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.

 

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