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.
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:
86 Stancliff Road
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Leading Pre-K to 3 Learning Communities Event on May 6th!
An Early Childhood Event, Leading Pre-K to 3 Learning Communities, will take place on May 6th from 3:30-4:40 P.M. For more details and registration information visit
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.
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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
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.
Keynote: Secondary Transition Discussion with CT State Agencies
- Vocation: Building Soft Skills
- IEP Transition Planning
- Transition to College
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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/
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.