What’s New? Please refer to this webpage for new guidance, news and events from the Special Education Team concerning Vermont special education.
COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools
Please note that this page contains information and guidance specific to Vermont schools and Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts (SU/SDs). Vermonters can find the most up-to-date and complete information on state and nationwide COVID-19 response, including information direct from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on the Vermont Department of Health's COVID-19 website.
Special Education Guidance: Non-COVID-19
State of the State Presentation with Dr. Jacqui Kelleher (January 2020)
IDEA 101 Subgrantee Programmatic Consideration
This video covers considerations for IDEA Subgrantee Applications, specifically programmatic activities, work plans, and requirements concerning IDEA Basic/PreK Budgets, Proportionate Share, Coordinated Early Intervention Services, and Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervention Services.
News and Events
Indicator 13/Secondary Transition Training (Virtual)
Audience: Special Education Administrators, High School Special Educators
Indicator 13/Secondary Transition Training will be held virtually on October 20, 2020 from 10:00am-12:00pm. This training will provide a complete overview of Vermont’s new IEP post-secondary transition plan form and the suite of new tools designed to help special educators be in compliance with Indicator 13. Please register online for this training.
Contact: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator, email@example.com
State of the State by Dr. Jacqui Kelleher
Dr. Kelleher will be hosting a webinar to review special education topics affecting the state and the nation with Special Education Directors on October 22, 2020 from 3:00pm–4:00pm. Register online to attend. Feel free to send topic ideas to AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov with the subject line: State of the State-topics of discussion. We hope you will join in the conversation - "see" you there!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Empowered Paraprofessionals: School Year Sessions -Session 1: Virtual Strategies
Empowered Paraprofessionals: School Year Session 1: Virtual Strategies will be held on October 27, 2020 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Many of the students we are supporting are connecting with their school virtually. This session will help paraprofessionals understand the virtual strategies and teach paraprofessionals how to help their students in the virtual learning environment. Please register online to receive your link to this meeting.
Contact: Ana Kolbach, Inclusion and Accessibility Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
2020-2021 Special Ed Program Monitoring Training (Virtual Meeting)
Audience: Special Education Directors
A virtual Special Ed Program Monitoring Training will be held on October 29, 2020 from 9:00am-11:00am. This training session will include information on the revisions to the grants management system and required submissions for the upcoming school year. For districts listed as cyclic or selective monitoring in SY2020-2021 this training is mandatory, for districts in the SY2021-2022 cycle participation is highly encouraged. Please register online by October 16, 2020 to receive your link to this meeting.
Contact: Tonya Rutkowski, Special Ed Program Manager for General Supervision and Monitoring, email@example.com
Educational Benefit Review Virtual Training Available - This Fall
Audience: Special Education Directors, Special Educators, Administrators
There are a few virtual trainings for Educational Benefit Reviews available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training with your SU/SD or school.
VTAA Learner Characteristic Inventory (LCI) 10/31 Deadline
Up to this point, assessment communication has been delayed so as to not distract from the important work of reopening. As we move into October, the state will be gradually returning to “regular programming” related to assessment. Please be advised that the deadline for LCI completion is fast approaching. All Learner Characteristic Inventories (LCIs) must be completed by October 31, 2020. Each district/school must complete the following: 1) upload students in TIDE, and 2) teachers will need to take the General TA Certification Course to gain access to the Data Entry Interface (DEI) to complete the LCI. These data will assist the ADAs in accessing information on students who will be assessed using the VTAA and IEP updates pertaining to testing. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Contact: Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, email@example.com / 802-828-0505
Upcoming Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of advising the State special education staff regarding the education of eligible children with disabilities.
Vermont PBIS: Vermont Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (VTPBIS) is a state-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.
From time to time the Agency seeks comment from the public on documents, plans and reports on special education in Vermont. Such documents will be available on the webpage and comments can be submitted to AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov.
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