Remote Learning Guidance for Preschool

Guidance regarding remote learning experiences and preschool children has been issued by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Please distribute/review this guidance with your preschool staff as it contains information and links to resources that will support remote learning experiences with your youngest learners.

Remote Learning Guidance for Preschool 11-23-2020

Structured Literacy Program Training Series Professional Learning Opportunity – Orton-Gillingham Introductory Training

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring a training series featuring structured literacy approaches. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges. The first professional learning opportunity offered VIRTUALLY in this series is the Orton-Gillingham Introductory Training*.

*This 30-hour virtual training will be held on 10 separate days, in three-hour sessions, on each of the following days: Tuesday, November 10, Thursday, November 12, Friday, November 13, Wednesday, November 18, Thursday, November 19, Friday, November 20, Wednesday, December 2, Thursday, December 3, Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10, 2020.

For additional information related to the training, registration, and required materials participants will need for the training, please visit the following link: .

Performance Matters 2020 Webinar Series – First Webinar October 22nd!

In lieu of the one-day Performance Matters Forum that is typically offered at this time each year, the CSDE Performance Office is collaborating with CSDE colleagues, other state agencies, and school districts to present a series of webinars on performance-related topics.  Session descriptions and registration links are contained in the 2020 Performance Matters flier.

Note that the first webinar on Assessment and Accountability in 2020-21 is scheduled for this Thursday, October 22 at 10 am.  

Another special session in the series is titled “Supporting Student Attendance and Engagement during Hybrid or Remote Learning” and is being offered on October 29 in partnership with DCF and Attendance Works.

We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Webinar: Early Childhood Environments During the COVID-19 Health Emergency

This webinar discusses considerations for planning early childhood environments during the COVID-19 health emergency. With a focus on Pre-K classrooms, some of the information may also be applicable to other early childhood grades.

You may access the webinar at:

Professional Development and Family Networking Opportunities through the New England Consortium on Deafblindness

The New England Consortium on Deafblindness is offering Professional Development and Family Networking Opportunities for professionals and families of students who have an identified vision and hearing loss. You may access further information through the following links.

NEC Professional Development Opportunities

NEC Family Learning and Networking Opportunities

Related Services Communities of Practice for the 2020-2021 School Year – Update for October

Communities of Practice for School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Behavior Analysists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Teachers of the Deaf are underway. These Communities of Practice are opportunities to join colleagues to collaborate, exchange ideas, focus on evidence based practice, and build your area’s collective capacity to support students in Connecticut. You may find more information regarding communities of practice for your service area including dates and times for these virtual Zoom sessions at: Related Services Communities of Practice Flyer – October 2020.

Don’t Miss the Next Early Childhood Round Table Which Addresses Special Ed Services

Please also forward to principals of schools with early childhood grades and other early childhood leaders in your district

On October 1 at 9:00 am, the RESC Alliance, in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education and CAS, is hosting a 90-minute professional learning opportunity on special education services in today’s context. Elementary principals, in partnership with their early childhood program leaders, are invited to join in a discussion on the legalities of special education and the responsibilities concerning the provision of specially designed instruction to young children, both in person and virtually. Participants will build their understanding of the purpose of specially designed instruction and how it fits into designing learning opportunities for young children. Click here or go to to register.

The Science of Autism Talk Series

The Southern Connecticut State University, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders presents: The Science of Autism Talk Series. Please see the following information for two of the series’ events!

SCSU Autism – Complexities of Early Identification Using Screening Instruments presentation flyer

SCSU Autism – Diagnostic Complexities for Autism in the Age of DSM-5 virtual meeting flyer

Take Advantage if You Have a Subscription to The NEAT Center at Oak Hill!

For the 2020-21 school year, the BSE has provided LEAs (by cohort identification) across CT with access to The NEAT Center at Oak Hill in a variety of ways.  Each of the LEA cohorts have access to unique Assistive Technology (AT) services either through a comprehensive subscription or engaging membership, at no cost. 

For more information, visit .

Sign up today for “Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports!” This is a free, 2-hour webinar that will get you started with your subscription, build your AT capacity and review important resources for your team/district.

Available webinar slots (pick one) for any cohort member include:

September 23rd, October 2nd & October 15th from

10am – 12pm.

NEAT believes the most sustainable quality assurance plan is one that grows organically within each school district. During this webinar we will discuss how to increase fidelity and utilize best practice for assistive technology (AT) supports. We will also cover the latest AT trends and implementation strategies for the classroom and for remote learning.  There will be time for questions regarding NEAT membership and subscriptions: Cohort A and C have been provided a Subscription which allows for additional AT services to the Membership.  Cohort B has been provided a NEAT Membership this school year will be introduced to their Subscription in the year 2021-22.