18 Schools Added to SRBI Grant; Openings Coming for Next School Year

The State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) is in its third year of implementation.  There are 65 schools across the state participating and benefiting from the work of the SPDG grant.  The Connecticut State Department of Education, in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), will be seeking additional schools to participate in the opportunity afforded through the SPDG grant this spring.

The central focus of the SPDG grant is to facilitate the statewide implementation of Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI).  This grant and its focus holds opportunities for schools to receive assistance in providing high-quality instruction and intervention for all students while improving educational outcomes specifically for students with disabilities, students of color and students acquiring English.  Interested schools are encouraged to consider participating in this grant funded opportunity.

For more grant related information, please visit http://spdg.ctserc.com/ or see the press release at the following link:

SPDG Press Release

English Language Learners: Assessment Guidelines and SRBI Interventions

Currently, the Bureau of Student Assessment has guidelines available regarding the assessment of students identified as English Language Learners. This helpful document may be viewed at the web location below or by following the link: http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/assessment/agl/resources/CT_ELL_Assessment_Guidelines_2011-2012.pdf

An additional resource document, published by the Connecticut Administrators of Programs for English Language Learners, is a handbook of Scientific Research-Based Interventions for English Language Learners. This document, meant to accompany Connecticut’s framework for RTI, may be viewed at the web location below or by following the link: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/curriculum/bilingual/SRBI_ELL.pdf

You Can Search Topics from Past Bureau Bulletins, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates!

The Bureau of Special Education currently offers several resources to assist you in searching for topics discussed in past Bureau Bulletin articles, Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates.

For topics appearing in articles from Fall 2011 through the present, please use the search feature located at the top of the current Bureau Bulletin home page: https://ctspecialednews.org/

For topics appearing in articles from Spring 2010 through Fall 2011, please use the following directory which will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Spring 2010-Fall 2011

For topics in articles from Summer 2008 through Spring 2010, please use the following directory which, again, will bring you to the edition of the bulletin in which an article with your topic appears: Bureau Bulletin Article Directory Summer 2008-Spring 2010

You may also access past editions of Bureau Blogs and Bureau Updates from September 1996 up to Summer 2008 through the Bureau of Special Education Web page: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&q=320720

It is our hope to bring each of these resources together under one easily searchable index in the future. In the meantime, we hope these resources will assist you in your research. For questions related to this article, please contact Jay Brown at 860-713-6918 or jay.brown@ct.gov.