Robots Give Students with Autism New Learning Opportunities

Students at River Street School in Windsor  — a school serving individuals on the autism spectrum and young people with other developmental disabilities — now have access to a unique learning tool straight out of science fiction: robots. The robots help students with autism to improve their social, sensory, and cognitive skills —and the students are fascinated…

Educators Question Linking Standards and High-Stakes Testing

The Common Core standards were the subject of a recent panel organized by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, but the discussion quickly turned to high-stakes testing. “We’ve wed ourselves to a high-stakes testing model for well over a decade, and it’s shown to corrode education rather than improve it,” said Madison Superintendent of…

Newly Established Teacher Retiree Healthcare Trust Gets Off the Ground

Leaders of Connecticut’s teachers’ unions are applauding the new trust established in September by the Teachers’ Retirement Board (TRB) to better protect and sustain beneficiaries’ healthcare over the long term. The board last month voted unanimously to establish the legal structure after receiving approval from the Office of the State Attorney General. Connecticut Education Association…