Resources and Toolkits

The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents extends its resources and information to anyone who’s interested. We encourage our volunteers to share our webinars, presentations and publication with friends, colleagues, and fellow parents of children with special needs.  (RTSC Home Page)

Commonly Used Acronyms in Special Education

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RTSC Resources

  • Webinar References

    • DCF and SESP Program Collaboration Webinar | Recording and Handout
    • Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance (June 25, 2020) | Guidance
    • Tips for ensuring educational stability during school closures | Tips Sheet
    • RTSC 2020 Needs Assessment | Assessment and Comments
  • Best Interest Determinations Resources

    • Introduction to the Sample Foster Care Best Interest Determination Worksheet | DESE Webinar
    • Best Interest Determination Process Overview | Process Worksheet
    • Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care (Jan. 2018) | DESE - DCF Guidance
    • ESSA Info Sheet for SESPs (Jan. 2018) | Info Sheet
    • Situational Analysis: Educational Services for Students in Foster Care | Link to Analysis

Multicultural Resources

Fall Schools Reopening for 2020-21

December 18, 2020

October 12, 2020

September 3, 2020


August 31, 2020

August 18, 2020

  • Reopening Models by Districts The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education came out with a simple excel document to show the reopening model for all districts. As noted, The learning model in each district could change during the school year depending on public health conditions. It is recommended that you contact specific districts you are working with for any updates.

August 18, 2020

August 17, 2020

August 3, 2020

July 24, 2020

July 22, 2020

July 17, 2020

July 15, 2020

July 10, 2020

Comprehensive Special Education Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year

  • June 25, 2020

Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance  

  • June 1, 2020

Communicating with Parents During Remote Learning

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Federation for Children with Special Needs Communications


Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Communications .

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Other Resources Parent Toolkits and Family Support Websites Resources