Connecticut Core Standards

CSDE Principal Webinar Series

In 2014 through 2015, the CSDE hosted a series of webinars on the last Wednesday of every month from 1-2 pm. During the webinars, Ellen Cohn and Dianna Roberge-Wentzell from the CSDE Academic Office spoke on various topics of interest for administrators.

Date Content Areas Session Overview Links
August 27, 2014 Maximizing the Impact of your CT Core Standards – Trained Coaches
  • Overview of what coaches have learned through the first three modules
  • The topics that will focus the work in modules four and five this fall
  • Tools and resources available to coaches for use with teachers
  • How principals can best use coaches for capacity building in their school
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October 29, 2014 Focus on Teaching and Learning:


Title: What Should I See in the Classroom?

  • Instructional Shifts in ELA and Math
  • CT Classroom Look For In Action
  • Review Instructional Shifts in ELA
  • Review Practice Standards in Math
  • Review Classroom “Look Fors” Guide and its role in supporting teachers and leaders
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December 3, 2014 Focus on Collaborating with Families and Stakeholders


Title: What Do All School and Family Partners Need To Know?

  • Defining Key Messages
  • Developing A Communication Plan for All Stakeholders
  • Deepen understanding of the importance of messaging to all stakeholders regarding CT Core Standards
  • Recognize the key components of a communication plan for all stakeholders
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February 11, 2015 Focus on Teaching and Learning:


Title: Supporting Teachers in their Professional Learning

  • Providing Effective Feedback Using Classroom Walkthroughs
  • Deepen understanding of coaching role for principals in supporting CCS-aligned practices
  • Review current practices of classroom walkthroughs in elementary, middle and high school principals
  • Introduce elements of effective feedback to support teachers professional learning
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February 25, 2015 Focus on Teaching and Learning:


Title: Meeting the Needs of All Learners

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Introduce the components of Universal Design for Learning
  • Provide examples of how instruction can be designed in various subject areas to meet various student needs
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March 25, 2015 Focus on Teaching and Learning:


Title: Supporting ALL Learners

  • Rigor in Classroom Instruction


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April 29, 2015 Title: Using Assessment to Engage Students in their Own Learning


  • Assessments
  • Performance Tasks
  • Review the various types of assessments that teachers should be using to engage students including student self-reflection and portfolios
  • Examine performance tasks as a way to gauge student’s growth but also their engagement in their own learning
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May 27, 2015 Title: Checking In on Progress With Data


  • Data Driven Decision- Making
  • Balanced Score Card
  • Review
  • Explore the elements of a Balanced Score Card and its role in checking progress and supporting data driven decision-making
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