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What is ListServ (SELs/SELs2)?

February 2000, the Office of Special Education created the Special Education Listserv (SELS).  It has been and continues to be a limited e-mail group (with listserv being a misnomer since it really isn’t a listserv) available to only one contact person per school district/responsible public agency. It is used by the Office to disseminate important special education information concerning funding, compliance, data collection, professional development, etc. 

The Office has created a second e-mail group called SELs2.  This e-mail group is open to anyone wanting to subscribe (principals, teachers, parents, etc.). It will allow subscribers to receive the EXACT same messages as subscribers to SELs. By creating this second e-mail group, all constituents interested in special education will have the opportunity to receive the Office’s e-mail messages, not just one contact per school district/responsible public agency. It also allows DESE to maintain the ability to make sure that every district has at least one contact person per district receiving these messages. Messages are from DESE only and may only be posted by the manager (Lina Browner, Office of Special Education). Members may not post messages to either SELs or SELs2.

How Do I Subscribe?

Those interested in subscribing to SELs2 can do so by going to the following the links below. 

Questions or Problems Subscribing to SELs and/or needing to change SELs information, contact Lina Browner, Executive Assistant, Office of Special Education at (573) 751-5739 or via email at Lina.Browner@dese.mo.gov

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2022-23 IDEA Part B Budget Application Now Open

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Financial Administrators

Date: May 23, 2022

The 2022-23 IDEA Part B Budget Application is now open for data entry. Applications submitted on or before July 1 will be substantially approved as of July 1 while applications submitted after July 1 will be substantially approved as of the submission date.

Districts/LEAs may not begin obligating federal IDEA Part B Section 611 (Part B 611 and ECSE 611) and federal IDEA Part B Section 619 (ECSE 619) funds until the substantially approved date of the application. LEAs must follow the obligation table in 34 CFR Part 76.707 when obligating federal funds. The budgeted amounts on the budget grid should only include expenditures that will be obligated from the substantially approved budget application date through June 30 and paid with federal funds. The district/LEA will have allocation amounts for IDEA Part B 611, ECSE 611, and ECSE 619. A brief description of each is included below.

IDEA Part B 611 Allocation

Current year Part B 611 is the portion of federal IDEA Part B Section 611 funds calculated for public school special education and related services for students with disabilities in grades K-12. However, districts/LEAs can spend any IDEA Part B Section 611 funds on special education and related services for students with disabilities ages 3-21.

ECSE 611 Allocation

ECSE 611 amount is intended for special education and related costs for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in an ECSE program. Only districts/LEAs with a prior year 3-5 PK December 1 child count will have an ECSE 611 amount. If the district/LEA does not anticipate having ECSE expenditures, the ECSE 611 funds may be spent on K-12 special education expenditures.

ECSE 619 Allocation

ECSE 619 amount is intended for special education and related costs for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in an ECSE program. All districts/LEAs with a kindergarten program receive an IDEA Part B 619 allocation. These funds may be budgeted for students with disabilities ages 3-5 served in an ECSE program, child find costs, costs for students with disabilities age 5 served in a kindergarten program, or for professional development for staff serving students with disabilities ages 3-5. The district/LEA may choose to forfeit a portion or all of these funds no later than December 31 if they cannot be spent on allowable costs.

Maintenance of Effort

When budgeting non-federal funds for Maintenance of Effort (MOE), districts/LEAs should determine what state, local, and/or county funding sources will be used to fund the special education program and ensure that, depending on how the district/LEA plans to meet MOE, enough is budgeted to meet MOE for eligibility. Budgeted MOE must include all ECSE and K-12 special education expenditures paid with state, local, and county funds the district/LEA anticipates from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

A step-by-step guide for completing and submitting the 2022-23 Part B Budget Application is available at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/special-education-finance-resources.

A quick reference sheet for coding expenditures paid with federal, state, local, and/or county funds is available at: https://dese.mo.gov/media/pdf/special-education-expenditure-coding.

Information regarding ECSE federal funding can be found in the ECSE Federal Funding FAQ at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/early-childhood-special-education-ecse-finance. Questions may be directed to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov or your technical assistance contact listed in ePeGS.


Transition Training Institute 2022 – Passport to the Future

(Registration is now open!)

Source: Patricia Runge, Assistant Director, Effective Practices Section

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Middle and High School Principals, Special Education Directors, General and Special Education Directors, College and Career Education Center Staff, Counselors, School Psychologists, and Parents

Date: May 23, 2022

This year’s conference will be held June 27-29, 2022, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. The focus will be on programs and structures to support students moving toward postsecondary goals such as compliant transition plans, transition and community resources, postsecondary education and training, employment programs and opportunities, and health and wellness.

Keynote speaker: Darrion Cockrell, 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year

Early registration is $150. Regular registration is $200. Early registration deadline is June 10. After this date, the regular registration fee will be applied.

Registration site: https://na.eventscloud.com/2022tti

Additional information can be found at https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/postsecondary-transition.

