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Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

January 2023
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DESE Special Education Updates
Key updates and announcements for special education leaders
  1. Upcoming Special Education Leaders' Meeting
  2. Indicator 12 Technical Assistance
  3. Moving to College Scholarship Application
  4. LEA Assignment Guide Update
  5. In Case You Missed It
Upcoming Special Education Leaders’ Meeting 
The next Special Education Leaders’ Meeting will be held on Friday, January 20th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The Zoom link for this meeting has already been sent to Special Education Leaders in a separate email. 

The following topics will be discussed:
  • Problem Resolution System (PRS) updates
  • Department of Developmental Services
    • Children's Services overview
    • Autism-only services and eligibility
    • 688 process
    • Residential Prevention Program - open interest period
  • Special Education updates
Indicator 12 Technical Assistance
Community of Practice (CoP)
You are cordially invited to join us for the first Early Childhood Transition Community of Practice (CoP). Engage with peers and thought leaders on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss how districts and early intervention providers can better collaborate to ensure the timely transition of eligible children. Register here: CoP Registration. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!

Monthly Office Hours
AnLar is holding monthly office hours to support districts with improving their Part C to Part B transition. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with the AnLar TA team to ask questions and brainstorm ways to improve your district's existing transition process. Upcoming office hours: 
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023: 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Join Here
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Join Here 
 Regional Meetings for Winter 2023
AnLar, an education consulting firm working with DESE and DPH, will be hosting online regional meetings on Part C to Part B transition. All district special education administrators, early childhood coordinators, and staff who support early childhood transition are encouraged to attend. 
At these meetings, you will:  
  • Learn strategies to support successful transitions from Part C to Part B  
  • Connect with colleagues in your region and brainstorm ideas to support the timely transition of eligible children 
We encourage you to register for the meeting that most closely aligns with your service area. If the date/time of your regional meeting does not work for you, please register for another meeting.  
Region  Date and Time (Eastern)  Registration 
Western (Berkshires/Pioneer Valley)   February 7 @ 10:00am - 11:00am  Registration Link 
Central   February 8 @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm  Registration Link 
Greater Boston   February 9 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm  Registration Link 
Southeast   February 15 @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm  Registration Link 
Cape Cod   February 16 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm  Registration Link 
North Shore   February 28 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm  Registration Link 
Moving to College Scholarship Application
The Moving to College (MTC) Scholarship Application for the 2023-2024 academic year is now open and can be found on the DESE website. The Moving to College Scholarship is designed to support Massachusetts unaccompanied homeless youth in accessing and successfully obtaining a college education. Funding covers year-round housing, meal plans, and case management wraparound support. More information on eligibility criteria can be found on the application site.
LEA Assignment Guide Update
An updated version of the Quick Reference Guide for LEA Assignments has been posted and uploaded to the Forms page on DESE’s Special Education website. 
In Case You Missed It
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

Additionally, Training Modules have been developed in-house by the Team. These modules are each 30 to 60 minutes long, topic-focused and Massachusetts-specific. Module topics include: Awareness, Identification and Educational Rights, Enrollment, and Transportation. Feel free to use them for your own reference or as part of staff training. The Team will be adding modules on an ongoing basis, so please stay tuned to the Educational Stability Office Hours and Training Resources website.
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