UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program for the 2020-2021 School Year

Registration is now open for the UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program for the 20-21 school year.  Registration information can be found at https://pk3leadership.uconn.edu/registration/ .

If you are interested in the program, early registration is recommended as spaces in the program are limited.

For additional information contact Karen List, Program Director at karen.list@uconn.edu 

 

ARE YOU SERVING OR SUPPORTING A STUDENT WITH A HEARING LOSS?

The American School for the Deaf and Soundbridge invite you to attend a discussion and workshop on December 13th related to the required emergency communication plan that includes procedures for alerting the deaf/hard of hearing and deaf/blind child of an emergency situation and ensuring that the specific needs of the child are met during the emergency situation.

https://sites.google.com/asd-1817.org/asd1817workshop/home.

NEW: Effective July 1, 2019, Section 3 of Public Act 19-184 extends the LCP requirement to deaf or hard of hearing or deaf/blind students who have 504 Plans as well as IEP’s. The amended legislation also requires that the LCP include an Emergency Communication plan with outlines procedures for alerting the student to emergency situations as well as other specific needs of the student during the course of the emergency.

The LCP is a required document to be completed during planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 Plan meetings while engaging in meaningful discussion to address the special language and communication considerations for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind in compliance with federal and state requirements. The LCP must be used to develop or revise the IEP or 504 Plan at least annually or as needed during PPT or 504 Plan meetings.

A revised LCP is posted on the CSDE website that includes the emergency communication plan requirement to address the procedures and specific needs of the student during the course of an emergency. Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, MUST have an LCP that documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT or 504 team.

Effective July 1, 2019, the LCP must address:

  • The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
  • Educational options available to the child;
  • The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
  • The accessibility of academic instruction, school services, and extra – curricular activities for the child; and communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child; and
  • NEW: An emergency communication plan.

2019-2020 CSDE & SERC SLD/Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

The Bureau of Special Education, together with SERC, are offering the following SLD/Dyslexia FREE online courses and archived webinars, which are now available for immediate access.

 

To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit 2019-2020 CSDE SERC SLD-Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

CSDE/RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration !

The Bureau of Special Education, together with the RESC Alliance, is offering several sessions for Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life.

To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration Flyer updated 11.8.2019.

School Occupational Therapy Community of Practice 2019-2020

This community of practice will bring together Connecticut school occupational therapy practitioners to focus on best practices in a workload approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection participants will learn, pool knowledge, and share resources. Please visit Corrected CT OT CoP Flyer_ for more details and registration information.

School-Based Speech and Language Pathologist Communities of Practice 2019-2020

Register now to connect with other SLPs and build your capacity to effectively support students receiving school- based speech and language services. Certificates of attendance will be provided to participants. Please visit Speech and Language Community of Practice 2019-2020 Flyer for registration information for each RESC region.

Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year

The Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium will be a valuable professional learning opportunity for Paraeducators, as well as a time to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions Paraeducators make to the successful education experiences of so many Connecticut students. For more details and registration information please see Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year Flyer.

Upcoming Training Dates on Data Privacy & Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities

With the ever-changing nature of technology, how do we ensure the tools we use with students comply with Connecticut’s data privacy laws? Schools and families should be aware that regardless of privacy requirements, deciding what technology meets the unique needs of a student with an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan should lie with the planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 team, NOT with technology directors enforcing privacy laws.

A change to the state’s laws through Public Act 18-125 allows school districts to apply a narrow exception to privacy requirements for students with (IEPs) and 504 plans. This half-day information session will provide guidance to districts on this exception and how to meet reporting obligations on the software or apps used for students with IEPs and 504s.

Register for the event at https://ctserc.org/events for the following dates:

Date Location Time
11/13/19 CES Trumbull 12.00-3.00
12/18/19 Double Tree Bristol 12.00-3.00
1/22/20 EdAdvance Litchfield 12.00-3.00
2/26/20 Aces Hamden 12.00-3.00
3/31/20 LEARN Old Lyme 12.00-3.00
4/22/20 EASTCONN Hampton 12.00-3.00

 

 

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition

Please see the attached flyer regarding the 2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition.  For complete event details or to register, visit https://ctserc.org/events.  Content questions can be directed to Missy Wrigley, SERC Consultant, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 397 or wrigley@ctserc.org.  Registration questions can be directed to Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or johns@ctserc.org.

2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition