NEW: Testing for Students Enrolled in Out-of-State Facilities or State Non-Approved Schools

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.

Students in PSIS who attend Out-of-State Facilities or In-State Non-Approved Facilities

http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/student_assessment/smarter_balanced/Out_of_State_and_Non_Approveds_2_14_17.pdf

 

Connecticut Alternative Assessment System Participation Guidance for Planning and Placement Teams

http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/student_assessment/special_education/Alternate_Assessment_Participation_Decisions_Flowchart.pdf

 

RESCHEDULED: Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students forum

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 (proffitt@ctserc.org; (860) 632-1485 ext. 322) or Jay Brown (jay.brown@ct.gov; (860) 713-6918).

 

Connecticut Alternate Assessment System FAQ Regarding Students with Disabilities

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.kempton@ct.gov.

Opportunity for Support – Connecticut’s School Climate Transformation Grant (CT SCTG)

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 johns@ctserc.org. For more information on the TFI process, please contact Sarah L. Jones, Project Officer at (860) 632-1485 ext. 307 or sjones@ctserc.org.

CANCELLED Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students forum

Due to inclement weather-related issues, tomorrow’s (February 10th) leadership forum, titled Leadership and Mental Health Supports for Students, at the ITBD in New Britain HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will be rescheduled at a future date yet to be determined.

Participants will receive an official notification via the event registration website. SERC will provide details on the rescheduled event as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event. For questions regarding this event please contact Stephen Proffitt (proffitt@ctserc.org; (860) 632-1485 ext. 322) or Jay Brown (jay.brown@ct.gov; (860) 713-6918) after February 10th.

New Special Education Professional Learning Modules

The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), has developed a series of Special Education Professional Learning Modules with three central themes running throughout the series:

  • individualized education program (IEP) development (for compliance and quality),
  • culturally-responsive family-school partnerships, and
  • State and federal special education regulations.

Several of these professional learning opportunities will be offered prior to the close of this school year, but all will be offered during the 2017-2018 school year, with some modules offered as overviews and others as in-depth learning opportunities.

Intentionally designed with a target audience that includes general educators/school leaders as critical partners, participants will return to their districts with tools and strategies ready for implementation to build staff capacity and to better support students with disabilities and their families.

Individual module details and registration information may be found at:

Special Education Professional Learning Modules

We’re Moving!

As a reminder, the Bureau of Special Education, along with all other offices of the State Department of Education, with the exception of the Connecticut Technical High School System, is moving to a new location.

Beginning on January 17, 2017, the Bureau of Special Education will be housed at 450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 604, in Hartford. The facility on Columbus Blvd. is located at the intersection of Interstates 91 and 84 along the Connecticut River. All telephone numbers will remain the same.

 

450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103. The new location of the State Department of Education

450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103. The new location of the State Department of Education

For mailing purposes, please use the following address: State of Connecticut, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, P.O. Box 2219, Hartford, CT 06145, Attention: [consultant’s name here].

For a time, the Postal Service will forward any mail sent to the old Hartford or Middletown addresses.

If you are visiting our new location, our physical address is: State of Connecticut, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, 450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 604, Hartford, CT 06103.

Visitors are directed to park in the Morgan Street garage and a nominal parking fee will be required. After parking, take the elevator down to the street level and using the cross walk, walk across the street to the public entrance of 450 Columbus Blvd. On-street parking is also available.

When visiting, you must sign in at the security desk with photo identification. All visitors will be entered electronically into the visitor management system and issued a visitor’s badge. Security personnel will contact the person whom you are visiting and direct you to an elevator where you will proceed to the appropriate floor. Your contact person will typically meet you in the elevator lobby of that floor and escort you to your meeting location. Please remember to turn in your visitor’s badge when you leave.

Additional information is available on the Connecticut State Department of Education Web site: CSDE is Moving!

Directions to the Morgan Street Garage

From the South

  • 91 North
  • Exit 32A-32B
  • Exit 32B Trumbull St
  • At light turn Left onto Market St
  • At 3rd light turn Left onto Talcott St
  • Garage is on your Left

From the North

  • 91 South
  • Exit 32A-32B
  • Exit 32B Trumbull St
  • At light turn Left onto Market St
  • At 3rd light turn Left onto Talcott St
  • Garage is on your Left

From the West

  • 84 East
  • Exit 50 Main St
  • At 3rd light turn Right onto Market St
  • At light turn Left onto Talcott St
  • Garage is on your Left

From the East

  • 84 West
  • Exit 50 Main St
  • At light turn Left onto Market St
  • At 2nd light turn Left onto Talcott St
  • Garage is on your Left

A map of 450 Columbus Blvd. and the Morgan Street Garage area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Topic for the February 10, 2017 Leadership Forum

There have been numerous requests from the field for discussion and guidance around Youth and Mental Health/Behavioral Issues faced by leaders and educators in their schools and districts.  We have been able to adjust the topic for our February 10, 2017, Leadership Forum to focus on this topic, facilitated by CSDE Consultants.  Since many have already registered for the February session prior to this change in topic, if you have already registered but would like to withdraw given the change, please email Linda Adorno at SERC, adorno@ctserc.org.  For new registrations, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bureau-of-special-education-february-leadership-forum-registration-27758535527 . We do apologize for any inconvenience.

Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality


The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released a guidance document on Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality to assist early childhood programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) address privacy and confidentiality issues.  The document was produced and disseminated in response to requests for clarification of the privacy and confidentiality provisions of the IDEA for young children. This document is intended to provide responses to frequently asked questions to facilitate and enhance States’ implementation of IDEA privacy and confidentiality provisions and can be used in conjunction with the 2014 side-by-side guide of the IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions. The document can be accessed by the following link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/idea-confidentiality-requirements-faq.pdf.