Related Services Communities of Practice for May-June 2021

The CSDE in partnership with the RESC Alliance continues to sponsor Communities of Practice (CoP) for School Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Behavior Analysists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Teachers of the Deaf, and Assistive Technology Specialists. Please see the flyer below for important information regarding meeting dates, times and CoP contacts.

CASP Call for Nominations for School Psychologist of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award

The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists is calling for nominations for School Psychologist of the Year as well as the Distinguished Service Award. Please see the following information for each honor as well as the nomination letter.

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes those unique individuals who deserve special attention by virtue of their broad and significant contributions to the welfare of children and the field of school psychology in a number of areas: professional practice, research, state-regional-national leadership, training and supervision, community service, legislation, etc. …or to someone whose unique contribution in serving children is so outstanding that it alone warrants an award.

School Psychologist of the Year

Considerations: CT certification, length of practice, CASP membership, nature and scope of school psychological services, innovation and creativity of direct service, special projects, research efforts, professional development, legislative involvement, field supervision, and efforts toward bettering public relations and/or community involvement.

Submissions and nominations should be accompanied with two letters of reference and a copy of the nominee’s resume. Nominations are due by Friday, May 14, 2021.

Please Submit Nominations to:

Jessica Patras

86 Stancliff Road

Glastonbury, CT 06033

(C) 860-874-8433

CASPawardscommittee@gmail.com

patras.jm@easthartford.org

Three Important Resources for Teachers and Leaders from Blue Engine

Tutoring: Ensuring Equity and Inclusion for All Students.

Therapies and Supports: Ensuring Equity and Inclusion for All Students.

High Quality Curriculum & Instruction: Ensuring Equity and Inclusion for All Students.

The aim of these resources is to provide relevant, actionable information that helps leaders meet the needs of students with disabilities as part of school reopening efforts. The guidance is grounded in the belief that all supports should be aligned and integrated toward grade-level learning and be designed to meet the needs of the most marginalized students so that all recovery initiatives truly meet the needs of all students.

For more information on Blue Engine follow this link.

Special Education Least Restrictive Environment Training – Spring 2021

The CSDE, in partnership with SERC, is sponsoring several LRE statewide trainings presented by Stetson & Associates.

Trainings will be presented on the following dates.

For registration information, see

April 20: Effective Staffing and Scheduling for Inclusive Schools Session B

April 21: Effective Staffing and Scheduling for Inclusive Schools-Session C

April 22: Quality Standards for Inclusive Schools

April 29: Instructional Strategies for Inclusive Teachers

May 6: The Role of the Principal in Inclusive Schools

May 13: What Will it Take? District-Level Strategies for Successful Inclusive Schools

Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders: 2nd Conference on Transition – VIRTUAL

The Southern Connecticut State University Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders is hosting their 2nd Conference on Transition, Building Community Circles: Navigating the Transition Pathway for Individuals with ASD, to assist school personnel and families with meeting the diverse transition needs of individuals with ASD in our state.

Date: April 30, 2021

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: VIRTUAL

Registration: https://bit.ly/ASDtransitionconference  

Keynote:  Secondary Transition Discussion with CT State Agencies  

Breakout Sessions: 

  • Vocation: Building Soft Skills
  • IEP Transition Planning  
  • Transition to College
  • Recreation

Family Panel:  The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will provide a panel of families who will share their experience and answer questions.   
 

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.

Glossary of Early Special Education Terminology

As a result the CT Preschool Special Education Needs Assessment completed by the National Institute for Early Education Research several action items were recommended. One of the recommendations was the development of a glossary of early special education terminology for community-based providers and the families that they serve. We are pleased to share Common Terminology in Early Childhood Special Education in both Spanish and English.  Please share the documents below with your networks.

Elementary and Secondary Special Education Evaluations: COVID AND BEYOND

The RESC Alliance in partnership with the CT State Department of Education is offering two interdisciplinary panel discussions related to special education evaluations. Join them on April 1st for the Elementary panel discussion and on April 8th for the secondary panel discussion. See the event flyers below for more details and registration information.

Click to access elementary-special-education-evaluations-covid-and-beyond-event-flyer-1.pdf

Click to access secondary-special-education-evaluations-covid-and-beyond-event-flyer.pdf

 

 

The UCONN PreK-3 Leadership Program is Open for Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

The UCONN PreK-3 Leadership program is open for registration for the 2021-2022 school year. The program has received a significant influx of funding for the 2021-2022 PK3 Leadership Program and tuition has been reduced to only $100. The program is already more than half full. If you are interested please register ASAP.

For registration information, please visit https://pk3leadership.uconn.edu/registration/

Updated Principles, Procedures, and Standards for the Approval of Private Special Education Programs

The updated Principles, Procedures, and Standards for the Approval of Private Special Education Programs document was approved by the State Board of Education on February 3, 2021. The revised document is now available on the Connecticut State Department of Education Website at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/PPS.pdf.