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…

Study: Schools’ Data-Driven Programs Must Be Used to Support Students and Teachers

America’s love for data is nothing new. The real challenge is asking whether the data makes sense. As more states apply data to the classroom in the form of standardized tests and data-driven improvement and accountability (DDIA) programs, this challenge becomes critical for the future of our children and their ability to meet their fullest…