1) In November 2019 we began distributing copies of our report entitled “Cost-Effective Special Education Strategies: Successful Management by Connecticut School Districts”. By researching how CT school districts determine where to place their special education students among the several available options both within and beyond their respective districts, our report documents cost-effective Best Practices among CT school districts that fully satisfy the needs of Special Education students.
2) In October, 2018 we began distributing copies of our report entitled “Cyberbullying and Social Media Abuse: Successful Management in Connecticut School Districts”. This report aims to ensure optimal implementation of Connecticut’s Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws, which expanded pre-existing public school responsibilities for anti-bullying protection to cyberbullying and social media.
3) In November, 2017 we released “Keep Kids in School: Improving School Discipline II” to educators throughout Connecticut.
4) In February, 2018 we began distributing copies of Appleseed’s “Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families”; and in February, 2018 we also distributed copies of Appleseed’s Immigrant Practice Guide, formally titled “Getting off the Assembly Line: Overcoming Immigration Court Obstacles in Individual Cases”.
5) Connecticut Appleseed collaborated in 2015 with sister Centers in Nebraska, Texas, Kansas and Washington State to survey immigrant remittance use. Our findings are published in our 2016 report to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau entitled “Sending Money Home.”
6) In March, 2012 we released our newest report entitled Bullying_in_CTs_Public_Schools-Final_Report to highlight particularly effective anti-bullying policies and strategies. The findings and “best practices” that our report uncovered in eleven participating Connecticut districts will assist schools and districts statewide in accepting the increased responsibility for protecting children that was prescribed by the 2008 statute.
7) We released our final Keep_Kids_in_School-Improving_School_Discipline report in February, 2011 that showcases policies and practices that successfully solve disciplinary challenges without removing students from school.
8) Our 2010 research in the Hamden, CT school district was included in a 5-state collaborative Appleseed report entitled Education-Erasing_the_Opportunity_Gap that was released in 2011.
9) Survey of Connecticut immigrants’ current and desired use of financial services, as well as reasons for their hesitation to use mainstream financial products and services 2009 Immigrant Survey Finding Summary.
10) With assistance from pro bono attorneys, Connecticut Appleseed & NAMI-CT have developed Understanding The Criminal Justice System and is distributing this document throughout the state.
11) Legal booklets for parents on how to navigate the education system on their children’s behalf:
Educacion Especial 101: La Ley y Su Hijo – Educacion Especial 101
Sus Derechos Legales y Las responsabilidades del Distrito Escolar – Sus Derechos Legales
Intimidacion 101: La Ley y Su Hijo – Intimidacion 101
La Disciplina Escolar y Su Hijo – La Disciplina Escolar
12) Connecticut Appleseed collaborated with the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association to produce CT Elder Law Resources and is distributing this document throughout the state at senior center workshops on Elder Law.
13) Connecticut Appleseed partnered in 2007 with the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to create and distribute a guidebook to better empower parents to take advantage of every possible advantage under the law to ensure a high-quality public school education for their children.
14) Connecticut Appleseed partnered with the New York City office of King & Spalding LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Atlanta, to produce “Mental Illness, Your Client and The Criminal Law”, a handbook that:
- Educates lawyers how to approach and work with a mentally ill client;
- Analyzes relevant sections of the Connecticut codes and assess recent legal developments that would impact individuals with mental illness; and
- Helps inmates’ family members know what to expect in the criminal justice system.
15) Connecticut Appleseed was one of the 6 state-based Appleseed Centers that collaborated to produce “It Takes a Parent: Transforming Education in the Wake of the No Child Left Behind Act”.