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

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CT Guide to Intervention Models for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders in Inclusive School Settings

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, is offering this opportunity for professional learning for early childhood special education professionals in Connecticut on December 3, 2021, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

For details and registration information, please visit:

A Step by Step Approach for Inclusive Schools – Sessions B and C

This is a three (3) day, team-based training.  There is no cost to register.  Please visit www.ctserc.org/events to register.  For content questions, please contact Nikki Hendry, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 255 or hendry@ctserc.org.  For registration questions, please contact Emma Velasquez, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 218 or velasquez@ctserc.org.

Audience: PreK-Grade 12: School-based teams that must include a Principal/Administrators, General and Special education Teachers, and Student Support Services Professionals, and may include Paraeducators and family members

  • Session B Dates: November 17, 18, and November 30           

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford/Meriden, Wallingford

  • Session C Dates: December 1, 2, and December 15                

Location: Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook 

Step by Step for inclusive schools is a systems-wide model for improving the quality and amount of time students spend in inclusive settings.  Implemented across ten states and adopted on a statewide basis in Florida and Connecticut, Step by Step training results in meaningful change at the district, school, and classroom levels that benefits all students and the school community.

This team training in Step by Step emphasizes the importance of individualized student-centered decisions for assigning supports and services.  In the training, each participating school will create an action plan and identify criteria for determining successful implementation of effective practices.  This action plan addresses six critical themes: 1) Instructional Settings; 2) Collaboration and Shared Responsibility for Supporting Students; 3) Instructional Excellence for Diverse Learners; 4) In-Class Support Models and Strategies; 5) Peer and Family Relationships; and 6) Effective Use of Personnel.

As a result of this training, participating teams will learn: a clear definition of inclusive education; instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners in the general education classroom; three distinct staffing models to assure that students and teachers receive the support they need; a process for scheduling that makes the best use of resources, and many more practical strategies; five strategies to improve the quality and impact of paraeducator services; and an effective peer assistance and peer tutoring program.  

Professional Learning for Administrators of School Based Early Childhood Programs

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, the Connecticut Association of Schools, and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood presents an Administrator Responsive Support Session on November 4, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

For details and registration information, please see

CSDE/RESC Alliance 2021-22 Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills – VIRTUAL Workshop

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is sponsoring six cohorts of a Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills.  Join us for this FREE, virtual workshop and learn systematic, structured methods for teaching decoding, encoding, oral, and written expression to students with learning disorders and specific language disabilities.

Participants will:

• Define and model strategies to teach students who have specific reading disabilities

• Identify skills needed to develop basic proficiency in reading and spelling

• Learn the developmental progression of oral language skills that prepare students for reading proficiency

To learn more about this training and for information on how to register, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/RESC Alliance 2021-22 Structured Literacy Series: Systematic Teaching of Basic Literacy Skills.

For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Lisa Fiano by email at lfiano@crec.org or by phone at 860-524-4040.

Transition from Birth to Three to Public School – Updates

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the Connecticut Birth to Three System and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, is offering four update sessions related to transition from the Birth to Three system to Public School.

For more details including dates, times and registration information, please see

CSDE/SERC 2021-2022 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 events listed below are FREE of charge. 

For additional information about these trainings and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/SERC 2021-2022 Secondary Transition Professional Learning Opportunities, which lists sessions scheduled from October to December 2021.  

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 2021-2022 Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to 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 Charing the LifeCourse.

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning 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 person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the individualized education program (IEP) and Transition Planning.

For additional information about this training and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/RESC Alliance/SERC 2021-2022 Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse.

Please contact SERC or your local RESC, for questions or assistance with registration, or for in-district training and consultation.  Contact information can be found on the flyer.

CSDE/RESC Alliance/SERC 2021-2022 Person-Centered Planning: 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, interactive, hands-on virtual sessions of Person-Centered Planning: Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse

Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC), a universally-designed person-centered planning 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 take a deeper dive into CtLC and will understand the various ways to utilize CtLC to support student outcomes and partner with families, and discover ways to integrate CtLC within their organization.  In order to participate in this session, participants must have attended Person-Centered Planning: Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse (formerly titled Person-Centered Planning: LifeCourse Planning Tools).

