Guidance Regarding the Role of Paraprofessionals in IEPs and at PPTs

On November 27, 2015, Isabelina Rodriguez, Chief of the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education issued a memorandum to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Services. This memorandum served as further guidance for school districts regarding the June 2015 agreement between the CSDE and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) which clarifies the role of Paraprofessionals in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

To review the complete memorandum, please follow the link below.

Role of Paraprofessionals in IEPs memorandum 11-27-15

Updates for District Contacts for Paraeducator Issues

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) together with the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education (UCEDD) are hosting the Summer Symposium for Supervision and Management of Paraeducators focused on helping school districts to improve their supervision and management of paraeducators. The event will be held on July 20-21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus, 85 Lawler Road, West Hartford, CT 06117. The cost to attend is $50.00. If you have questions related to this event, please contact Christine Sullivan at chsullivan@uchc.edu or call 860-679-1500.

The ParaPro Assessment is a test developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. The following are two newly established locations to take the ParaPro Assessment in Connecticut:

Brief on Paraprofessionals Viewing IEPs and attending PPTs

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has developed a brief related to confidentiality and the appropriateness of paraprofessionals viewing student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and attending Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings.  To view this brief, please go to: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/curriculum/cali/ieps_and_confidentiality.pdf

Additional information regarding paraprofessional access to IEPs can be located in the Connecticut Guidelines for Training and Support of Paraprofessionals, pp. 29 and 45.  This document is posted on the CSDE Paraprofessional Information and Resources page at www.ct.gov/sde/para-cali or by accessing the following link: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2618&q=321752

For more information related to this topic, please contact Iris White, Education Consultant, at iris.white@ct.gov.