Connecticut Resources

Connecticut Resources

Federal Resources for Connecticut

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Connecticut

Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Connecticut’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.


State Resources for Connecticut

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and State Map

Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to ensure that the Bill of Rights and the rights guaranteed by the Connecticut Constitution are preserved for each new generation. The ACLU-CT accomplishes these goals through legislative advocacy, litigation, grassroots organizing, and public education. One area of focus is students’ rights and the school-to-prison pipeline.


Center for Children’s Advocacy

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is committed to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children across a number of important issues, including truancy and juvenile justice reform. The Center’s Truancy Court Prevention Project (TCPP) works to reduce the high dropout rate in some of the poorest schools in Hartford and Bridgeport. In addition, the TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project provides individual legal representation for children involved in the juvenile justice system; it helps with educational support, special education needs, school discipline, and access to mental health care.


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.


Connecticut Appleseed

Connecticut Appleseed is a statewide, nonpartisan organization seeking solutions for the causes, rather than the symptoms, of Connecticut’s social problems by mobilizing the skills and resources of pro bono lawyers and other professionals. Connecticut Appleseed’s programs include a focus on both improving school discipline and reducing bullying.


Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP)

CCEP is a division of the Child Health and Development Institute that focuses on improving mental health care for children across Connecticut.  CCEP coordinates implementation of a number of initiatives to address youth mental health. 


Connecticut State Department of Education

The Connecticut State Department of Education Web site lists a number of resources related to school discipline, school clate, and behavior management, including the resources listed below.

  • Bullying and Harassment

    This Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Web page provides links to resources explaining existing legislation concerning bullying; contact information for bullying complaints; and a directory of anti-bullying programs relevant to elementary, middle, or high school students.
  • Resources on Bullying

    This page on the CSDE Web site links to resources on bullying and school climate for both educators and parents.
  • School Climate

    This page on the CSDE Web site links to resources on school climate.
  • Guidelines for In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions

    This document was updated in 2010 to help school administrators and school boards determine whether suspension should be in school or out of school. The focus is on finding ways to keep students connected to school by placing them in programs designed to keep them learning while holding them accountable for improper behavior.
  • Guidelines for a Coordinated Approach to School Health: Addressing the Physical, Social, and Emotional Health Needs of the School Community

    (2007) Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

    This document offers guidance to local education agencies on issues of school connectedness and school climate.


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Connecticut

This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry

The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Connecticut

Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Connecticut

This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness. This Web site provides information and links to resources on school climate and bullying


Parent Empowerment—How to Make Sure Your Child Is Not Left Behind: A Connecticut Parent’s Guide to Advocating for Equal Educational Opportunities

(2007) Connecticut Appleseed, Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

This guidebook is designed to (1) inform parents about their rights under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and (2) show parents how to use the tools and resources available under NCLB to become effective advocates for their children. It includes a chapter titled “NCLB and School Discipline: What Tools Do Parents Have to Close the Discipline Gap?”


School Discipline and Your Child: Parents Legal Guides

(2008) Connecticut Appleseed
This guide is a resource to inform parents about the law and their rights so they know how best to support their children when they are involved in disciplinary proceedings at school.


Self-Help Guide: Your Child’s Rights in School

(Connecticut Network for Legal Aid)

This article provides information on children’s rights in school as they relate to school rules, attendance, residency, discipline, discipline for special education students, school records, and bullying.


Self-Help Guides: School Discipline, Suspension, or Expulsion

(2011) Connecticut Network for Legal Aid
The CTLawHelp Web site was created to help people with very low incomes find assistance for their legal problems. This site provides legal information and tools to help individuals represent themselves. The School Discipline, Suspension, and Expulsion section of the Web site includes self-help guides on bullying, expulsion, and student rights in school; links to helpful external resources; forms for court; and audio/visual resources.

Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative (SBDI)

The SBDI was developed to (1) reduce the use of discretionary in-school arrests and other exclusionary discipline practices; (2) enhance knowledge and skill development among key school professionals relating to mental health, juvenile justice, and collaboration with community resources; and (3) increase the utilization of school- and community-based mental health services and supports. The SBDI Toolkit was designed to enable educators to begin addressing these issues.

Hard Lessons: School Resource Officer Programs and School-Based Arrests in Three Connecticut Towns

(2008) ACLU and ACLU-CT
This report is intended as a starting point for discussions about the role of school resource officers (SROs) and the use of school-based arrest in Hartford-area schools. The report seeks to inform the public about school-based arrests while proposing measures to help ensure that school safety practices currently in use in the Hartford area are efficacious, rational, cost-effective, free of bias, and subject to regular evaluation and reform.

Improving Outcomes for Children in Schools: Expanded School Mental Health

(2013) Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
This report reviews factors that are critical to promoting expanded school mental health and positive developmental outcomes for youth including: classroom-based approaches, effective crisis response, transition supports, home-school connections, community collaborations, and student and family assistance

Keep Kids in School: Improving School Discipline

(2011) Connecticut Appleseed
This report reviews successful best practice disciplinary interventions and cost-effective in-school suspension techniques that could be brought to scale across Connecticut’s school districts. 

Lost Class Time: The State of Suspensions in Bridgeport Schools November 2009

(2009, Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition)

In the 2006–07 school year, Bridgeport had the highest number and percentage of out-of-school suspensions compared to other Connecticut school districts. This report explores this issue and its impact, looks at promising practices the district has implemented to reduce high suspension rates, and makes recommendations for addressing the problem. A follow up report provides an update on efforts in Bridgeport schools since the 2010 State legislation limiting the use of out-of-school suspension.

School Climate Resources

(Connecticut Association of Schools)
This page provides links to a variety of resources on school climate, such as a Safe School Climate Plan template, rubric, and other resources to help schools develop school climate plans.

School Discipline

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
The mission of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance is to reduce the number of children and youth entering the juvenile and criminal justice system and advocate a safe, effective, and fair system for those involved. One of organization’s areas of focus is school discipline. This page provides links to external resources on the topic. 

Teaching Discipline: A Toolkit for Educators on Positive Alternatives to Out-of-School Suspensions

(2010) Connecticut Voices for Children
This report highlights the disciplinary alternatives to out-of-school suspensions that schools in Connecticut are implementing with tangible results. It provides options that educators can consider, adopt, or modify based on the unique culture, resources, and needs of their school communities.

The Governor's Prevention Partnership

The Prevention Partnership aims to help prevent violence, bullying, underage drinking, and alcohol and drug abuse to create a positive school climate by offering the latest tools and techniques through its capacity-building training series, student assistance team sessions, on-the-spot interventions for school staff, disability awareness, parent programs, and more.  

Truancy Intervention: National Models and Connecticut Initiatives

(2011) Center for Children’s Advocacy
This publication describes features of National Truancy Prevention models along with examples and outcomes of specific programs for each model. In addition, the publication lists numerous Connecticut truancy initiatives by model type.