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Innovation Wave

How do we prepare our students for a hyper-connected global society defined by significant changes? We cannot predict how the river will flow and change. We can only give our kids the tools to adapt and manage the transitions.

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Capital Region Pre K-12 Emergency Planning Committee

Area Superintendents/Capital Region Emergency Management Security Leaders:

The next meeting of the Capital Region Pre K-12 Emergency Planning Committee is Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Manchester High School in Room #293.

Attached you will find the agenda.

Please feel free to send Administrators, Facility Directors, Business Officials, SRO's, Security Personnel, Emergency Management Personnel, Mental Health Professionals, Technology Leaders etc.  You can send a team.

Please contact Lynn Young at or (860) 693-7704 if you plan on attending or sending a representative(s).

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes.


Dr. Jordan E. Grossman
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Canton Public Schools

The Importance of School Social Workers

The many roles school social workers perform in public schools.

To CT Public School Superintendents:

As you develop your staffing plans for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to take into consideration the important services that school social workers provide to students, teachers, staff and parents. School social workers are the link between home, school, and community. As members of the educational team comprised of teachers, administrators, pupil services staff, and parents, school social workers promote and support students academic and social success by providing specialized services that include, but not limited to:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Support groups for students and parents
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Monitoring outcomes of interventions
  • Home visits
  • Addressing and preventing absenteeism
  • Social-developmental assessments
  • Parent education and training
  • Professional case management
  • Information and referral
  • Collaboration with other pupil services professionals
  • Collaboration with community agencies and organizations
  • Advocacy for students, parents, and the school system
  • Administration and supervision of pupil services programs
  • Coordination of programs such as peer support and mentoring
  • Staff development and consultation
  • Policy development, such as discipline and attendance policies

The National Association of Social Workers recommends a ratio of one school social worker to two hundred and fifty students.

For more information on school social work contact the CT Alliance of School Social Workers at

Neag School of Education - Executive Leadership Program

The Neag School of Education’s Executive Leadership Program has proven over many years to be a very effective program for preparing administrators for school system leadership positions.  Based on the knowledge and skills that school system leaders need to possess, the Program is directed by faculty members who have been successful school system leaders in their own right.  An important component of the Program is the experience that participants have actually working on real problems in a functioning school district under the supervision of an effective school system leader.  For all of these reasons, I urge those of you who aspire to a school system leadership position to give serious consideration to enrolling in the Executive Leadership Program.
~ Fran Rabinowitz

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Reading Intervention in a Digital World: Q&A With Elmira City School District
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Jordan Friedman, Shaped Staff 

This blog post originally appeared on HMH’s Shaped blog on October 30, 2019. 

There's no denying that the prevalence of digital technology has impacted student learning across disciplines, including reading intervention. What was once initially taught primarily in print has evolved to enable teachers to analyze real-time data to direct learning, better understand striving students' needs and growth, and engage this population of learners.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of System 44, HMH's foundational reading intervention program for Grades 3–12, I chatted with Jay Hillman, Director of Educational Services at the Elmira City School District in Elmira, New York, and he help gathered responses to our questions from teachers who work with him. Below, you can find their combined insights into how reading intervention has evolved in the past two decades as well as advice to maximize student outcomes, ensure a growth mindset, and more. (Responses have been edited for length and clarity.)

Read the complete blog

CS4CT Summit 2020 - A Roadmap for K-12 Computer Science Implementation

March 27, 2020   |   Sacred Heart University   |   Fairfield, CT

The CS4CT Summit is Connecticut's premier computer science education summit for K-12 educators.

Attend this event to improve computer science education in your classroom, school, or district.

NOTE: Champions and advocates of computer science education are encouraged to attend!



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