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

Special Education Teacher and Related Services Communities of Practice launch for the 2021-2022 School Year

The RESC Alliance and the CSDE Bureau of Special Education continue to partner in offering Communities of Practice (CoP) for the 2021-2022 school year. In addition to the individual CoPs for Speech & Language Pathologists, BCBAs, Social Workers, School-Based Occupational Therapists, School-Based Physical Therapists, School Psychologists, Teachers of the Deaf, and Assistive Technology Specialists, we have added CoPs for Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Elementary Special Education Teachers, Middle School Special Education Teachers and High School Special Education Teachers.

These CoPs are designed to be a virtual gathering place for practitioners in each area to collaborate, exchange ideas, focus on evidence-based practice and build collective capacity to support students in Connecticut schools. An excellent resource for education personnel, if you are currently at work in one of these areas in the field, we encourage you to consider reaching out to the contact email for your CoP on the flyer below and become a part of that community of practice!

See September/October dates and times for all CoPs at

Two Important Bureau of Special Education Professional Development Training Opportunities

Below are two exciting events that the Bureau of Special Education is providing so that LEAs have as much information needed to align goals, activities and resources to ensure students with disabilities are having their needs met in a timely and coordinated effort. Please ensure that all District personnel who have federal grant responsibilities been informed of these events and given a chance to attend.

BSE Professional Development Training #1

Webinar: FY22 ARP with IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Funding Request Training

September 29, 2021

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Section 2014(a) provides supplemental funding under the obligation of IDEA Part B for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021/Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for the IDEA formula grant programs. Eligible LEAs that received approval of FFY21/FY22 IDEA Part B Section 611/619 will be shown through a live virtual webinar platform, the abbreviated sections that are required to request the funds that must be tracked through the electronic grant management system (eGMS).

Special Education Directors, Business Managers and Grant Managers/personnel are encouraged to attend the one hour session (9:30-10:30 a.m. or 1:30-2:30 p.m.) on 9/29/21. The training will include time for questions and answers and will focus on the breakdown of FY22 ARP IDEA Part B mandated supplemental funding and the eGMS process that will be utilized for monitoring of these funds through a budget(s), with a goal(s) and activities that align with IDEA Part B and assist with the excess costs of specialized instruction and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21 (Section 611) and 3-5 (Section 619).

This webinar will be held using Zoom. Registration is available:

BSE Professional Development Training #2

Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit: November 3rd and 4th.

November 3rd (Part one has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) & November 4th (Part two has two sessions to choose from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.) 

Please share this information with all educational team and administration members as needed.

Register here: https://22-69-036.eventbrite.com 

How do school districts leverage new federal funds with established funding sources in order to build capacity and establish sustainable supports, but avoid common mistakes that lead to unspent resources? Careful planning. The CT State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, in conjunction with many partners, are offering this summit for District Teams to gather together and discuss, develop, and plan for managing increased resources and opportunities, including funding under the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) Act Part B Section 611/619 and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) with IDEA Part B.

 After two half-day sessions, teams will come away with a plan for expending resources most targeted to support learning and improved outcomes.

The District Team will identify a team leader (Note: all team members must register individually on the virtual platform).

*Teams must register for one morning or afternoon session each day for session  one – November 3rd and session two – November 4th .

Districts must register as teams of up to 5 that may include the Special Education Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Transition Coordinator, Business Manager, Student Support Services Professionals, and Special Education and Pupil Services Staff

The team will gather together in a central location within the District, and through the virtual platform will join the Summit, in order to examine how to braid resources and build a functional plan with a management timeline. This planning is necessary for success as well as to avoid common mistakes that lead to not expending all the resources available.

Questions:

Content questions contact Thomas Boudreau, Education Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education, (860)713-6919/ Thomas.Boudreau@ct.gov

Training questions contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 / proffitt@ctserc.org 

Registration questions contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241/ adorno@ctserc.org.

WORKSHOP – Supporting Social and Emotional Growth at Home for Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Age Children

Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Social and emotional growth for young children begins at home with the family. Our daily routines, mealtime, playtime and family time are great ways to support young children in a natural setting. For details of the workshop, see this flyer:

CT Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute

The Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is a one‐year
intensive experience for professionals who chair IEP teams in Connecticut. The
purpose of the institute is to train leaders to facilitate IEP team meetings that are
compliant and collaborative.

PPTLI is a separate, but important experience from CT SEDS or the 8-Day Leadership Training Institute.

This year‐long institute is funded and supported by the CT State Department of
Education, Special Education Division and the State Education Resource
Center (SERC). This year, up to 80 applicants will be supported.

See additional details and registration information here. IF YOU APPLIED TO PPTLI PRIOR TO AUGUST 1, 2021, YOUR INFORMATION MAY NOT HAVE BEEN RECORDED DUE TO A SYSTEM ERROR. PLEASE APPLY AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) August 2021 Adulting Series

The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is hosting an Adulting Series, What Every Adolescent and Young Adult Should Know About Living the Inclusive Life You Want in the Community, a free seven-session interactive virtual learning opportunity just for adolescents and young adults with disabilities, which is being held during August 2021.  Please see the flyer for additional information about this free virtual Adulting Series.

