Cohort 4 News

We have had a busy summer planning SPDG activities for the year, and are excited to share with you school and Technical Assistance Provider (TAPs) information for Cohort 4.

TAPs will be in touch with you by the end of next week to solidify your participation at the Leadership Launch on Tuesday, September 9th and to initiate date setting for the coming year.  In the meantime, please watch your email over the next few days for pertinent communications regarding upcoming September activities.

SPDG Cohort 4



Grade Level


Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs)

New London Dover MS 6-8  Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, SERC and Janet Zarchen, SERC
New London  Jennings   PK-5  Nitza Diaz, SERC and Nancy Mercer, LEARN
New London  Nathan Hale  K-5  Jared Lancer, SERC and Chris VanDusen, LEARN
New London  NLHS  9-12 Bill Bannish, SERC and Irene Zytka, SERC
New London  Winthrop  K-5 Lillie Stuart, SERC and Clare Wurm, SERC
Plainville  Plainville MS  6-8  Steve Proffitt, SERC and TBD
RSD #12 Shepaug HS 6-8 Meg Porcella, SERC and Janine Fiorillo, ACES
Somers  Elementary  PK-5  Cynthia Zingler, CREC and Kc Nelson-Oliveria, SERC
Somers HS  9-12  Cynthia Zingler, CREC and Cathy Forker, SERC.
Torrington  MS  6-8  Michelle Weaver, SERC and Carly Wierland-Quiros, Education Connection
Watertown Judson   3-5  Virginia Babcock, SERC and Carly Wierland-Quiros, Education Connection


Cohort 3 News

Dear Principals:

We hope you had a great start to the school year! We will be kicking off this year’s program with an on-site Data Review.  Attached, you will find directions for completion of the Literacy Evaluation Tool/LET to gather baseline data regarding staff’s perception of current literacy practices in your building.  This on-line survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.  All staff responsible for teaching reading, including general and special education ELA teachers, reading specialists, and related support staff, as well as administrators working with these educators  should participate in taking this survey.  Please ensure appropriate staff complete this survey by Tuesday, September 16th to provide enough turnaround time for the data to be compiled for your Fall Data Review.

In the meantime, watch your email for further information regarding what to prepare for Data Review.  If you should have any additional questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Literacy Evaluation Tool (LET)

As an educator, you have a unique perspective on your school’s reading culture that we feel
is very important. Please take a few minutes to share your perceptions by taking the online
Literacy Evaluation Tool (LET)!

What is it?
The LET is an online self-assessment intended to assess educators’ general perceptions of their school’s literacy program.  It is being conducted in your school as part of the CT State Personnel Development Grant (CT SPDG).

Who Should Participate?
All educators who are involved in reading/literacy instruction for students in PreK-12, including general and special education ELA teachers, reading specialists, and related support staff; as well as administrators who work with these educators.

What Do I Need to Do?
Go to to complete the survey.  It should only take 10-15 minutes of your time!


To access the online Literacy Evaluation Tool:

Responses are due by 5pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Cohort 2 News

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