FREE LifeCourse Planning Tools Professional Learning Sessions

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the RESC Alliance, is presenting a series of FREE LifeCourse Planning Tools professional learning sessions for this summer and the 2019-2020 school year.

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants will come away with an understanding of the importance of person-centered/futures planning, a familiarity with the LifeCourse tools, and a better understanding of how to use those tools to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

For additional information related to locations, dates and times for these sessions please see  CSDE-RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools Summer 2019 Professional Learning Sessions flyer and CSDE-RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools 2019-2020 Professional Learning Sessions .

Updates to the Restraint & Seclusion Data Collection System

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is updating the Restraint & Seclusion (R/S) Data Collection system for the 2019-20 school year. You may review the July 12, 2019, memorandum related to this important information at Memorandum-Updates to Restraint and Seclusion July 12, 2019.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE for the September 26, 2019, Early Childhood Symposium!

Registration is now open for a professional learning opportunity to support teachers and leaders engaged in the work of designing early learning environments that buffer stress, reduce challenging behaviors, and promote children’s healthy development ages 3-8. Review the informational flyer (EC Symposium September 26, 2019 ) for more details and registration information.

8-Day Training Series on Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Practices for Improved Student Outcomes

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), announces the launch of an innovative in-district training series targeted for all educators involved in the PPT process. This training, differentiated into three levels, is designed to address the various needs of participants and build district level capacity to ensure compliance and successful outcomes for students with disabilities.  For the 2019-20, there will be a limited number of school districts selected for implementation of this training series.

Please take a moment to review the one-page flyer about this training opportunity for school districts: 8 Day Training Series – PPT Practices

Summer 2019 LifeCourse Planning Tools Professional Learning Sessions

The Bureau of Special Education, together with the RESC Alliance, is conducting two 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 the sessions for this important tool as well as how to register, visit Summer 2019 LifeCourse Planning Tools Professional Learning Sessions flyer  .

 

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