SPS hosts a Special Education Parent Advisory Council on the 1st Wednesday of Every Month! The mission of the council is to create a partnership between the Director of Special Education and Related Services, parents, educators and the community to guide, inform and empower families to become educated, confident participants in their children’s education and to provide a free and appropriate education to all students eligible for special education in the City of Stamford. To learn more, please contact Meghan Osowiecki.
The Connecticut Assessment Resource Guide for Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading and Written Expression (Resource Guide), previously known as the Specific Learning Disability (SLD)/Dyslexia Assessment Resource Guide, was created in response to requests from educators and administrators from local education agencies (LEAs) and families seeking information about appropriate assessment options for the identification of SLD/Dyslexia and other reading-related learning disabilities. It was prepared by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in 2016 in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and Connecticut experts in reading disabilities. The guide evolved from Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling’s publication, The Power of RTI and Reading Profiles: A Blueprint for Solving Reading Problems (2015), which identifies research-based reading-related abilities and assessments appropriate for evaluating reading component skills. Analysis of reading component skills is critical when a student is struggling to learn to read and/or when SLD or SLD/Dyslexia is suspected.
Special Education Call Center: Last Friday, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) announced the opening of a new Special Education Call Center. The call center reflects a new partnership with the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), Connecticut’s designated parent training and information group for children with disabilities. The call center can be accessed in English and Spanish by dialing 860-713-6966. Regular business hours are Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.