Early Childhood IDEA Part B and C CT Leadership Academy Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce the application for the first cohort of a leadership development opportunity is now available.  We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort.  This application will be open until July 1, 2020.  The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training.  A stipend will be awarded to those who participate throughout the full year of technical assistance.

Please see the application for this exciting opportunity here

CT Leadership Academy Application

The following link will guide you to learning modules created by Eastern CT State University about transition from Part C to Part B. Once on that page, the user will receive the instructions for how to create an account and is provided with the invitation link that allows them to enroll in this particular module. https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-modules/transition-from-birth-to-three.html

 

Early Childhood Guidance and Resources

 

  • On June 10, 2020, joint guidance from the CSDE and OEC was sent to school superintendents regarding transitioning to kindergarten. That important guidance may be viewed at: OEC-CSDE Joint Memo – Transitioning to Kindergarten
  • The following link will take you to a resource document that was produced by ECTA and the DaSy center.  The document provides information about norm-referenced assessment tools that have potential for remote administration with young children.  The document includes information about areas to be assessed as well as live link to  publishers of the instruments:  https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/events/Assessment_Tool_Table.pdf
  • The link below will take you to a webinar that was recorded in May.  The topic is itinerant early childhood special education services:  the provision of specialized instruction in community-based programs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8petv-FPo&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions about any of these resources feel free to contact Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov.

 

NEW: Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a June 5, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded a new guidance document regarding students exiting special education services during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to school Superintendents and Directors of Special Education.

Please review this important document at:

Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/6052020-Guidance-on-Student-Exiters-during-COVID-19.pdf

As always, we deeply appreciate all that you do to support our students during this unprecedented time!

English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, is hosting an English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020.

For more information about WestEd and registration for this event, please visit https://www.wested.org/wested_event/elswd-virtual-summit-2020/.

Secondary Transition Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Bureau of Special Education is excited to share with you some Professional Support Series webinars and resources, which can be found on the CSDE Professional Support Series for Families webpage and CSDE Professional Support Series for Districts webpage (in the Guidance on Special Education section).

During statewide school classroom closures, school districts are required to provide special education and related services, which includes transition services, identified in a student’s IEP developed pursuant to the IDEA, to the greatest extent possible. For transition-age students, this means offering transition services to assist the student in reaching their postsecondary goals, which are based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to postsecondary education or training AND employment, and, if appropriate, independent living skills. This webinar will provide an overview of the resource list, which includes activities and resources related to providing continued educational opportunities and the provision of transition services during this unprecedented time.

Presenter: Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE

Watch the video 

Resources:

UPDATED to consider virtual learning environments! Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the RESC Alliance, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI). Designed to assist participants in receiving the most up-to-date information regarding state and federal guidelines, strengthening collaboration and feeling more confident leading PPT meetings both virtually and in-person.

For more details and registration information, please visit CT PPTLI 2020-21 Information

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a March 24, 2020, memorandum to Connecticut School Superintendents, Boards of Education, and Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services, Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz issued guidance related to continuing educational opportunities and special education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This memorandum is a working document which may be updated frequently due to the changing response to the pandemic emergency and ongoing Federal guidance updates.

Please be sure to review this important memorandum.

You may review the memorandum here https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/March-24-2020-LEA-Memorandum-BSE-COVID-19.pdf?la=en.

A Spanish translation of this memorandum is available at: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2019-20/BSE-Memorndum-COVID19-1-de-abril-de-2020.pdf?la=en.

 

REMINDER: Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021!

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the RESC Alliance, and the Collaborative for Educational Services, is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI).

For more details about the PPTLI and registration information, please visit PPTLI Information and Request for Applications 2020-2021