From the Desk of: Welcome to our redesigned site

Michelle LeBun-Griffin

Submitted by Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, Project Coordinator

Welcome to our newly designed website! We are excited to share information with you using this new platform. Some new features will include up-to-date information in “From the Desk Of…”, replicable practices in “In the Spotlight”, and perspectives from technical advisors, educators, and families in “Voices from the Field”.

On September 9th, we kicked off the 2014-2015 school year with a fantastic Leadership Launch for 14 new schools in Cohort 4. District and building administrators learned about the goals and expectations of the grant, as well as, the scope and sequence of training and technical assistance.

Leadership Launch
Leadership Launch

Technical Assistance Providers from SERC and the RESC Alliance worked with their partnering schools to develop a purpose statement and to complete various inventories that will assist in customizing the professional development provided. Participants valued the collaboration time to reflect on school practices, engage in meaningful discussion, and plan for future programming to improve teaching and learning.

A highlight of the day was the keynote presentation by Ellen Cohn, Division Director of the Academic Office for the CSDE. Throughout her presentation, she shared stories of her personal, school-level, and district-level experiences with SRBI. Her messaging was simple, yet optimistic. Ellen referenced the work of Hoy et al (2006) regarding what three organizational properties create positive change and lead to greater student achievement:

  1. academic emphasis of the school,
  2. collective efficacy of the faculty, and
  3. trust in students and parents.
Leadership Launch Group Photo
Somers Elementary and High School
Leadership Teams

Her passion for creating equitable learning environments was evident when she spoke of her experiences at Two Rivers Magnet Middle School. She stated, “SRBI set us free of institutional structures that got in the way of learning.” Ellen spoke of the ongoing SRBI efforts in the state, including the new K-3 Reading Legislation. She hopes the grant will give participating schools “the freedom to solve deep-rooted issues”, recognizing that “if we do what’s right for kids, scores will follow.”

For further information regarding this year’s Leadership Launch, please refer to Cohort 4 Scope and Sequence.

Published: October 1, 2014