The Bureau of Special Education's 17th Annual Back to School Event

Supporting Special Education Leaders In an Ever Evolving Educational Environment

csde logoThe Bureau of Special Education, in being respectful and responsive to the current demands placed on Connecticut’s Special Education Leaders, has adjusted the typical format of the Back to School Event.


Welcome from Dr. Miguel Cardona, Commissioner of Education

Bureau of Special Education Update from Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director

Download Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)

Additional recorded sessions:

  • IDEA Part B Grant: Tom Boudreau

  • Additional recorded sessions will be available soon:

    • Secondary Transition: Alycia Trakas
    • SPP/APR: Jim Moriarty and Diane Murphy
    • Special Education Data Training for New Administrators (Series): Diane Murphy and Laura Guerrera

    Part II – Live Session – Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Let's Make Lemonade! Progress in the Times of COVID-19
    Presenter: Dr. Frances Stetson
    Time: 10:30-12:00
    Registration link:

    It is a long held belief that when truly difficult times arrive, it offers savvy leaders the opportunity to reconsider – reimagine – and revitalize our processes and results. This is particularly true as we all face COVID-19 and its challenges for special educators. There truly are opportunities to rethink our delivery and we will look back on this time as one of personal and professional trials and undiscovered gifts! Leadership in 2020! As Winston Churchill said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste!"
    This session will be a live, virtual presentation and will be recorded for later access for those leaders who are unable to attend.

    Part III – Special Education Leader Topic Discussions – November 2020

    Regional ConnCASE panel discussions based upon a special education topic identified by participants. Sessions will focus on successes and challenges experienced during the first two months of the school year (shared resources and best practices strategies). These sessions will be facilitated by SERC and supported by the BSE. Stephen Proffitt is in the process of scheduling these sessions with the Regional Directors.

    Bookmark this page: for more information. For technical access issues, please contact Stephen Proffitt, Director of Instructional Programs at SERC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For program/event questions, please contact Jay Brown, Bureau of Special Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Additional Info

    • Resource Topic: Leadership, Special Education
    • Source: CSDE
    • Year of Publication: 2020
    • Resource Type: Article (web page)