Questions can be directed to Linda Rammler, Ph.D., Transition, Postsecondary, and Adult Supports Coordinator, by phone at 860-338-0165 or by e-mail at lrammler@uchc.edu.

Save the Dates! November 3rd and 4th – Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit

Registration information will be forthcoming.

November 3rd (1a: 8:30 – 11:30a.m. or  1b: 12:30 – 3:30p.m.)

and

November 4th (2a: 8:30 -11:30a.m. or 2b: 12:30 -3:30p.m.)

The Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit includes two ½ day sessions that will bring together District Teams to include, but not be limited to; Special Education Director/PreK Special Education & Early Childhood Coordinator/Transition Coordinator/Asst. Superintendent –  for planning on how to increase capacity building and establish sustainable supports through their established goals while avoiding common mistakes with one time/supplemental funding.

The Bureau of Special Education in conjunction with many partners, are offering an opportunity for District Teams to gather together and discuss, develop and plan for managing increased resources and opportunities.  Speakers will address budgeting, infrastructure, effective use of resources, specific strategies, and tips on avoiding common errors. 

The District Team will identify a team leader (Note: all team members must register individually on the virtual platform).  The team will gather together in a central location within the District, and through the virtual platform will join the Summit, in order to examine how to braid resources and build a functional plan with a management timeline.  This planning is necessary for success as well as to avoid common mistakes that lead to not expending all the resources available.

The District Team can expect to come away with a plan that establishes a structured way to expend resources and ideas for sustained support opportunities for learning while creating LEA launch pads for recovery and improved outcomes for all students including those with disabilities.

Free Webinars on Play, Relationships, and Supporting Positive Behaviors – Early Childhood Education

The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is pleased to announce several webinars designed to support new staff or interns with some basics about child development, including the importance of play, relationships, and supporting positive behaviors.  These sessions are offered by the Erikson Institute, in conjunction with their Town Square project.  There will be three different sessions offered, each with two opportunities to participate in a live webinar and an opportunity to access a self-paced session. 

This is a great opportunity for programs bringing on new staff or bringing in high school or college interns for the summer!  Note that these webinars do not count toward the required Care 4 Kids Health and Safety Orientation Training.  Those attending the live sessions will receive email confirmation of participation that could count toward the licensing requirement for professional development.   

Registration information is included on the flyer.   

SPARKLER

If your district has not yet posted information about the Sparker app on your website we strongly encourage you to do so. Information about what to post and links to Sparkler resources can be found at  https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Early-Childhood-Special-Education/Related-Resources  under the Sparkler heading. 

If you are encouraging the use of the Sparkler app as part of your LEAs child find activities the following message from the folks at Sparkler will tell you more about how the LEA can utilize information from this free app. 

From the folks at Sparkler:

We are reaching out to share a brand new training video we created to help you learn more about how to use Sparkler’s web-based dashboard to access data and engage with the families you serve. It’s a short webinar (less than 20 minutes), which will give you and your colleagues tips on how program administrators can:

  • Monitor family engagement and screening results
  • Download family-friendly screening reports
  • Download CSV files to track and analyze data
  • Use Sparkler’s messaging system to send messages to individual families or to groups of families you serve

This is the first of our new series of training videos, which we hope will be a useful refresher to those of you who have been using Sparkler for a while as well as an introduction to those of you who are brand new to our community.

You can find this and other resources on our website at https://www.playsparkler.org/connecticut under the Information for Educators/Provider section.
 
Please look out for more emails from the Sparkler team with information about future training sessions and learning communities.

Please feel free to share this with members of your team who you think could benefit. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out
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UPDATE! ADDITIONAL SPACE OPENED! Upcoming Joint Part C/Part B Early Intervention convening with CT Leaders in the field of ASD.

UPDATE: Due to an enthusiastic response for the ASD session described below, we have increased the capacity of slots to attend on June 8th. If you have previous tried to register and were told the convening was closed, you are in luck!

Here is the registration link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

ORIGINAL POST: Please join Alice Ridgway, Part C Coordinator, Nicole Cossette, Assistant Part C Coordinator and Dr. Andrea Brinnel, SDE IDEA 619 Part B Manager in welcoming Dr. Ann Milanese, Dr. Marianne Barton, and Dr. Christine Peck to discuss challenges and advances around providing supports to children and families, especially as they transition from Birth to Three to preK special education.

·       How are early diagnosis and intensive supports changing children’s developmental trajectories? What are the implications?

·       Is an ASD diagnosis the most accurate diagnosis for some children?

·       How can we best support relationships as families embark on their child’s educational journey and in the community?

·       How can we support families and professionals to develop collaborative relationships as models of support changes

When: Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0ocumgrD0sH9M9oRzyQFYRQwZE7u6v4ZWj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.