CASP Presents their 2019 Fall Conference!

The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) presents their 2019 Fall Conference on Advanced Threat Assessment featuring Dr. Melissa Reeves! For more details and registration information please visit https://caspweb.wildapricot.org/event-3558994. 

Conference flyer: CASP 2019 Fall Conference Flyer

 

Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports! (A Special October Workshop for Cohort C capacity building)

These PD opportunities will be geared specifically towards the needs of school-based teams regarding fidelity in assistive technology (AT) supports and will provide new information about best practice for these services.  We will also cover the latest trends in AT and how they can be implemented throughout classrooms as well as during important transitional stages.  This includes a wide variety of AT supports (iOS, Chromebook, etc.).  Spend the day with AT Specialists from NEAT and discuss your students’ needs.

Important Notes:

  • The content will be the same at each session. You can travel to any one of those 6.
  • Bring a team of people.

Dates and Locations:

  • October 3, 2019 in Hartford, CT
  • October 9, 2019 in Hebron, CT
  • October 10, 2019 in Vernon, CT
  • October 21, 2019 in Waterbury, CT
  • October 22, 2019 in Bridgeport, CT
  • October 31, 2019 in Meriden, CT

Pick one and register here:  https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/neat-events/

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.

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.

 

 

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  .

 

CT Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)

The Connecticut Documentation & Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) is a framework to guide early care and education providers in a process of monitoring children’s progress on the skills, abilities and behaviors in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS). Because this tool is based on the CT ELDS, it is aligned to the general education curriculum and covers the range of development from birth through age five. CT DOTS supports early care and education providers to observe children in naturally occurring situations and to plan engaging experiences that allow for more intentional observations. CT DOTS also provides a structure for providers to partner with families in sharing information about individual children.

Used in conjunction with the CT ELDS, CT DOTS is a foundation for

  • gathering data about children’s skills, abilities and behaviors;
  • planning additional supports (e.g., curriculum, instruction, professional development, family activities, adult support);
  • summarizing evidence of children’s progress; and
  • communicating around common goals.

When used in conjunction with standards-based IEPs, CT DOTS can provide progress-monitoring data.

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the CT Office of Early Childhood are currently conducting a crosswalk of the Brigance and CT DOTS so that data collected for the ECO requirement can be easily used as evidence within CT DOTS.

For more information: www.ct.gov/oec/elds