Early Childhood Special Education Professional Development Opportunity: The Role of the Paraeducator in High-Quality Early Childhood Settings that Serve Children with IEPs

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the RESC Alliance are offering professional development opportunities related to the role of the paraeducator for children with IEPs in early childhood settings. These sessions are approaching quickly and are based in each of the RESCs.

Please review the link below for important details and registration information.

The Role of the Paraeducator in High-Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs

Early Childhood Special Education – Professional Development Opportunities in October 2019!

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the RESC Alliance are offering three Early Childhood Special Education professional development opportunities in October 2019.

Please review the links below for important details and registration information.

October 8, 2019: Establishing and Maintaining Meaningful Inclusive Learning Environments in Preschool

October 16, 2019: Related Services as Part of a Preschool Inclusive Classroom Approach Symposium

October 18, 2019 and January 29, 2020: Increasing Capacity in Community-Based Preschools for Children with Special Needs

 

CASP Presents their 2019 Fall Conference!

The Connecticut Association of School Psychologists (CASP) presents their 2019 Fall Conference on Advanced Threat Assessment featuring Dr. Melissa Reeves! For more details and registration information please visit https://caspweb.wildapricot.org/event-3558994. 

Conference flyer: CASP 2019 Fall Conference Flyer

 

Packing a Punch with AT: Getting the most out of your AT resources and supports! (A Special October Workshop for Cohort C capacity building)

These PD opportunities will be geared specifically towards the needs of school-based teams regarding fidelity in assistive technology (AT) supports and will provide new information about best practice for these services.  We will also cover the latest trends in AT and how they can be implemented throughout classrooms as well as during important transitional stages.  This includes a wide variety of AT supports (iOS, Chromebook, etc.).  Spend the day with AT Specialists from NEAT and discuss your students’ needs.

Important Notes:

  • The content will be the same at each session. You can travel to any one of those 6.
  • Bring a team of people.

Dates and Locations:

  • October 3, 2019 in Hartford, CT
  • October 9, 2019 in Hebron, CT
  • October 10, 2019 in Vernon, CT
  • October 21, 2019 in Waterbury, CT
  • October 22, 2019 in Bridgeport, CT
  • October 31, 2019 in Meriden, CT

Pick one and register here:  https://assistivetechnology.oakhillct.org/neat-events/

The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs – Regional Presentations

The Connecticut State Department of Education, together with the RESC Alliance, has developed regional presentations on The Role of the Paraeducator in High Quality Early Childhood Settings That Serve Children with IEPs.

These sessions are coming up quickly! To obtain dates, times and registration information, please see the informational flyer at https://files.constantcontact.com/d47803f1601/e03bd60b-d3f5-441d-a1b8-ceef9d9c2255.pdf.

Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools

On September 4, 2019, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Division Director, Bureau of Special Education, released a memorandum to the field regarding the guidelines for Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools.

To review that important memorandum, please see Physical Therapy Guidelines memorandum 09-04-2019

To review the guidelines for Physical Therapy in Connecticut Schools: Best Practices and Resources document, please see https://www.ctpt.org/Customer-Content/WWW/CMS/files/SBG_Dec2018_Final.pdf

 

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER for the Early Childhood Symposium taking place on September 26, 2019

Registration is open for a professional learning opportunity to support teachers and leaders engaged in the work of designing early learning environments that buffer stress, reduce challenging behaviors, and promote children’s healthy development ages 3-8. Review the UPDATED informational flyer (Early Childhood Symposium September 26, 2019 UPDATED flyer) for more details and registration information.

 

The Bureau of Special Education’s 16th Annual Back to School Meeting Registration Information!

The Bureau of Special Education is hosting the 16th Annual Back to School Meeting from 9:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Join our newly-appointed Commissioner of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, the Division Director for the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz, along with BSE consultants and our partners for a day filled with information related to our theme of Supporting Special Education Leadership: Enhancing Student Outcomes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see Back to School 2019 Registration Information for details regarding the general session presentations, afternoon break-out sessions, and registration.

Updates to the Restraint & Seclusion Data Collection System

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is updating the Restraint & Seclusion (R/S) Data Collection system for the 2019-20 school year. You may review the July 12, 2019, memorandum related to this important information at Memorandum-Updates to Restraint and Seclusion July 12, 2019.

 

 

Early Childhood Special Education: LEA Responsibilities for SEDAC Reports and Child Find

It is important for each LEA’s Early Childhood Transition Coordinator and the SEDAC data manager to communicate regularly on four key criteria. See the EC LEA Responsibilities for SEDAC Reports and Child Find infographic to gain valuable insight into this process.