State Decision Makers Act on Teachers’ Concerns

The state Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) has been consumed in recent years by reports from consultants, disagreements about what’s best for students and teachers, and plenty of eduspeak—all in pursuit of a new teacher evaluation system. But it only took commonsense comments from thousands of teachers for PEAC to reach consensus about new flexibility…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on New Flexibility Options in Teacher Evaluation

While this is a significant improvement for Connecticut students in public schools, it is only a first step in modifying existing guidelines and removing obstacles that hinder a student-focused system of public education. With today’s PEAC improvements, parents and communities can be confident that teachers will be able to enhance their impact on students—a focus…

Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation Earns A’s on Education

Connecticut’s five members of the House of Representatives and two Senators all earned A’s on a recent congressional report card released by NEA. The report card measures congress members’ overall support for public education and educators. The grades are based on voting records on selected votes in 2013, votes and other actions involving union rights, and…

Derby Teachers Say Collaboration is Key to School Improvement

More than 100 educators gathered in New Britain today for an Alliance District Convening to discuss innovative strategies being used to improve student performance in some of the state’s lowest achieving schools. One of the districts highlighted for exceeding goals was Derby. Superintendent Matthew Conway told conference attendees that transformational leaders in the schools are…

Teacher Evaluation Pilot Study Released

The Connecticut Department of Education today released the UConn Neag School of Education report on the implementation of SEED, Connecticut’s system for educator evaluation and development, in the 10 pilot districts/consortia during the 2012-13 school year. The 81-page report found that “SEED was implemented with a relatively high degree of fidelity.” It also outlined issues…