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The State Education Resource Center (SERC) is seeking submission of written proposals, on a competitive basis, from qualified outside counsel to provide support on legal matters including, but not limited to, labor and employment, contracts, and litigation. SERC is a Connecticut quasi-public agency that provides professional learning and related support to schools and school districts in a variety of content areas. SERC also maintains the SERC Library which is a resource for educators, university students and families. Interested parties are invited to review the Request for Proposal (RFP) and submit responses as outlined in the RFP. All proposals are due…
Schools need to have systems and structures in place that provide structured literacy instruction for all students, screen children for the development of essential literacy skills and, when needed, assess them at a more in-depth level to identify the presence of a disability, including SLD/Dyslexia. This 6.5-hour self-paced online course illustrates these systems and structures at an early elementary level. The course uses a case-study comprehensive approach to understanding reading difficulties, supporting literacy development via tiers of general education support, and appropriately identifying students with SLD/Dyslexia by applying Connecticut’s 2010 Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities. Participants completing this…
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— The State Education Resource Center (SERC) will reopen its Library on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at its new, temporary space on the first floor of 100 Roscommon Drive, located off Industrial Park Road in Middletown, CT. This location, which houses SERC’s offices and is down the street from the previous location, will serve as a temporary home for the Library while a more permanent location is determined over the next six months. The Library closed temporarily and relocated due to fiscal and space constraints, reducing the availability of some resources with the exception of testing materials. The public…
Join SERC for the following sessions with Dr. Marilyn Friend, an international leader in the field of Co-Teaching! Co-Teaching: Making it Work for You and Your Students! Monday, October 2, 2017 As an increasing number of schools implement co-teaching, the need for examining the roles and responsibilities of both teachers in the co-taught class has become critical to the success of this service delivery option. By varying the structure of the co-taught class based on the content and student need, co-teaching can be effective in helping achieve desired outcomes for each student. The delivery of specially designed instruction (SDI) within…
Participation is limited so register EARLY using the link below. The Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium Planning Committee (see sponsors below) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Symposium focused on helping school districts improve secondary transition practices. For the first time, the Symposium will include sessions just for students making college and career choices, as well as for families and professionals. We are excited to announce that Spectrum Unplugged, a nationally recognized panel of individuals with Autism, will be presenting a keynote session at this year’s Symposium. Topics include, but are not limited to: Secondary Transition 101 Mental Health and…
Dismantling Systemic Racism conference More than 350 people packed the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell May 10 for policy, poetry, and powerful calls for tackling the racist structures that contribute to opportunity gaps in education. “Dismantling Systemic Racism: 2017 Conference on Race, Education & Success” was the second annual event of its kind from SERC and the SERC Foundation. Participants included educators, community leaders, students, and others from across Connecticut and beyond. They learned about school programs, effective practices and activities, and the ongoing challenges associated with systemic racism and assuring equity in education for all students. The keynote presentations established…
The annual CAS Summer Leadership Institute will be held June 22 and 23, 2017 at the Heritage Conference Center in Southbury, CT. This year’s theme is: Leading Personalized Learning: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Our Students. The focus of this institute will be on increasing knowledge around supporting students who have experienced adverse childhood experiences that impact their learning and behavior in the school setting. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by districts who are leading some of this work within Connecticut as well as program providers who may be of assistance to educational leaders. This year, our institute sponsor will…
This session outlines best practices for schools to ensure all students are safe, included, and respected in school, regardless of their gender identity or expression -- including transgender and gender-nonconforming students. It will cover policy and legal obligations to give school personnel a better understanding of the rights of students. Participants will also hear best-practice approaches to working with students and families, adaptable to the specific needs of their school districts. Register Now PRESENTERS: Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Attorney Cheryl Sharp, Deputy Director Attorney Michelle Dumas Keulerm, CHRO (Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities) for the State of…
(new date!) Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - A conference designed for Educators, Family Members, Community Members, Business Leaders and Everyone who plays a part in a child’s life.
This month's update from SERC highlights some of the exciting learning opportunities we are planning for 2017-2018!
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