Communities of Practice for Related Services

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC) are in the process of planning a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) designed to engage practitioners in meaningful discussions and activities that will broaden our capacity to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The currently formed CoP’s are in the areas of Assistive Technology, Physical Therapy, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, School Psychology, and Speech & Language Pathology. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Related Services Communities of Practice

 

Writing Standards-based IEPs Using the CT Early Learning and Development Standards

IDEA states that, “the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by … having high expectations for such children and ensuring their access to the general curriculum to the maximum extent possible, in order to meet the developmental goals.” (20 U.S.C. 1400(c)

For our youngest learners, there are often questions about what constitutes the general curriculum. Since the CT ELDS outline what children birth to age five should know and be able to do, this is an easy to access tool for writing standards-based IEPS focused on access to the general education curriculum.

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education document, A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs outlines a process of writing IEPs based on state standards.  While this document refers to “content standards,” the CT ELDS address the whole child and include the following areas of development:

Look for training on writing IEPS based on the CT ELDS coming in Fall 2019.

The following are helpful resources:

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. (2013). The Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC), (2014). Enhancing Recognition of High Quality, Functional IEP Goals,

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education, (2007). A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs.

Understood for Learning and Attention Issues (2014-2018). 5 Benefits of Inclusion Classrooms.

Alabama State Department of Education, (2012). Standards Based IEPs for Preschool Children.

Vermont preschool IEP on ECTAC website:

https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/eco/EEE-IEPSAMPLENovember15th2012.pdf

SAVE THE DATE/REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2019 Annual Autism Transition Forum – New England

Date:                     Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time:                    8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location:              Masonicare at Ashlar Village

74 Cheshire Road

Wallingford, CT 06482

Registration & Breakfast 8:30am
Forum 9:00am – 1:30pm
*Snow date February 9, 2019

Autism Speaks and Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) are teaming up to present local and National experts sharing their best practices for transitioning individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders into the adult world.

Forum is free of charge.  Hot breakfast will be served.

Registration is required – Limited Spaces Available (http://act.autismspeaks.org/transitionforum)

For more information, contact ASRC vial email at info@ct-asrc.org or call 203-265-7717.

Opportunity to participate in a study on the Connecticut Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is collaborating with EASTCONN to conduct a study on the reliability of scoring using CT DOTS.  We are looking for individuals who have general experience with assessment to participate in this study, including infant/toddler teachers, preschool teachers, special education teachers, and early interventionists.  Participants do not need to have extensive knowledge or familiarity with CT DOTS to participate. All participants will engage in the following process:

Participants will provide limited background information.  No personally identifiable information will be gathered.

Participants can select the age ranges for which they have experience and education and would be able to conducting “scoring”.  The three age range options for this study are infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Participants will view data examples for all relevant observation progressions for each age range selected (17 for infants, 24 for toddlers, and 26 for preschool). For each observation progression there will be three data points to review through an online portal and one score to submit.

Based upon the data provided, participants will check a box on a summary sheet indicating the skill level best represented by the evidence presented.

Participants will have 2 weeks in mid-January to review the data and submit completed child summary forms by scanning or submitting a photograph of their scoring sheet.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the following survey.   https://sdect.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Zla2XJkdh0EZEN

Please note that this study was reviewed by the OEC Institutional Review Board as has been considered Exempt due to the nature of this study.

For questions please contact Dr. Michelle L. Levy, Educational Consultant, State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, (860) 500-4536 or michelle.levy@ct.gov. 

2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

The Connecticut Tech Act Project is presenting the 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Downtown Hartford Hilton in Hartford, CT. Registration with early bird pricing is available now through January 18, 2019.

For more information regarding this event, please visit:

Information and Registration for 2019 Connecticut Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Opportunity to participate in a study on the Connecticut Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is collaborating with EASTCONN to conduct a study on the reliability of scoring using CT DOTS.  They are looking for individuals who have general experience with assessment to participate in this study, including infant/toddler teachers, preschool teachers, special education teachers, early interventionists.  Participants do not need to have extensive knowledge or familiarity with CT DOTS to participate.

All participants will engage in the following process:

  • Participants will provide limited background information.  No personally identifiable information will be gathered.
  • Participants can select the age ranges for which they have experience and education and would be able to conducting “scoring”.  The three age range options for this study are infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Participants will view data examples for all relevant observation progressions for each age range selected (17 for infants, 24 for toddlers, and 26 for preschool). For each observation progression there will be three data points to review through an online portal and one score to submit.
  • Based upon the data provided, participants will check a box on a summary sheet indicating the skill level best represented by the evidence presented.
  • Participants will have 2 weeks in mid-January to review the data and submit completed child summary forms by scanning or submitting a photograph of their scoring sheet.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the following survey.

https://sdect.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Zla2XJkdh0EZEN

Please note that this study was reviewed by the OEC Institutional Review Board as has been considered exempt due to the nature of this study.

Now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year

Connecticut Leaders in Special Education, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) is now accepting applications for special education coaching support for special education administrators for the 2018-2019 school year!

Primarily designed to support district Directors of Special Education or Pupil Services, this program also extends to include Special Education Supervisors, PPT Chairpersons/School- Based Leaders and other administrators carrying out special education initiatives and IDEA implementation.

For more a detailed description of this opportunity as well as application documents, please click the following link: http://cas.casciac.org/?p=15855.

Do not hesitate to contact Marie Salazar Glowski, CAS, mglowski@casciac.org or Jay Brown, Bureau of Special Education, jay.brown@ct.gov for questions.