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02/19/2021View HTML Page Save-the-date: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) annual Pre-ETS Vision of Collaboration Conference. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, virtual conference
2021
02/19/2021 View HTML Page  Save-the-date: Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) annual Pre-ETS Vision of Collaboration Conference. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET, virtual conference
2020
11/16/2020 View HTML Page  FC274 IDEA Federal Targeted Special Education Program Improvement Grant Posted
11/09/2020 View HTML Page  FC298 Early Childhood Targeted Special Education Program Improvement and Safety Grant Posted
07/30/2020 View HTML Page  OSEP Webinar: Highlighting Resources and Practices to Support Back to School and Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
07/10/2020 View HTML Page  SP601 Students with IEPs Ages 6–21 Edwin Report
07/10/2020 Download Word Document  Comprehensive Special Education Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year Memo
07/10/2020 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor to offer four virtual sections of the same institute on dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on implementation of IDEA Part B procedural safeguards – such as digital signature and notice – in the current COVID-19 environment. Issued June 30, 2020.
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on flexibility in implementation of IDEA Part B fiscal requirements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issued June 26, 2020.
07/02/2020 View External Link  New guidance from the federal Office of Special Education Programs on the implementation of IDEA Part B use of funds (in Massachusetts, Fund Codes 240 and 262) in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Issued June 25, 2020.
06/11/2020 View HTML Page  Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-3: Recommended Advance Planning for a Student with an IEP Accepted for Enrollment in a METCO District
06/02/2020 View HTML Page  Learning Ally — Audiobooks Solution is offering ALL public districts and schools in MA complimentary access to their online audiobook solution from now until August 1, 2020.
05/21/2020 View HTML Page  Significant Disproportionality Update - Review the ongoing support to districts at-risk of future identification and districts currently identified with significant disproportionality in special education.
04/15/2020 View HTML Page  DESE is seeking a vendor for "Planning for Special Education Success and Providing Professional Development." Bid documents are available on COMMBUYS and due by June 12, 2020 12:00 PM.
04/09/2020 View HTML Page  Special Education Advisory Council meeting will be held virtually April 14, 2020.
04/09/2020 View HTML Page  COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators: Additional Resources (Excel)
04/07/2020 View HTML Page  Memo from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner — 2019-2020 Determinations of Need for Special Education Technical Assistance or Intervention
04/06/2020 View HTML Page  MA Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology posted updated guidance on 3/31/2020 for SLPs.
04/01/2020 View HTML Page  FY 20 Fund Code 258 Significant Disproportionality in Special Education Targeted Federal Program Improvement Grant Extension
03/31/2020 The Special Education Directors' Regional Meetings scheduled for April 6th, 7th, and 9th have been canceled.
03/26/2020 View HTML Page  MCAS- Alt Update: Schools do NOT need to submit MCAS-Alt portfolios by April 3.
03/18/2020 View HTML Page  COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators
03/13/2020 View HTML Page  Meeting cancelation. The April 7, 2020 Special Education Advisory Council meeting is canceled.
03/13/2020 View HTML Page  Webinar today at 3 PM! DESE update: Special Education and COVID-19