CSDE/RESC Alliance Introduction to Customized Employment (CE) in Connecticut – VIRTUAL

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), in collaboration with the RESC Alliance, is offering several FREE, virtual sessions of an Introduction to Customized Employment (CE) in Connecticut for special education teachers, providers, and administrators working with transition-age students with the most significant disabilities. Participants will understand the CE process in CT, learn about the components of CE, and become familiar with job discovery activities.

For additional information about this training and to register for one of these virtual sessions, please see the attached flyer: CSDE-RESC Alliance Introduction to Customized Employment in CT.

Please contact one of the RESC CE Trainers for questions or assistance with registration. Contact information can be found on the flyer.

Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Virtual Conference of Panel Discussions

The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is hosting a virtual conference of panel discussions, Voices Across the Spectrum: The Transition to Adulthood from Various Perspectives, to bring together individuals on the spectrum, educators, parents, and professionals to discuss their experiences.

Date: April 1, 2022

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: VIRTUAL

Registration: https://bit.ly/2022ASDConference  

Questions can be directed to: Eileen Farmer, University Assistant, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University by phoneat203-392-5929 or by email at farmere2@southernct.edu.

FREE Sparkler Application

The free Sparkler app can help Connecticut elementary schools and kindergarten teachers get to know incoming students, identify needs, and prepare for the new school year. Learn how your district can use Sparkler for FREE as part of your Kindergarten registration process to offer mobile Ages & Stages Questionnaires® as well as fun, off-screen, play-based learning activities that families can use to spark summer learning before school starts.  Please register using the link on the flyer found here: .

REMINDER: CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!

The CT 7th Annual Secondary Transition Symposium will continue to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to improve secondary transition planning and services for students with disabilities in order to Build Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

The Symposium will be held virtually, over the course of three consecutive Tuesdays to break up the event. 

  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Keynote & Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022: 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Film Screening + Facilitated Q&A/Panel Discussion

Each of our breakouts offer sessions within three strands, based on the audience (i.e., youth, families, and educators/professionals). Please see the attached schedule of sessions for the event. 

See the symposium schedule here:

Click here to register for the Symposium.

If you have questions, please contact: Missy Wrigley, Consultant at the State Education Resource Center, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 397, or by email at wrigley@ctserc.org.

2022 CT Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

Applications are now open for the Twenty-Fourth Annual Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc. (CT-YLP), Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).  The 2022 YLF is scheduled to be held July 25 – July 28, 2022.  Student Applications for the 2022 CT YLF can be found on the CT-YLP website at https://www.ctylp.org/student-applications.  The deadline is February 21, 2022.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Barksdale, CT-YLP Executive Director, by phone at 860-689-6868 or by email at execdir@ctylp.org <mailto:execdir@ctylp.org> .

Bureau of Special Education releases memorandum regarding IDEA Requirements related to Annual Reviews and Reevaluations

On January 5, 2021, the Bureau of Special Education released a memorandum to Directors of Special Education regarding IDEA Requirements related to Annual Reviews and Reevaluations. Please visit IDEA-Requirements-related-to-Annual-Reviews-and-Reevaluations-1-5-22.pdf (ct.gov) to review this important guidance.

The “UPDATE and REVIEW ” of IDEA Part B LEA Section 611/619 Grant LEA subrecipient award 

UPDATE and REVIEW of the NEW FY23 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) PART B Section 611/619 LEA Subgrantee Application in the EGMS – DATE 2/17/22 (Session A. 9:00-10:30am) or (Session B. 1:00-2:30pm)

A statewide training for Special Education Directors and Grant Managers around the upcoming FY23 IDEA Part B Section 611/619 LEA Subgrantee Application on the electronic grants management system (EGMS).

Choose from one of two virtual 2-hour presentations by Tom Boudreau, Education Consultant/IDEA Part B Fiscal Manager.  The training will focus on completing the application with fidelity in a timely manner through an examination of the requirements the FY23 LEA subgrantee application, highlights of any updates or changes from last year’s application, budgets, Maintenance of Effort (MOE), tips on navigating the EGMS, and specific set aside time for any questions. 

If further information is needed, please access the SERC website at www.ctserc.org. or register:

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Hope to see you there!!

Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-a-Glance – VIRTUAL Workshops

The Connecticut State Department of Education, in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is sponsoring a VIRTUAL training series featuring structured literacy approaches during the 2021-22 school year. These research-based approaches are designed to work with students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia and other decoding challenges. 

For additional information related to dates and times for these sessions, and registration information, please see the attached flyers:

*            CSDE-SERC 2021-22 Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-A-Glance (October 2021 to January 2022) <https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/CSDE-SERC-2021-22-Structured-Literacy-Program-Training-Series_10_12_21.pdf>

*            CSDE-SERC 2021-22 Structured Literacy Program Training Series Calendar At-A-Glance (February 2022 to June 2022) <https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/CSDE-SERC-2021-22-Structured-Literacy-Program-Training-Series_February-2022-through-June-2022_121021.pdf>

To register for these and other CSDE/SERC events, please go to the SERC Events webpage <https://ctserc.org/events> . If you have questions regarding registration, please contact: Lauren Johns, SERC Project Specialist, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 256, or by email at johns@ctserc.org <mailto:johns@ctserc.org> . If you have questions regarding content, please contact: Claire Conroy, SERC Consultant, by phone at 860-632-1485, ext. 326, or by email at conroy@ctserc.org <mailto:conroy@ctserc.org> .

The “IDEA Part B: 101” of IDEA Part B Section 611/619 Grant – 1/18/2022 from 9:00-11:30am

SAVE THE DATE AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION!

IDEA Part B: 101 Statewide Training on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B: 101 for New Special Education Directors, New IDEA Part B Grant Managers and/or New Fiscal Officers

The two-hour virtual webinar training on 1/18/2022 from 9:00-11:30am, (register here https://serc.info/idea0118) will review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B grant and critical features such as Maintenance of Effort (MOE), Excess Cost, and the IDEA Part B Section 611/619 LEA subgrantee application.

Tom Boudreau, IDEA Fiscal Manager of the Bureau of Special Education will deliver an overview of the IDEA Part B Grant and then discuss hands on tools for the LEA such as the electronic grant management system (eGMS) and the MOE Calculator addressing both the eligibility and compliance standards.

Programmatic and fiscal personnel from the district, who are new or want a refresher on the topics – are encouraged to attend for a robust conversation with specific set aside time for any questions.

If further information is needed, please access the SERC website at www.ctserc.org. or register at https://serc.info/idea0118.

Hope to see you there!!