You may access a list of Connecticut’s 2017 Due Process Hearing Officers and their biographies at the following link:
In accordance with the directive of the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is moving to a mediation system that utilizes independent contractors as mediators; as of September 1, 2017, employees of the CSDE will no longer be mediating. Please access the profiles of the new mediators, a revised form you may use to request mediation and a form to assist us with professional development using these links or the links provided at the bottom of this notification. (Fillable forms will soon be available on our website.)
As part of the move to the new mediation system, certain changes are being made to the existing practices and procedures. Please note the following:
- Through August, the new mediators will transition from observing mediations to conducting mediations with the current mediators observing;
- For the current time, mediation notices will continue to be issued by the Bureau of Special Education;
- Whether mediation is requested through use of the revised form, letter or electronic mail, we are asking that the same information requested on the form be provided in the request including a simple statement of the issues and proposed resolution;
- Mediation requests will be assigned to the new mediators on an alphabetical, rotating basis;
- The mediators will contact the parties to arrange the date of mediation; it is not necessary to provide dates.
We hope to make the transition to the new process as smooth as possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Gail Mangs Mary Jean Schierberl
In a May 10, 2017, memorandum to Connecticut Special Education Directors, it was announced that the 2017 Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Connecticut Schools is now available. Please review this memorandum which contains the Web link leading to this guidance document.
On April 28, 2017, then Interim Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez, issued a memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services regarding changes to the Individualized Education Program Page 9, STATE AND DISTRICT TESTING AND ACCOMMODATIONS.
The memorandum as well as the updated information related to IEP Page 9 (i.e., PDF and DOC forms as well as the IEP Manual revision) may be found at each of these links.
This information will be posted to the CSDE, BSE Web page under PPT Process and IEP Forms (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680) later this week.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center at the University of Florida and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, the Connecticut State Department of Education presents this conference as a culminating, scale-up event. Join us in showcasing the notable work done in Connecticut focused on training pre-service candidates in evidence-based practices to support students with disabilities, struggling learners and English learners.
The Department is pleased to present two renown keynote speakers: Dr. Deborah Ball and Dr. Kenneth Zeichner. In addition to encouraging conference attendance, faculty and candidates from all institutions are encouraged to propose presentations or poster sessions in alignment with conference themes. The RFP for presentations or poster session proposals is attached and due by April 3, 2017. Registration information will be made available at the end of April 2017.
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 11 of Public Act (P.A.) 12-173, entitled an Act Concerning Individualized Education Programs and Other Issues Relating to Special Education, requires that the individualized education program (IEP) of any child identified as deaf or hard of hearing must include a language and communication plan (LCP) developed by the child’s planning and placement team (PPT). Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, must have a LCP which documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT.
The LCP must address:
- The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
- Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
- Educational options available to the child;
- The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP, including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
- The accessibility of academic instruction, school services and extra-curricular activities for the child; and
- Communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child.
Section 300.324(a)(2)(iv) of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that the child’s PPT consider the following areas regarding the communication needs of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing:
The child’s language and communication needs;
- Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the child’s language and communication mode;
- The child’s academic level;
- The child’s full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child’s language and mode of communication; and
- Whether the child’s needs a technology device and/or service(s).
Section 11 of P.A. 12-173 requires documentation of the special considerations outlined in the IDEA and P.A. 12-173 through a LCP developed by the child’s PPT and included in the IEP of each child who is deaf or hard of hearing. This requirement is reflected on page 10 of the IEP. The LCP is available on the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) web site at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/word_docs/deps/special/language_and_communication_plan.doc
The CSDE has made available the LCP since 2009 as a tool recommended for use as a best practice document for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The passage of P.A. 12-173 now makes the LCP a required part of the IEP for each child who is deaf or hard of hearing. The CSDE has posted the LCP as part of the IEP form on the CSDE web site. To assure that each child’s unique needs are identified and considered in the development of a child’s IEP, the LCP must be developed at the initial IEP for each child who is deaf or hard or hearing and must be reviewed at least annually and revised as appropriate. The LCP as developed and/or revised must be included in the IEP.
Additional LCP resources that are available on the CSDE website include:
Annotated Language and Communication Plan [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/annotated_language_and_communication_plan.pdf
Language and Communication Plan FAQ’s [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/faqs_langauge_and_communication_plan.pdf
Memo from Chief Operating Officer – Section 11 of Public Act 12-173: Required Language and Communication Plan for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students [PDF] http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/deps/special/public_act_12_173_lcp_memo.pdf
Questions regarding the LCP can be directed to Colleen Hayles at 860-713-6922 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut public school districts are now responsible to test students in the Public School Information System (PSIS) who are enrolled in out-of-state facilities or are enrolled in state non-approved schools. Please see the following important previously published documents for information.
The leadership forum, titled Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students, which was cancelled due to inclement weather on February 10, 2017, has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the ITBD (CCSU), 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051
Those participants previously registered are automatically enrolled in this rescheduled event.
New participants may register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bureau-of-special-education-february-leadership-forum-registration-27758535527 .
A link to presentation materials for download will be sent to participants via email just prior to the event.
For questions regarding this event please contact Stephen Proffitt (email@example.com; (860) 632-1485 ext. 322) or Jay Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org; (860) 713-6918).
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document related to the Connecticut Alternate Assessment System that includes important information regarding students with disabilities. You may access that document at Frequently Asked Question and Answers About the Connecticut Alternate Assessment System [pdf] or at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680#CMT
For questions related to this document please contact Rhonda Kempton, Education Consultant, Bureau of Special Education, (860) 713-6924 or Rhonda.email@example.com.
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has partnered with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to support the continued implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across our state. Currently, over 150 schools have participated in this project’s effort, which uses a multi-tiered behavioral framework fidelity tool called the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) to inform a school’s current PBIS implementation levels. This self-assessment tool focuses on core systems, practices, and data structures present within each tier of implementation. Schools who participate in this process receive a snapshot of their current implementation fidelity within each tier, an action plan for continued school improvement, and specific recommendations for next steps.
Each school who signs-up for this support receives a half-day of assistance from a trained TFI facilitator who works with the school’s leadership team. This half-day support is at NO-COST to the school as it is funded through the CT SCTG project.
To be eligible for this support, the interested school must have completed 3-years of PBIS training in the past. To schedule your, SWPBIS TFI please visit www.ctserc.org/sctg and complete the Online Request Form. For troubleshooting questions, please call Lauren D. Johns, Education Services Specialist at (860) 632-1485 ext. 256 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the TFI process, please contact Sarah L. Jones, Project Officer at (860) 632-1485 ext. 307 or email@example.com.