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Professional Learning

Official 2016-17 SERC Professional Learning Listings.

SERC believes the most effective learning opportunities are learner-driven, in a variety of formats. We offer comprehensive in-district technical assistance and support, online courses and learning modules, resources through the SERC Library and website, and other means to serve the unique needs of the learner.

This page features our pre-scheduled learning opportunities, with specific dates, for those who wish to plan ahead to attend in person. Registration is required. For anytime online learning, click the “Online Courses” tab.


Dismantling Systemic Racism Networking and Action Meeting

June 1, 2017

This meeting follows up on SERC’s May 10 event "Dismantling Systemic Racism: 2017 Conference on Race, Education & Success." Attendees from that conference, as well as others who were not able to attend, are invited to come to this follow-up meeting to move from discussion to action. Participants in the meeting will share challenges, successes, resources, and ideas for collaboration to fight systemic racism in education.

Time: 8:00 a.m.

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Transgender Rights, Laws, and Best Practice Approaches

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.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

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CT Secondary Transition Community of Practice

June 9, 2017

Connecticut has created the CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) to centralize all activities, resources, and initiatives related to secondary transition and to provide information and support to students, families, employers and professionals. The CoP is comprised of multiple stakeholder groups that have come together with a single focus: enhancing the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Come learn what we are all about, including the statewide Transition website and the wide range of Practice Groups that are working on innovative transition products, projects, and activities. See how your ideas fit into Connecticut’s overall plans and help us plot our course for the coming year!

Time: 8:30 a.m.

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CT Secondary Transition Symposium: Transition to College and Careers

June 21, 2017

The CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the CT Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) are hosting this 3rd Annual Symposium focused on helping school districts improve their 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.

The two-day Symposium will cover a wide range of topics (e.g., strategies for preparing for college, employment options, secondary transition legal issues, IEP clinics for parents and students, transition-only services, and many more). In addition to student/family and adult agency panels, there will be a special session by Spectrum Unplugged.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Students with disabilities and their family may attend at NO COST.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Multi-day Event: 6/21/2017, 6/22/2017

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