The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs – Regional Presentations

The Connecticut State Department of Education, together with the RESC Alliance, has developed regional presentations on The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs.

These sessions are coming up quickly! To obtain dates, times and registration information, please see the informational flyer at https://files.constantcontact.com/d47803f1601/e03bd60b-d3f5-441d-a1b8-ceef9d9c2255.pdf.

Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools

On September 4, 2019, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Division Director, Bureau of Special Education, released a memorandum to the field regarding the guidelines for Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools.

To review that important memorandum, please see Physical Therapy Guidelines memorandum 09-04-2019

To review the guidelines for Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools: Best Practices and Resources document, please see https://www.ctpt.org/Customer-Content/WWW/CMS/files/SBG_Dec2018_Final.pdf

 

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for the Early Childhood Symposium taking place on September 26, 2019

Registration is 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 UPDATED informational flyer (Early Childhood Symposium September 26, 2019 UPDATED flyer) for more details and registration information.

 

The Bureau of Special Education’s 16th Annual Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The Bureau of Special Education is hosting the 16th Annual Back to School Meeting from 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Join our newly-appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, the Division Director for the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz, along with BSE consultants and our partners for a day filled with information related to our theme of Supporting Special Education Leadership: Enhancing Student Outcomes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see Back to School 2019 Registration Information for details regarding the general session presentations, afternoon break-out sessions, and registration.

Registration Open for the 5th Annual CT Secondary Transition Symposium: Every Voice Matters

The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, together with the State Education Resource Center, UCONN’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Connecticut Secondary Transition Youth Advisory Board, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, has once again planned the Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium. This highly successful and informative symposium, Every Voice Matters, will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, September 20, 2019, and Saturday, September 21, 2019. This conference is designed to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to improve secondary transition programming and services leading to successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. Please review the attached registration flyer for more information.

5th Annual CT Secondary Transition Symposium Every Voice Matters 9.20.19 9.21.19 at CCSU Registration Flyer

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  .