Thanks to our Partners, The Connecticut Family Advocacy Center (CPAC) and The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut has been updated in English and Spanish!Read More
Do you need help navigating the special education process, understanding your child’s educational rights, or communicating effectively with your child’s school team? CPAC, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, also one of our partners, is here to help.Read More
Connecticut defines family engagement as full, equal, and equitable partnerships between families, schools, and community partners. This means parents are seen as welcome partners and their voices are heard. Connecticut has established this definition and framework to encourage collaboration. This makes it easier for all parties to understand what is expected of them and thus elevate students’ success.Read More
Setting the stage to meet the challenges of the new year.
Join on Monday September 20th at 7:00 p.m. for the back-to-school special education webinar with the Stamford JCC.
Speakers: Lawrence Berliner (Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney at Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC), Jane Faherty (Stamford JCC JumpStart Director jumpstarsct and Educational Advocate), and Dr. Michael S. Cohen (Fairfield, CT Psychologist – licensed in Connecticut and New York).
This webinar is free and open to the public.
Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3BA567
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2021, 9AM – 12PM
Part I – Live Session 9:00-10:15
Welcoming Remarks: Charlene Russell-Tucker, Acting Commissioner of Education
Bureau of Special Education Updates: Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director
Part II – Live Session 10:30-12:00
Special Education Recovery, Presented by Julie Weatherly
Julie will share her expertise by describing and summarizing the evolution of compensatory education prior to and during the pandemic, highlighting current court cases and lessons learned, and providing a national perspective on special education recovery efforts as it relates to CT’s current framework.
Julie J. Weatherly, Esq. is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., a special education law firm in Alabama. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia and for thirty-five years has provided legal representation and consultation to school agencies across the country in the area of educating students with disabilities.
For presentations/resources/and pre-recorded videos, please see the BTS 2021 landing page: ctserc.org…
Location: Via Zoom
Activity Code: 22-08-029-000
Registration Link: Click Here
Cost: No fee
Grade Level: Birth-21
Presenters: Julie J. Weatherly, Esq., Owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc.
Content Info For content questions, please contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Info: For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or email@example.com.
Audience: Birth to 21; District Special Education Leaders/CAPSEP Leaders
The Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit includes two ½ day sessions that will bring together District Teams.
About this event
Building Capacity and Establishing Sustainable Supports Summit
How do school districts leverage new federal funds with established funding sources in order to build capacity and establish sustainable supports, but avoid common mistakes that lead to unspent resources? Careful planning. The CT State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, in conjunction with many partners, are offering this summit for District Teams to gather together and discuss, develop, and plan for managing increased resources and opportunities, including funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Act Part B Section 611/619 and the American Rescue Plan Act. After two half-day sessions, teams will come away with a plan for expending resources most targeted to support learning and improved outcomes for all students.
*Teams must register for one morning or afternoon session each day.
Districts must register as teams of up to 5 that may include the Special Education Director, Early Childhood Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, Transit Coordinator, Business Manager, Student Support Services Professionals, and Special Education and Pupil Services Staff
The District Team will identify a team leader (Note: all team members must register individually on the virtual platform). The team will gather together in a central location within the District, and through the virtual platform will join the Summit, in order to examine how to braid resources and build a functional plan with a management timeline. This planning is necessary for success as well as to avoid common mistakes that lead to not expending all the resources available.
For content questions, please contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or email@example.com.
What will school be like for special education students this year? What’s happening with prevention strategies like masks, vaccinations and social distancing? How will these steps affect special education students?
The next edition of Answers will address these questions and more when it returns on Tuesday, September7, at 6:00 pm. There will be an update on the latest news about special education in Connecticut and the nation. Plus back to school guidance for parents of special education students. Followed by a discussion with Bryan Klimkiewicz, Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Special Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. As always, there will be time for Q&A with participants during this live webinar.
Registration in advance is required for this Zoom webinar. Information is below and in the attachment.
P.O. Box 117
Northford, CT 06472
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 7, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Answers: Special Education in the COVID-19 Era
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
BEST PRACTICES: AUGMENTATIVE ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
Let’s Talk About Best Practices in Education
Monday, August 30, 2021
AAC is used by people who, some or all of the time, cannot rely on their speech. It is a form of assistive technology that aids in communication and incorporates the individual’s full communication abilities, which may include any existing speech or vocalizations, gestures, manual signs, and aided communication. Join us to learn more about the value and practice of using AAC for individuals with communication needs. There will be time for questions and answers.
Presented by Nicole Natale, MS, CCC-SLP, AT
Edna-Jo Piccirillo, MS, CCC-SLP – CREC
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Live Spanish captioning provided
Los subtítulos en vivo en español
For questions or more information please contact us at 860-739-3089 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the event here:
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