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Marian Anderson, a famous opera singer, once said “Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.” To this end, we at Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), the regional educational service center to the sixteen school districts serving over 117,000 students in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, strive to fulfill our agency’s mission statement “to identify and provide quality educational opportunities for educators, students, families and communities.” We meet our Mission Statement not only by running our school readiness, special education and magnet school programs for approximately 1,000 students but also by providing a myriad of services to member districts that would be more costly for them to procure on their own. Examples include special education transportation and audiological consultations. Likewise, by brokering multi-district contracts, C.E.S. provides cost-effective purchasing opportunities for services. We are a district resource for grant coordination, implementation of State and Federal educational initiatives, technical assistance, and staff development. Our Professional Development Services division is the “go to” place for our member districts seeking advanced training in cutting-edge initiatives. C.E.S. is well regarded throughout the state for its high quality programs, both in terms of direct student services and professional assistance to school districts. Now, more than ever, it is critical that all school districts take action to build internal capacity, find cost efficiencies, and maximize the impact of every dollar spent to support student growth and achievement. C.E.S. is here to help and lead the way. Sincerely,

Evan Pitkoff, Ed.D.


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 Our mission is to identify and provide quality educational opportunities for educators, students, families and communities.

 With a strong commitment from a diverse and highly-qualified staff, C.E.S. is the primary educational resource for the communities we serve. We are a model of leadership promoting a community of life-long learning. We assure student success through regional collaboration, leadership, resources, and support. Each year we strive to realize our vision by being the first point of contact for our member districts related to any kind of educational service. In order to accomplish this we will continue our research and development efforts to remain on the cutting edge of programs, services and technical assistance. Excellent communication with our members and our partners, along with continued strong support from the Representative Council, will guide and assist us on this journey.

 • Every student has a right to high quality education

• Every educator has the responsibility to be a life-long learner

• Student-centered instruction recognizes the individual abilities of each learner

• The commitment of our dedicated staff is valued • Our effectiveness as an organization contributes to our clients’ success

• The unique cultural and developmental differences of our students are recognized and valued

• It is important to reflect upon and continually evaluate the services we provide

• Partnerships among families, schools, communities, and state agencies are essential for the achievement of common goals and conservation of financial services

• It is important to nurture growth of progressive learning and communities

• Leadership, communication, innovation, and creative thinking promote positive change and growth

• Every staff member represents the mission, core beliefs and vision of C.E.S.


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MEMBER DISTRICTS  BRIDGEPORT -- Barbara Bellinger DARIEN -- Clara Sartori

EASTON -- Adam Dunsby FAIRFIELD -- Sue Brand GREENWICH -- Nancy Kail MONROE -- Mark Antinozzi NEW CANAAN -- Vacant REGION #9 -- Leon J. Karvelis, Jr.


NORWALK -- Susan Hamilton & Migdalia Rivas


RIDGEFIELD -- Lyn Merrill (Vice President) SHELTON -- Arlene Liscinsky (President) & Thomas Minotti (Alternate) Weston

STAMFORD -- Jackie Heftman


STRATFORD -- David Kennedy & Janice Daponte (Alternate)

WESTPORT -- Vacant


New Canaan

TRUMBULL -- Michael Ward (Secretary) WESTON -- Sonya Stack




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Stratford Bridgeport


WILTON -- Barbara Myers


EVAN PITKOFF, ED.D. Executive Director

ZITA MCMAHON Manager, Human Resources

ANTHONY C. MAIDA Associate Executive Director/Director of Special Education

MARK RIBBENS, ED.D. Principal, Regional Center for the Arts/Open Choice Coordinator

JAMES R. CARROLL Chief Financial & Operations Officer

LINDA PAGE Director, School Readiness Preschool Program

ESTHER BOBOWICK Director, Professional Development Services

CHRISTOPHER LA BELLE Director/Principal, Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School, Thurgood Marshall Middle School for Social Justice

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TO IMPROVE SERVICES AND EXPAND PARTICIPATION IN C.E.S. OBJECTIVE 1: To provide resources to assist school districts with their ARRA planning and/or use of ARRA funds. OBJECTIVE 2: To respond to district financial needs through collaborative and regional planning and purchasing. OBJECTIVE 3: Non-school-based divisions will focus on one specific area to improve services for our member districts. Goal 2:

TO IMPROVE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS IN C.E.S. PROGRAMS. OBJECTIVE 1: To improve the use of data to inform instructional and programmatic decision-making.

Goal 3:

TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY RELATED TO EDUCATIONAL POLICY ISSUES AND ASSOCIATED GUIDELINES. OBJECTIVE 1: To leverage partnerships with federal, state and local decision-makers and stakeholders to impact educational policy and guidelines favorable to constituent needs.

Goal 4:

TO PROVIDE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WHO WORK IN THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY. OBJECTIVE 1: To retain competent and experienced staff at C.E.S. OBJECTIVE 2: To provide quality professional development to address C.E.S., individual member districts and community-based organizations.

