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
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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
Please take a moment to review a newly-developed, Parent Support resource issued by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), What Do Parents Need Right Now?
To access this important information, please see https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/CPAC—What-Families-Need-4-6-2020.pdf?la=en.
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.
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
This innovative training, targeted for all educators involved in the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process, is differentiated into three levels to meet the diverse needs of Connecticut school districts. For more information, review the CSDE 8 Day PPT Training Series Flyer for 2020-2021.
Registration is now open for the Childhood Conversations and Together We Will joint conference: “Together We Will… Explore the Landscape of Equity and Bias through the Lens of Social-Emotional Learning”.
For more details including registration information regarding this event please visit www.childhoodconversations.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration questions can be directed to Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or email@example.com.
2019-2020 CSDE and SERC Professional Learning Opportunities for Secondary Transition
The International Dyslexia Association Connecticut Presents an October 25, 2019, Conference: Structured Literacy – Closing the Reading Gap. For more details and registration information please see: The International Dyslexia Association Connecticut Conference Flyer
The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with SERC, is sponsoring a training series featured structured literacy approaches in each of the RESC areas throughout the state during the 2019-2020 school year. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with SLD/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges.
For additional information related to locations, dates and times for these sessions, and registration information, please see the attached two flyers: CSDE-SERC 2019-2020 Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-A-Glance and CSDE sponsored LiPS Course at LEARN.