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EASTCONN

Programs & Services

2021

Winter/Spring

• Adult & Community Programs • Early Childhood Initiatives • K-12 Student Services

• Leading & Learning • Organizational Support • Technology Solutions


Table of Contents

EASTCONN’s programs, products and services are organized under 6 main divisions:

Adult & Community Programs ................................... 3 • • • •

Adult Education & High School Completion.............................. 4-6 Employment & Training Programs.............................................. 6-8 English Language Learner Services............................................ 8 Parent & Family Programs........................................................... 8

Early Childhood Initiatives ........................................... 9

• Early Childhood Coaching & Consultation................................. 10-11 • Early Childhood Materials & Products........................................ 11-12 • Programs for Young Children & Families.................................... 12

K-12 Student Services ..................................................... 13 • • • • • • • • •

Academic Enrichment................................................................. 14-15 Clinical Day Treatment Services.................................................. 15 Magnet Schools & Other Options for Students.......................... 15-16 Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities............. 16 Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services...................... 16-17 Related Services.......................................................................... 17-19 School-to-Career......................................................................... 19 Summer, Vacation, After-School Programs................................. 20 Other Student Services............................................................... 20

Leading & Learning Services ...................................... 21 • • • • •

Center for Educational Leadership............................................. 22-23 Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment........................................ 23 Professional Learning.................................................................. 24-26 Regional Groups & Councils....................................................... 26-27 School Improvement Strategies.................................................. 27-28

Organizational Support .................................................. 29 • • • • • • • •

Administrative Support for Schools............................................ 30-31 Business & Employer Services.................................................... 32-33 Communications Services........................................................... 33 Facilities Services........................................................................ 33-34 Human Resources Management................................................. 34 Personnel & Staffing Solutions.................................................... 34-35 Technology Services.................................................................... 35-36 Transportation Services............................................................... 36

Technology Solutions ........................................................ 37 • • • • • •

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Data Solutions Support & Training.............................................. 38-39 Educational Technology Integration........................................... 39-40 Technology Infrastructure Support.............................................. 40-41 Technology Products................................................................... 41-42 Technology Professional Development....................................... 42 Video Services............................................................................. 42

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A Note from our Executive Director

Dear Colleagues, I’m pleased to send you EASTCONN’s Winter/Spring 2021 Programs & Services update. I hope you’ll comb through its colorful, chock-a-block pages to discover the many ways EASTCONN can help you meet your district’s needs, large and small.

Please contact us to learn more. As always, it starts with a conversation. We’re here. We’re ready. We’re poised to help in any way we can. Sincerely,

You can also explore our programs and services online at www.eastconn.org. Just click on About, and look for Services A-Z in the drop-down menu. The Search Bar offers you another option, as does calling any EASTCONN staff member in this brochure. An important note: EASTCONN has redesigned and expanded many of its direct service and program-delivery options, which now include blended, virtual and in-person models.

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Gary S. Mala and the EASTCONN Team gmala@eastconn.org 860-455-1565

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Adult & Community Programs

EASTCONN promotes and supports lifelong learning for parents, workers and residents of northeastern Connecticut. Whether it’s high school completion, job training, or parenting support, our Adult & Community Programs are designed to develop interests, increase abilities and expand options. Adult & Community Programs Offers: • Adult Education & High School Completion • Employment & Training Programs • English Language Learner Services • Parent & Family Programs

Contact any of our staff, or Rich Tariff, Director of EASTCONN Adult and Community Programs, at 860-455-1562 or rtariff@eastconn.org • www.eastconn.org/adult-programs-home 3. 

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ADULT EDUCATION & HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION American Citizenship Preparation

These classes prepare adults to pass the American Citizenship Test, with a special emphasis on questions used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Classes are provided free to residents of the 21 northeastern Connecticut towns that comprise EASTCONN’s Adult Education consortium. Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770 Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591

Employer Services

Local businesses can customize cost-effective training packages in literacy and English-as-a-SecondLanguage (ESL), customer service, Microsoft Office, or manufacturing that meet their workforce development needs. Training can be provided in the workplace or at a convenient EASTCONN adult education site. If the buildings are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, we have the ability to transition to online classes. Technical support is available. Rich Tariff, 860-455-1562

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy

EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591 Kristin Hempel, 860-423-2591

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High School Completion

Adult Education offers three alternatives for completing a high school education. Our counselors can help adults determine which program is the best option. Choose from among the GED, the Adult High School Credit Diploma and the National External Diploma Program. Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770 Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591

IET (Integrated Education and Training)

IET is an innovative education model that integrates basic-skills adult education with technical instruction. The curriculum is jointly designed by certified adult education instructors and specialists in the manufacturing field. Classes are co-taught by adult education and technical training instructors. The program helps students prepare for the GED; earn the manufacturing industry-recognized Certified Production Technician Certification and create a digital portfolio demonstrating work-readiness skills. Cyndi Wells, 860-455-1572

JET (Jobs, Education & Training) for 17-24-year-olds

Get a JET start on your future! Explore career options and participate in paid internships and on-the-job training. Improve your work-readiness skills and learn about résumé writing, dressing for success, interview techniques and more. Education and training classes will help you complete your high school diploma and/or earn a nationally recognized Customer Service credential. If the buildings are temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, we will provide programming through a remote delivery model. Technical support will be provided, as available. Cindy Chester, 860-455-1517 4.


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Life Skills & Basic Skills Instruction

Intended for adults who are at least 17, who are no longer enrolled in high school, and who lack a high school diploma, this free, skills-enhancement program will help students improve their math, reading, writing and technology skills. The program offers a free evaluation, individual counseling to create a customized learning plan and convenient day/evening classes. The ultimate goal is to help students obtain a high school diploma and prepare for employment, the military and/or post-secondary training. Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770 Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591

Non-Traditional Learner Program

EASTCONN provides non-traditional clients with technology-rich classes to prepare them for the GED exam and/or improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills. Participants also develop problem-solving, decision- making and other criticalthinking skills all within a workplace-readiness context. Kristin Hempel, 860-423-2591 Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770

Regional Management of Mandated Adult Education Programs

We manage all aspects of your mandated adult education programs, including grant submission, fiscal management, participant recruitment, assessment services, instructional services, post-program assessment and reporting. Regional cost-sharing has expanded the number of adult education offerings that are available. If the buildings are temporarily 5. 

closed due to external circumstances, we have the capacity to transition to a remote delivery system. Technical support will be provided, as available. Rich Tariff, 860-455-1562

Transitions for 21st Century Careers: Workforce Readiness

This multi-faceted program provides support and guidance for current adult education students as well as adult education graduates. These services include: embedded classroom support for career pathway development within the GED, CDP and ESL programs; program-wide transitions events; visits to local post-secondary programs with appropriate referrals and counseling; guest speakers; and contextualized academic instruction in manufacturing and health care content areas. Transition Coaches engage students early and support them throughout the process of exploring, identifying and transitioning to appropriate post-secondary experiences whether employment, training, military, entrepreneurship or college enrollment. Jessica Dapsis, 860-423-2591 Elizabeth Acosta, 860-423-2591

Transitions to Post-Secondary Education

This program supports students who are completing one of EASTCONN’s high school programs (the GED Diploma, the Adult High School Credit Diploma or the National External Diploma Program) as well as English Language Learners and Citizenship

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preparation students as they transition into a variety of post-secondary education and training programs. Jessica Dapsis, 860-423-2591 Elizabeth Acosta, 860-423-2591

Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program

Volunteer tutors work with adult learners on basic reading, writing, math or English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) skills. Tutoring, provided free of charge, can be on a one-to-one basis or in a classroom setting. Tutoring is offered at multiple sites in EASTCONN-region towns. Adults interested in volunteering are encouraged to apply. Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770

EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING PROGRAMS Customer Service & Sales Academy

Course participants will prepare for the nationally recognized National Retail Foundation’s Customer Service and Sales credential. This credential will help entry-level sales and service associates learn skills related to front-line work in retail (or any industry that values customer service and sales skills). Individuals taking the course will learn about products and services; assessing and meeting customer needs; preparing for selling, gaining customer commitment and closing the sale; store operations and inventory control; the process of merchandising; the importance of common employability skills; and how to craft a polished résumé. Suzanne Cimochowski, 860-455-1596 www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services Celebrating 40 Years 1980~2020

Customer Service Academy, Upskilling for Professional Advancement

Funded by a Walmart grant, the academy provides both unemployed and under-employed adults with a career pathway in customer service. Trainings include Customer Service & Sales 1 and Advanced Customer Service & Sales. Participants earn the National Retail Foundation’s credentials for Customer Service & Sales and Advanced Customer Service & Sales. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program. Classes are offered at the Danielson, Willimantic and Montville American Job Centers. Paid internships, job development, child care reimbursement and transportation are available. While the buildings are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the Academy will be offered remotely. Technical assistance is available. Suzanne Cimochowski, 860-455-1596

