Opportunity for Special Education Leaders Who are Concluding Their First Year in the Position

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC) invite first-year special education leaders (Assistant Superintendents of Pupil Services, Pupil Services Directors, Special Education Directors, Special Education Supervisors) to participate in a two-day training series.

For more detail and registration information, please see this flyer

Special Education Leadership Year 1 Reflection 2019

 

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

 

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

The Bureau of Special Education Welcomes Sean Cronin and Alycia Trakas.

In October, the Bureau of Special Education welcomed two new members of the team.  

Sean Cronin joined the Bureau of Special Education on October 12, 2018 as an Associate Education Consultant within the Due Process Unit.  Sean is providing technical assistance, complaint resolution and general special education support for school districts and parents.

Sean comes to the Bureau with past knowledge and experience from his previous role as an Assistant Child Advocate at the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA).  Prior to his work at OCA, he was the program manager for the Intensive Outpatient / Partial Hospitalization Programs at UCONN Health as well as the program manager for continuing care at Western CT Mental Health Authority in Waterbury (DMHAS).  Sean has been working with children and adults with disabilities for over 20 years. 

Alycia Trakas began her work at the Bureau on October 26, 2018 as an Education Consultant within the Program Improvement Unit.  In addition to general special education support for school districts and parents, her primary responsibilities include Specific Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia; Secondary Transition, Post-School Outcomes, and Graduation and Dropout.

Alycia comes to the Bureau with a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous role as a School Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Schools and as an Interventionist/Teacher.  She has worked in the field of education for almost 15 years. 

Please join the Bureau in welcoming Sean and Alycia!

 

Timelines for Initial Evaluation

On December 21, 2018, the Bureau of Special Education issued an updated memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services regarding Timelines for Initial Evaluation. You may review this memorandum at this link: Timelines for Initial Evaluations Memorandum Dec. 2018.

 

Now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year

Connecticut Leaders in Special Education, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) is now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year!

Primarily designed to support district Directors of Special Education or Pupil Services, this program also extends to include Special Education Supervisors, PPT Chairpersons/School- Based Leaders and other administrators carrying out special education initiatives and IDEA implementation.

For more a detailed description of this opportunity as well as application documents, please click the following link: http://cas.casciac.org/?p=15855.

Do not hesitate to contact Marie Salazar Glowski, CAS, mglowski@casciac.org or Jay Brown, Bureau of Special Education, jay.brown@ct.gov for questions.

 

UPDATE to our announcement for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting

UPDATE: We have been able to add an afternoon session of more valuable information! There is no need to register for this session, but please consider joining our colleagues, Scott Newgass, Kimberly Traverso, and Glen Peterson if you would like to learn more about Standards and Guidelines for Students Who Have Been Expelled.

This session will run from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is designed to provide an overview of two important CSDE guidance documents that were released this year: Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation and the companion document Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation.  These guidance documents will be available along with all other documents for this event at http://ctserc.org/bts18 beginning on September 7th.  Consultants from the CSDE Office of Student Supports will be on hand to address any questions.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

It’s Time to Register for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting!

Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

TIME SENSITIVE: Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements Effective July 1, 2018

On July 12, 2018, Special Education Bureau Chief, Bryan Klimkiewicz, issued a TIME SENSITIVE memorandum to the field regarding changes to the statutory restraint and seclusion requirements. Please review this important memorandum below.

Changes to Statutory Restraint and Seclusion Requirements (003)