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…

Waterbury Grad Keeps Connecticut Updated on Space Activities

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a Waterbury native and Crosby High School graduate, successfully completed a series of spacewalks on Dec. 24. Watch highlights of the spacewalk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOrzKtEW0xg. Mastracchio is using Facebook to keep followers updated on all the activities aboard the International Space Station. You can view his posts at https://www.facebook.com/AstroRM.

Connecticut Students Make History in First Showing on International Test

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the latest results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test of literacy, mathematics, and science given every three years to 15-year-olds in more than sixty countries worldwide. Shanghai, one of three education systems in China that participated in PISA, remained the top performer, while the…

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…