Take Advantage if You Have a Subscription to The NEAT Center at Oak Hill!

For the 2020-21 school year, the BSE has provided LEAs (by cohort identification) across CT with access to The NEAT Center at Oak Hill in a variety of ways.  Each of the LEA cohorts have access to unique Assistive Technology (AT) services either through a comprehensive subscription or engaging membership, at no cost. 

For more information, visit https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/sde-subscription/ .

Sign up today for “Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports!” This is a free, 2-hour webinar that will get you started with your subscription, build your AT capacity and review important resources for your team/district.

Available webinar slots (pick one) for any cohort member include:

September 23rd, October 2nd & October 15th from

10am – 12pm.

NEAT believes the most sustainable quality assurance plan is one that grows organically within each school district. During this webinar we will discuss how to increase fidelity and utilize best practice for assistive technology (AT) supports. We will also cover the latest AT trends and implementation strategies for the classroom and for remote learning.  There will be time for questions regarding NEAT membership and subscriptions: Cohort A and C have been provided a Subscription which allows for additional AT services to the Membership.  Cohort B has been provided a NEAT Membership this school year will be introduced to their Subscription in the year 2021-22.



Administration of and Data Reporting for the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Assessment

A new webinar about the administration of and data reporting for the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) assessment required for all Pre-K special education students is now available at https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Special-Education/Early-Childhood-Special-Education under the ECO subheading.

Please forward this information to all staff who administer the ECO as well as to those who submit the data.


Social Stories About Mask Wearing

Social stories about mask wearing have been created by The UCONN University Center for Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in collaboration with the CT Pyramid Project.  They are available for download in English, Spanish, Portugese and Mandarin at https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and-Educators/Resources-for-Educators  under the Early Childhood heading.


Early Childhood IDEA Part B and C CT Leadership Academy Application Now Available!

We are excited to announce the application for the first cohort of a leadership development opportunity is now available.  We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort.  This application will be open until July 1, 2020.  The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training.  A stipend will be awarded to those who participate throughout the full year of technical assistance.

Please see the application for this exciting opportunity here

CT Leadership Academy Application

The following link will guide you to learning modules created by Eastern CT State University about transition from Part C to Part B. Once on that page, the user will receive the instructions for how to create an account and is provided with the invitation link that allows them to enroll in this particular module. https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-modules/transition-from-birth-to-three.html


Early Childhood Guidance and Resources


  • On June 10, 2020, joint guidance from the CSDE and OEC was sent to school superintendents regarding transitioning to kindergarten. That important guidance may be viewed at: OEC-CSDE Joint Memo – Transitioning to Kindergarten
  • The following link will take you to a resource document that was produced by ECTA and the DaSy center.  The document provides information about norm-referenced assessment tools that have potential for remote administration with young children.  The document includes information about areas to be assessed as well as live link to  publishers of the instruments:  https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/events/Assessment_Tool_Table.pdf
  • The link below will take you to a webinar that was recorded in May.  The topic is itinerant early childhood special education services:  the provision of specialized instruction in community-based programs:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8petv-FPo&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions about any of these resources feel free to contact Andrea Brinnel at andrea.brinnel@ct.gov.


NEW: Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a June 5, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded a new guidance document regarding students exiting special education services during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to school Superintendents and Directors of Special Education.

Please review this important document at:

Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic


As always, we deeply appreciate all that you do to support our students during this unprecedented time!

English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, is hosting an English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020.

For more information about WestEd and registration for this event, please visit https://www.wested.org/wested_event/elswd-virtual-summit-2020/.

Secondary Transition Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Watch the video 


UPDATED to consider virtual learning environments! Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI) is Accepting Applications for 2020-2021

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