Easing into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut

A publication on secondary transition has been developed through a joint collaboration between a number of state agencies; Regional Educational Services Centers (RESCs); the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC); and the State Education Resource Center (SERC).  The publication is entitled, “Easing into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut.”  This publication provides information on professional development opportunities, resources and services related to secondary transition for students with disabilities. If you are looking for customized services or further information, please contact the agency representative listed on the brochure. To review this important resource, please follow the link below.

Easing into Secondary Transition A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut

New Connecticut Administrators of Special Education (NCASE) 2012-13 Informational Forums

The State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE) in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) continues to support new Connecticut administrators of special education through a series of informational forums targeting the most pressing needs for these new administrators.

NCASE informational forums are designed for those educational professionals who have been special education administrators in Connecticut for fewer than two years.

Through a series of live presentations and easy-to-access web-modules, NCASE participants receive information related to the IDEA grant application and current fiscal issues, the latest data issues and updates, extensive web-based resources through BSE and SERC web site tours, along with information on other critical areas of special education administration.

By following the link below you may access the schedule of 2012-13 NCASE informational forums.  If you are a new Connecticut administrator of special education, please take this opportunity to review the upcoming events and consider participating. If you are not new, but know someone who is, please consider supporting them by making them aware of the NCASE offerings.

If you would like to be included in the NCASE email dissemination list, please contact Jacqueline Denault (SERC) at denualt@ctserc.org or 860.632.1485 ext. 294.

For questions related to specific content for an NCASE event please contact Jay A. Brown (BSE) at jay.brown@ct.gov, 860.713.6918 or Thomas Foote (SERC) at foote@ctserc.org, 860.632.1485 ext. 395.

Follow this link to review upcoming NCASE events: NCASE Schedule of Events 2012-13

Surrogate Parent Contact List 2012-13

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education has created a list of Surrogate Parents who have been contracted for the 2012-13 school year.  A copy of that list is available by visiting the link below.  Please contact Christine Spak at christine.spak@ct.gov or 860-713-6916 with questions related to the Surrogate Parent Program.

Surrogate Parent Contact List for 2012-13 school year

Mark Your Calendars!

  • CSDE,BSE Annual Back to School Meeting 2012: September 19, 2012
  • Exiters PSIS / SEDAC – Timely Due Date: September 15, 2012
  • Exiters PSIS / SEDAC – Accurate Due Date: September 30, 2012
  • PSIS October 2011 Collection – Timely Due Date: October 15, 2012
  • PSIS October 2011 Collection – Accurate Due Date: October 29, 2012
  • Early Childhood Outcomes – Timely Due Date: November 1, 2012
  • Early Childhood Outcomes – Accurate Due Date: November 15, 2012
  • SEDAC-G December final certification statutory Due Date: December 1, 2012
  • SEDAC – Oct 1 Child Count Timely Due Date: December 5, 2012
  • SEDAC – Oct 1 Child Count Accurate Due Date: December 15, 2012

Click for the Timely and Accurate Calendar:
2012-13: Timely and Accurate Calendar 2012-13

You Can Search Topics from Past Bureau Bulletins, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates!

The Bureau of Special Education currently offers several resources to assist you in searching for topics discussed in past Bureau Bulletin articles, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates.

For topics appearing in articles from Fall 2011 through the present, please use the search feature located at the top of the current Bureau Bulletin home page: https://ctspecialednews.org/

For topics appearing in articles from Spring 2010 through Fall 2011, please use the following directory which will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Spring 2010-Fall 2011

For topics in articles from Summer 2008 through Spring 2010, please use the following directory which, again, will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Summer 2008-Spring 2010

You may also access past editions of Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates from September 1996 up to Summer 2008 through the Bureau of Special Education Web page: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&q=320720

It is our hope to bring each of these resources together under one easily searchable index in the future. In the meantime, we hope these resources will assist you in your research. For questions related to this article, please contact Jay Brown at 860-713-6918 or jay.brown@ct.gov.

Web-based Resources

Web-based Resources to support the important work that you do! Much of this information may also be found on the CT State Department of Education Website (www.sde.ct.gov).

Agency Circular Letters (communications from Commissioners of Education 1999-present)

Approved Private Programs

Best Practice Resources

Archived Bureau Bulletin (special education information and updates)

Bureau of Special Education Website (CSDE)

Bureau of Special Education Staff Directory (CSDE)

CEDaR – CT Education Data and Research portal

CMT/CAPT Resources

ConnCASE (CT Council of Administrators of Special Education)

CT Alliance of Regional Educational Services Centers (RESC)

CPAC (CT Parent Advocacy Center)

Department of Education Web site – CT (CSDE)

Early Childhood Special Education

Eligibility Documents (various identification guidelines and implementation resources)


Focused Monitoring

Guidance Documents/Topic Briefs

IEP/PPT Information and Forms

In school suspension guidance: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/pressroom/In_School_Suspension_Guidance.pdf

Least Restrictive Environment

Legal/Due Process information

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)

OSERS (federal Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services)

Parent/Family Resources

REL (Regional Educational Laboratory – Northeast & Islands)


Seclusion and Restraint Legislation (PA 07-147)

Secondary Transition Resources

SERC (State Education Resource Center)