Get Back to Work with American Job Centers of Eastern CT

With locations in Danielson, Willimantic and Montville, the American Job Centers provide employment assistance to job seekers. Assistance includes employment/career guidance, job search information, potential training funding for eligible applicants, an ongoing connection to employer recruitment opportunities and on-the-job training opportunities. Andrea Messenger, 860-455-1622

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Health Careers Advancement Program

Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) provide opportunities for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals to enter and advance along four healthcare career pathways, including patient care and nursing, emergency medicine, community health and patient navigation, and health information management. Participants increase their employability in health careers through a series of preparatory programs that include classes in work-readiness, skills-building, job training, and community college. Participants are supported by intensive case management and job placement assistance. Andrea Messenger, 860-455-1622

IET (Integrated Education and Training)

IET is an innovative education model that integrates basic-skills adult education with technical instruction. The curriculum is jointly designed by certified adult education instructors and specialists in the manufacturing field. Classes are co-taught by adult education and technical training instructors. The program helps students prepare for the GED; earn the manufacturing industry-recognized Certified Production Technician Certification and create a digital portfolio demonstrating work-readiness skills. Cyndi Wells, 860-455-1572

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JET (Jobs, Education & Training) for 17-24-year-olds

Get a JET start on your future! Explore career options and participate in paid internships and on-the-job training. Improve your work-readiness skills and learn about résumé writing, dressing for success, interview techniques and more. Education and training classes will help you complete your high school diploma and/ or earn a nationally recognized Customer Service credential. If the buildings are temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, we will provide programming through a remote delivery model. Technical support will be provided, as available. Cindy Chester, 860-455-1517

Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) Case Management

We oversee case management services for Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) clients at the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s American Job Center locations in Danielson and Willimantic. Andrea Messenger, 860-455-1622

Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

Youth, ages 14-24, have an opportunity to participate in paid, project-based learning opportunities, at individual and group community work sites to learn career pathway, communication and financial literacy skills. Youth must meet Department of Labor Guidelines to participate. If buildings are temporarily closed during COVID-19, then the program will be provided

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through a remote delivery model. Technical support will be provided, as available. Cyndi Wells, 860-455-1572

Transitions to Post-Secondary Education

This program supports students who are completing one of EASTCONN’s high school programs (the GED Diploma, the Adult High School Credit Diploma or the National External Diploma Program) as well as English Language Learners and Citizenship preparation students as they transition into a variety of post-secondary education and training programs. Jessica Dapsis, 860-423-2591 Elizabeth Acosta, 860-423-2591

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER SERVICES English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Instruction

Our Adult Education certified instructors provide free instruction for non-English-speaking adults who are 17 and older. Beginner- to intermediate-level classes are available. Daytime, afternoon, and evening classes are offered at convenient locations throughout northeastern Connecticut. Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591 Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770

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Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program

Volunteer tutors work with adult learners on basic reading, writing, math or English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) skills. Tutoring, provided free of charge, can be on a one-to-one basis or in a classroom setting. Tutoring is offered at multiple sites in EASTCONN-region towns. Adults interested in volunteering are encouraged to apply. Jeff Martel, 860-779-3770

PARENT & FAMILY PROGRAMS Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting Workshops

Workshops on a range of topics are available to help parents increase their parenting skills, improve their knowledge of children’s growth and development, and learn how to support learning. Early childhood specialists are available to provide regional or on-site training. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy

EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591 Kristin Hempel, 860-423-2591

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Early Childhood Initiatives

EASTCONN works with parents, communities and schools to ensure that all children enter school ready to succeed. EASTCONN can design and implement high-quality, early-childhood education programs and services. We can also assist with data collection; planning and policy development; facilitation and community engagement; workshops for parents and professionals; facilities consultation; and program design and evaluation. Early Childhood Initiatives Offer:

• Early Childhood Coaching & Consultation • Early Childhood Materials & Products • Programs for Young Children & Families

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EARLY CHILDHOOD COACHING & CONSULTATION Accreditation Quality Improvement System (AQIS)

The Connecticut Accreditation Quality Improvement System (AQIS) is an established resource system of regional teams providing critical leadership and support for the achievement of quality standards and excellence in early childhood programs. AQIS services include overviews of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria; technical assistance with the process of accreditation; and individualized support for programs engaged in the self-study. Sheri Lambert, 860-455-1585

Connecticut Early Learning & Development Standards

Training and consultation are available for your staff on curriculum and assessment (with an emphasis on linking teaching to curriculum and assessment) and aligning preschool curricula with that of the primary grades, including the Connecticut Core Standards. Training on the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards and Assessment Frameworks is also available. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

Early Childhood Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

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children need in order to succeed in school and life. It has organized these experiences into teacher classroom behaviors that are observable and that support high-quality care and education. The CLASS tool provides data for program planning and classroom support systems. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

Early Childhood Council Facilitation & Strategic Planning

EASTCONN staff with experience in community collaboration, early childhood policy and practice, as well as comprehensive services, will work with your community to support the development and implementation of an Early Childhood Council. Our staff can also serve as your school-readiness liaison to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, or fulfill the role of school-readiness monitor for your state-funded program. We can help you develop a strategic plan for increasing your capacity and improving the quality of your early childhood services. In addition, our expert staff can assist your program with grant-writing services. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

Early Childhood Program Monitoring & Evaluation

Our early childhood specialists can help to create or improve early childhood programs, birth through grade 3. Consultation can include program and curriculum design, as well as facility and learning environment design and evaluation. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

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Early Childhood Training, Consultation & Coaching

Early childhood specialists provide a range of professional development services customized to meet your program needs. Professional development related to curriculum, teaching and assessment, and learning environments, is directly connected to state and national standards. On-site training and coaching is aimed at accomplishing program improvement goals that lead to improved child outcomes. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

Executive Function & Purposeful Play

EASTCONN staff can work with school districts to increase the executive function skills of preschool through grade 1 students while also supporting the use of purposeful play to support content standards. We provide training and on-site coaching to administrators and teachers in implementing strategies to support children’s executive function skills and purposeful play scenarios to address content standards Melanie Smith-Cervera, 860-455-0707

Language & Literacy Assessment Practices

EASTCONN staff will work with your school district to review its current practices in language and literacy assessments so they align with critical, grade-level reading skills and Connecticut Core Standards for kindergarten through second grade. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

NAEYC Accreditation Consultation

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accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Sheri Lambert, 860-455-1585

PreK-Grade 3 Alignment

EASTCONN staff facilitate a review of components of aligned preK-grade 3 structures and components that address the alignment of standards, instruction, assessment, family engagement and transitions, using a research-based tool. Staff will work with your local school, district or community team to develop an improvement plan. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner, 860-455-1518

Transition Planning: Preschool-to-Kindergarten

Early childhood specialists offer consultation to communities and schools regarding best practices for transitioning children into kindergarten. By facilitating a broad-based group, we can assist communities and schools in developing comprehensive transition plans that support successful, positive experiences for children and families. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

EARLY CHILDHOOD MATERIALS & PRODUCTS CT DOTS (Documentation & Observation for Teaching System) Online

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dren, collecting evidence/artifacts and evaluating their skills against a standard set of indicators. CT DOTS Online is available anytime, anywhere and from any device. Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522 Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537

PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN & FAMILIES Birth to Three Program

Early intervention services are provided in the home or community, in conjunction with families, for young children identified with developmental delays. Services include coaching/modeling, parent support, referrals, collaboration with other providers/services, and transition to the school system when a child turns 3 years old. Rebecca Breen, 860-455-0707

Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting Workshops

Workshops on a range of topics are available to help parents increase their parenting skills, improve their knowledge of children’s growth and development, and learn how to support learning. Early childhood specialists are available to provide regional or on-site training. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

Early Head Start

EASTCONN administers the Early Head Start program in Windham and Tolland Counties. This program serves income-eligible pregnant women and children,

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birth to age 3, and their families, in home-visiting and year-round center-based programs. EASTCONN offers Early Head Start programming in northeastern Connecticut and Windham County, while Windham Public Schools provides a center-based program for the greater Windham area. Stafford Public Schools offers a home-based program in the Stafford area. Benefits of Early Head Start include strong family involvement and support with health, dental, nutrition and mental health needs. Kim Mansfield, 860-455-1580

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy

EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Briana Patriarca, 860-423-2591 Kristin Hempel, 860-423-2591

Head Start

EASTCONN administers Head Start, a comprehensive, federally-funded program for income-eligible preschool-age children and their families in Windham and Tolland counties. Center-based programs are available in Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam and Windham. A home-based program is available to families in Tolland County. Head Start incorporates a strong family involvement component, ensuring that families are involved in their child’s education. Other benefits of Head Start include support with health, dental, nutrition and mental health needs. Kim Mansfield, 860-455-1580

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K-12 Student Services

EASTCONN works in partnership with educators from across northeastern Connecticut to continuously improve instruction with the goal of increased learning outcomes for all children. From curriculum design and leadership development to professional learning and data-driven school improvement, our specialists offer a broad range of expertise & support. K-12 Student Services Offers: • Academic Enrichment Programs

• Clinical Day Treatment Services • Magnet Schools & Other Options For Students • Programs For Students With Developmental Disabilities • Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services • Related Services

• School-To-Career

• Summer, Vacation, After-School Programs • Other Student Services

Contact Diane Dugas, Director of Magnet & Alternative High Schools, at 860-455-1569 or ddugas@eastconn.org or Amy Margelony, Director of K-12 Pupil Services, at 860-377-7650, or amargelony@eastconn.org www.eastconn.org/k-12-student-services-home 13. 