The Holiday Inn Executive Center has provided a block of rooms at the nightly group rate of $102.05 which is available after you enter your check-in and check-out dates. Click here to reserve a room. The 2022 conference kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on June 27 and closes at 12:15 p.m. on June 29. Rooms are discounted until June 13. After that, rates are subject to availability. All expenses related to lodging will be incurred by the district or individual participant. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, June 28. All other meal expenses will be incurred by the district or individual participant.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Patricia Runge at Patricia.Runge@dese.mo.gov. If you need special accommodations, please contact Regina Miller at 573-751-0187 or Regina.Miller@dese.mo.gov.   


Educational Surrogate

Source: Beverly Luetkemeyer, Special Education Compliance Director

Intended Audience: School Administrators, Special Education Directors, and Process Coordinators

Date: May 19, 2022

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires an educational surrogate be assigned when a student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) does not have a parent or other adult (not employed by a public agency serving the child) to be an educational decision-maker and fill the role of parent for special education processes. Students with IEPs need an educational surrogate when

(1)   the student has no identified parent;

(2)   the student has parents who, after reasonable efforts, cannot be located by a public agency;

(3)   the student is a ward of the state and is living in a facility or group home (and not with a person acting as a parent); or

(4)   the student is an unaccompanied homeless youth.

As a reminder to school districts, one of the responsibilities of public agencies in the educational surrogacy process is to assist DESE in recruiting educational surrogate volunteers and submitting their names and contact information to the department or guiding recruits to the educational surrogate training and online application. For the educational surrogacy process to run smoothly and to ensure we are meeting each child's educational needs, districts must continually recruit educational surrogates.

The following describes responsibilities outlined in the Special Education Compliance Standards and Indicators:

 

  • Indicator 100.140.d. (description of intent to recruit): This indicator states that districts are required to have a written description of their intent to recruit and assist with the training of educational surrogates.

  • Indicator 100.210.a. (evidence of recruiting efforts): This indicator requires districts to have documentation outlining their efforts for recruiting individuals to serve as educational surrogates.

 

School districts have the responsibility to determine the need and enact procedures for the assignment of educational surrogates for students. The following describes responsibilities outlined in the Special Education Compliance Standards and Indicators:

 

  • Indicator 100.140.a. (procedures to determine a need): This indicator states that the district's Compliance Plan includes procedures to determine when a student is in need of a surrogate appointment.

  • Indicator 100.150 (determine a need): This indicator requires a district to implement procedures to determine whether or not a student has need of an educational surrogate.

 

To help you determine the need for an educational surrogate, please refer to the Need for an Educational Surrogate: Decision Making Flow Chart.

The compliance team of supervisors, consultants, support staff, assistant director, and director are always available to answer questions and provide guidance based on the Missouri State Plan for Special Education and the Missouri Special Education Program Review Standards and Indicators. We can be reached through your local RPDC or at the department at 573-751-0699 or secompliance@dese.mo.gov and look forward to providing assistance on issues related to special education compliance.

 


Special Education Finance Training Series Available

Source: Alicia Hunt Ketterman, Director, Special Education Finance Section

Intended Audience: Administrators of Special Education, Special Education Process Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, Early Childhood Special Education Administrators, Bookkeepers

Date: May 11, 2022

Special Education Finance would like to announce that new training modules and activities are available to help local education agencies (LEAs) learn about topics in special education finance. Topics include funding, coding, proportionate share, special purpose funds, coordinating early intervening services (CEIS), maintenance of effort, early childhood special education (ECSE), and tiered monitoring.

The training modules are available on the Special Education Finance webpage under the tab “Special Education Finance Training” as well as here: https://desespecialeducationfinance.com/course/view.php?id=6. You may choose to log in as a guest or register and create a user profile in order to track progress on completing the modules.

 


District-wide Professional Development for Supporting Students’ Development of Intra-personal and Interpersonal Skills

Source: Pat Runge, Effective Practices, Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: Superintendents, School Administrators, Special Education Directors, Curriculum Directors

Date: May 11, 2022

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to a student’s success in school and post-school endeavors but finding the time to attend quality SEL professional development can be a challenge, especially for middle and high schools. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in collaboration with the University of Kansas Research Collaboration are offering a free professional development to Missouri middle and high school educators which combines asynchronous self-paced learning with virtual coaching.

What can educators expect? 

Schools choose one of four different competencies from the list below for focus. Then a team of educators or all staff will participate in the professional development process during the 2022-23 school year. Click here to register your school for this free SEL professional development.

Each participating educators will complete a four-hour, self-paced virtual learning module which includes video examples, research-based instructional activities, and planning tools. The module is asynchronous learning, so educators can complete the module during times that are convenient to them.

As educators complete the module, a social-emotional competency coach provides support in beginning competency instruction, determining how to embed competency instruction into any content area, and customizing the instructional activities to meet the specific needs of each classroom. Coaching sessions are brief and are usually scheduled during professional learning communities (PLC), planning time, or afterschool.

 

  • Self-Regulation is a proactive, self-directed process for attaining goals, learning skills, managing emotional reactions, and accomplishing tasks. Do your students have difficulty turning in homework, getting to school on time, or managing their emotions? Self-Regulation instruction can help.

