On August 12, 2020, The CSDE, Bureau of Special Education issued new guidance to the field related to educating students with disabilities. This guidance is issued as Addendum 6 to The Connecticut State Department of Education’s school reopening publication Adapt – Advance – Achieve – Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together.
Please see this important guidance related to students with disabilities at https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Digest/2020-21/Addendum6-Reopen-Guidance-for-Educating-Students-with-Disabilities.pdf
On July 24, 2020, the Bureau of Special Education issued a memorandum to School Superintendents and Directors of Special Education regarding the newest guidance related to IDEA eligibility being extended until age 22. This memorandum was an update to the June 19, 2020, memorandum, IDEA Eligibility Extended Until Age 22.
Please see this important update at:
Updated Guidance Regarding IDEA Eligibility Extended Until Age 22 (July 24, 2020)
The Connecticut Department of Education’s Performance Office together with the Bureau of Special Education issued a July 9, 2020, update to the field related to children turning three years old.
To review this important guidance, please visit https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/Special-Education/Covid/Guidance-for-Children-Turning-Three-During-the-COVID-19-Health-Emergency.pdf .
We are excited to announce the application for the first cohort of a leadership development opportunity is now available. We are looking for those in a leadership position within Birth to Three and/or Early Childhood Special Education to apply for this first cohort. This application will be open until July 1, 2020. The time commitment will include 20 hours a month of intensive technical assistance and training. A stipend will be awarded to those who participate throughout the full year of technical assistance.
Please see the application for this exciting opportunity here
CT Leadership Academy Application
The following link will guide you to learning modules created by Eastern CT State University about transition from Part C to Part B. Once on that page, the user will receive the instructions for how to create an account and is provided with the invitation link that allows them to enroll in this particular module. https://www.easternct.edu/center-for-early-childhood-education/online-modules/transition-from-birth-to-three.html
- On June 10, 2020, joint guidance from the CSDE and OEC was sent to school superintendents regarding transitioning to kindergarten. That important guidance may be viewed at: OEC-CSDE Joint Memo – Transitioning to Kindergarten
- The following link will take you to a resource document that was produced by ECTA and the DaSy center. The document provides information about norm-referenced assessment tools that have potential for remote administration with young children. The document includes information about areas to be assessed as well as live link to publishers of the instruments: https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/events/Assessment_Tool_Table.pdf
- The link below will take you to a webinar that was recorded in May. The topic is itinerant early childhood special education services: the provision of specialized instruction in community-based programs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk8petv-FPo&feature=youtu.be
If you have questions about any of these resources feel free to contact Andrea Brinnel at email@example.com.
In a June 5, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded a new guidance document regarding students exiting special education services during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to school Superintendents and Directors of Special Education.
Please review this important document at:
Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
As always, we deeply appreciate all that you do to support our students during this unprecedented time!
WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, is hosting an English Learners with Disabilities Virtual Summit, July 14-15, 2020.
For more information about WestEd and registration for this event, please visit https://www.wested.org/wested_event/elswd-virtual-summit-2020/.
In a May 29, 2020, email communication, Connecticut’s Special Education Division Director, Bryan Klimkiewicz, forwarded two guidance documents regarding IEP Progress Reporting and the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process, to the field.
Please review these important documents at:
Guidance for IEP Progress Reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 29, 2020), and
BSE and CTECS Memorandum: CT Technical Education and Career System Revised Admissions Process (May 29, 2020)
THANK YOU for all that you do to support our students during this challenging and difficult time!