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT America’s Mosaic

How do our individual cultures, traditions, histories and beliefs inform how we view the world and our part in it? What can we do to be courageous and kind global citizens? America’s Mosaic brings together culturally and economically diverse students in grades 7 and 8 from different school districts to help answer these pertinent questions and, in the process, create a more diverse and culturally competent community of learners. This grant improves students’ cultural competence and promotes positive relationships through a series of experiential exercises. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Stephanie White, 860-455-1556

EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab

The EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab is EASTCONN’s newest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning resource for teachers and students in pre-K through grade 12. The Mobile STEM Lab travels to schools and recreational areas throughout Connecticut. On the Mobile STEM Lab, students enjoy access to sophisticated, state-of-the-art STEM equipment and engage in learning experiences that address Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) topics, such as watersheds, biodiversity, climate change, feeding the hungry, water waste treatment and robotics. The EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab may also be used as a resource for training, summer camps and workshops for students and teachers. Kelly Francis, 860-455-1508

Faces of Culture (NEW!)

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a hands-on, minds-on exploration of their culturespecific arts. Activities improve students’ cultural competence and promote positive relationships through a series of experiential exercises that encourage teamwork, positive communication, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and collaborative habits. Connecticut Common Core standards in ELA, Math, Social Studies and Next Generation Science Standards, Social Emotional Learning initiatives and students’ readiness, voice and choice inform the process, content and products of the grant. Anna Forlenza-Bailey 860-455-1571 Stephanie White 860-455-1556

Farming Our Land & Sea

Students enrolled in Farming Our Land & Sea investigate how food is raised, processed, and consumed across the globe – and what that reveals about cultures, economies, human settlement, migration, and changing world views. Students explore new concepts, and engage in scientific exploration of the food cycle – from growth, production, and distribution to putting the family meal on the table. Farming Our Land & Sea promotes cultural competencies among young learners through a complement of experiential activities and a series of mindful practices geared towards developing social and emotional understanding and regulation in the self and others. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Esther Soffer Roberts, 860-455-1577

Interdistrict Program Design & Management EASTCONN collaborates with area school districts to respond to CSDE-funded Interdistrict Grant opportunities designed to boost students’ academic skills and increase their understanding and experiences of diversity. If selected for funding, programs are limited

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to districts that have signed on to participate in that funding cycle. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Mindful Transformations

Mindful Transformations brings together culturally and economically diverse students in grade 4 from different school districts. Activities and workshops help participants develop resources in self-understanding, acceptance, communication and goal setting. Students’ cultural understanding expands through a complement of experiential activities and mindful practices geared toward developing social and emotional understanding and regulation in the self and others. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Esther Soffer Roberts, 860-455-1577

CLINICAL DAY TREATMENT SERVICES Clinical Day Treatment Programs, K-12

Offered at two conveniently located sites across northeastern Connecticut, EASTCONN’s well-respected Clinical Day Treatment Program is designed for K-12 students who need a highly structured, supportive, therapeutic environment in order to achieve academic and behavioral success. The main goal of this program is to help students acquire the academic, social, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to successfully return to their local public schools, or to a less restrictive environment. Our dedicated, caring staff offer individualized instruction with a multi-modality approach and high-interest materials. Four core components are at the heart of this program: educational services, clinical support services, vocational services and family/community involvement. Extended school-year services are available. Amy Margelony, 860-455-0707

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MAGNET SCHOOLS AND OTHER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School

ACT (Arts at the Capitol Theater) is a full-day, comprehensive, public, performing arts magnet high school located in the Capitol Theater in downtown Willimantic. The college preparatory curriculum is arts-integrated and standards-based with differentiated instruction to address individual learning needs. Students study with certified academic teachers and professional artists in this small, arts-focused learning community. Each grade is limited to approximately 35 students, making this an intimate, focused, artistic learning environment for students in grades 9-12. Students who reside in the partner towns of Eastford, Killingly, Norwich, Plainfield, Stafford, Windham and Woodstock have the benefit of a secured amount of ACT seats; however, students from other Connecticut towns are also welcome to attend. Sarah Mallory, 860-465-5636

LEAP Alternative High School

EASTCONN’s LEAP School offers academic coursework designed to meet students’ graduation requirements as they earn an EASTCONN high school diploma. Our program emphasizes authentic skills-building for non-traditional students that will lead to success in their communities. We utilize personal goal-setting in a supportive environment that encourages learners to achieve their full potential. Learners will participate in real-world experiences, community service and paid internships, to reinforce classroom learning. David Howes, 860-931-0250

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QMC - Quinebaug Middle College Magnet High School

Located on the Quinebaug Valley Community College campus in Danielson, QMC is a public, magnet high school open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. Students attend QMC at no cost to them; funding is provided by the sending district. The overarching theme of QMC is that of the middle college experience. QMC enrolls students who are bright, capable learners who seek more control over their educational program. Students are expected to participate in and contribute to QMC’s democratic learning community through daily advisory classes and weekly “Town Meetings.” Students work in service to others through service learning and Senior Capstone programs. At QMC, every student’s learning program is customized to help students realize their full potential. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 David Howes, 860-931-0250

Virtual High School

Virtual High School (VHS) offers more than 200 core and elective courses for middle and high school students that prepare them for college and careers. Courses are available in all content areas, including a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental Disabilities Program, PreK-12

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ed by a multidisciplinary team, which includes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a physical therapist and assistive technology specialists. Parental/guardian involvement is a key component of the program. Extended school-year services are available. Individual student diagnostic evaluations and school-based consultation services are also provided. Amy Margelony, 860-455-0707

Regional Transition Services

Young adult students with disabilities, ages 18-21, receive a continuum of transition services through this program. Students prepare for adult responsibilities as they become more proficient in the activities of daily living and develop technology, community, vocational/ career and/or college-readiness skills. Amy Margelony, 860-455-0707

Woodstock Academy Cooperative Program

This collaborative program between EASTCONN and Woodstock Academy provides services for high school students (grades 9-12) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, on the campus of Woodstock Academy. EASTCONN special education personnel and Woodstock Academy educators work with local districts, individual students and their families to facilitate growth in identified educational areas and to provide transition planning. Amy Margelony, 860-455-0707

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION SERVICES Neuropsychology Services

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evaluations to identify a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, determine how a child learns best, and outline appropriate and beneficial intervention strategies. Assessments are selected to address specific referral questions and could evaluate attention, memory, language, problem-solving, visual skills, executive functioning and other cognitive functions. Results and recommendations are shared with the child’s family and with the school team. Consultation services are also available to facilitate the implementation of recommendations and to consider how to proceed when a comprehensive evaluation may not be warranted. Ravit Stein, 860-228-3240 x213

Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services

This professional group is committed to assessmentdriven intervention practices, using data-based decision-making to provide a continuum of support for students, teachers, teams, programs and systems. Assessment services include: Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA); psychoeducational assessment; ecological assessment/ needs assessment; and diagnostic assessment. Services are delivered through a consultative framework and areas of support often include: School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS); academic, behavioral and social-emotional interventions; and autism programming. EASTCONN is staffed with licensed psychologists, Board Certified Behavioral Analysts (BCBAs), school psychologists, special education teachers and behavior interventionists. Services are delivered to districts and schools across eastern Connecticut. Ravit Stein, 860-228-3240 x213

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RELATED SERVICES Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment

EASTCONN’s AT and AAC specialists are available to assess your students’ needs in their customary learning environment and identify potential AT and/ or AAC solutions from low- to high-tech. AT and AAC solutions may support students’ abilities to access, participate and progress in the general curriculum and may support maximal independence when performing tasks in their learning environment. Assessments include review of relevant educational records; consultation with the education team; trial use of AT/AAC solutions; the generation of an assessment report; and findings at a PPT. Amy Norton, 860-455-2306 Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588

Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Consortium Membership

The Consortium is offered as the result of continued collaboration between EASTCONN and the Connecticut Tech Act Project. Consortium membership is offered to districts who utilize a minimum of four days of EASTCONN’s AT and/or AAC services. Membership provides districts with a flexible, customizable package of both AT and AAC services to meet the needs of students and staff. Packages include assessment, training and consultation. Consortium members can access EASTCONN’s continually expanding Assistive Technology Lending Library and are offered priority scheduling of services. During school closures due to COVID-19, the AT Team continues to support Consortium Districts with virtual consultation to education staff, families and directly to students. Training videos on the use of www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services


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effective education technologies are provided to families of students with multiple and complex needs to aid in supporting Continued Learning Opportunities at home. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588 Amy Norton, 860-455-2306

Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultation

EASTCONN’s AT and AAC specialists are available to provide support in educational environments to ensure effective use and integration of AT and/or AAC tools. Consultative services are designed to provide observation and suggestions regarding the use of current AT and/or AAC tools. Consultation results range from improved effectiveness and integration of current AT and AAC tools to a recommendation for further staff or student training or evaluation to determine whether new AT or AAC solutions are needed. During periods of Continued Learning at Home, virtual consultation is provided to help educators and parents use augmentative and assistive technologies. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588 Amy Norton, 860-455-2306

Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Training

EASTCONN’s AT and AAC specialists offer a range of AT and AAC training at EASTCONN’s facilities or at a location of your choosing. Training can be focused on the individual needs of a student or a specific technology solution, such as programming an AAC device. Training may also be adapted to explore a broader range of solutions for academic needs, such as AT tools to support reading or writing. During the time of school closures, AT and AAC trainings continue to occur on a virtual basis for educators, families, www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services

and students. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588 Amy Norton, 860-455-2306

Assistive Technology (AT) Lending Library

AT Consortium member districts have full access to the Lending Library, a continually expanding collection of AT and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools. These tools can be borrowed for student trial, ensuring that the device is a good match, or as a loaner when a student device needs repair. District staff can borrow AT and AAC tools in order to familiarize themselves with these devices and their features. The AT Lending Library is housed at the EASTCONN Administrative Offices and Conference Center facility in Hampton, CT. For more information about tools available in the library, visit www.eastconn.org/at. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588 Amy Norton, 860-455-2306 Alicia Dinda, 860-228-3240

Occupational Therapy Services (OT)

EASTCONN’s practitioners address the needs of students in the areas of fine motor, visual motor integration, visual perception skills, sensory processing, prevocational and life skills. Our experienced OT staff provide screening, evaluation, direct intervention and consultative services in both therapeutic and classroom settings. OT staff work as part of a student’s educational team, providing services from pre-K to young adult transitional services. Should school closures or hybrid become a necessity, Continued Learning Opportunities at Home will continue. In the event of a hybrid program model, student needs will be evaluated on an individualized basis to determine the best method of service

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delivery for each student. Assessments, in accordance with state guidance, have been postponed until in-person services can resume. As schools re-open, our OT staff will work with educators and administrators to creatively manage service delivery that maximizes the maintenance of cohort groups and minimizes staff and student exposure. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588

Physical Therapy (PT) Services

EASTCONN’s physical therapists address the gross motor, sensorimotor, mobility and positioning needs of students. Our experienced therapists provide screening, evaluation, direct intervention and consultative services. As part of the student’s educational team, physical therapists support motor development to maximize access to the educational environment and promote participation in the general educational curriculum. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588

Related Services

Related Services encompasses the areas of Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Services, Occupational Therapy Services, Physical Therapy Services and Speech-Language Services. Should school closures or hybrid become a necessity, Continued Learning Opportunities at Home will continue. In the event of a hybrid program model, student needs will be evaluated on an individualized basis to determine the best method of service delivery for each particular student. Assessments, in accordance with state guidance have been postponed until in-person services can resume. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588

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EASTCONN’s speech language pathologists provide diagnostic evaluations, consultation and treatment in the areas of language disorders, speech sound disorders, voice, fluency, hearing, auditory processing and social/ pragmatic language disorders. Our experienced professionals are committed to providing the most current, evidenced-based intervention and data-based progress monitoring. When school closures or hybrid occur, Continued Learning Opportunities at Home will continue. In the event of a hybrid program model, student needs will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the best method of service delivery. Assessments, in accordance with state guidance, have been postponed until in-person services can resume. As schools re-open, EASTCONN’s Speech Language Therapists will work with schools to creatively manage service delivery that maximizes the maintenance of cohort groups and minimizes staff and student exposure, to the greatest extent possible. Carol Magliocco, 860-455-1588

SCHOOL-TO-CAREER COOL Directions

This is a year-round, in-school, youth initiative for students who are up to 21 years old, and in grades 11 or 12. Students participate in work readiness, portfolio development and employment activities. The program also offers part-time paid internships, financial literacy and job search skills. Youths must meet Department of Labor guidelines. If the buildings are closed to the public, the program can provide a remote delivery model. Technical support will be provided, as available. Cyndi Wells, 860-455-1572

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SUMMER, VACATION, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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Community Arts Connection After-School Program

EASTCONN’s experienced, creative and professional staff can provide your organization, group or school district with a wide variety of services, including small-group or large-group catering, the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or After-School Snack Program. Committed to providing exceptional service and fresh food, our Food Services group is co-located at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), where EASTCONN staff prepares high-quality food in a polished, commercial-kitchen setting. Food Services also operates “Food for Thought,” the café at QVCC. Heather Plourde, 860-455-1552

EASTCONN operates the Community Arts Connection (CAC) after-school program for elementary and middle school children who reside at Windham Heights, a federally funded complex located outside of Willimantic. Open since 2007, CAC is designed to support students’ academic achievement and open their eyes to the arts. The program provides tutoring, homework assistance, creative activities, nutritious snacks, library books, field trips, free tickets to arts performances and more. CAC students participate in imaginative activities that connect to monthly themes. The Willimantic Public Library operates a satellite branch at CAC, increasing students’ access to reading materials. Through rich community partnerships, CAC students participate in a range of activities designed to bolster their academic abilities, increase their leadership and team-building skills and provide opportunities to enjoy new experiences. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Summer Youth Employment & Training Program

Youth, ages 14-24, have an opportunity to participate in paid, project-based learning opportunities, at individual and group community work sites to learn career pathway, communication and financial literacy skills. Youth must meet Department of Labor Guidelines to participate. If buildings are temporarily closed during COVID-19, then the program will be provided through a remote delivery model. Technical support will be provided, as available. Cyndi Wells, 860-455-1572 www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services

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Transportation Services

With a fleet of 140-plus vehicles that include GPS tracking and two-way radios or cell phones depending on the type of vehicle, EASTCONN offers day-to-day transportation and “yellow bus” services for both regular and special education students traveling to destinations ranging from local areas to neighboring states. Drivers and aides are trained carriers of both medically fragile riders and those with behavioral challenges. Other services include human service agency client transportation, consultation regarding current transportation vendor contract efficiency, and charter-bus transportation to special events. Julio Nieves, 860-228-6751 Kimberly Bush, 860-228-6751

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• Clinical Day Treatment Services • Magnet Schools & Other Options For Students • Programs For Students With Developmental Disabilities • Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services • Related Services

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• Summer, Vacation, After-School Programs • Other Student Services

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CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Center for Educational Leadership

The EASTCONN Center for Educational Leadership offers educators professional learning communities, cohorts, coaching and customized learning opportunities that examine the nature of leadership in today’s world. Through research-based professional learning experiences, the Center supports district leaders as they consider and analyze a range of leadership options, actions and instructional methods. Administrators and other district leaders benefit from interactive, experiential activities that are dedicated to evidence-based practices and personal reflection. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Leadership Development

We provide professional learning opportunities that are grounded in the Connecticut Standards for School Leaders and Standards for Teachers. Through a variety of administrator groups, teacher-leader cohorts, online learning and job-embedded leadership coaching, we can provide customized support to district administrators as they develop leadership capacity within their own district learning communities. Online collaboration and on-site coaching contribute to this work, minimizing time out of your building. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Personalized, Student-Centered Learning

your Portrait of a Graduate; measurement and reporting of student knowledge skills and habits of mind; student agency; competency-based instruction and project-based learning. As districts seek to prepare learners for the ever-changing life they will lead, EASTCONN’s highly qualified staff have been trained with leading professional organizations in the field to bring you innovative practices. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

Principals’ Community of Practice

We offer a consortium for principals in the EASTCONN region to network and meet the unique needs of small district leaders. Specific areas for collaboration and sharing are identified by the group and can include “Instructional Rounds.” Face-to-face and online collaboration opportunities support this collegial exchange. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Social, Emotional & Academic Development

We offer districts a variety of coaching and support options as they pursue the vital task of addressing the growing social, emotional needs of students. Understanding SEL is not an add-on, rather it is an integrated component of academic instruction. Our staff is nationally trained in Restorative Justice and can assist you with a system self-assessment, identification of needs, coherence planning, professional development training in SEL programs, processes and systems to address needs and advance supporting educators, students and families. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

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Strategic Planning for School Communities

Long-range planning involving the entire school community is essential for district coherence and continued advancement. Strategic planning is a process that engages multiple stakeholders in identifying priorities and developing an action plan to accomplish specific goals and outcomes. In this multiple component process, including focus group conversations, surveys, a scan of current data and work group sessions, a shared vision and road map are accomplished to achieve identified outcomes. Led by EASTCONN’s trained facilitators, the development of a coherent plan supports districts in allocating resources and serving as a communication tool for advancement. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, & ASSESSMENT Blended Learning Models of Instruction (NEW!)

