EdAdvance and CABE Co-Sponsor Regional Leadership Forums
EdAdvance, the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) in western CT, and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) recently convened two Regional Leadership Forums in western Connecticut. The first forum was held at EdAdvance’s campus in Litchfield on December 7th and the second forum was held at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 9th. A broad spectrum of education and community stakeholders, including school superintendents, board of education and town/city leadership, regional councils of government, and elected local and state officials participated in these two inaugural events. The purpose of the forums was to engage in a community conversation about strategies for improving education in our region in an era of fiscal crisis.
Dr. Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director at EdAdvance noted that “the upcoming Connecticut legislative session has the potential to be one of the most impactful in years. There is little doubt that the state budget will dominate political conversations throughout the session. However, beyond the budget, there are other issues such as regional cooperation/efficiency efforts, unfunded mandates placed on municipalities and school districts, and current bureaucratic structures, to name a few, that often negatively impact cities, towns and schools. This event was a first step in meaningful dialogue among education and community leaders around key policy issues of regional importance with high potential to positively impact our schools and communities.”
The key issues and focus areas generated at the forums will be used to develop action plans collaboratively with school and community leaders to champion solutions to the issues identified within western Connecticut. Importantly, RESCs throughout the state are also working on a unified approach with leaders in their respective service areas, which will impact planning statewide.
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Skills21 Launches School Fuel Digital Learning Project at Litchfield Center School
Skills21 at EdAdvance (formerly Education Connection) is pleased to announce the launch of School Fuel, a new digital learning project at the Center School in Litchfield this fall. Thanks to grant support from the Seherr-Thoss Foundation of Litchfield, this leading-edge technology program will equip over 35 young learners and their families with tools to navigate tablets and applications. The School Fuel project focuses on three important needs seen among both learners and parents in the 21st century. These include:
Identifying Quality Educational Applications
Finding Meaningful Screen Time Balance
Using Tablets and Applications to Interact Rather than Isolate
Kicking off the effort this October, Cam Audia, Project Director for School Fuel, provided a hands-on training for teachers designed to familiarize them with each of the platform’s key components. Audia comments, “the Center School teachers took to the material amazingly and I have high hopes for their impact on providing the students and their families with valuable information and support.” Teachers are now implementing School Fuel learning centers in their classrooms and conducting 3-week training programs for students’ families, during which parents learn the latest apps, tips, and strategies for making sure their children are using the best tools in balanced and mindful ways.
In collaboration with EdAdvance’s Center for Program Research and Evaluation, the School Fuel project team will conduct parent surveys and analyze data to quantify the quality and impact of this exciting program. To learn more, visit skills21.org/fuel or contact Program Director Cam Audia at email@example.com.
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