Hamden Educators Learn New State Standards

The state held a training session this week on new standards adopted on what students are expected to learn beginning next year, and four Hamden residents -- all student teacher supervisors at the Quinnipiac University School of Education -- were there.


Changes are coming next year in Connecticut classrooms, and that means teachers -- and those who teach them -- are returning to the classroom to learn the new standards to which they will be held.

The state Department of Education held a training session on Jan. 15  for educators to learn about the new Common Core State Standards that all teachers will be responsible for meeting in 2014. 

Among those in attendance were Hamden residents John Leary, Lucinda Kramer, Susan Margolis and Nicholas Bauer, all student teacher supervisors at the School of Education at Quinnipiac University.

“We planned this seminar for our student teacher supervisors because the clinical pieces of our program, especially student teaching, are critical,” said Beth Larkins-Strathy, associate dean of the School of Education at Quinnipiac. “Our candidates need the best guidance and mentoring possible.”

The standards, which have been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia, provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

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In addition, they learned that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system, which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use, will use computer technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. 

In addition, the student teacher supervisors learned about Connecticut’s Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program, a two-year induction program for beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as educators. The unifying framework for the program is a series of five modules aligned to the Connecticut Common Core of Teaching.

Additionally, supervisors were presented with an overview of the System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED Model) that is currently being implemented in several districts across the state with anticipated statewide implementation in the Fall of 2013. SEED is a model evaluation and support system that is aligned with the state’s guidelines for educator evaluations.

cheryl January 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Wouldn't you like to know what exactly is the new changes are and why are these new changes needed? Is it technology, new and improved history, what is it exactly? If I were a parent of school age children, I would definiately like to know what are these NEW changes and why do we need them? I would look into it further and ask is this forwarding an AGENDA?
Cathy January 19, 2013 at 02:08 PM
It was already reviewed at our PTA meeting and we will be updated through the year. Each school in Hamden that has a PTA welcomes each family to attend and hear about the changes presented by the principle. If you have school age children, that is how you will know what the changes are.
Thomas Alegi January 19, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Hamden Mon, I have no children in the Hamden school system, I would like to know the new educational changes that the state is requiring. Hamden Mon could you please tell me a few of these changed, please. Thanks Tom
Kathleen Ramunni January 19, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Cheryl, I'll look into it and do a story on how they will be adapted into the Hamden Public Schools. Thanks!


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