As all our initiatives in Leading and Learning align with personalized, competency-based learning, EASTCONN is proud to offer a tailored approach to professional learning and coaching on personalized learning and the Blended Learning Models in order to enhance learning effectiveness this year, and the years to follow. Outcomes include understanding of the philosophy and actual models, as well as, why you would choose a particular model, how to implement, who can most benefit your chosen models and the model sustains time. Topics and coaching can be personalized to your needs and direction. Gary Petersen, 860-455-1551

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Curriculum Development

Our expert staff can help you research, design and develop curricula in a variety of content areas. Our staff have extensive experience with state and national standards, and can assist you with developing a quality, comprehensive curriculum. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

Personalized, CompetencyBased Instruction & Assessment

As schools and districts move towards personalized, student centered learning, EASTCONN can provide professional learning and support in developing your Portrait of a Graduate (or Learner); competency-based curriculum; instruction and assessment. Foundational work includes learning targets, learning progressions and standards-based grading practices for mastery reporting. Advancing the integration of SEL and Academics is a key focus. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

Science/STEM/NGSS Professional Learning & Curriculum Alignment

EASTCONN science specialists can provide a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professional learning and support, including curriculum alignment, instructional strategies and assessment. Our science specialists will customize services to meet your district needs. Kelly Francis, 860-455-1508

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Conference & Meeting Support

Professional conference staff can help you plan and manage your event, either at one of our facilities or at an alternate venue of your choice in Connecticut. From initial event planning to assisting with on-site logistical support, we offer comprehensive event management to include online and onsite registration, sourcing facilitators and presenters, materials production and mailing, registrant fees and event fiscal management, sourcing and supplying support materials, catering and vendor exhibit management. Paula Hanlon, 860-455-1589

Educator Supervision, Evaluation & Professional Development Plans Consultation & Support

EASTCONN provides training and on-site support working with leaders, teams or individuals to develop quality supervision, evaluation and professional learning plans. Grounded in the high-yield practices of reflection and feedback, we can provide assistance for educators at all levels. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

English Learners (EL) Professional Support

Training and technical assistance are available to school districts with low-incidence English learners (EL), including EL Consortium members receiving Title III funding. Services include policy development, program design, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) testing requirements, identification, testing support and professional learning. Faith Fisher, 860-455-1569

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Executive Consulting & Technology Updates

Do you or members of your leadership team need to come up to speed on technology topics before making critical decisions? Do you need to discreetly improve your understanding of administrative or educational technology? Technology Solutions can provide smallgroup and individual briefings and updates on request, giving you the edge you need to succeed with technology. Content can address any topic, historical or current, at the location of your choice. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

Hazardous Materials Support & Training for Schools

Use us to survey your facilities, develop a chemical hygiene plan and train your staff in both asbestos awareness and hazardous materials communications to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates. All new maintenance and custodial staff are required to complete a two-hour asbestos awareness training class within 60 days from date of hire. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

Literacy Professional Learning

Professional development and technical assistance are available for schools seeking to align their literacy curriculum with the Connecticut Core Standards, and strengthen their literacy program. EASTCONN can provide support to meet the needs of all learners, implement best practices, administer and analyze literacy assessments and use data to inform instruction. Gary Petersen, 860-455-1551

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Mathematics Professional Learning

We support math educators and leaders, to facilitate a smooth transition to the Connecticut Core Standards for mathematics. We provide high-quality training, job-embedded coaching and consultation to educators, deepening their understanding and implementation of effective instructional practices. We also help build content knowledge based in the Connecticut Core for mathematics and develop assessments to drive instruction. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Kelly Francis, 860-455-1508

Reading & Writing Workshop Services

EASTCONN provides in-depth coaching in the TC Reader/Writer workshop model of instruction for all levels. Professional learning, coaching and planning are available to support implementation of Readers & Writers Workshop. EASTCONN can lead on-site professional development, and provide coaching strategies such as fishbowl demonstrations, modeling and gradual release. We work alongside teachers to demonstrate different teaching methods and structures. Additional topics focus on developing effective mini-lessons, unpacking units of study and using the conferring process to elevate the level of student work. Gary Petersen, 860-455-1551

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Discipline Window, Fair Process, the RP Continuum, Affective Statements and Questions, Circle Applications and formal conferencing. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 David Howes, 860-931-0250

Social, Emotional & Academic Development

We offer districts a variety of coaching and support options as they pursue the vital task of addressing the growing social, emotional needs of students. Understanding SEL is not an add-on, rather it is an integrated component of academic instruction. Our staff is nationally trained in Restorative Justice and can assist you with a system self-assessment, identification of needs, coherence planning, professional development training in SEL programs, processes and systems to address needs and advance supporting educators, students and families. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM)

EASTCONN provides regional and in-district professional learning support to districts implementing the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program. The TEAM Collaborative provides support for beginning teachers and mentors, along with district and school leaders. This model enables districts to continue using the online TEAM workspaces to meet statutory requirements, and facilitates support for beginning teachers. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537

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Technology Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Google Apps for Education

Choose a topic and we’ll provide the lunch. Our Conference Center in Hampton is the perfect place to host your Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Our experts in technology can present a short, focused learning experience for your staff on a variety of topics related to your current technology needs. Topics include, but are not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite; Protecting Your Hardware; Security; Becoming Internet Savvy; and Quick Tips/ Shortcuts. Join us in Hampton, or our technology experts will bring a session to the location of your choice. If buildings are temporarily closed due to external circumstances, learning experiences will be conducted virtually. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Nancy Jagaczewski, 860-455-1527

REGIONAL GROUPS & COUNCILS Diversity Educator Consortium

This council provides assistance to public schools in our region to recruit, support and retain a diverse educator workforce. Research confirms that all students benefit from interacting with teachers of diverse racial, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds and the Diversity Educator Consortium explores opportunities and challenges that districts confront in their efforts to create a diverse learning environment for students. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

staff provide current information on curriculum, assessment, effective instruction and the latest developments from the state and federal levels pertaining to the Title III Grant. Faith Fisher, 860-455-1569

Language Arts & Social Studies Council

EASTCONN’s free Language Arts and Social Studies Council provides area teachers with a collaborative forum for networking with colleagues and learning about emerging trends and practices across both disciplines. Facilitated by EASTCONN staff, this council offers current information on curriculum, assessment and effective instruction. Participants help determine the group’s direction. Well-regarded outside educators and CSDE consultants attend regularly to share inspiring new teaching and learning perspectives. Gary Petersen, 860-455-1551

Math Council

Our Math Council provides a forum for area math teachers to meet regularly to discuss emerging trends and practices in mathematics. Practitioners share best practices and EASTCONN staff provide current information on curriculum, assessment and effective instruction. Often featured are CSDE guest speakers, who share information on current education trends and developments. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571

English Learners (EL) Title III Consortium

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Regional Staff Development Council

The Regional Staff Development Council at EASTCONN brings district and school leaders together in a collegial forum to discuss current educational issues in Connecticut. Topics include curriculum, assessment, the state’s educator evaluation model, professional development, legislation and other relevant educational topics. Speakers from the CSDE regularly attend sessions to discuss new developments in education, both statewide and national. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569 Faith Fisher, 860-455-1569

Science Council

Our Science Council provides area science teachers with a forum for networking with colleagues and learning about emerging trends and practices in science. Practitioners share best practices and EASTCONN staff provide current information on curriculum, assessment and effective instruction. Outside education and science experts attend regularly to share important information. Kelly Francis, 860-455-1508

Technology Council

Our Technology Council provides technology educators with a forum where they can network with peers in a collegial environment, while learning about the latest trends and best practices in technology. Experts in the field and outside consultants regularly attend meetings and provide valuable insights into the latest developments. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Nancy Jagaczewski, 860-455-1527 27. 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES District & School Improvement Planning

Access our menu of planning services to develop a data-driven improvement plan. We can provide facilitation for your team in the analysis of multiple sources of district and school data and assist in identifying key areas for improvement. Your plan will include measurable goals, effective strategies and indicators of success. We will assist you in developing a monitoring plan to evaluate your progress. Some districts are using this process to create a 3- year professional learning plan to guide professional development (PD) activities. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

