In the Spotlight: Whole-District Involvement in SPDG

Submitted by Irene Zytka, Technical Assistance Provider

Region 10 (Harwinton, Burlington) is located in Northwestern Connecticut and is comprised of four schools: two elementary schools, Harwinton Consolidated and Lake Guarda; a middle school, Har-Bur; and a high school, Lewis Mills. The middle school and high school are connected by the central office building.

Over the four years of the grant, all of the schools participated in the Literacy and Behavior training and technical assistance offered by SERC through the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). The middle school and high school also took advantage of additional trainings in Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI), Instructional Strategies, student learning objective (SLO) development, and data team training.

Region 10 as a whole was the first district to participate in the revision and development of its SRBI document. This effort was facilitated by SERC consultants during the summer.

The district has demonstrated its commitment to improving student achievement by aligning structures put forth by the SPDG work and through the additional professional learning opportunities. District leaders shared comments such as: “We now have a more deliberate focus on data-driven decision making” and “There is a more systemic connection between all initiatives and the ability to communicate the connections to staff.” This reflects Region 10’s dedication to doing what’s best for students.