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

Parent Symposium – Spread the Word!

Special Education Leaders!

As you know, in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, CPAC, and ConnCASE the BSE engaged in a series of parent forums this year to hear directly from parents regarding their experiences with the special education process.  Based upon the themes that were captured, we are providing the parents with a training opportunity (Parent Symposium) which will be held on May 13, 2019.

The training originally was targeted for parents who attended the forum. However, we are now opening up the training to all parents.

We have a wonderful session planned including:

  • A keynote address from Doug Little
  • A panel discussion/showcase related to positive parent/district partnerships (Bristol, Simsbury, Madison)
  • Afternoon breakout sessions including the following topics:
    • Secondary Transition,
    • Assistive Technology,
    • Dispute Resolution, and
    • PPT Preparation.

Please feel free to share this flyer ( Parent Symposium Flyer ) with your parent networks and encourage parents to register.

Thank you for your time in advance and thanks for all you do for our students.

Bryan Klimkiewicz, Division Director

Bureau of Special Education

Parent Symposium Flyer


SAVE THE DATES – September 20 & 21, 2019 for the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium!

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, together with the State Education Resource Center, UCONN’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Connecticut Secondary Transition Youth Advisory Board, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, has once again planned the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium. This highly successful and informative symposium, Every Voice Matters, will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, September 20, 2019, and Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please review the attached flyer for more information.

CT Secondary Transition Symposium – Every Voice Matters Flyer

If You Would Like to Provide Input on the State’s Current IEP Document Please Review This Posting

On Thursday, March 25, 2019, a memorandum to the field was issued from the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, regarding the Bureau of Special Education’s individualized education program (IEP) document revision process. The Bureau is seeking your input on the current IEP document. If you would like to provide input, please review the attached memorandum to the field and complete the directions for accessing the IEP document survey.

Memorandum Regarding the IEP Document Revision Process 3-25-2019

REMINDER! Registration is OPEN for Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference!

Don’t forget! Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Childhood Conversations – Together We Will conference on March 29th and 30th. Learn to support and develop children’s social emotional skills to reduce challenging behaviors and strengthen families and communities. See flyer for details.

Childhood Conversations presents Together We Can conference

SAVE THE DATES – Special Education Leadership Year One Reflection Series

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), invites first-year special education leaders to participate in a FREE two-day training series designed to assist participants in reflecting on their past year, networking with similarly-positioned colleagues, and identifying professional needs to inform the development of future learning opportunities. Registration information will be available soon. SAVE the DATES! See flyer. Special Education Leadership Year 1 Reflection – SAVE THE DATES




CT Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The Connecticut Documentation & Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) is a framework to guide early care and education providers in a process of monitoring children’s progress on the skills, abilities and behaviors in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS). Because this tool is based on the CT ELDS, it is aligned to the general education curriculum and covers the range of development from birth through age five. CT DOTS supports early care and education providers to observe children in naturally occurring situations and to plan engaging experiences that allow for more intentional observations. CT DOTS also provides a structure for providers to partner with families in sharing information about individual children.

Used in conjunction with the CT ELDS, CT DOTS is a foundation for

  • gathering data about children’s skills, abilities and behaviors;
  • planning additional supports (e.g., curriculum, instruction, professional development, family activities, adult support);
  • summarizing evidence of children’s progress; and
  • communicating around common goals.

When used in conjunction with standards-based IEPs, CT DOTS can provide progress-monitoring data.

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the CT Office of Early Childhood are currently conducting a crosswalk of the Brigance and CT DOTS so that data collected for the ECO requirement can be easily used as evidence within CT DOTS.

For more information: www.ct.gov/oec/elds