 

  • Self-Efficacy is an individual’s perceptions about their capabilities to perform at an expected level, achieve goals, and complete moderately challenging tasks. Do your students lack confidence in their abilities or give up easily when they encounter obstacles? Self-Efficacy instruction can help.

 

  • Assertiveness is the ability to express your beliefs, wants, or feelings in a self-assured and direct manner while respecting others. Do your students have difficulty expressing themselves, asking for help when they do not understand, or standing up to their peers? Assertiveness instruction can help.

 

  • Conflict Management is knowing how you usually respond to conflict, the reasons behind specific conflicts, and what steps to take to resolve conflicts. Do your students respond aggressively when their needs are not being met? Do they become overwhelmed when they experience a disagreement? Conflict Management instruction can help.

 

Click here to register your school for this free SEL professional development.

For questions or more information, contact Elise Heger at eheger@ku.edu.


Autism Conference

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Teachers Serving Students with Autism, School Psychologists, Parents, Service Providers

Date: May 11, 2022

The 17th Annual Thompson Center Autism Conference will be held on October 13-14, 2022, at the Saint Charles Convention Center, One Convention Center Plaza, Saint Charles, MO.  

This conference aims to educate and provide support for professionals who work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, including educators, psychologists, speech/language pathologists, medical professionals, applied behavior analysts, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, service coordinators, and advocates.

For more information and/or to register, go to https://tcautismconf.com/. If you have questions, contact the Thompson Center at 573-884-6052.


Transition Training Institute 2022 – Passport to the Future (Registration is now open!)

Source: Patricia Runge, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Middle and High School Principals, Special Education Directors, General and Special Education Directors, College and Career Education Center Staff, Counselors, School Psychologists, and Parents

Date: May 10, 2022

This year’s conference will be held June 27-29, 2022, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive, Southwest, in Columbia, Missouri. The focus will be on programs and structures to support students moving toward postsecondary goals such as compliant transition plans, transition and community resources, postsecondary education and training, employment programs and opportunities, and health and wellness.

Keynote speaker: Darrion Cockrell, 2021 Missouri Teacher of the Year

Early registration is $150. Regular registration is $200. Registration is now open.

Registration site: https://na.eventscloud.com/2022tti.

Additional information can be found at https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/postsecondary-transition.

The Holiday Inn Executive Center has provided a block of rooms at the nightly group rate of $102.05 which is available after you enter your check-in and check-out dates. Click here to reserve a room. The 2022 conference kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on June 27 and closes at 12:15 p.m. on June 29. Rooms are discounted until June 13. After that, rates are subject to availability. All expenses related to lodging will be incurred by the district or individual participant. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, June 28. All other meal expenses will be incurred by the district or individual participant.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Patricia Runge at 573-751-2512 or Patricia.Runge@dese.mo.gov. If you need special accommodations, please contact Regina Miller at 573-751-0187 or Regina.Miller@dese.mo.gov.   

 


Special Education Finance Monthly Webinar – May 3

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, ECSE Directors

Date: May 2, 2022

The Special Education Finance Section will be hosting the regularly scheduled monthly training webinar Tuesday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. Topics will include coding High Need Fund federal revenue received this spring, allowable use of funds, and maintenance of effort.

To attend the monthly fiscal webinar, please go to https://stateofmo.webex.com/stateofmo/j.php?MTID=me4fe1705fe7d359c0db84548f56d96e3 or dial 650-479-3207 to join by phone.

Meeting Number: 133 277 4777

Meeting Password: w3SuK9v3FgT

These calls are scheduled the first Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. The call-in information will be the same as what is listed above for each call.

If you have any questions, please email the Special Education Finance Section at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.


ECSE State Payments

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Financial Administrators, ECSE Directors

Date: April 27, 2022

As 2020-21 Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Final Expenditure Reports (FERs) are approved, the Special Education Finance Section is making monthly ECSE state payments for reimbursement of 2020-21 expenditures. Payments will run through June and range anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total amount due until the ECSE balance is paid in full. ECSE state payments will be processed in the second monthly payment.

DESE is reviewing FERs in the order they were submitted. Only districts with approved ECSE FERs up to April 20, 2022, will be on the list. Districts may see the monthly payment amounts beginning in October posted at: https://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/early-childhood-special-education-ecse-finance. A SELS message will be sent as the spreadsheet is updated each month.

If you have any questions, please email the Special Education Finance Section at spedfunding@dese.mo.gov.


Special Education Director Academy

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: New Special Education Directors, Returning Special Education Directors, Superintendents

Date: April 25, 2022

The Office of Special Education is hosting a virtual Special Education Director Academy July 25-29, 2022. This five-day event is designed for new special education directors but is open to all who may want a refresher. Sessions will run from 8:45 a.m. to noon each day with a focus on compliance, effective practices, leadership, and data. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to: leadership, early childhood special education, dispute resolution, discipline, postsecondary transition, data reporting and use, and special education program requirements.

Registration for the academy is now open with no registration fee required. Additional academy information, a calendar of special education due dates, and registration information can be found at: https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/special-education-directors.

If you need further assistance, contact Tori Chance at tori.chance@dese.mo.gov or 573-522-0071.