Early Childhood Program Monitoring & Evaluation

Our early childhood specialists can help to create or improve early childhood programs, birth through grade 3. Consultation can include program and curriculum design, as well as facility and learning environment design and evaluation. Diane Gozemba, 860-455-1518

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of reflection and feedback, we can provide assistance for educators at all levels. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

NAEYC Accreditation Consultation

Our expert Early Childhood staff will provide information, consultation and training to preschool and kindergarten programs that want to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Sheri Lambert, 860-455-1585

Network Management

Supplement your in-house staff with our networking experts. Our on-site or remote support services can ensure your networking equipment and servers stay running and optimized to your needs, while improving your network’s availability and overall performance. We can provide support for Windows and Mac networks, servers, switches, routers, WAN connections and wireless networks. We are available for long-term assignments as well as ad-hoc projects including server and networking equipment upgrades, server migrations and wireless network upgrades. Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

multiple component process, including focus group conversations, surveys, a scan of current data and work group sessions, a shared vision and road map are accomplished to achieve identified outcomes. Led by EASTCONN’s trained facilitators, the development of a coherent plan supports districts in allocating resources and serving as a communication tool for advancement. Diane Dugas, 860-455-1569

Technology Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for educational technology can ensure that your district’s instruction and curriculum meet the demands of the 21st century. Our technology planning experts can help your district evaluate, create and implement a systemic and long-term technology plan to meet your goals. Facilitation and support are available for all types of planning, from small projects to district-wide initiatives. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation support are available. We can also assist with reviewing your current technology infrastructure and provide Information Technology (IT) staff to supplement your existing staff. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

Strategic Planning for School Communities

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• Human Resources Management • Personnel & Staffing Solutions • Technology Services

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ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS Back-Office Support

Smaller organizations with limited resources often struggle to provide back-office, financial services in a cost-effective manner. EASTCONN’s Finance Office can provide the affordable support and expertise needed, saving you both time and money. Our staff can assess your finance department needs and develop a plan of support; supervise current staff; provide business management support to administrators; assist with state report preparation; manage end-of-year fiscal close-outs and more. Joni Weglein, 860-455-1536

Cooperative Purchasing

EASTCONN’s regional Cooperative offers its members the opportunity to purchase products from established providers. Contracts include quality products and services with competitive pricing. Current contracts exist for custodial supplies, food service items (bread, cafeteria paper & supplies, groceries, ice cream, milk, produce), office supplies, photocopiers and printer units, technology equipment and fuel oil. Open to school districts, municipalities and non-profit organizations, the Cooperative saves its members time and money. Heidi Radcliffe, 860-455-1628 Kerry Dexter, 860-455-1629

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Eastern Connecticut Health Insurance Program (ECHIP)

This regional health insurance collaborative enables its municipal and public school members to more effectively manage and reduce costs for their employees’ health insurance. Subject to approval by the collaborative’s executive board, public school districts and municipalities may apply for membership. Visit the ECHIP web site at www.echipct.org to learn more. Larisa Carr, 860-455-1546

Food Services

EASTCONN’s experienced, creative and professional staff can provide your organization, group or school district with a wide variety of services, including small-group or large-group catering, the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or After-School Snack Program. Committed to providing exceptional service and fresh food, our Food Services group is co-located at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), where EASTCONN staff prepares high-quality food in a polished, commercial-kitchen setting. Food Services also operates “Food for Thought,” the café at QVCC. Heather Plourde, 860-455-1552

Grants Development

Whether the funding source is local, statewide, federal or from private and public foundations, EASTCONN can help you write and produce grants, facilitate the process with your staff and/or manage the fiscal and administrative sides of your program. We have more than 30 years of experience and demonstrated expertise in obtaining and managing significant grant dollars. Teddie Sleight, 860-455-1553 30.


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Regional Management of Mandated Adult Education Programs

We manage all aspects of your mandated adult education programs, including grant submission, fiscal management, participant recruitment, assessment services, instructional services, post-program assessment and reporting. Regional cost-sharing has expanded the number of adult education offerings that are available. If the buildings are temporarily closed due to external circumstances, we have the capacity to transition to a remote delivery system. Technical support will be provided, as available. Rich Tariff, 860-455-1562

School Lottery & Admissions Management

Using an online platform, our technology staff will create a custom student application for your school. Select questions parents need to answer, set parameters by which priority groups (if any) are created, publicize the lottery and announce the results. Technology Solutions will validate applicants, verify the random selection and provide your school with the results. In addition, our staff can manage all communications with applicants. EASTCONN will assure compliance with procedures as your impartial agent. Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

requirements and determine appropriate sources and tools to meet your submission deadlines, whether for student, personnel or financial areas. Includes CSDE reports such as PSIS, TCS, ED165 and ED166, EDS and EEDC; legislative initiatives such as the Student Data Privacy Act; and Federal reports such as the Civil Rights Data Collection. Linda Brock, 860-455-1521 Melanie Marcaccio, 860-455-1570

Student Data Analysis & Consultation

School personnel invest hours putting student data into your records systems. Can you easily get useful and accurate information back out? EASTCONN’s Student Information Systems team supports all school personnel roles involved with student data: administrators and teachers, counseling, student services and office staff. We assist with new curriculum, intervention and evaluation initiatives; develop custom screens, reports and analyses; evaluate and improve operational procedures; and provide application training at all levels of your organization. Core products include PowerSchool, Infinite Campus and Tyler SIS/Student & Classroom 360, as well as related and integrated applications. Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

State & Federal Reporting Compliance

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BUSINESS & EMPLOYER SERVICES Smaller organizations with limited resources often struggle to provide back-office, financial services in a cost-effective manner. EASTCONN’s Finance Office can provide the affordable support and expertise needed, saving you both time and money. Our staff can assess your finance department needs and develop a plan of support; supervise current staff; provide business management support to administrators; assist with state report preparation; manage end-ofyear fiscal close-outs and more. Joni Weglein, 860-455-1536

fully-insured, premium-based medical plan. A fully-insured health plan is the more traditional way to structure employer-sponsored health benefits. Fully-insured health plans allow the employer to pay a premium to the insurance carrier. The premium rates are fixed costs for a year, based on the number of employees enrolled in the plan. CT-CHIP increases the number of employees for each of its smaller members through the collaboration of all the member entities. Rates are based on the collaborative’s total employee headcount. The rates are then fine-tuned to reflect each member entity’s current plan(s) and pharmacy benefits. CT-CHIP is currently insured through Cigna. Larisa Carr, 860-455-1546

Conference & Meeting Support

Cooperative Purchasing

Back-Office Support

Professional conference staff can help you plan and manage your event, either at one of our facilities or at an alternate venue of your choice in Connecticut. From initial event planning to assisting with onsite logistical support, we offer comprehensive event management to include online and onsite registration, sourcing facilitators and presenters, materials production and mailing, registrant fees and event fiscal management, sourcing and supplying support materials, catering and vendor exhibit management. Paula Hanlon, 860-455-1589

Connecticut Collaborative Health Insurance Program (CT-CHIP)

EASTCONN’s regional Cooperative offers its members the opportunity to purchase products from established providers. Contracts include quality products and services with competitive pricing. Current contracts exist for custodial supplies, food service items (bread, cafeteria paper & supplies, groceries, ice cream, milk, produce), office supplies, photocopiers and printer units, technology equipment and fuel oil. Open to school districts, municipalities and non-profit organizations, the Cooperative saves its members time and money. Heidi Radcliffe, 860-455-1628 Kerry Dexter, 860-455-1629

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Employer Services

Local businesses can customize cost-effective training packages in literacy and English-as-a-SecondLanguage (ESL), customer service, Microsoft Office, or manufacturing that meet their workforce development needs. Training can be provided in the workplace or at a convenient EASTCONN adult education site. If buildings are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, classes will transition to online. Technical support will be provided, as able. Rich Tariff, 860-455-1562

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES Marketing & Graphic Design Services

If you need professional consultation, or hands-on assistance with marketing or rebranding your school, agency or organization, our experienced marketing and graphic design staff can help. Backed by years of training and experience in graphic design, logo development, advertising and copywriting, our staff is ready to assist you with all of your communication needs. Teddie Sleight, 860-455-1553

Media & Communications Support

Our experienced staff can help you manage and increase your positive press as part of your day-to-day operations. In general, they can help you improve your school PR, teach you how to publicize newsworthy topics, write successful press releases and/or distribute those press releases to appropriate media outlets. They can also assist your organization with media during an unexpected event. Teddie Sleight, 860-455-1553

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Spanish Translation Services

Improve your communications with Spanish-speakers of all ages by using our Spanish translator. Experienced and accurate, our translator will ensure that you are able to communicate clearly with your Latino audience/s whenever you need to share either day-to-day or critical information. Teddie Sleight, 860-455-1553

