About Bureau Bulletin

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

Special Education Least Restrictive Environment Training – Spring 2021

The CSDE, in partnership with SERC, is sponsoring several LRE statewide trainings presented by Stetson & Associates.

Trainings will be presented on the following dates.

For registration information, see

April 20: Effective Staffing and Scheduling for Inclusive Schools Session B

April 21: Effective Staffing and Scheduling for Inclusive Schools-Session C

April 22: Quality Standards for Inclusive Schools

April 29: Instructional Strategies for Inclusive Teachers

May 6: The Role of the Principal in Inclusive Schools

May 13: What Will it Take? District-Level Strategies for Successful Inclusive Schools

Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders: 2nd Conference on Transition – VIRTUAL

The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is hosting their 2nd Conference on Transition, Building Community Circles: Navigating the Transition Pathway for Individuals with ASD, to assist school personnel and families with meeting the diverse transition needs of individuals with ASD in our state.

Date: April 30, 2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: VIRTUAL

Registration: https://bit.ly/ASDtransitionconference  

Keynote:  Secondary Transition Discussion with CT State Agencies  

Breakout Sessions: 

  • Vocation: Building Soft Skills
  • IEP Transition Planning  
  • Transition to College
  • Recreation

Family Panel:  The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will provide a panel of families who will share their experience and answer questions.   

Questions can be directed to: Eileen Farmer, University Assistant, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University by phoneat203-392-5929 or by email at farmere2@southernct.edu.

Glossary of Early Special Education Terminology

As a result the CT Preschool Special Education Needs Assessment completed by the National Institute for Early Education Research several action items were recommended. One of the recommendations was the development of a glossary of early special education terminology for community-based providers and the families that they serve. We are pleased to share Common Terminology in Early Childhood Special Education in both Spanish and English.  Please share the documents below with your networks.

Elementary and Secondary Special Education Evaluations: COVID AND BEYOND

The RESC Alliance in partnership with the CT State Department of Education is offering two interdisciplinary panel discussions related to special education evaluations. Join them on April 1st for the Elementary panel discussion and on April 8th for the secondary panel discussion. See the event flyers below for more details and registration information.

Click to access elementary-special-education-evaluations-covid-and-beyond-event-flyer-1.pdf

Click to access secondary-special-education-evaluations-covid-and-beyond-event-flyer.pdf



The UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program is Open for Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

The UCONN PreK-3 Leadership program is open for registration for the 2021-2022 school year. The program has received a significant influx of funding for the 2021-2022 PK3 Leadership Program and tuition has been reduced to only $100. The program is already more than half full. If you are interested please register ASAP.

For registration information, please visit https://pk3leadership.uconn.edu/registration/

Updated Principles, Procedures, and Standards for the Approval of Private Special Education Programs

The updated Principles, Procedures, and Standards for the Approval of Private Special Education Programs document was approved by the State Board of Education on February 3, 2021. The revised document is now available on the Connecticut State Department of Education Website at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/PPS.pdf.

Guidelines for the Practice of School Psychology Released!

The CSDE is pleased and excited to announce the publication of the Guidelines for the Practice of School Psychology!

The Guidelines were last revised/published in 2004. This document is the result of a collaborative process involving a dedicated group of outside stakeholders and the CSDE. The project began under the leadership of then-Bureau of Special Education, Education Consultant, Jocelyn Mackey and was continued and completed by a group of school psychologists led by Dr. Michael Regan and the RESC ALLIANCE.

The Guidelines delineate the many ways school psychologists can support the educational process and contain not only a mission and philosophy, but also important information related to scope of practice, professional standards, ethics, professional development, supervision and evaluation, best practices and more. This important resource is designed to be used as a day-to-day resource by those who practice school psychology as well as individuals who supervise them.

The CSDE is planning to release a 20-minute high level webinar of the document in the near future. There will also be opportunities for further training/technical assistance sessions.

The document can be found on the CSDE school psychology page: https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/School-Psychology/School-Psychology
or accessed directly at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/School-Psychology/GuidelinesSchoolPsychology.pdf

Assistive Technology (AT) Community of Practice (CoP) February 17, 2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education is sponsoring an Assistive Technology Community of Practice facilitated through the RESC Alliance. This AT CoP will launch February 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

For information regarding the AT CoP’s topic for the February meeting, future meeting dates/times and registration information, please see AT-AAC CoP Flyer 2021.

The “INs and OUTs” of IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Grant – a Statewide Training for New Special Education Directors, IDEA Part B Grant Managers and Fiscal Officers

The two-hour virtual webinar training on 2/18/2021 from 9:00-11:00am, will review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grant and critical features such as Maintenance of Effort (MOE), Excess Cost, and the IDEA Part B Section 611/619 LEA subgrantee application.

Tom Boudreau, IDEA Fiscal Manager of the Bureau of Special Education will deliver an overview of the IDEA Part B Grant and then discuss hands on tools for the LEA such as the electronic grant management system (eGMS) and the MOE Calculator addressing both the eligibility and compliance standards.

Programmatic and fiscal personnel from the district, who are new or want a refresher on the topics – are encouraged to attend for a robust conversation with time set aside for question/answers. If further information is needed, please access the SERC website at www.ctserc.org. or register at https://ctserc.net/newdirectorswebinar. 

Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – A Conversation for Early Childhood Administrators and Educators

The RESC Alliance, in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education and CAS, continues its monthly roundtable discussions on the delivery of preschool programming in public schools.

Join them in February for Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – A Conversation for Early Childhood Administrators and Educators. Review Progress Monitoring During the Pandemic – Early Childhood Conversations Flyer for session dates, times and registration information as well as an opportunity to view January’s recorded roundtable discussion on mindfulness and self-care.