The next Special Education Leaders’ Meeting will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Zoom link for these meetings will be sent to Special Education Leaders in a separate email.
Supporting Successful Transitions from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education
AnLar, an education consulting firm, is working with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide support to early intervention programs and public-school districts serving young children with disabilities. As part of this work, AnLar is offering regional meetings for technical assistance support around early childhood transitions
Please consider attending a regional meeting to:
Hear updates about what is happening in early childhood transition;
Learn strategies to support successful transitions from Part C early intervention to Part B special education services;
AnLar is conducting an initial survey of each district and Early Intervention Services (EIS) agency in Massachusetts. The results will help them to develop appropriate technical assistance resources.
Each district or EIS agency should have only one representative complete this survey. That person should ideally be someone familiar with early childhood transitions and the processes used in the district and/or agency. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, November 11, 2022. This nine-question survey will take you approximately 6 minutes to complete and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D8T98S3
Parent Focus Groups for the SPP/APR
The Office of Special Education Planning and Policy (SEPP), in collaboration with the Federation of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), is proud to announce meetings for parents and caregivers during the months of November - January that will provide information about statewide special education data and accountability. For more information about these meetings, including topics and times, please visit: https://fcsn.org/2022-dese-indicators/
Restraint Data for SY2021-22
Please be advised that DESE plans to post student restraint data for the 2021-22 school year online this Thursday, November 10. As in previous years, the data documents instances in which students in Massachusetts public schools, public school collaboratives, and approved day and residential special education schools were restrained by staff during school hours, as reported by each school. It will take the same form as what is posted now for 2020-21 at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/statereport/restraints.aspx.
Chapter 688 Electronic Referral System – Turning 22
Please ensure your school has an active Access Administrator. All school districts are required to complete the Virtual Gateway Services Agreement and identify an Access Administrator. VG Services agreement as well as Information regarding the Access Administrator role and the designation form is located at: Virtual Gateway Provider Users | Mass.gov
If your district is registered but you have not submitted Authorized User information, or would like to add or remove an Authorized User, please access the User Request Form at: User Request Forms | Mass.gov
If you are not receiving notifications on an active referral, please submit Customer service ticket to Systems Support Helpdesk (EHS) to ensure a distribution list is active for your school district.
Adding/removing a name from the active distribution list is as simple as submitting a customer service ticket requesting an Update.
Be sure to specify:
Email subject: Turning 22 Distribution List Update – School Name
The name of the distribution list to be updated
Name(s) and email(s) to be added/removed
If you do not know the distribution list for your school, please contact the BTP office.
Lastly, If you are a newly registered school District please contact the BTP office to ensure proper mapping of your school in the system before attempting to submit any referrals
In Case You Missed It - Educational Stability Office Hours and Resources
The Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) has announced this year's Office Hours forum, hosted by the Educational Stability Team, for homeless liaisons, foster care points of contact, and Department of Children and Families (DCF), district, and provider staff to ask questions, discuss current issues, and share best practices for supporting highly mobile students and their access to a public education. Office Hours will include a 45–60 minute webinar and an additional half hour to allow for follow-up Q&As. The forum will occur the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the third Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information on topics at each forum, please click here.