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December 14, 2015

‘Slower-track school’ and the ‘race-neutral’ U.S. Supreme Court: SERC responds

in 2015
SERC was disgusted to read Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s remarks during oral arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case: “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the…
December 10, 2015

A new era: The Every Student Succeeds Act

in 2015
“I think that education is important because it gives people a chance to improve their lives.” So said Antonio Martin, an eighth grader at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Va., introducing President Obama before the president signed the Every Student…
November 24, 2015

Awards Honor Connecticut Parents for Exceptional Work in Schools, Communities

in 2015
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Eight Connecticut parents from Bridgeport to Bloomfield are receiving Parental Involvement Recognition Awards at the fourth annual ceremony at the State Capitol November 19. The event is in the Old Judiciary Room from 10 a.m. to noon.…
October 29, 2015

Coaching for Transformational Systems Change in Schools: an Online Course

in 2015
From CT SPDG's new Coaching Network: This free professional learning opportunity is intended for educators who are new to coaching in schools as well as seasoned technical assistance providers interested in refining their repertoire of coaching skills. This…
October 05, 2015

SERC Interim Executive Director Receives Recognition

in 2015
Developing Tomorrow's Professionals (DTP) has honored SERC and Interim Executive Director Ingrid M. Canady for its "outstanding work on our behalf." At an annual recognition breakfast in September, DTP Founder Stephen Hoag, Ph.D., presented Canady with a…
October 01, 2015

Connecticut’s Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Plan

in 2015
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Connecticut’s plan for equitable access to excellent educators. The federal Excellent Educators for All Initiative requires states to create these plans to fulfill requirements of the Elementary and Secondary…
September 30, 2015

Paraeducator of the Year in the news

in 2015
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council has established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement.…
September 30, 2015

Elevating the Conversation: A Connecticut advocate on the Legacy of the ADA and IDEA

in 2015
2015 has marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). SERC, as an organization that has a vision for equity in education, would like to honor these…
September 30, 2015

Norwalk BOE hires State Education Resource Center to recruit new special education chief

in 2015
This article was written by KOREY WILSON, a staff writer for The Hour and originally posted to TheHour.com on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Please Click Here to read the original article. NORWALK -- The Norwalk Board of Education approved a contract with the…
September 30, 2015

What Every PPT Chairperson Should Know

in 2015
Join us for a 3-day series to develop in-depth knowledge of the PPT process: documentation, quality and compliance indicators, and how to foster culturally relevant family engagement. November 20, December 18, 2015 and January 22, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ·…
September 08, 2015

The Bureau of Special Education’s 12th Annual Back to School Meeting

in 2015
The CSDE Bureau of Special Education's 12th Annual Back-to-School Meeting will be held on September 16, 2015. Visit this page to view the video archives and download the Agenda and presentation documents. View All BTS 2015 Files Video Archive Hint: Use the…
September 02, 2015

Embedding Restorative Practices Within a PBIS Framework to Support Student Success

in 2015
PBIS and Restorative Practices are whole-school models that can be used hand in hand to increase positive outcomes for student behavior. Both emphasize prevention and positive responses to problem behavior. PBIS’ multi-tiered structure for implementing…
August 05, 2015

Thanks for visiting CTSERC.ORG

in 2015
August 6, 2015 Welcome to the newly-redesigned website of the State Education Resource Center of Connecticut (SERC). We've been developing this new site for some time now, and we're excited to share it with you . Some sections and pages have been rearranged.…
July 30, 2015

Supporting CT Schools with SLP Assistants and Aides (SLPAs)

in 2015
This self-guided tutorial has been developed for administrators and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) interested in clarifying the roles of speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) in their schools. The content of this professional…
July 20, 2015

Using a Word Bank Process to Develop Standards-Based IEP Goals & Objectives

in 2015
A Guide to Common Core State Standards-Based IEPs This multimedia presentation is designed to provide a tool and a process for helping Connecticut educators develop standards-based IEPs. It is presented in three parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Directions for the…
June 22, 2015

English Learner Programs and Services in Connecticut Public Schools: A Resource Handbook for Administrators (2nd Edition)

in 2015
This administrative resource handbook is designed for administrators, program coordinators, and teachers of English Learners in Connecticut's public schools. It is intended to be a guide for educators who are establishing, coordinating, and developing their…
June 03, 2015

Voices from the Field: Meeting House Hill School, New Fairfield

in 2015
Submitted by Amanda Pickett, Technical Assistance Provider On a recent visit to Meeting House Hill School, I entered a learning environment surrounded by positive supports for students. Meeting House Hill School has been participating in the State Personnel…
May 14, 2015

The IEP Guide: Page by Page

in 2015
Dear Parent, The information within this guide is designed to assist you in understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) document and the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process. While this guide may not answer all your questions, the intent is…
May 11, 2015

Symposium celebrates, cultivates teacher-leadership in Connecticut

in 2015
What happens when great teachers come together to lead professional learning? Nearly 200 Connecticut teachers found out when they participated in the “Empowered to Lead” symposium, run by the CT Teacher of the Year Council and SERC.The symposium, subtitled…
May 11, 2015

Standards-Based IEPs Webinar: May 8, 2015

in 2015
Building on SERC's "Developing Standards-based IEP" modules, this hands-on demonstration covered how to access the word bank module and establish professional learning communities aimed at aligning IEPs to the CT Core Standards. View it to learn more about…
April 22, 2015

Connecting the Dots Archives

in 2015
The goal of this day was to increase people's awareness about autism, especially children with autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is part of a group of complex developmental disabilities of neurobiological origin.
April 06, 2015

The Yale RELATE Project

in 2015
Yale Emotional Intelligence Center is looking for districts to let partner with them and study the use of an observational tool. See information below: Yale RELATE Project We are passionate about improving the quality of special education and hope to impact…
March 23, 2015

Advocating for a Program that Empowers Families

in 2015
SERC joined policy makers, leaders, and advocates from across Connecticut at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 17, 2015, in support of the Parent Trust Fund Grant. The purpose of the grant is to train parents, grandparents, foster parents, and others to…
March 06, 2015

Recognized for Leadership: Mark D. Benigni

in 2015
Dr. Mark D. Benigni, the chairman of SERC’s Board of Directors, has achieved national prominence as Meriden superintendent. Education Week has included Dr. Benigni among educators nationwide as a “2015 Leader to Learn From.” The Education Week profile cites…
February 05, 2015

Welcome to our new partner - Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez

in 2015
SERC is happy to welcome Dr. Isabelina Rodriguez to Connecticut! The CT State Department of Education has announced that Dr. Rodriguez, a Massachusetts educator for 30 years, will be the new bureau chief of CSDE’s Bureau of Special Education. SERC works in…
January 22, 2015

RFP: Planning Grants to Increase Representation of Black and Latino Educators

in 2015
SERC, on behalf of CSDE, invites local education agencies (LEAs) to develop multi-pronged, multi-year plans for the 2014-15 school year. With this request for proposals (RFP) SERC, on behalf of Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), invites local…
January 08, 2015

2016 Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program

in 2015
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council has established the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program to recognize the important role of the paraeducator in supporting student achievement.…