Perspectives on Connecticut’s Achievement Gap: Stratford Teacher Gives Students Tools to Face Life’s Challenges

“I live the achievement gap. It’s my reality, every day.” That’s what Kristen Record, Connecticut’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, told a crowd of 100 people at the Hartford Public Library today, where she was one of the keynote speakers at the CT Mirror Forum “Perspectives on Connecticut’s Achievement Gap.” Record, who teaches physics at…

Innovation at Stanton School: Teachers Working Hard to Make New Model in Norwich a Success

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman witnessed positive changes happening at Stanton Elementary School in Norwich today—changes that are part of Stanton’s Turnaround Plan in the new Commissioner’s Network—a group of the state’s lowest performing schools receiving new resources and tools to help improve student achievement. Malloy and Wyman were joined by…

2013 Teacher of the Year Says Teaching Is All About the Connection

Passionate.  That’s the word fellow teachers use to describe Blaise Messinger, a fifth-grade teacher at Cromwell’s Woodside Intermediate School and Connecticut’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Educators, family, friends, and students gathered for a ceremony at the school today, where State Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor introduced the state’s newest teacher of the year. “We are…

Teachers Make History at Cornwall Consolidated School Using Technology

Looking for examples of how to incorporate technology into your classroom? Teachers Linda Massucci, Cathy Binkowski, and Anne Grant, and their third and fourth grade students at Cornwall Consolidated School (CCS), made history at their school this past spring with a special technology collaboration project. With the help of CCS technology teacher Vicki Nelson, the…

CEA, Parents, and Educators Speak Out About Teacher Evaluation

CEA Executive Director Mary Loftus Levine, parents, and teachers told members of the State Board of Education today that they are concerned about the potential overreliance on standardized test scores in teacher evaluations. “Teachers are very concerned about the direction and process that appears to be evolving on the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), and…

New Teachers Learn About Participating in Democratic Process

Legislative lessons taught at CEA conference “Governor Malloy was supportive of education in Stamford, and teachers supported him in the election. Now we are asking, ‘what happened?’” said Stamford teacher Donna Slifkin. The technology teacher at Hart Magnet School was among three dozen teachers who attended the afternoon session “Year of Education Reform: You and…