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Leadership Initiative

SERC's Leadership Initiative

Leadership Initiative


The goal of the Leadership Initiative is to provide professional development opportunities that assist leaders across educational disciplines in improving student achievement, including students with disabilities. Through a variety of interactive sessions with job-embedded, reflective opportunities, educational leaders engage with their peers to collaboratively examine relevant issues.

Special Education Professional Learning Modules

In response to the needs of the eld, the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) in partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), has developed a series of ten Special Education Professional Learning Modules with three central themes running throughout the series: individualized education program (IEP) development (for compliance and quality), culturally responsive family-school partnerships, and state and federal special education regulations. Several of these professional learning opportunities will be o ered prior to the close of this school year, but all will be o ered during the 2017-2018 school year. With some modules o ered as overviews and others as in-depth learning opportunities, this new series o ers guidance on many of the most sought-after topics in special education. Intentionally designed with a target audience that includes general educators/school leaders as critical partners, participants will return to their districts with tools and strategies ready for implementation to build sta capacity and to better support students with disabilities and their families.

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Attention District/Regional Special Education Directors...

You are invited to the 2017 “Regional Chats” with the Interim Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez to dialogue with Directors of Special Education about their roles and responsibilities as they work to “achieve excellence during these difficult times”

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PPT Chairperson Training (Spring Session)

March 30 & 31, 2017
The Planning and Placement Team (PPT) chairperson works as part of the team to develop IEPs for students with disabilities that provide access and opportunities for meaningful participation and progress in the general education curriculum. Within schools, the PPT chairperson should ensure that the compliance requirements of the PPT process are met, that assessment data and goals and objectives are directly linked to the general education curriculum, and that placement decision-making occurs after the goals and objectives are developed.

Participants in this professional learning activity will receive an overview of the rationale for the legal requirements of an individualized education program (IEP); develop in-depth knowledge about the PPT process and how it is to be properly documented; examine quality and compliance indicators of the components of the PPT process; learn how to foster culturally relevant family engagement; and examine/practice strategies for facilitating effective PPT meetings.

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Bureau of Special Education/ConnCase Leadership Forums:

Designed to facilitate dialogue between special education administrators and representatives of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services, on current issues in special education. Other similar programs also address relevant topics in special education for all administrators.

Coming Up!

For a list of our upcoming professional learning opportunities please click here.

Contact Us

For further information or additional resources, please contact:

  • Stephen Proffitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Educational Consultant, SERC (860) 632-1485 ext.322
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