OBJECTIVE 2: To promote a positive school climate through the application of school-wide positive behavioral supports. 4

MEETING NEEDS 

At Cooperative Educational Services we believe in the process of continuous improvement. Each year we adjust our programming to meet the needs of our member districts. As a result, gathering data to evaluate our success and determine our focus and priorities is a continuous process at C.E.S. We hold regular council meetings for various education professionals such as special education directors, curriculum specialists, assistant superintendents, school principals, subject area specialists, human resources personnel, and technology coordinators. During these council meetings we solicit feedback from our members to help us determine future initiatives. The executive director also meets monthly with the C.E.S. Representative Council, and with the superintendents of member districts. All of the divisions at C.E.S. hold meetings with their constituents so that our services are customized to meet the unique needs of each district. The Leadership Institute @ C.E.S., which is a separate entity comprised of leaders from our participating member districts, meets four times a year to address the continuum of leadership needs from teacher leadership to administrative leadership. Through dialogue with the Leadership Institute Board, we are able to establish programs and support that reflect the needs of our member districts. The strategic planning process involves constituents from our member districts and the communities we serve. During our annual meeting, goals and objectives for the organization are reviewed. Often objectives are rewritten and an action plan for each goal is developed. C.E.S. also encourages strong parental involvement. Each year, our Special Education division solicits feedback from parents, and our Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School meets regularly with the School Planning and Management Team (SPMT), made up of both parents and staff. The Regional Center for the Arts (RCA) has an active parent advisory group supporting fundraising efforts and all of RCA’s student productions. We are also in continuous contact with representatives from the Connecticut State Department of Education in order to assist our districts state mandates such as school improvement plans, policy development, and in-school suspension. As a service center, we must always be prepared to assist our districts according to their individual needs. We compile an annual profile of our member districts that includes their goals, school data reports, comprehensive school improvement plans, and additional relevant information to further customize our services. Often state or federal mandates, or economic conditions determine needs. We strive to provide lower cost options to satisfy the needs of our member districts. The Leadership Team at C.E.S. is comprised of the executive director, the associate executive director/special education director, the chief financial and operations officer, the director of our Professional Development Services division, the directors of our magnet schools, the director of our School Readiness program, and the manager of Human Resources. Our team meets collectively and individually with key constituents to obtain recommendations in planning future programs and services.

ACTIVITIES & SERVICES There are several divisions within Cooperative Educational Services. School Readiness is a program for Bridgeport preschool students. Six to Six Magnet School/Thurgood Marshall Middle School and the Regional Center for the Arts both provide innovative programs and educational choice options for students and families. The Special Education division offers services for children from birth to three years, and provides learning and instruction for students with a variety of disabilities from age three through 21. Professional Development Services (PDS) provides high quality training for staff in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, strategic planning, school improvement, data-driven decision-making, grant development, interdistrict programming, program development and evaluation, magnet school recruitment and technology. Administrative Services is the core of our business operations, and our Human Resources division manages internal hiring and staff support. A detailed summary of specific activities each of these divisions performs are in successive pages of this report.

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 APRIL 2010 - C.E.S. honored seven area individuals and organizations with the Success Through Educational Partnerships (STEP) award in a breakfast ceremony on Friday, April 9 at the Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull. The STEP Awards were created by the leadership team at C.E.S. to honor individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to support the agency in its mission to identify and provide quality educational opportunities for educators, students, families and communities. Among the recipients of the award were Trumbull Emergency Medical Services and the Trumbull Police Department. Trumbull Emergency Medical Services has been the first responder to emergencies at the C.E.S. Special Education school on Oakview Drive in Trumbull for the past 15 years. The safety of students, faculty and staff is a direct result of their continued efforts to provide immediate and thorough assistance in an emergency. The Trumbull Police Department has provided prompt assistance when needed onsite at the C.E.S. Special Education school on Oakview Drive in Trumbull. The positive communication between the police department and the school has been instrumental in providing a safe learning environment for students.

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk was honored for their work with Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School to provide on and off site professional development for teachers and experiential learning for students to help Six to Six transform into a math, science and technology focused magnet school. POPS: Parents of Performing Students, which is the parent organization for families with students enrolled at C.E.S. Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull, received an award for providing scholarships to graduating seniors who intend to pursue a degree in a field within the performance arts industry. Sacred Heart University was honored as the agency-wide recipient of the Success Through Educational Partnerships award for their commitment and collaboration across several divisions of C.E.S. including professional development and teacher training, grant writing and implementation, special education programs and a variety of other support services. The STEP Award is slated to become an annual honor given by C.E.S. to acknowledge individuals and organizations that collaborate with the educational community to contribute to the success of education in Fairfield County. From L to R: Lyn Nevins, Esther Bobowick, State Rep. Terrie Wood, Dr. Evan Pitkoff.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County was honored for its support of C.E.S. School Readiness by providing preschool students and their families with children’s books and literacy workshops to promote reading and literacy in the classroom and at home. State Representative Terrie Wood (Darien/Norwalk) received an award for her commitment to educating legislators about the Beginning Educator Support Training program for new teachers. She served on the Education and Appropriations Committees and was an advocate at the state level for new teacher mentoring support. 6

CHANGES  SCHOOL READINESS Our newly hired School Readiness staff members were trained in the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework and three (3) of our veteran staff members, likewise, received continued coaching in the Connecticut State Department of Education’s program, “Training Wheels,” to foster the use of the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework Additional funds were sought to aid in the quest to promote literacy. Two mini-grants were procured via the United Way and First Book. These mini-grants enabled all fifty-four (54) students to receive age appropriate books to develop home libraries. In addition, three (3) staff members applied and received mini-grant through the C.E.S. Foundation for “Social Studies in the Block Area.”

REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS Baseline walkthrough data collected in the fall indicated a need to vary instructional grouping practices at RCA. This was the emphasis for professional development throughout the year. Springtime observations reflected a great variety of grouping practices. Particularly noteworthy on the instructional front was the initial step taken towards offering dance instruction to special needs students in our C.E.S. Special Education programs.

SIX TO SIX INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL All Six to Six Magnet School faculty members were trained in the Connecticut Accountability Learning Initiative (CALI) model for data teams and effective teaching strategies. Data teams met twice per month to analyze student progress and adjust instructional strategies. A Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) system was implemented in the middle school and targeted elementary grades.

SPECIAL EDUCATION C.E.S. Special Education conducted trial runs with identified instruments (e.g. DTORF, SSIS, and AIMSWeb,) to determine the growth of students in targeted areas. Teachers and administrators collected data over the course of the year to document progress and determine the benefits of selected assessment tools for instructional programmatic decision making. The administration participated in the planning phase of the construction project scheduled to commence in 2010-11 to expand the Special Education building at 25 Oakview Drive in Trumbull.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Professional Development Services emphasized opportunities to coordinate professional development training on a larger scale to provide cost efficiencies to districts. Examples included the planning of the RESC Alliance statewide professional development on English Language Learners, coordinating a regional effort to assist area districts with the new Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program, and contracting with three national presenters to focus on secondary Scientific Research Based Intervention (SRBI) support. PDS is striving to meet the needs of C.E.S. stakeholders and member districts through the development of alternative formats for professional development including symposiums, onsite coaching and district workshops, one-on-one coaching, networking roundtables and a traditional workshop model. PDS is also examining further the ways schools and classrooms can provide direct instruction to help students develop 21st century learning skills and knowledge.

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CHANGES FOR THE FUTURE... Each School Readiness classroom will use the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework to plan and implement activities and to observe and assess the performance of children. Data will be used to identify each child’s area of strength and areas in need of growth. The Regional Center for the Arts will work with the Special Education center to expand the inter-agency initiative to include more students in special education programs in RCA performance arts programming. Six to Six Magnet Interdistrict School will develop and monitor a comprehensive two-year School Improvement Plan focused on data-driven decision making. Each school-based program in Special Education will develop a comprehensive plan with targeted indicators for academic, social and/or emotional growth for students. The administration will make the necessary adjustments (e.g. scheduling use of conference room, redirecting parking options, etc.) to accommodate and expedite the school construction project at the 25 Oakview Drive facility during the 2010-11 school year. Working cooperatively with the division of Special Education administration, Professional Development Services provided the opportunity for three C.E.S. employees to participate in Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBIS) training so the agency can now offer this highly requested training as a service to our districts. In addition, PDS will emphasize the expertise and capacity it has developed in the area of Literacy as a focus of offerings to school districts. 8


A Touch of Color Photography, LLC; ABCD; Ability Beyond Disability; Aldrich Museum; American Medical Response; American School for the Deaf; Afrikan-American Cultural Awareness; Abilis; Alran Books; Arts for Healing; Artsport; ARI in Stamford; Audubon Copy Shoppe; Autism Spectrum Resource Ctr.


The Bagel; Barnes & Noble; Bercham, Moses & Devlin; Beardsley Zoo; Best Buddies; Board of Education Services for the Blind; Borders Books & Music (Fairfield Center); Boy Scouts of America; Boys & Girls Village; Bridge House ; Bridgeport Alliance for Young Children; Bridgeport Bluefish; Bridgeport BOE, Early Childhood Consultation Center; Bridgeport BOE; Early Childhood Dept.; Bridgeport Cabaret Theatre; Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition; Bridgeport Child Guidance; Bridgeport Family Resource Center Network; Bridgeport City Hall; Bridgeport Fire Department; Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance; Bridgeport Hospital; Bridgeport Police Department; Bridgeport Public Library; Bridgeport Regional Business Council; Bridgeport Sound Tigers; Bridgeport YMCA: Bullard Havens Regional Vo-Tech School; Bureau of Rehabilitation Services; Burger King (Bridgeport)


Cardinal Shehan Center; Care 4 Kids; Casey Family Services; Central CT State University/ ITBD; C.E.S. Foundation; Charter Oak State College; Chartwells; Cheshire Fitness Zone; Chessin, Dr. Robert; Child First; Child Guidance Center of Southern CT; Christ Church in Stamford; Coalition for Women and Families; Collier, Cathie R.D.H., CPR Instructor; Commerce Park Dental Group; CT Assoc. for the Education of Young Children; CT Assoc. of Interdistrict Magnet Schools; CT Autism Society; CT Ballet; CT Charts-A-Course; CT Children’s Museum, New Haven; CT Dept. of Labor; CT Historical Society; CT Institute for Sustainable Energy; CT Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc., Inc.; CT Technical High School System; CT Parenting Education Network; CT Office of the Anti-Defamation League with the Jewish; Coordinated Transportation Services; Crown Plaza Hotel


Dept. of Children and Families; Dept. of Developmental Services; Dept. of Mental Heath & Addictions; Dept. of Social Services; Developmental Therapy-Teaching Programs (The University of Georgia, Athens); Discovery Museum

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Emergency Care Institute; Eagle Hill School; Early Childhood Consultation Partnership/ Catholic Charities; Eli Whitney Museum


