PEAC Vote on Teacher Evaluation Long Overdue

BY CEA PRESIDENT SHEILA COHEN Connecticut has parted company with those who would reduce teaching and learning to a single test score. Today the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) voted to recommend the prohibition of the further use of a single, isolated standardized test score in teacher evaluations. The recommendation will be forwarded to the…

Time Limitations Challenge Quality CCSS Implementation

Time demands associated with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were front and center among teachers and administrators at today’s meeting of the state’s new CCSS task force. Wallingford K-2 school principal Vicki Reed told her colleagues that her district has made progress in designing its curriculum with the CCSS. “The work…

Symposium on Effectiveness in Educator Evaluation Coming May 21

A symposium — Celebrating Effectiveness in Educator Evaluation and Professional Learning — is coming to the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden on May 21. The event, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council and the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is designed to provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators, and other education…

Great News: State Investing in Expansion of High-Quality Pre-K

Legislative leaders and educators gathered at the State Capitol this morning to announce Connecticut Smart Start, an historic 10-year, $200 million plan to provide 50,000 children with a high-quality early education experience and set Connecticut on a path toward universal pre-kindergarten. “This initiative gives teachers a much better chance of reaching young minds and opening…