Training in Special Education Administration
This professional development program on the administration of special education is designed to assist principals and other administrators, as educational leaders, with ensuring quality programming for all students, including students with disabilities.
Seven comprehensive sessions focus on specific competencies, systems change, and the unification of special and general education as per Connecticut Standards for School Leaders (1999). The program combines interactive seminars with job-embedded reflection to assist participants with the application and utilization of information into educational practice. Examples of seminar topics include: Legal Issues; No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; LRE; School-Based Practices Profile (SBPP); and IEPs Based on the General Curriculum.
This program is appropriate for superintendents, principals, assistant principals, central office administrators, and administrators-in-training. Special education administrators with limited experience or who are new to Connecticut are also welcome to participate.
Day 1: Thursday, October 12, 2006
Develop an understanding of the major social, historical, and technological developments that have resulted in a changing paradigm in education and the implications for administrators, teachers, and students in both general and special education.
Day 2: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
*8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Develop an understanding of the content and intent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding IEPs based on the general curriculum to enhance student access and learning.
P.M. Seminars: Participants select two afternoon seminar preferences.
* In order to address CEU/Certification requirements, Day 2 will conclude at 4:00 p.m.
Day 3: Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Demonstrate a basic understanding of relevant issues pertaining to the administration of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in order to ensure effective learning for students with disabilities.
Day 4: Thursday, January 11, 2007
Establish a supportive, inclusive school climate by focusing on collaborative models and strategies that enhance the learning and teaching process for all students, including students with disabilities; develop strategies to ensure access to the general curriculum and the least restrictive environment (LRE) by students with disabilities.
Day 5: Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Day 5: P.M. Seminars:
The afternoon seminars will focus on specific grade levels. Participants select one.
A) Pre-K and Elementary Level Reading Instruction
B) Addressing Literacy Needs at the Middle and High School Levels
Day 6: Wednesday, April 4, 2007
A.M. Presentation: Understand current medical issues confronting students, including students with disabilities, and the impact on schools, families, and school personnel; delineate the requirements of administrators and teachers relevant to student confidentiality.
P.M. Presentation: Explore methods for establishing and then valuing partnerships with all families to enhance student success, including students with disabilities.
Day 7: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Effectively cultivate the gifts and talents of all students through curriculum differentiation; identify the requirements of Connecticut law regarding gifted and talented education and program standards.
There is a $150.00 registration fee per applicant. Checks must be made payable to Rensselaer at Hartford. Mail completed registration form with payment by September 26, 2006 to:
Questions regarding registration/CEUs should be directed to Heather Penfield, Senior Project Assistant, (860) 632-1485, ext. 263, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is limited. Sixty-five (65) superintendents, principals, assistant principals, central office administrators, and administrators-in-training will be selected to participate on a first-come, first-served basis with consideration to regional distribution. Special education administrators with limited experience or who are new to Connecticut are also welcome to participate.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has agreed to accept full participation in all sessions and completion of application/
Questions regarding certification and the 36 clock-hour requirement should be referred to the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Preparation, Certification, Support and Assessment, (860) 713-6969.
SERC will award 3.6 CEUs (which serve as fulfillment of the 36 clock-hour special education requirement for certification) to qualified participants for full participation in this professional development program, including completion of post-seminar reflection and application. Participants must be pre-registered, have written confirmation from SERC, and attend all seven days in their entirety to receive CEU credit. Per Connecticut CEU Guidelines, the process of designing and implementing activities and programs for CEU credit must now include an application of learning component. No partial credit can be awarded.
SERC receives ongoing assistance in the design and delivery of this program through collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education (ConnCASE), and SERC’s Administrators’ Advisory Group.
The Administrators’ Advisory Group, formed in 1986, was an unanticipated outcome of the creation of the Training for Principals in Special Education Administration Program, now titled, Training in Special Education Administration for Principals and Other Administrators. Upon completion of this training on special education administration, participants are welcome to become members of the advisory group. This cadre of administrators meets informally with the Director of SERC and other SERC and Connecticut State Department of Education staff with respect to the Leadership Initiative to provide input regarding professional development of interest to educational leaders.
Districts that are currently represented within the Administrators’ Advisory Group include: Baltic, Bozrah, Burlington, Columbia, Cos Cob, Danbury, Darien, Glastonbury, Guilford, Meriden, Monroe, New Britain, New Haven, North Branford, Plainfield, Plantsville, Somers, Stafford Springs, Stratford, Tolland, U.S.D. #1, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wilton, and Windsor Locks.
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