On May 22nd, the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the state Department of Education will co-sponsor the CT Kids’ Court Essay Competition and Kids Speak. The Kids’ Court Competition provides junior high and high school students with an opportunity to research a specific civil or human rights issue and advocate a position, initially in an essay and then orally before a panel of judges. Kids’ Speak is a day for students from the tri-state area to come together and discuss topics related to civil and human rights. Learn more>>
CT Voices for Children recently published a report on CT's interdistrict school choice programs. Choice Watch: Diversity and Access in Connecticut's School Choice Programs by Robert Cotto, Jr., Ed.M. and Kenneth Feder examines the impact of the programs on the state's goals of providing an equal educational opportunity for every child - the opportunity to attend a well-resourced school with an integrated learning environment that prepares students (1) to engage in a democratic society and (2) to access gainful employment or higher education. Read more>>.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) offers an opportunity from February 6, 2014 through April 8, 2014 for the public to review and comment on the Annual State Application Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2014. Click to read more>>
The M.O.R.E. Commission has recently been reinstated. The Commission works, in a collaborative manner, to bring together legislators with town officials, advocates and concerned citizens to work on areas in need of change. This year, the Commission also established a special education working group. Learn more about the working group and the January 23rd meeting>>
The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing solutions to enhance school climate, and improve school discipline policies and practices.Read the guidance package>>
The CT Early Learning and Development Standards, which outline what children, birth to five, should know and be able to do, is now available online. The standards were developed to help families, communities and schools work together to support children's early learning and growth. Access the Standards here>>
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New Self-Advocacy Guide for Middle and High School Students
We are thrilled to announce a new document for students with disabilities! Stepping Forward: A Self-Advocacy Guide for Middle and High School Students (formerly known as An Educational Journey from Self Discovery to Advocacy) is intended to help middle and high school students develop self-advocacy skills and plan for the transition from school to adult life. Click here to view the guide.
Featured Lending Library Resource
Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up For America's Bullied by Gabrielle Ford with Sarah Thomson is the moving, true story of a young woman with a degenerative muscle disease who was bullied, how her bond with her dog Izzy changed her life, and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying. The book is written for children ages 8 and up. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-445-2722.
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- April 25, 2014Parents and Kids Night Out(Rocky Hill, CT)
- April 28, 2014The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education(Bloomfield, CT)
- April 29, 2014Transition to College: The Keys to Success(Rocky Hill, CT)
- April 29, 2014Coping with Feeding Challenges in Children with Special Needs(Danbury, CT)
- May 1, 2014Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children(Danielson, CT)
- May 1, 2014Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities(Westbrook, CT)
- May 1, 2014Help Your Child - and Yourself - Conquer Stress & Anxiety(Darien, CT)
- May 3, 2014Parent Leadership Training Conference(East Hartford, CT)
- May 7, 2014The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education(Waterbury, CT)