Educators Provide Recommendations for Teacher Evaluation System

Is Connecticut’s new teacher evaluation system being implemented effectively? Should there be regional efforts to boost the system’s chances of success? And are there improvements that need to be made in the next session of the Connecticut General Assembly? These are some of the questions being quietly studied by a small legislative subcommittee with a…

Community Forum Discusses Successful Strategies for Family Engagement

Successfully engaging families and communities is one of the most important means schools have of ensuring student success, yet people frequently don’t make community engagement the priority it deserves to be, and that needs to change. That was the message Anne T. Henderson, co-author of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships, had…

New CEA TV Ad Takes a Closer Look at Success in the Works

What’s considered the biggest shift ever in the structure and substance of Connecticut public education—intense and focused change in the state’s most challenged school districts—is yielding early success. “Our students, teachers, and communities have made extraordinary efforts as they’ve led improvement initiatives and met new requirements connected with Public Act 12-116, sweeping education legislation enacted…

Four Education Experts Take a Hard Look at New Teacher Evaluation System

Connecticut’s new teacher evaluation system is a work in progress, and, if it is to succeed, then policymakers must aggressively solicit feedback from teachers, make continuous improvements, and take the time necessary to make meaningful changes. That was the message delivered by public school teachers Lisa Bress of Windsor and Ann Langley of Bridgeport at…

Public Education Supporters Win in Bridgeport

In yesterday’s Bridgeport Board of Education election, we could not be prouder of the many teachers who contributed their hands and hearts in electing pro-education candidates. These candidates took on the political establishment, and they won convincingly. A committed, community-based coalition undertook a groundbreaking effort because Bridgeport has become a hub of the national corporate…