UPDATE to our announcement for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting

UPDATE: We have been able to add an afternoon session of more valuable information! There is no need to register for this session, but please consider joining our colleagues, Scott Newgass, Kimberly Traverso, and Glen Peterson if you would like to learn more about Standards and Guidelines for Students Who Have Been Expelled.

This session will run from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is designed to provide an overview of two important CSDE guidance documents that were released this year: Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation and the companion document Alternative Educational Settings for Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation.  These guidance documents will be available along with all other documents for this event at http://ctserc.org/bts18 beginning on September 7th.  Consultants from the CSDE Office of Student Supports will be on hand to address any questions.

PREVIOUSLY POSTED: Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

It’s Time to Register for the 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting!

Emails have already been sent to the appropriate staff for CT public school districts, RESCs, quasi-public schools, charter schools, approved private special education programs, special education hearing officers and mediators, and CPAC. But, in case you missed our email to you, here is your 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The 15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel (formerly the Radisson Inn) in Cromwell, CT. In the afternoon (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), our keynote speaker Calvin Terrell will host a facilitated discussion and Q&A related to application of Enhancing Student Voice in school districts. Additionally, there are dedicated sessions for New Directors of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Special Education Programs (APSEPs), as well as presentations by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and LRP Special Education Connection. Registration for the New Directors session and the APSEPs meeting is restricted to appropriate personnel.

Please register for the General Session as well as an afternoon session if you are able to remain.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you a wonderful start to the school year!

15th Annual Bureau of Special Education Back to School Meeting Registration Information

SLD/Dyslexia Resources

The revised SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide is now available on the SDE’s website and can be found at http://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Publications/SLD-Dyslexia-Assessment-Resource-Guide.

Also, the following document contains a list of all of the free SLD/Dyslexia online courses/modules available from SERC. These can be accessed at http://ctserc.org/about/serc-programs/dyslexia/professional-learning-resources or an abbreviated version can be found at SLD Dyslexia Free Online Courses.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE

The Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership is holding its fifth annual conference on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Central Connecticut State University.

For more information and the CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS announcement, please visit the links below.

SAVE THE DATE Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Fifth Annual Conference

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Paraeducator Symposium November 16, 2017!

The Second Annual Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium supporting social and emotional learning will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. For detailed information related to this important event, please view this symposium announcement: Paraeducator Symposium 17-18 Announcement.

SAVE THE DATE for Putting Research-to-Practice in Teacher Preparation: a CEEDAR Conference on September 29, 2017

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center at the University of Florida and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education presents this conference as a culminating, scale-up event.  Join us in showcasing the notable work done in Connecticut focused on training pre-service candidates in evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities, struggling learners and English learners.

The Department is pleased to present two renown keynote speakers: Dr. Deborah Ball and Dr. Kenneth Zeichner. In addition to encouraging conference attendance, faculty and candidates from all institutions are encouraged to propose presentations or poster sessions in alignment with conference themes. The RFP for presentations or poster session proposals is attached and due by April 3, 2017.  Registration information will be made available at the end of April 2017.

CEEDAR Conference Flyer

CEEDAR Conference Presentation and Poster Session Proposal Form

RESCHEDULED: Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students forum

The leadership forum, titled Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students, which was cancelled due to inclement weather on February 10, 2017, has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the ITBD (CCSU), 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051

Those participants previously registered are automatically enrolled in this rescheduled event.

New participants may register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bureau-of-special-education-february-leadership-forum-registration-27758535527 .

A link to presentation materials for download will be sent to participants via email just prior to the event.

For questions regarding this event please contact Stephen Proffitt (proffitt@ctserc.org; (860) 632-1485 ext. 322) or Jay Brown (jay.brown@ct.gov; (860) 713-6918).

 

Connecticut Alternate Assessment System FAQ Regarding Students with Disabilities

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document related to the Connecticut Alternate Assessment System that includes important information regarding students with disabilities. You may access that document at Frequently Asked Question and Answers About the Connecticut Alternate Assessment System [pdf] or at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680#CMT

For questions related to this document please contact Rhonda Kempton, Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education, (860) 713-6924 or Rhonda.kempton@ct.gov.

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has partnered with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to support the continued implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across our state.  Currently, over 150 schools have participated in this project’s effort, which uses a multi-tiered behavioral framework fidelity tool called the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) to inform a school’s current PBIS implementation levels.  This self-assessment tool focuses on core systems, practices, and data structures present within each tier of implementation.  Schools who participate in this process receive a snapshot of their current implementation fidelity within each tier, an action plan for continued school improvement, and specific recommendations for next steps.

Each school who signs-up for this support receives a half-day of assistance from a trained TFI facilitator who works with the school’s leadership team.  This half-day support is at NO-COST to the school as it is funded through the CT SCTG project.

 To be eligible for this support, the interested school must have completed 3-years of PBIS training in the past. To schedule your, SWPBIS TFI please visit www.ctserc.org/sctg  and complete the Online Request Form. For troubleshooting questions, please call Lauren D. Johns, Education Services Specialist at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or johns@ctserc.org. For more information on the TFI process, please contact Sarah L. Jones, Project Officer at (860) 632-1485 ext. 307 or sjones@ctserc.org.

CANCELLED Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students forum

Due to inclement weather-related issues, tomorrow’s (February 10th) leadership forum, titled Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students, at the ITBD in New Britain HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will be rescheduled at a future date yet to be determined.

Participants will receive an official notification via the event registration website. SERC will provide details on the rescheduled event as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event. For questions regarding this event please contact Stephen Proffitt (proffitt@ctserc.org; (860) 632-1485 ext. 322) or Jay Brown (jay.brown@ct.gov; (860) 713-6918) after February 10th.