FACILITIES SERVICES Asbestos-Designated-Person Staffing Services

We offer several options to meet your needs for a hazardous-materials-designated staff person to ensure that you remain in compliance with all school-related and Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regulations. We can provide you with a trained person on a temporary or permanent basis, or you can contract with us to perform your six-month inspections. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

Asbestos Inspection & Management

Our licensed Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner will help you stay in compliance with state and federal regulations related to asbestos-containing materials in schools and municipalities, including inspections, three-year re-inspections, training and managementplan development. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

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Facilities Audit Services

EASTCONN supports school districts that do not have the on-staff expertise necessary to make determinations about long-range facilities needs, including maintenance and overall improvement planning. Call us to explore your options. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

Hazardous Materials Support & Training for Schools

Use us to survey your facilities, develop a chemical hygiene plan and train your staff in both asbestos awareness and hazardous materials communications to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates. All new maintenance and custodial staff are required to complete a two-hour asbestos awareness training class within 60 days from date of hire. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

HVAC Service

Our expert, Licensed Technician can provide HVAC service for the maintenance and repair of your systems. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

Radon Measurement Service Provider

Use the expertise of our nationally certified Radon Measurement Technician to test your school or daycare facility for radon. We will determine whether your building(s) meets mandated State of Connecticut Department of Public Health codes. Michael Akana, 860-455-0707

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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT CT REAP: Web-Based Employment System

Web-Based Employment System Reach across the marketplace with Connecticut’s statewide, web-based employment system for recruiting teachers and other certified administrators. Melanie Marcaccio, 860-455-1570

Eastern Connecticut Health Insurance Program (ECHIP)

This health insurance collaborative enables its municipal and public school members to more effectively manage and reduce costs for their employees’ health insurance. Subject to approval by the collaborative’s executive board, public school districts and municipalities may apply for membership. Visit the ECHIP web site at www.echipct.org to learn more. Larisa Carr, 860-455-1546

PERSONNEL & STAFFING SOLUTIONS Fingerprinting Services

EASTCONN offers fingerprinting services to Local Education Agencies and their job applicants in compliance with Connecticut state law. Conveniently located fingerprinting services, provided by EASTCONN experts, help ensure a smooth hiring process for potential employees. EASTCONN Fingerprinting Services, 860-455-0707

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Personnel Recruitment Assistance

We offer a range of strategies to help you recruit and hire qualified personnel, including cooperative recruiting and outreach via our web-based employment system. Melanie Marcaccio, 860-455-1570

Shared Staffing

EASTCONN can be your professional resource to handle the recruitment and selection of qualified personnel for all your staffing needs. EASTCONN works directly with districts to provide specialized paraprofessionals and administrative support personnel for short or long-term needs. Melanie Marcaccio, 860-455-1570

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES Classroom Technology Integration

Are you having difficulty integrating new technologies in your classrooms? Have you invested in technology that goes underutilized or doesn’t meet your expectations? EASTCONN can assist you in achieving the best possible results, from installation to implementation, including lesson integration and training. Let our expertise help you to bridge the gap. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

Digital Accessibility

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scan and read the text and photos to the user. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522

Executive Consulting & Technology Updates

Do you or members of your leadership team need to come up to speed on technology topics before making critical decisions? Do you need to discreetly improve your understanding of administrative or educational technology? Technology Solutions can provide smallgroup and individual briefings and updates on request, giving you the edge you need to succeed with technology. Content can address any topic, historical or current, at the location of your choice. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

Information Technology Support Services

Our technology support team can help you with all your computer and mobile devices, from deployment and set-up to preventive maintenance and repair. We can provide you with trained Information Technology (IT) staff on a temporary, full- or part-time basis. Or, you can contract with us for short-term projects. Services include: troubleshooting peripherals, desktops and laptops; networks; set-up for technology labs; preventive maintenance; desktop and server support; technology equipment repair; IT diagnostic services and audio/visual equipment support; and end-user support. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

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Technology Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Google Apps for Education

Choose a topic and we’ll provide the lunch. Our Conference Center in Hampton is the perfect place to host your Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Our experts in technology can present a short, focused learning experience for your staff on a variety of topics related to your current technology needs. Topics include, but are not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite; Protecting Your Hardware; Security; Becoming Internet Savvy; and Quick Tips/ Shortcuts. Join us in Hampton, or our technology experts will bring a session to the location of your choice. If buildings are temporarily closed due to external circumstances, learning experiences will be conducted virtually. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Nancy Jagaczewski, 860-455-1527

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Transportation Services

With a fleet of 140-plus vehicles that include GPS tracking and two-way radios or cell phones depending on the type of vehicle, EASTCONN offers day-to-day transportation and “yellow bus” services for both regular and special education students traveling to destinations ranging from local areas to neighboring states. Drivers and aides are trained carriers of both medically fragile riders and those with behavioral challenges. Other services include human service agency client transportation, consultation regarding current transportation vendor contract efficiency, and charter-bus transportation to special events. Julio Nieves, 860-228-6751 Kimberly Bush, 860-228-6751

Web Application Development

Our technology team can turn your manual processes into business-driven, user-friendly, highly innovative custom Web applications. Whether it’s simple form data collection or a full-featured application, we can turn your ideas and/or current processes into a database driven, scalable and globally available solution for any device. Working closely with you, we’ll determine the most effective solutions, while also ensuring that your application is intuitive, easy to use and serves your user needs. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

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EASTCONN helps schools envision, acquire and maintain technology systems that enhance student learning. From on-site technology integration and training to customized database development, we are committed to ensuring that schools and teachers keep pace with the accelerating demand for the effective use of technology. Technology Solutions Offers: • Data Solutions Support & Training

• Educational Technology Integration • Technology Infrastructure Support • Technology Products

• Technology Professional Development • Video Services

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DATA SOLUTIONS SUPPORT & TRAINING Data Analytics & Reporting

Everyone is collecting data everywhere. Are you working for it, or is it working for you? The true power of data can only be realized when you can use it when you need it, where you need it. Let EASTCONN’s analytics experts organize your data and create on-target reporting, ready for on-demand download or delivery via e-mail. Move beyond the cumbersome and inadequate reporting features built into common software and take the next step in data-driven decision-making. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Digital Accessibility

Learn how to create accessible documents in Word, PowerPoint, PDFs and web-accessible content. Use the tools already built into the programs to ensure screen readers and other accessible technology can properly scan and read the text and photos to the user. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522

School Lottery & Admissions Management

Using an online platform, our technology staff will create a custom student application for your school. Select questions parents need to answer, set parameters by which priority groups (if any) are created, publicize the lottery and announce the results. Technology Solutions will validate applicants, verify the random selection and provide your school with the results. In addition, our staff can manage all communications with applicants. EASTCONN will assure compliance with procedures as your impartial agent. Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521 www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services

Student Data Analysis & Consultation

School personnel invest hours putting student data into your records systems. Can you easily get useful and accurate information back out? EASTCONN’s Student Information Systems team supports all school personnel roles involved with student data: administrators and teachers, counseling, student services and office staff. We assist with new curriculum, intervention and evaluation initiatives; develop custom screens, reports and analyses; evaluate and improve operational procedures; and provide application training at all levels of your organization. Core products include PowerSchool, Infinite Campus and Tyler SIS/Student & Classroom 360, as well as related and integrated applications. Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Student Information Systems Management & Support

Get full value from your student data systems, even with limited staffing resources and expertise. EASTCONN’s Student Information Systems team can consult with you on focused initiatives, or provide part- or full-time, on-site staffing. Services include needs analysis, implementation consultation and setup, application management and customization, system integration, user support and training. Supported solutions include PowerSchool, Infinite Campus and Tyler Technologies’ student information product suites; other learning management, assessment, communication, transportation and education-focused systems; and locally-developed applications. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-162 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

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Survey Deployment & Analysis

We offer customized design, hosting and data-analysis support for your data collection projects. Our familiarity with educational data and school improvement will help ensure that these projects yield the data that you need to answer your essential questions, and prepare you for administrative and community conversations. Our analysis tools permit quick turnaround in producing presentation-ready results reporting. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Technology Council

Our Technology Council provides technology educators with a forum where they can network with peers in a collegial environment, while learning about the latest trends and best practices in technology. Experts in the field and outside consultants regularly attend meetings and provide valuable insights into the latest developments. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Nancy Jagaczewski, 860-455-1527

Technology Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Google Apps for Education

Choose a topic and we’ll provide the lunch. Our Conference Center in Hampton is the perfect place to host your Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Our experts in technology can present a short, focused learning experience for your staff on a variety of topics related to your current technology needs. Topics include, but are not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite; Protecting Your Hardware; Security; Becoming Internet Savvy; and Quick Tips/ Shortcuts. Join us in Hampton, or our technology experts will bring a session to the location of your choice. If buildings are temporarily closed due to external circumstances, learning experiences will be