For additional information about this training and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/RESC Alliance/SERC 2021-2022 Person-Centered Planning: Implementation of Charting the LifeCourse.

Please contact SERC or your local RESC, for questions or assistance with registration, or for in-district training and consultation.  Their contact information can be found on the flyer.

CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) and Transition Tuesdays

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) and our CoP agency partners, is sponsoring three FREE, virtual CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) meetings to 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 attached flyer: 2021-2022 CT Transition Community of Practice.  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.

The CT Transition CoP and the CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) are also hosting “Transition Tuesdays”, a series of FREE, virtual opportunities throughout the year 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 attached flyer: CT Transition CoP and CPAC Transition Tuesdays.  For more information, please contact: Laura Knapp, CPAC, by email at lknapp@cpac.org or by phone at 860-739-3089; Amy Norton, EASTCONN, by email at anorton@eastconn.org or by phone at 860-933-1826; or Missy Wrigley, State Education Resource Center, by email at wrigley@ctserc.org or by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397.

SAVE THE DATE – CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!

The CT Secondary Transition Symposium Planning Committee is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium, which 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 improve secondary transition planning and services for students with disabilities in order to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

The Symposium will be held virtually, over the course of three consecutive Tuesdays to break up the event. 

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Keynote & Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Film Screening + Facilitated Q&A/Panel Discussion

Each of our breakouts offer sessions within three strands, based on the audience (i.e., youth, families, and educators/professionals).

For additional information about this virtual event, please see the attached flyer: SAVE THE DATE – CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium.  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.

Professional Learning for Early Childhood Special Education Professionals in Connecticut

Comprehensive Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education Symposium and Technical Assistance

This opportunity includes a half-day symposium followed by 3 technical assistance sessions to review and revise your district’s comprehensive assessment process. Participation as a team is preferred. Teams should include members who have responsibility for completing eligibility assessments for preschool age children. Symposium: November 16, 2021 9:00-12:00pm.

Please review more details and registration information at

Delivering Specially Designed Instruction – Early Childhood

This opportunity will include 4 half day trainings on the planning, delivery and data collection of SDI. Limited technical assistance will be provided in between trainings. November 1, December 6, 2021 January 10, and February 7, 2022 9:00-12:00 pm

Please review more details and registration information at

Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE Online Modules

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), are offering the following Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE online modules, which are available for immediate access on the Canvas Learning Management System.

  1. Increasing Awareness of SLD/Dyslexia: Implications for Connecticut Educators
  2. Using Literacy Screening Data to Support Students with Reading Difficulties
  3. Remediating and Accommodating Students with SLD/Dyslexia at the Secondary Level
  4. Identifying Students with SLD/Dyslexia: An Online Module
  5. It’s Never Too Late: How to Motivate and Teach Older Struggling Readers with SLD/Dyslexia
  6. Case Study Review of a Connecticut Student with SLD/Dyslexia
  7. SLD/Dyslexia: Connecting Research to Practice in Connecticut
  8. Identifying Students who are Gifted and Talented and have SLD or SLD/Dyslexia
  9. Distinguishing Between Typically Developing English Learners (ELs) and Students with Reading Difficulties

To learn more about these modules and/or for information on how to register, please see the attached flyer: CSDE/SERC 2021-22 Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia FREE Online Modules.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org.

If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Claire Conroy, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 326, or by email at conroy@ctserc.org.  

If you have questions regarding Canvas access, please contact: Greg Glidden, SERC Consultant/Webmaster, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 380, or by email at glidden@ctserc.org.

Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-a-Glance (October 2021 to December 2021) – VIRTUAL Workshops

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring a VIRTUAL training series featuring structured literacy approaches during the 2021-22 school year. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges. 

For additional information related to dates and times for these sessions, and registration information, please see the attached flyer: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/CSDE-SERC-2021-22-Structured-Literacy-Program-Training-Series_10_12_21.pdf

To register for these and other CSDE/SERC events, please go to the SERC Events webpage. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org. If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Claire Conroy, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 326, or by email at conroy@ctserc.org.