Fairfield Business Alliance; Fairfield Prep; Fairfield Public Library; Fairfield University; Family Resource Center; Family Services of Woodfield; Farm on Wheels; Federation Assoc. of CT; First Book, Fairfield County; Fone’s School of Dental Hygiene; Fordham University; Fortuna’s (Bridgeport); Full of Joy Yoga; FYE


Gallo, Dr. Cornelia; Gigi’s; Girl Scouts of America; Giove’s (Trumbull); Glen Martin Associates; Gold Star Video; Goodwill Industries (Bridgeport); Grau, Dr. Michael (Pearson Education); Greater Bridgeport Director’s Network; Greater Bridgeport/Trumbull Headstart Center; Greenwich Autism Center


Habitat for Humanity – Bridgeport; Hall, Elaine (The Miracle Project); Haskins Laboratories; Hallbrook Intensive Outpatient and Hospital; Healy, Myra; The Hope Center; Housatonic Community College


J.C. Penney; J. Creed Consulting; Jason Project; Jennies Pizza (Monroe); Jewish Home for the Elderly; Juvenile Probation – Bridgeport, Danbury, New Haven, Norwalk


Kant, Dr. Steven; Kennedy Center; Kids in Crisis of Greenwich


Laurent, Amy; The Lighthouse Program; Lilian Davies Foundation; Linda’s Storytime


Make A Wish Foundation; Marie’s Sandwich Shop (Trumbull); Maritime Aquarium; Mayer-Johnson; Middlebrook Farms; Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center; Mobile Veterinary Clinic; Monroe Police Department; Monroe Public Library; Moss, James; Music Together of Norwalk/Newtown, LLC; Mystic Aquarium


NASA; NAEYC; New Haven Symphony; Norwalk Community College; Norwalk Transit District; Nutmeg Dry Cleaners (Danbury)


Papillon; Parent Center of Bridgeport; Pediatric Health Care Associates; People’s United Bank; Phoenix Academy; Pizzeria Uno (Fairfield); Planned Parenthood; Plymouth Early Childhood Council; PMT Associates, Inc.; Prevent Blindness Tri-State; Prizant, Dr. Barry; Professional Placement Resources, LLC; Prospects Program; Pyramid Educational Consultants


Rehabilitation Associates; Reitz, Dr. Andy; RESC Assistive Technology Alliance; Resources for Human Development-RHD; Rickler, Dr. Barbara; Riggs, Cathy - Project Learn


Sacred Heart University; SERC; Sergio’s Pizza; The Shack (Fairfield); Shapiro, Dr. Richard; Shipman & Goodwin; Smeraglino’s; Southern CT State University; Spurwink Services; STAR, Inc.; St. Saviour’s Church Nursery School; St. Vincent’s Hospital; St. Vincent’s Special Needs Center; Stamford Child Guidance; Stew Leonard’s (Norwalk); Stratford Community Services; Stratford Theatre; Sullivan, Schoen, Campane & Connon


Teachers’ College/Columbia University; T&J Video Service; Trumbull Chamber of Commerce; Trumbull Congregational Church; Trumbull Fire Dept.; Trumbull/Monroe Health Dept.; Trumbull Pets & Aquarium; Trumbull Police Department; Trumbull Public Library; Trumbull Rotary


United Way of Coastal Fairfield County; University of Bridgeport; University of CT, College of Agriculture and National Resources; University of New Haven; UCLA -SMP


Vazzy’s; Villa Pizza; Volunteers of America


Weber, Tom; Wellness Zone (Bridgeport); Westchester Family Institute; Western CT State University; Westport Country Playhouse


Yale Child Study Center; Yale New Haven Hospital; Young Audiences of CT

SPECIAL EDUCATION Special Education Programs within the Division offer a variety of specialized services for students with significant disabilities. These programs provide both school-based centers for students 3 to 21 years of age with developmental and emotional disabilities and a birth to three early intervention program. The Division is also responsive to district needs for program development. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Division of Special Education: • Provided special education placements for 350 students 3 to 21 years of age with developmental and emotional disabilities • Provided extended year services to 222 students • Provided early intervention services to 243 infants and toddlers and their families

 BEGINNINGS Beginnings is a Birth to Three program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The multidisciplinary staff travels to families’ homes, child care programs and other community based activities to provide services. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Beginnings: • Provided services to 243 infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families from 8 towns • Had fifty-one children complete the program and transitioned to LEA preschool special education programs while 22 exited the program no longer needing services • Implemented an early literacy program funded by the C.E.S. Foundation for all families referred to Beginnings

PRESCHOOL-PRIMARY LEARNING CENTER Preschool-Primary Learning Center (PLC) offers a special education program alternative for students 3 to 12 years of age who fall within the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum. PLC utilizes a low student to staff ratio program design, positive behavioral support, functional communication training, many transactional supports inclusive of extensive use of visual supports, sensory diets, academic and functional academic instruction and highly trained lead-support instructional teams. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Preschool-Primary Learning Center: • Served a total of 62 students from 20 school districts • Provided program consultation and staff inservice training regarding educational software and using the computer and SMARTboard as instructional tools • Continued to work with Dr. Barry Prizant on the implementation of the SCERTS model: personnel from two out of state schools visited the program to observe our use of the SCERTS model at Dr. Prizant’s suggestion. One of these visitors was the creator of “The Miracle Project” an Emmy award winning HBO special on autism • Continued to offer Sibling Camp during the extended school year session and sibling support activities during the academic year • Reflected a 4.6/5.0 overall satisfaction rating in a parent survey 10

