How Welcoming is Your School? Walkthrough Overview Training
Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting
Educators understand more than ever that the key to engaging parents is to make their schools feel “like family.” Schools that extend a genuine welcome to parents have stronger partners in the education process. The CT Welcoming Schools Initiative was developed to enhance partnerships among families, schools and the community. This workshop will incorporate hands-on activities and practice using the Welcoming Tool. The Tool focuses on the physical environment, family engagement practice, policy and communication indicators to assess the climate and culture of the school. Teams from schools comprised of families, administrators, teachers, family liaisons and community partners.
For additional information, contact:
Betsy LeBorious at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-509-3615
Please bring a laptop or other device for note taking and access to online resources.
Affinity Space: Speaking Up for Success: Guide to School Partnership for AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander Families) – Day 1 of 4
Join us for an in-depth conversation on how to effectively communicate and advocate with teachers and the school to support your child’s growth.
This is an affinity groups space and will focus on addressing particular concerns of Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) – identifying parents, caregivers, and guardians.
For content question, please contact Nitza Diaz, SERC Consultant, at email@example.com
For registration questions, please contact Emma Valasquez, SERC Project Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Registration Info: For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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