Learn About SERC
SERC is a quasi-public agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education. SERC provides professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.
SERC, formerly known as the Special Education Resource Center, became the State Education Resource Center according to a change in state statutes. The agency continues to maintain the Special Education Resource Center in addition to its broader responsibilities, including early childhood education and school improvement.
SERC, in operation since 1969 through funding primarily from the Connecticut State Department of Education, is known for providing high-quality, research-based professional development to educators, service providers, families, and community members as part of its commitment to improve the achievement of Connecticut's children and youth. SERC provides professional development through both statewide programming activities or, increasingly, through on-site, job-embedded learning opportunities in Connecticut public schools and programs.
Over the years, SERC has offered initiatives that support the achievement of all learners, with the belief that programs are most effective when general education and special education do not function as separate systems, but are united. The change in name appropriately reflects the broad services and programs that SERC has been offering for many years in areas important to both general and special education.
The SERC Library offers a comprehensive collection of resources for educators and parents, including tests, sample BEST portfolios, online journals, a DVD and video collection, CD-ROM programs, young people's disability awareness literature, and reference and research materials. Browse circulating materials online using the Library's searchable catalog at www.ctserc.org/library.
SERC hosts a variety of annual conferences and professional development covering a wide range of topics of interest to Connecticut's educators and the students and families they serve.
Mission and Vision
EQUITY. Excellence. Education.
SERC believes that all students have the right to access opportunities and experiences that reflect and respect their differences and abilities. We are concerned that in Connecticut, educational outcomes for students of color, students who are English Language Learners, and students with disabilities continue to lag behind outcomes for other students. To help eliminate these opportunity gaps, SERC addresses institutionalized racism and other issues of social justice in schools and districts and both models and facilitates equity in education.
SERC provides resources, professional development, and a centralized library to educators, families, and community members in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Education and other partners.
Beliefs and Values
- SERC Values...
- Our function is to educate and promote growth and change, both internally and externally, through continuous reflection.
- We promote and sustain a passionate culture of high expectations, quality, and accountability.
- Diversity and Equity:
- We maximize the strengths and contributions of people with differing gifts, talents, styles, and abilities, and provide multiple perspectives.
- Shared Leadership
- We generate individual and collective decision-making, risk-taking, and initiative.
- We provide a respectful, collaborative, and trusting environment.