 DEVELOPMENTAL LEARNING CENTER Developmental Learning Center (DLC) is an intensive special education program for students 12 to 21 years of age with significant developmental disabilities such as autism, neurological impairments, pervasive developmental disorders, and intellectual disorders with and without challenging behaviors. DLC offers both a middle school component and a secondary transition education program (S.T.E.P.), which focus on applied academics; development of functional skills; communication and social skill development; pre-vocational/vocational training; and development of recreational/leisure skills via both a variety of center-based and community-based instructional experiences. In 2009 - 2010, the Developmental Learning Center: • Served 79 students from 19 school districts • Successfully transitioned eight students to adult service placements • Hosted 5th Annual Adult Service Providers Expo for Fairfield County families and agencies • Reflected a 4.4/5.0 overall satisfaction rating in a parent survey

RISE TRANSITION PROGRAM RISE Transition Program (RISE) is a regional special education program for students with limited cognitive functioning, 18 to 21 years of age, on the campus of Sacred Heart University. This program provides students with opportunities to develop vocational, social and personal management skills through a variety of campus and community-based transition activities including activities with university students (“peer buddies”) of similar age. In 2009-10, the RISE Transition Program: • Provided placements for eleven students from six school districts • Continued students’ involvement in Sacred Heart University activities which included Homecoming, Best Buddies, sporting events and campus fairs/festivals (e.g., Health and Wellness Fair, Disability Awareness Fair) • Participated in student centered theater appreciation program, where students planned and attended four productions including “Mary Poppins” on Broadway • Held its fifth graduation ceremony for three RISE students who completed their two year placements

THERAPEUTIC DAY PROGRAM Therapeutic Day Program (TDP) is a regional special education program for students from grades K-12 who present with a variety of significant behavioral and emotional disabilities. TDP offers a comprehensive treatment approach that includes educational, psychological, psychiatric, and parent counseling/support services aimed at improving student’s overall functioning. It utilizes a highly structured learning environment, low staff to student ratios and intensive school-based therapeutic services to effectively build and develop each student’s academic, behavioral, emotional and social functioning. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Therapeutic Day Program: • Served 193 students from 30 different school districts • Successfully returned 20 students to district placements and assisted 12 students in meeting their district graduation requirements • Conducted a program-wide Multicultural Fair and Science Fair during year which focused on displaying the academic accomplishments of TDP students • Reflected a 4.5/5.0 overall satisfaction rating in a parent survey

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 Special Education Related Services Unit provides a variety of consultation, diagnostic and therapy services for students with disabilities. This unit also aims to address special education inservice needs of personnel who work with students with disabilities.

AUDIOLOGICAL SERVICES Audiological Services provides audiological evaluations, auditory processing evaluations and classroom consultation for students referred by school districts. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Audiological Services Program: • Provided 91 evaluations to students from 12 districts • Provided 142 hours of consultation services to 6 school districts

BEHAVIOR PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES Behavior Psychology Services involves the delivery of assessment, consultation and training services via C.E.S. specialists in the areas of applied behavioral analysis. In 2009-10, C.E.S.’ Behavioral Psychology Services: • Provided monthly consultation services to classrooms for students with autism from 3 school districts • Worked with consultants from State Department of Education on determining next steps in the monitoring of Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) for public schools

REGIONAL ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER Regional Assistive Technology Center provides evaluation and consultation services to school district staff to assist in determining technology needs for their students. In 2009-10, the C.E.S. Regional Assistive Technology Center: • Provided 40 evaluations to students from 17 districts • Provided 157 hours of consultation services to 8 districts • Provided 99 hours of training services to 9 districts • Conducted assistive technology audits for three school systems

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES Professional Development Services responds to local school district needs for inservice training/workshops on a variety of topics related to special education. In 2009-10, C.E.S. Special Education Professional Development Services: • Provided 6 Physical Management Training sessions to 155 staff members from C.E.S. and 11 area districts • Conducted Focus Group meetings for 41 Secondary Transition Coordinators/Specialists/Teachers from 15 districts • Provided training to 27 area school district Speech Pathologists and teachers on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Advanced 12

SIX TO SIX The Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School (TMMS) for Social Justice is a regional magnet school, located in Bridgeport, consisting of students from three years old through grade 8. The magnet focus is science, mathematics, and technology. We have developed long-term partnerships with the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, The Discovery Museum, the Eli Whitney Museum, NASA, and The Jason Project. Six to Six/TMMS has adopted the Comer/Zigler model (CoZi) of school governance and family support. Our School Planning and Management Team (SPMT) consist of representatives from every constituency of our school community. The SPMT has led initiatives on the development of curriculum, school-family-community partnerships, and school policies and procedures. Our Family Resource Center provides parenting workshops, toddler playgroups, and individualized family assistance conferences. The school is designed to assist families who are balancing their desire for quality education with their childcare needs. The school is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm to provide before and after school care. Six to Six/TMMS is a Responsive Classroom school. We understand that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. Therefore, we incorporate strategies in our classrooms that bring together social and academic learning throughout the day. Enrollment at Six to Six/TMMS is through an application/lottery process that was developed to ensure diversity in our student population. Enrollment was 434 students.

