-resources or an abbreviated version can be found at SLD Dyslexia Free Online Courses.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE

The Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership is holding its fifth annual conference on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Central Connecticut State University.

For more information and the CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS announcement, please visit the links below.

SAVE THE DATE Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership

 

 

Updated Guidelines Regarding Independent Education Evaluations and In-School Observations

The Bureau of Special Education is pleased to present updated guidelines regarding Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) and In-School Observations. This document was sent to Superintendents and the State Board of Education on March 28, 2018. The Bureau also plans to post an interactive IEE and In-School Observation guideline document on the State Department of Education website.  In addition to the guidelines, the website page will contain a Frequently Asked Questions document, an IEE Flow Chart, Definitions, and other related resources. Please take an opportunity to review the memorandum to superintendents and guidelines at the following link: IEE Memo and Guidance 3.28.2018

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Jones, Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education at 860-713-6933 or natalie.jones@ct.gov

Thank you for all you do to support our students!

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announces a Technical Assistance (TA) opportunity through the CSDE’s  School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG). The Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) is an assessment tool used to inform school’s current behavioral interventions and supports implementation levels.

For more information on the TFI process, please review the attached informational flyer at GOT FIDELITY_TFI