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The annual Dismantling Systemic Racism conference, sponsored by the SERC Foundation in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center (SERC), is a conference on the importance of racial equity in education. Calvin Terrell, founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric in Phoenix, AZ, is the keynote presenter, and Aaron Jafferis, playwright, teacher and founder of The Word youth program in New Haven, CT, will be the lunch speaker. The conference supports educators, families, and community leaders to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, particularly Black and Brown students, but also students learning English and students with disabilities through advocacy…
Join us on February 9 to learn a flexible approach to school policies and practices when managing challenging behavior.
2016 was a busy year for SERC. Some developments included: The SERC Board of Directors conducting an extensive search and officially hiring Ingrid M. Canady as the Executive Director, the first for SERC in nearly 30 years; the SERC Foundation holding its first major event, “Dismantling Systemic Racism” in New Haven; coordinating several other conferences and online learning opportunities; and taking on one of its most high-volume years for contracts with schools and districts. This school year is bringing a new round of programming under Connecticut’s Parent Trust Fund. SERC and its CT Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC)…
Thursday, March 30, 2017: What are the best ways to support struggling readers, including those with learning disabilities? Which research- and evidence-based interventions are best suited to meet the needs of particular students? Join us as we use a case study approach to identify ways to teach and support students who struggle with reading. Members of Cohort XI of the Albertus Magnus Advanced Alternative Preparation (AAP) Program in remedial reading/language arts will present their recent findings from their capstone project during this hands-on, interactive session. Refreshments will be served.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!Join us for this two-day session to learn how co-teaching can effectively meet the needs of ALL students in the general education classroom, including those with disabilities. Learn about different approaches for maximizing instruction and how to collaboratively plan lessons for improved student outcomes. Discussion will also focus on ways of establishing parity and enhancing co-teaching partnerships. Register Now or scroll down to register below. Dates:February 28, 2017 & March 31, 2017 Audience:Co-teaching teams preferred, consisting of a General Education Teacher and another certified professional, such as a Special Education Teacher, EL/Bilingual Educator, Reading or Math Specialist,…
SERC’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team is looking to build a larger network of schools to serve as PBIS model and banner sites. It’s revising the application to make the process of scaling up more fluid while maintaining the high expectations for these schools, according to SERC’s Eben McKnight. Schools can apply to be model schools if they have implemented PBIS for at least three years and exhibited strong implementation of Tier 1. Under PBIS’ multi-tiered system of behavioral supports, Tier 1 supports are used school-wide for all students while Tier 2 and 3 provide specialized supports for…
(new date!) Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - A conference designed for Educators, Family Members, Community Members, Business Leaders and Everyone who plays a part in a child’s life.
Together We Will is an annual conference focusing on children ages birth to 5, especially those with developmental delays.
To be most effective, all educators must be prepared to not only address academic concerns, but also balance the behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health needs of their students. SERC is offering the following statewide trainings, as well as other topics that can also be customized to meet the specific demands of your school or district.
Building a positive school climate requires leadership from school administration and buy-in from staff. At Preston Plains Middle School in Preston, that leadership also comes from students. The school’s implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports operates in part through a PBIS Youth Leadership Team. In October, SERC’s Amanda Pickett held her first consultation session with this group of students to help build their leadership capacity. The ultimate goal is allowing the school to sustain PBIS from year to year with different students. “I thought [Amanda’s] session was very well done — engaging and meaningful for all involved,” said Principal…
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