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Snow might have delayed them, but couldn’t stop a full house of educators and others from a popular learning opportunity at SERC about restorative practices. The session was scheduled February 9, postponed by snow, and held February 24 with outdoor temperatures in the 60s. But the crowd packed the room throughout the day. Participants included special education directors, administrators, teachers, school counselors, and various student support services professionals from district and charter schools, as well as those from other settings such as a hospital.
Deadline for the RFQ March 24th with questions answered by March 10th. As SERC and the SERC Foundation embark on the implementation of a comprehensive grant writing strategy, proposals to identify qualified researchers/consultant(s)/service contractor(s) to provide comprehensive evaluation services are requested. This information will be used to pre-select evaluators who will, once selected, assist project leads with all aspects of designing and conducting program evaluation efforts to support the implementation of the specific strategies identified by grant-funded programs. Specifically, this includes being a critical thought partner and offering assistance and expertise in conducting pre-assessments and analyzing current conditions to identify…
For many years, SERC has publicly addressed institutionalized racism and its impact on our educational system. In our 2011 report, “Equity in Education: A Transformational Approach,” we wrote, “For centuries, we have avoided discussing institutionalized racism and its detrimental effects on our students of color as well as their white peers…. Conversations about race and culture are not meant to be easy, but without them we will never begin to understand the root causes of our racial disparities and challenge our current thinking.” It is with this commitment to confronting institutionalized and structural racism that we approach the current Executive…
Supporting students with reading difficulties One of the primary goals of education in the early elementary grades is learning to read fluently and with good comprehension. This outcome can be elusive for some students with specific learning disabilities (SLD), especially those with SLD/dyslexia. When a student is experiencing difficulty acquiring early reading skills, Connecticut educators frequently ask SERC and Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) consultants how to “dig deeper” into reading data. To address this question, SERC and the CSDE designed a webinar that featured a wealth of resources on this topic, including Connecticut’s new SLD/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide…
The theme of the 24th annual early childhood conference is "Together We Will Address Racial Equity in Early Childhood." Conference presenters will engage participants in meaningful discussion and share evidence-based tools and resources that ensure the health, education and well-being of families and children ages 0-5. Walter S. Gilliam, Ph.D. of the Yale University Child Study Center will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, will discuss "Preschool expulsions and suspensions, implicit bias, and what we need to do in the search for racial and gender equity." Other highlights…
April 28-29, 2017: The Corwin Deep Equity Institute engages educators in the real work of school reform to create systemic change from the bottom up.
...for Families & Caregivers of Children, K-Grade 4 with Special Learning Needs As a parent or caregiver, you have a key role in your child’s education – one of bridging home with school to give your child the best chance at success. But, it can be di cult to know how best to approach your child’s teacher, principal and other involved sta . You may have questions such as: “How will my child’s teacher keep me informed about how my child is doing on a regular basis? How will my child’s progress be measured? How can I support at home…
In response to the needs of the field, 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…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 School teams face multiple challenges in meeting the learning needs of secondary-level students with SLD/Dyslexia. This live webinar focuses on the systems-level issues pertinent to providing accommodations and specialized reading and writing instruction for these students. A range of low-to-high assistive technology (AT) will be explored that can support students' access to general education curricular content. In addition, a Connecticut Director of Special Education will discuss her district-level strategy for building capacity to meet the needs of secondary students with SLD/Dyslexia. The structures of secondary education will be explored, including staffing and scheduling solutions unique to…
The 2016-17 New PBIS Model Site Application is Ready. The purpose of the CT PBIS Model Schools Project is to recognize schools for successfully implementing school-wide systems for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Criteria for recognition are based on effective implementation of key features as outlined by the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and are consistent with the outcomes of Connecticut’s School-wide PBIS Training Series. “Exemplar schools can assist in increasing visibility and political support at a district level while simultaneously providing a visual for what PBIS looks like when implemented thus enhancing buy-in at…
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