CT Planning & Placement Team Leader Institute

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Connecticut Planning and Placement Team Leadership Institute (PPTLI)

PPTLI is a one-year intensive experience for professionals who chair Planning and Placement teams in Connecticut. The purpose of the institute is to train leaders to facilitate PPT meetings that are compliant and collaborative. This year-long institute is funded and supported by the CT State Bureau of Special Education, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, RESC Alliance, and the CT State Education Resource Center (SERC).

CES is available to discuss similar statewide programs with additional state departments of education. 

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Our Approach

Currently, there are no required courses for teachers who are special education certified (in CT) that explicitly address facilitation, mediation, understanding the law and compliance, or collaborative problem solving. This year-long, rich experience will build these competencies and increase the effectiveness of participants in this role.

Participants learn to

  • facilitate team meetings;
  • create and write clear and effective IEPs;
  • engage in collaborative problem solving
  • foster good faith relationships and collaboration;
  • partner with district leaders to identify and implement a capstone project that addresses a needed change in practice to improve compliance and collaboration; and
  • develop support networks to foster the implementation of best practices in the education of students with special needs.

District Approval

Applicants work with their district leadership, in particular their Special Education Director, to file their application. It is assumed that your district Special Education Director will be aware of your application to the program and district or building administrators will approve your release for all scheduled activities. Please ensure you have this permission prior to submitting your application. Once accepted into the institute, your attendance and participation is required for each session.

This is a state-wide initiative. Practices are designed to support compliance with state and federal special education regulations.

The PPTLI model will consist of multiple courses and activities, offering face-to-face sessions and Online learning, a variety of assignments, coaching, and communities of practice, ending with a capstone project.


This Institute is designed for educators who act as PPT leaders leading PPT teams in the state of Connecticut. This includes but is not limited to: Special Education Teachers, Principals or Assistant Principals, Out of District or Program Coordinators, or others filling the role of PPT Chairperson.

This Institute is not designed to support people who are leading 504 Teams in terms of the legal requirements of these plans.

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Contact Us for More Information

The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is available to discuss similar statewide programs with additional state departments of education.

For more information, please fill out the contact form to right or contact Angela Burke, CES Director of Professional Services at aburke@collaborative.org

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