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December 30, 2013

Focused Monitoring 2013-2014

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This presentation was created to provide districts with some information on the 2013-14 State Focused Monitoring Process, one tool used in Connecticut to monitor the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
December 09, 2013

Parental Involvement Recognition Awards 2013

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View photos of the Parental Involvement Day ceremony held at the State Capitol on November 21, 2013.
November 20, 2013

The Educational Benefit Review Process

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A Reflective Process to Examine the Quality of IEPs The purpose of the Educational Benefit Review Process is to provide a structured reflective process to assess the whether an IEP is reasonably calculated to provide educational benefit. This process assists…
November 14, 2013

AT for Families: From Consideration to Implementation

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This 20-minute presentation by SERC consultants Smita Worah and Barbara Slone is designed to serve as a guide to consideration of Assistive Technology devices and services through all phases - before, during, and after - the Planning and Placement Team…
October 31, 2013

SERC IEP Rubric

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SERC's new IEP rubric provides educators and families a means to assess the quality of an IEP by shifting the IEP from a mere list of legal or compliance tasks to an instructional tool.
October 10, 2013

Easing into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut

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This electronic publication is a collaborative effort between state agencies, the RESCs, CPAC and SERC to provide information on professional development opportunities, resources and services related to secondary transition for students with disabilities. If…
August 26, 2013

Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines

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AT Guidelines help to define the process for considering, implementing, and evaluating technologies that equalize the learning experience for students of all abilities. These guidelines describe the continuum of AT from low- to high-tech; current federal and…
May 08, 2013

Analyzing Literacy Data for Tiers of Instruction Project

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Analyzing Literacy Data for Tiers of Instruction is a multi-year training and technical assistance project designed to support teacher teams in implementing the Common Core State Standards by connecting assessment data with best practices in literacy. During…
April 10, 2013

Pursuing Equity Through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

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The following article by SERC's Amy Aparicio Clark, featuring the equity work of SERC and Conard High School in West Hartford, appeared in the April 2013 edition of Principal Leadership.Reprinted here with permission.
March 12, 2013

Single-Sex Education: The Connecticut Context

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This technical report provides the brief history, legality and research surrounding the gender age gap and single-sex education.
March 06, 2013

The Perceptions of General Education Teachers about the Over-Representation of Black Students in Special Education

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The disproportionate representation of Black Students in special education has been the most persistent unsolved issues in the field of education, defying a simple explanation for its causes and remedies. The problem has been well documented in empirical…
January 22, 2013

Technology and Transition: Resource Guide to Creating and Sustaining an AT Team at the High School Level

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This resource manual provides strategies to systematically implement Assistive Technology (AT) services in High Schools. The strategies focus on assisting High Schools to deliver Assistive Technology services by:
May 17, 2012

School Governance Councils Overview

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Click here to watch our videos on the School Governance Councils: Overview of The Legislation's Purpose and Requirements
April 25, 2012

PBIS Data Report and Summary

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Click here to read more about our latest PBIS Data Reports and Summaries from Winter 2011 and Spring 2012.
April 10, 2012

PBIS as an Effective Approach to Bullying Prevention & Intervention

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Schools implementing systems and practices in line with the PBIS framework are well on their way to complying with bullying prevention law, CT Public Act 11-232. Read more.
February 27, 2012

Focused Monitoring: Supporting Documents & Links

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Documents Continuous Improvement Plan from The CT Association of Public School Superintendents - Executive Summary (nexted.org) Continuous Improvement Plan from The CT Association of Public School Superintendents - Full Document (nexted.org) 2011 Graduation…
February 03, 2012

Connecticut Launches Grant to Support Implementation of SRBI Statewide

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Twenty schools throughout Connecticut have joined the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to boost literacy skills and foster a positive school environment for all students, particularly students with disabilities, students of color, and…
January 20, 2012

George A. Coleman Honored at The Bushnell

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HARTFORD—Politicians, colleagues, and education commissioners old and new paid tribute at a Jan. 18 retirement celebration for George A. Coleman, stating that his dedication to Connecticut’s children will be felt “for generations and generations.”
January 06, 2012

State Leaders Aim to Transform Education, Close the Achievement Gap

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SERC provided logistical support to the governor's office for Gov. Dannel Malloy's education workshop, "2012: The Year for Education Reform," on Thursday, January 5, 2012. Read about the event below.
January 04, 2012

A Family Guide to Assistive Technology in Connecticut

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What is Assistive Technology? Assistive technology (AT) is anything that helps a child to perform a skill or participate in an activity. For example, AT can be anything from a simple device such as wristwatch with larger numbers to something more complex such…
November 03, 2011

Common Core State Standards: Connecticut's Vision

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The CT State Department of Education sponsored a statewide forum on "Connecticut’s Vision for Implementing the Common Core State Standards." The forum, held September 26, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell, featured keynote speaker Dr. Sandra Alberti…
October 06, 2011

Parent involvement centers to close for lack of funding

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Introduction: This was written by Arnold Fege, director of Public Engagement and Advocacy for the Public Education Network, and Edwin C. Darden, director of education law and policy for Appleseed, a nonprofit network of public interest justice centers.
August 02, 2011

Supporting Student Success By Building Resiliency Skills

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Ruth D. Kirsch, Ph.D., LCSW Children arrive at school with different “standard equipment”: abilities, skills, needs, and readiness to learn. For example, some students have few opportunities to develop the early skills that support reading success. An…
May 25, 2011

ELL Administrative Resource Handbook

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This comprehensive guide for educators coordinating programs for English Language Learners is recommended for ALL schools, which are required under No Child Left Behind to identify and assess their ELL students.
January 26, 2011

Inclement Weather Information

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Inservice participants please take note that should inclement winter weather necessitate the delay or cancellation of a professional development activity, an early morning announcement will be made on radio station WTIC 1080 AM and TV station Channel 3. You…
November 15, 2010

Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Parent Leadership Training Grantees!

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SERC and CT PIRC are delighted to be working together with our partners to provide oversight on all program monitoring, reporting, and training/technical assistance functions necessary to ensure the grantee’s model program meets the goals of the Parent…
October 08, 2010

Overview of New School Governance Council Requirements

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Document Overview: The state education reform law (Public Act 10-111) recently passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor includes provisions for School Governance Councils (councils) in Section 21(g). This letter provides a brief overview of the…
July 28, 2010

Supplementary Educational Services/ Servicios Educativos Suplementarios

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Supplementary Educational Services from CT SERC on Vimeo. Servicios Educativos Suplementarios from CT SERC on Vimeo.
June 14, 2010

Updates on ESEA Reauthorization

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In this article you will find a list of updates and resources on ESEA Reauthorization.
January 19, 2010

Student-Led Summit Promotes Youth Empowerment, Acceptance of All Students

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By Jeremy Bond More than 300 high school students from across Connecticut assembled at a lively summit Nov. 9 with the goal of empowering youth to raise social awareness and equity at school and in the community. The “Y.E.S. for Diversity: Youth Empowerment…
October 24, 2008

Models of Professional Development

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In designing effective professional development, we try not to relegate ourselves to the standard "Sit & Get" model of content delivery. The same dynamic teaching and learning theory that we hope to see empowering our classrooms should be used to inform our…