HUMAN RESOURCES • Annual Notice of Assignment • Benefits • Certifications/Licenses • Employee Assistance Program • Fingerprinting • University Printsevices • Job Vacancies • Orientation • Personnel Files and Records • Tuition Reimbursement • Workers’ Compensation

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 The Regional Center for the Arts (RCA) is a part-time interdistrict magnet schools located in Trumbull. Our mission is to bring together people of diverse cultural heritage to develop in all students the knowledge, skills, attitudes and self discipline to reach their fullest artistic potential, to live a productive life and to contribute to society as creative engaged citizens. The program at RCA promotes voluntary integration by encouraging collaboration and cooperation among a socioeconomic and ethically diverse student body. Students are drawn from districts throughout Fairfield county. RCA offers high school students an opportunity to develop their creative potential working with performers as teachers with the twin aims of having students better understand themselves and others, and to expose students to the skills and techniques they will need if they are to pursue a career in the performing arts. After taking academic classes at their home high school, our students are transported to RCA where they attend from 1:45-4:30. During the 2009-10 school year our students studied dance, theater, music, video production, and musical theater. Our students participated in 22 performances of 15 separate productions in either our main theater or black box theater. Our parent organization, Parents or Performing Students (POPS), is an active partner in supporting our students. Among other activities, POPS awards scholarships to college bound seniors who are majoring in the performing arts.

OPEN CHOICE The Open Choice program is an interdistrict program with the goal of improving academic achievement, reducing racial, ethnic, and economic isolation, and providing a choice of educational programs for students enrolled in public schools. Through Open Choice a student may attend a school outside of his or her home district. Participating school districts annually declare how many seats may be available, and students are chosen through a lottery from the pool of applicants. During the 2009-10 school year over 450 applications were received. Once placed in a school district, students continue in that district until graduation from high school. During the 2009-10 school year 189 students from Bridgeport were enrolled in the school districts of Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, and Westport. 14

SCHOOL READINESS C.E.S. School Readiness is a full-day, full-year National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited childcare program serving 54 Bridgeport children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years. Our hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 50 weeks per year. Each child is required to attend a minimum of six hours each day. Our program philosophy centers on the belief that each child is a unique learner with his/her own cultural identity, learning style, temperament, and developmental pattern. Each of these factors influences how each child learns and grows; development and learning are interconnected in the preschool years. We believe that each child’s family is an important partner in the daily care and education of their children. Our Family Advisory Board which meets throughout the year to discuss policies, procedures, curriculum, and family advocacy supports our program’s mission. Teachers strive to know each child as an individual and to work in partnership with the family to know, understand, and plan appropriate learning experiences for each child in their care. Our staff utilizes The Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks to plan for and assess each individual child. This year our waiting list grew to over 90 students. We had 22 available slots.

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES FISCAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT Provides all financial services for the Agency’s $49 million budget, including budgeting, financial record keeping, payroll, billing, purchasing, accounts payable, and construction projects.

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT Operations Department facilitates the successful operation of all C.E.S. buildings and rental properties. Some highlights are: • Worked with architects to design a new 15,000 square foot addition to 25 Oakview Drive • Received zoning approval to build 15,000 square foot addition to 25 Oakview Drive • Received State approval for new addition

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES DEPARTMENT • Coordinates all network services • Maintains a state-of-the-art hardware inventory • Provides Internet and email services for all staff • Staffs a help desk • Troubleshoots and repairs hardware and software problems • Provides technology consultation to member districts

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT • Operates a fleet of forty-three vehicles • Provides specialized transportation to our member and non-member districts

PDS During the 2009-2010 school year, Professional Development Services held 71 workshops on a variety of topics including math, science, curriculum design, literacy, supervision & evaluation, and performance assessment. More than 1,553 teachers and administrators attended the workshops • Provided on-site workshops and technical assistance through 95 contracts to 22 districts on various topics including classroom management, discipline, comprehension, data analysis, mentoring, curriculum design, differentiation, data-driven decision making, developing data teams, effective teaching strategies, hands-on science, looking at student work, common formative assessment, generational diversity and leadership development • Hosted CSDE Reading and Language Arts Council meetings as well as regional Mathematics, Science and Technology Councils • C.E.S. coordinated the 12th Annual Fairfield County Recruiting Fair which included 14 districts, three Charter Schools, a private school, two universities and one vendor. Eight hundred potential candidates attended

EARLY CHILDHOOD • C.E.S. early childhood staff provided monitoring, training, consultation, technical assistance and coaching to a wide variety of early care and education programs throughout the C.E.S. region (Head Start, School Readiness, State-funded child care, school district preschool and infant programs) serving children with and without disabilities, from infancy through age 5 • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Activities were related to program improvement, curriculum, behavior management, supervision and adult learning, CT Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework • CONSULTATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Services were provided primarily to Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk through long-term (annual) contracts with local School Readiness Councils or community agencies. Additional fee-based services were provided to Stratford, Greenwich • CSDE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS: Training Wheels Project, Recognition & Response, Accreditation Support through Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children

• The Retired Educators at C.E.S. (RE-C.E.S.) program provided a variety of workshops which were attended by 27 out of 32 members


• Collaborated with C.E.S. Special Education to plan the development of capacity to offer PBIS training in Fall 2010

• Minority Teacher Recruitment • RESC Alliance for Public Relations • Reading First • Connecticut Accountability for Learning Initiative • First Steps Math Training • Intel Leadership Training • Training Wheels Preschool Frameworks Training 16

THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY • Provided year-round customized workshops on 21st Century ICT tools • Provided customized services on a fee basis to schools within our districts and the Diocese of Bridgeport • Convened three meetings of the C.E.S. Regional Technology Coordinators • Provided 106 days of on-site school-based training to our partner districts through the Enhancing Education Through Technology, Title II Part D, grant

GREENWICH: Teacher Evaluation, Literacy, SMART Board Training, After School Computer Training Sessions related to excel & Web 2.0, TEAM Mentor Updates, SRBI for Special Education, Overview of the CT PCF/PAF MONROE: Leadership, SMART Board Training NEW CANAAN: Effective Instructional Strategies, Teacher Leadership, TEAM Mentor Updates NORWALK: Literacy, Early Childhood, Data Driven Decision Making, District Data Team training and support, Effective Instructional Strategies, SDE Demo School Data Team Facilitation, Mentor Training, SRBI planning, CALI training

• Offered three technology integration workshops at no charge to C.E.S. districts

STAMFORD: School Readiness, Curriculum Planning, CALI training, District Data Team support, Paraprofessional training, Effective Teaching Strategies

• Offered Intel Leadership Training

STAMFORD DIOCESE: School Improvement, Planning & Literacy

• Provided extensive training to area schools on Smart boards at beginning and advanced levels

STRATFORD: CALI, Technology Training, TEAM Mentor Updates, Preschool Curriculum Frameworks, Data team facilitation

• Offered sessions in new technologies such as podcasts, digital movies, blogs, etc.

TRUMBULL: Curriculum review, Literacy, Grant Writing Services

• Provided Reading First schools in their final year with training on making digital movies so they could capture clips of students using literacy skills • Offered three summer workshops for school secretaries

WILTON: Facilitation Skills for Study Groups, Technology, Literacy, Formative Assessment, SRBI planning, Effective Teaching Strategies, Differentiation PARK CITY PREP: On-site coaching, Curriculum Development, Tech Integration SIDE BY SIDE: Tech Integration

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS • Curriculum Council • Science Curriculum Council • Mathematics Council • Language Arts Council • School – Business Partnership • Middle School Council • Elementary Principals Interest Group • Technology Coordinators • TEAM District Facilitators


BRIDGEPORT: Middle School & High School Teachers Effective Instructional Strategies, Data team facilitation, Mentor Training, School Readiness, SRBI for administrators, Preschool Assessment, CALI training and support, TEAM updates with new teachers & Mentors

THE BRIDGE ACADEMY: Tech Integration NEW BEGINNINGS FAMILY ACADEMY: Training and Support in the Implementation of Explicit Small Group Instruction

THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AT C.E.S. • Sponsored professional development workshops for administrators including presenters Dr. James Popham, Kim Marshall and Dr. Denise Gibbs • Held a year-long New Administrator Induction Program for 30 new administrators from eight districts and a year-long New Administrator Induction Program for 39 second year administrators from eight districts • Held a year-long Administrator Aspirant Program for 29 candidates from nine districts who are mentored by volunteer administrators in the districts

BRIDGEPORT DIOCESE: School Improvement, Planning & Literacy, Reading Instruction

• Hosted monthly meetings for elementary and middle school principals

FAIRFIELD: SMART Board Training, TEAM update with new teachers, TEAM Mentor Updates

• Hosted the Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Deb Pickering

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• Held the fourth Academy for Teacher Leadership at C.E.S. with 19 teachers and their administrators

TEACHER EDUCATION AND MENTORING (TEAM) The Connecticut State Legislature passed legislation which ended the BEST Program and created the new TEAM Program for new teacher induction. The 2009-10 school year was a developmental year, with actual implementation of TEAM set to begin in 2010-11. C.E.S. TEAM Field Staff person, Lyn Nevins, was involved in every phase of the development of the TEAM Program. In this capacity, she: • Assisted C.E.S. districts in preparing to make the transition from BEST to TEAM. Spoke with and emailed every District Facilitator in the C.E.S. region • Conducted additional meetings for District Facilitators in order to help them understand the details of the new program and to share ideas with each other about how to handle new responsibilities • Conducted Mentor Updates in-district in Greenwich (3), Stamford, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford (2), Wilton (2). Approximately 500 Mentors were updated • Conducted 2 three-day Initial Support Training for 100 new mentors/ cooperating teachers • Conducted trainings at C.E.S. for TEAM Coordinating Committees (TCC) from all C.E.S. districts. Districts sent teams of 1-8 people to the workshop to understand their role/responsibilities in the new program • Conducted trainings in-district for administrators to help them understand their role in the new program in New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, and Trumbull • Assisted with the piloting of the TEAM Program with 67 new teachers and their mentors in the C.E.S. region by offering trainings for the new teachers and mentors, offering support to them during the pilot, and conducting a focus group to get feedback on the new program • Assisted with the statewide development of all aspects of the new TEAM Program by serving on the Statewide Module Development Team, providing input and feedback on the development of the program to the Policy Team, and helping to write parts of the program


READING FIRST • C.E.S. completed the seventh and final year managing the Federal Reading First grant funded under No Child Left Behind legislation. Ten schools were continued for a bonus year which focused on Sustainability. C.E.S. was responsible for all aspects of coordinating the professional development for District Coordinators, Principals, Internal Literacy Facilitators and External Literacy Facilitators. Additionally, C.E.S. organized and executed its final weeklong summer institute for 300 staff members from 25 schools • C.E.S. was responsible for the employment and evaluation of 9 Reading First External Literacy Facilitators assigned to the Reading First schools • C.E.S. Literacy Coordinator and Administrative Assistant played integral roles as members of the Reading First Management team • Completed the fifth year of providing professional development in literacy and technical assistance to all Bridgeport Diocesan schools • Provided CALI training and support to identified schools • Provided technical assistance to charter schools on curriculum development and effective teaching strategies


