Connecticut Core Standards

CCS Leadership Community of Practice Series for Administrators [2015-16]

CAS and the CSDE have developed a Community of Practice to assist schools and districts in their efforts with regard to implementing the Connecticut Core State Standards. There are 8 workshops: 9-29-15, 10-29-15, 12-1-15, 1-12-16, 2-9-16, 3-10-16, 4-26-16, 5-17-16.
There will be facilitated discussion groups following each presentation. Topics to include:

  • Science and the CT Core Standards
  • Social Studies
  • Interim assessments
  • Alignment with current curricula
  • After school enrichment and the CT Core

There is no charge to attend this series of workshops. A tool kit of best practices will be posted on the CAS and CSDE websites.

Date Title Presenters Links to Presentations
October 29, 2015 CT Core Practices that Succeeded: A Practitioner’s Perspective Chris Gallerani, Grade 5 Teacher, Old Saybrook Middle School
Heather Conti, Grade 4 Teacher, Old Saybrook Middle School
Dena Mortensen, Reading/Language Arts K-5 Supervisor, Waterbury Public Schools
Presentation: CT Core Practices that Succeed
October 29 Agenda
October 29 Breakout Sessions
November 17, 2015 Next Generation Science Standards in Connecticut Liz Buttner, Science Education Consultant, CSDE Presentation: NGSS
December 1, 2015 Utilizing Inquiry in the K-12 Social Studies Classroom Stephen Armstrong, Social Studies Consultant, CSDE December 1 Agenda
December 1 Facilitated Breakout Session
January 12, 2016 Looking at the Impact on Student Progress and School Climate Ryan Cleary, Principal, Morley Elementary School, West Hartford Public Schools
Mary Lestini, District Mathematics/Science Curriculum Specialist, West Hartford Public Schools
Presentation: Collaboration Matters
Presentation Descriptions
Facilitated Breakout Session: Elementary
January 12, 2016 Looking at the Impact on Student Progress and School Climate Stacy McCann, Director of School Improvement and Intervention, Bloomfield Public Schools Presentation: ABCSs of Closing the Achievement Gap
Facilitated Breakout Sessions: Secondary
Rubric: Explicit Vocabulary Instruction
Rhetorical Appeals
Vocabulary to Generate Text-Specific Questions
Ethos Poster
February 9, 2016 Rescheduled to March 31, 2016 Problem Based Learning, Technology and Connecticut Core Standards Jeff Alterman, New Fairfield Middle School, Grade 7 Math
Mary Fuller, New Fairfield Middle School, Grades 6-8 Spanish
Cheryl Milo, New Fairfield Middle School, Assistant Principal
Problem-Based Learning Session Description
Presentation: Leading the Journey to Personalized Learning
Breakout Session with New Fairfield Middle School Presenters
March 10, 2016 Rescheduled to June 1, 2016 Linking Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Mathematics Jennifer Michalek, Consultant
April 26, 2016 How After School can Support Common Core Implementation Dr. Kenneth Anthony, Director of Professional Development and Research
Connecticut After-School Network
Michelle Doucette Cunningham, Executive Director
Connecticut After-School Network
How After School Can Support CSS
Supplemental Resources for Toolkit