The Hartford Public Schools’ Special Education Department supports the District’s mission to support the full potential of each and every student. Our goal is to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to and benefit from the general education curriculum.
The Office of Student Support Services falls under the Office of Academics. The Special Education Department is led by a Senior Executive Director and six in-district Special Education Directors. The Special Education Directors work closely with all HPS schools.
We support students who have been identified as requiring special education in district schools, CREC magnet schools, LEARN magnet schools, Open Choice, and neighboring communities if they are Hartford residents.
Special education programming and support includes accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment, individualized goals and objectives (in an IEP), coordinated transition services, assistive technology, and related services. Related services include psychological, speech and language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, visual and hearing support, and specialized transportation services. All services and supports are identified at the PPT (Planning and Placement Team meeting) and included in the IEP.
Please see the materials and forms in our Special Education Document Library if you have specific questions or concerns.
Special education programming includes:
- accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment
- personalized goals and objectives
- coordinated transition activities
- assistive technology
Related services include:
The Sparkler App: Developmental Support for Children Ages Birth to 6 years
Sparkler is a mobile app-based service brought to Connecticut families by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. It promotes healthy early childhood development for children starting at birth to age 6.
Learn more here, and get the app using the links below.
To use Sparkler:
Download the Sparkler: Play for Parenting app at Google Play Store or the Apple App Store
Building Healthy Families’ Early Learning Provider Code: Hartford
SPECIAL EDUCATION DOCUMENT LIBRARY
NEW CT-SEDS IEP Template (coming 7/1/2022)
SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF
Jennifer Hoffman, Senior Executive Director of Special Education
Karen Russ, Executive Assistant to the Senior Executive Director
Michelle Keegan, Director of Compliance
Nelson Rivera, Ph.D., Lead Psychologist
Mary Cristofaro, Special Education Director
Sherlye Jackson, Special Education Director
Lida Mendez, Special Education Director
Alison Ward, Special Education Director
Joanne Tremblay-Jackson, Director of Student Support Services, Social, Behavioral, Title IX Coordinator
Pam Even, Out Of District (OOD) Director
Susan Bazzano, OOD Specialist
Denise Congdon, OOD Specialist
Noreen Trenchard- OOD Specialist
Sharon McCutcheson- OOD Specialist
Rajni Salvaggio – OOD Specialist
Charity Smith- OOD Specialist