TOTALLY EXTREME ADVENTURES IN MATH AND SCIENCE (TEAMS) • Approximately 350 fifth grade students from Bridgeport, Monroe and Fairfield participated in the program offered in collaboration with the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. Two focal points of the program include a simulated space shuttle launch to the moon, as well as building a colony on an imaginary version of the moon

OTHER GRANTS • C.E.S. partnered with Sacred Heart University to secure funding and implement the fourth year of the Teacher Quality Partnership to train elementary school teachers from Ansonia PS, Bridgeport PS, Diocese of Bridgeport, Fairfield PS, Monroe PS, New Beginnings Family Academy, Norwalk PS, Stratford PS, Trumbull PS, and Waterbury PS in inquiry-based science • PDS helped Park City Prep prepare a grant which funded updating the school’s curriculum for greater use of educational technology. PDS delivered the professional development to support the initiative • PDS helped The Bridge Academy and Side By Side School develop a grant to create a 21st-Century Learning Environment for Social Studies and is providing professional development support for this program 18

 School Readiness $ 673,281

[June 30, 2010]

Administration $ 2,148,037

 Total Revenue: $ 41,124,984

Interdistrict Magnet Schools & School Choice $ 9,051,366

Facilities $ 4,201,879

Special Revenue Funds $ 1,955,543

Professional Development Services $ 1,324,982 Special Education $ 20,114,102

Transportation ation $ 1,655,794 794

Special Revenue Funds $ 1,926,244 School Readiness Administration $ 589,145 $ 2,148,053

 Total Expenditures: $ 39,034,076

Interdistrict Magnet Schools & School Choice $ 9,062,289 Transportation $ 1,483,057 Special Education $ 18,099,941

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Facilities $ 4,201,879

Professional Development Services $ 1,523,468

 [as of August 18, 2010]

Central Administration Administrative Services Executive Director Executive Searches Human Resources Internet & Technology Services Public Information Facility Cost Centers Legal & Professional Fees Golf Tournament & 5K Race Interdistrict Magnet Schools & Schools Choice Regional Center for the Arts Six to Six Magnet School Enhancing Education Choices/Opportunity School Choice Transportation School Readiness


857,7063 451,371 49,600 257,060 536,245 108,090 13,088,032 20,000 42,928


1,679,690 6,553,683 122,251 851,365 637,704

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Program Name Administrative Services Transportation Professional Development Services TEAM Clinics TEAM Orientation TEAM Support Training C.E.S. Regional Tech Coordinators Curriculum Council Minority Teacher Recruiting Reading/Language Arts Council Sexual Harassment TEAMS Technology Literacy Challenge The Leadership Institute @ C.E.S. Choice Program Regional Center for the Arts (RCA) Six to Six Magnet School Special Education Developmental Learning Center – Summer Developmental Learning Center – School Year Preschool Learning Center RISE Transition Program Therapeutic Day Program – Summer Therapeutic Day Program – School Year Related Services Beginnings Audiological Consultation/Diagnostic Services Assistive Technology Behavioral Psychology School Readiness (Bridgeport Residents Only)




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LOCATIONS CENTRAL OFFICES 40 Lindeman Drive Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 365-8803

SCHOOL READINESS 40 Lindeman Drive Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 365-8997

SPECIAL EDUCATION DIVISION 25 Oakview Drive & 30 Lindeman Drive Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 365-8800

REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 23 Oakview Drive Trumbull, CT 06611 (203) 365-8857

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SIX TO SIX INTERDISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL & THURGOOD MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL 601 Pearl Harbor Street Bridgeport, CT 06610 Six to Six - (203) 330-6775 TMMS - (203) 330-6010


 APRIL 2010 - Students at Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School assembled 202 health kits for Haitian earthquake victims. Each kit included a washcloth, hand towel, soap, toothbrush, comb, nail file, Band-Aids, and a dollar for toothpaste. The items were donated to the school from families, staff, and members of the school community. The Golden Hill United Methodist Church in Bridgeport received the health kits and filled kits with any missing items before sending them to the UMCOR Depot in Louisiana. The kits were shipped to Port-au-Prince where UMCOR teams distributed them to victims. “As soon as students heard about the earthquake, they wanted to help,” stated Mary Nelson, the middle school language arts teacher at Six to Six. “Moving forward, we’re working on developing a lesson plan about Haiti and working with Lumieres, a group that promotes literacy in Haiti.” Students have been collecting “Pennies for Haiti” with a goal of raising $1000 for the UNICEF fund for Haiti. A shoe drive was also held at the school for the earthquake victims. Students collected more than 400 pairs of shoes. Social responsibility and global awareness are a part of daily learning activities at Six to Six. Students have formed their own recycling center at the school and educate others on the importance of caring for the environment. 22





It is the policy of C.E.S. that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program on account of their race, color, religious creed, age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sex, mental retardation, physical disability or sexual orientation.

Annual Report 2009-10  

C.E.S. Annual Report includes information on programs, services, schools and financials.

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