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Dismantling Systemic Racism conference More than 350 people packed the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell May 10 for policy, poetry, and powerful calls for tackling the racist structures that contribute to opportunity gaps in education. “Dismantling Systemic Racism: 2017 Conference on Race, Education & Success” was the second annual event of its kind from SERC and the SERC Foundation. Participants included educators, community leaders, students, and others from across Connecticut and beyond. They learned about school programs, effective practices and activities, and the ongoing challenges associated with systemic racism and assuring equity in education for all students. The keynote presentations established…
The annual CAS Summer Leadership Institute will be held June 22 and 23, 2017 at the Heritage Conference Center in Southbury, CT. This year’s theme is: Leading Personalized Learning: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Our Students. The focus of this institute will be on increasing knowledge around supporting students who have experienced adverse childhood experiences that impact their learning and behavior in the school setting. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by districts who are leading some of this work within Connecticut as well as program providers who may be of assistance to educational leaders. This year, our institute sponsor will…
This session outlines best practices for schools to ensure all students are safe, included, and respected in school, regardless of their gender identity or expression -- including transgender and gender-nonconforming students. It will cover policy and legal obligations to give school personnel a better understanding of the rights of students. Participants will also hear best-practice approaches to working with students and families, adaptable to the specific needs of their school districts. Register Now PRESENTERS: Robin McHaelen, Executive Director, True Colors Attorney Cheryl Sharp, Deputy Director Attorney Michelle Dumas Keulerm, CHRO (Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities) for the State of…
Monday, October 2, 2017 Join SERC for a day with Dr. Marilyn Friend, an international leader in the field of Co-Teaching! As an increasing number of schools implement co-teaching, the need for examining the roles and responsibilities of both teachers in the co-taught class has become critical to the success of this service delivery option. By varying the structure of the co-taught class based on the content and student need, co-teaching can be effective in helping achieve desired outcomes for each student. The delivery of specially designed instruction (SDI) within these varied co-teaching structures is essential to improving outcomes 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.
This month's update from SERC highlights some of the exciting learning opportunities we are planning for 2017-2018!
2017 Directory of Summer Camps and Programs for Children with Special Needs in Connecticut. Summertime provides a wonderful opportunity for all children to continue growing both academically and socially. This summer camp directory* lists camps and programs for children with and without special needs, offering a range of both outdoor and indoor activities as well as opportunities for day and overnight camping experiences.
The SERC Library will be temporarily closing its doors to the public beginning on May 26. Read on for more details.
Snow might have delayed them, but couldn’t stop a full house of educators and others from a popular learning opportunity at SERC about restorative practices. The session was scheduled February 9, postponed by snow, and held February 24 with outdoor temperatures in the 60s. But the crowd packed the room throughout the day. Participants included special education directors, administrators, teachers, school counselors, and various student support services professionals from district and charter schools, as well as those from other settings such as a hospital.
Deadline for the RFQ March 24th with questions answered by March 10th. As SERC and the SERC Foundation embark on the implementation of a comprehensive grant writing strategy, proposals to identify qualified researchers/consultant(s)/service contractor(s) to provide comprehensive evaluation services are requested. This information will be used to pre-select evaluators who will, once selected, assist project leads with all aspects of designing and conducting program evaluation efforts to support the implementation of the specific strategies identified by grant-funded programs. Specifically, this includes being a critical thought partner and offering assistance and expertise in conducting pre-assessments and analyzing current conditions to identify…
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