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

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.

Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Opportunity: The Role of the Paraeducator in High-Quality Early Childhood Settings that Serve Children with IEPs

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the RESC Alliance are offering professional development opportunities related to the role of the paraeducator for children with IEPs in early childhood settings. These sessions are approaching quickly and are based in each of the RESCs.

Please review the link below for important details and registration information.

The Role of the Paraeducator in High-Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs

Early Childhood Special Education – Professional Development Opportunities in October 2019!

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the RESC Alliance are offering three Early Childhood Special Education professional development opportunities in October 2019.

Please review the links below for important details and registration information.

October 8, 2019: Establishing and Maintaining Meaningful Inclusive Learning Environments in Preschool

October 16, 2019: Related Services as Part of a Preschool Inclusive Classroom Approach Symposium

October 18, 2019 and January 29, 2020: Increasing Capacity in Community-Based Preschools for Children with Special Needs

 

CASP Presents their 2019 Fall Conference!

The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) presents their 2019 Fall Conference on Advanced Threat Assessment featuring Dr. Melissa Reeves! For more details and registration information please visit https://caspweb.wildapricot.org/event-3558994. 

Conference flyer: CASP 2019 Fall Conference Flyer

 

Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports! (A Special October Workshop for Cohort C capacity building)

These PD opportunities will be geared specifically towards the needs of school-based teams regarding fidelity in assistive technology (AT) supports and will provide new information about best practice for these services.  We will also cover the latest trends in AT and how they can be implemented throughout classrooms as well as during important transitional stages.  This includes a wide variety of AT supports (iOS, Chromebook, etc.).  Spend the day with AT Specialists from NEAT and discuss your students’ needs.

Important Notes:

  • The content will be the same at each session. You can travel to any one of those 6.
  • Bring a team of people.

Dates and Locations:

  • October 3, 2019 in Hartford, CT
  • October 9, 2019 in Hebron, CT
  • October 10, 2019 in Vernon, CT
  • October 21, 2019 in Waterbury, CT
  • October 22, 2019 in Bridgeport, CT
  • October 31, 2019 in Meriden, CT

Pick one and register here:  https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/neat-events/