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conducted virtually. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Nancy Jagaczewski, 860-455-1527

Web Application Development

Our technology team can turn your manual processes into business-driven, user-friendly, highly innovative custom Web applications. Whether it’s simple form data collection or a full-featured application, we can turn your ideas and/or current processes into a database driven, scalable and globally available solution for any device. Working closely with you, we’ll determine the most effective solutions, while also ensuring that your application is intuitive, easy to use and serves your user needs. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION Classroom Technology Integration

Are you having difficulty integrating new technologies in your classrooms? Have you invested in technology that goes underutilized or doesn’t meet your expectations? EASTCONN can assist you in achieving the best possible results, from installation to implementation, including lesson integration and training. Let our expertise help you to bridge the gap. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

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group and individual briefings and updates on request, giving you the edge you need to succeed with technology. Content can address any topic, historical or current, at the location of your choice, or virtually. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

Technology Professional Development

Our Technology Solutions staff can provide professional development opportunities. Let our knowledgeable staff teach you new and/or advanced technology skills. Learn about gaming in the classroom, robotics, Making/STEM, Google apps for education, malware awareness and Google training. Create databases using FileMaker Pro and Microsoft Office or other topics upon request. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT Information Technology Support Services

Our technology support team can help you with all your computer and mobile devices, from deployment and set-up to preventive maintenance and repair. We can provide you with trained Information Technology (IT) staff on a temporary, full- or part-time basis. Or, you can contract with us for short-term projects. Services include: troubleshooting peripherals, desktops and laptops; networks; set-up for technology labs; preventive maintenance; desktop and server support; technology equipment repair; IT diagnostic services and audio/visual equipment support; and end-user support. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

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Network Management

Supplement your in-house staff with our networking experts. Our on-site or remote support services can ensure your networking equipment and servers stay running and optimized to your needs, while improving your network’s availability and overall performance. We can provide support for Windows and Mac networks, servers, switches, routers, WAN connections and wireless networks. We are available for long-term assignments as well as ad-hoc projects, including server and networking equipment upgrades, server migrations and wireless network upgrades. Thomas Schenking, 860-455-1548

Student Information Systems Management & Support

Get full value from your student data systems, even with limited staffing resources and expertise. EASTCONN’s Student Information Systems team can consult with you on focused initiatives, or provide partor full-time, on-site staffing. Services include needs analysis, implementation consultation and setup, application management and customization, system integration, user support and training. Supported solutions include PowerSchool, Infinite Campus and Tyler Technologies’ student information product suites; other learning management, assessment, communication, transportation and education-focused systems; and locally-developed applications. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Technology Strategic Planning

Strategic planning for educational technology can ensure that your district’s instruction and curriculum meet the demands of the 21st century. Our technology planning experts can help your district evaluate, create

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and implement a systemic and long-term technology plan to meet your goals. Facilitation and support are available for all types of planning, from small projects to district-wide initiatives. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation support are available. We can also assist with reviewing your current technology infrastructure and provide Information Technology (IT) staff to supplement your existing staff. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS Data Analytics & Reporting

Everyone is collecting data everywhere. Are you working for it, or is it working for you? The true power of data can only be realized when you can use it when you need it, where you need it. Let EASTCONN’s analytics experts organize your data and create on-target reporting, ready for on-demand download or delivery via e-mail. Move beyond the cumbersome and inadequate reporting features built into common software and take the next step in data-driven decision-making. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Digital Accessibility

Learn how to create accessible documents in Word, PowerPoint, PDFs and web-accessible content. Use the tools already built into the programs to ensure screen readers and other accessible technology can properly scan and read the text and photos to the user. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522

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CT DOTS (Documentation & Observation for Teaching System) Online

CT DOTS Online is the only system specifically designed to meet the data entry and analysis demands required by the state Office of Early Childhood DOTS child-progress framework. Early childhood professionals now have a paper-free method of observing children, collecting evidence/artifacts and evaluating their skills against a standard set of indicators. CT DOTS Online is available anytime, anywhere and from any device. Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522 Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537

eObserve Data Management System for Classroom Observation

eObserve is an online observation tool for classroom assessments and/or informal or formal teacher observations. Designed to be used on a tablet or computer, this web-based program allows school staff to observe and input evidence as it’s happening and run real-time reports. Let us customize eObserve to meet your district’s specific needs. Brad Hornung, 860-455-1522

School Lottery & Admissions Management

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applicants. EASTCONN will assure compliance with procedures as your impartial agent. Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM)

EASTCONN provides regional and in-district professional learning support to districts implementing the Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) program. The TEAM Collaborative provides support for beginning teachers and mentors, along with district and school leaders. This model enables districts to continue using the online TEAM workspaces to meet statutory requirements, and facilitates support for beginning teachers. Anna Forlenza-Bailey, 860-455-1571 Michael Mahony, 860-455-1537

Virtual High School

Virtual High School (VHS) offers more than 200 core and elective courses for middle and high school students that prepare them for college and careers. Courses are available in all content areas, including a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

Web Application Development

that your application is intuitive, easy to use and serves your user needs. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Student Data Privacy

Learn how to navigate and comply with CT PA 16-189 regarding Student Data Privacy. Create a new workflow, software request form and an online presence for parents/community members. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620 Linda Brock, 860-455-1521

VIDEO SERVICES Video Production Services

Video Production engages students and enhances projects by creating visuals that speak for themselves. Recording class events, advertising a product, project or program, creating a webinar or a video for a training class can all be done through EASTCONN’s Video Services. We have all the tools necessary for recording, editing and creating a final product for your use. Andrew DePalma, 860-455-1620

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EASTCONN Programs & Services Index Accreditation Quality Improvement System

Early Childhood Classroom Assessment

(AQIS)......................................................................... 10

Scoring System (CLASS)............................................. 10

ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School................ 15

Early Childhood Council Facilitation &

America’s Mosaic........................................................ 14

Strategic Planning...................................................... 10

American Citizenship Preparation.............................. 4

Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting

Asbestos-Designated-Person Staffing Services.......... 33

Workshops.................................................................. 8, 12

Asbestos Inspection & Management......................... 33

Early Childhood Program Monitoring

AT & AAC Assessment............................................... 17

& Evaluation............................................................... 10, 27

AT & AAC Consortium Membership.......................... 17

Early Childhood Training, Consultation

AT & AAC Consultation.............................................. 18

& Coaching................................................................. 11

AT & AAC Training..................................................... 18

Early Head Start.......................................................... 12

AT Lending Library..................................................... 18

EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab.................................. 14

Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other

Eastern Connecticut Health Insurance Program

Developmental Disabilities Program, PreK-12........... 16

(ECHIP)....................................................................... 30, 34 Educator Supervision, Evaluation & Professional

Back-Office Support................................................... 30, 32

Development Plans - Consultation & Support........... 24, 27

Birth to Three General Program................................. 12

Employer Services...................................................... 4, 33

Blended Learning Models of Instruction.................... 23

English-as-a-Second-Language Family Literacy......... 4, 8, 12 English-as-a-Second-Language Instruction................ 8

Center for Educational Leadership............................. 22

English Learners (EL) Professional Support................ 24

Classroom Technology Integration............................. 35, 39

English Learners (EL) Title III Consortium................... 26

Clinical Day Treatment Programs, K-12...................... 15

eObserve Data Management System for

Community Arts Connection After-School

Classroom Observation.............................................. 41

Program...................................................................... 20

Executive Consulting & Technology Updates............ 24, 35, 39

Conference & Meeting Support................................. 24, 32

Executive Function & Purposeful Play........................ 11

Connecticut Collaborative Health Insurance Program (CT-CHIP)..................................... 32

Faces of Culture......................................................... 14

Connecticut Early Learning

Facilities Audit Services.............................................. 34

& Development Standards......................................... 10

Farming Our Land & Sea............................................ 14

COOL Directions........................................................ 19

Fingerprinting Services............................................... 34

Cooperative Purchasing............................................. 30, 32

Food Services............................................................. 20, 30

CT DOTS (Documentation & Observation for Teaching System) Online ...................................... 11, 41

Get Back to Work through American Job

CT REAP: Web-Based Employment System............... 34

Centers of Eastern Connecticut ................................ 6

Curriculum Development .......................................... 23

Grants Development ................................................. 30

Customer Service & Sales Academy.......................... 6 Customer Service Academy/Upskilling...................... 6

Hazardous Materials Support & Training for Schools.................................................................. 24, 34

Data Analytics & Reporting........................................ 38, 41

Head Start.................................................................. 12

Digital Accessibility..................................................... 35, 38, 41

Health Careers Advancement Program...................... 7

District & School Improvement Planning.................... 27

High School Completion............................................ 4

Diversity Educator Consortium................................... 26

HVAC Service............................................................. 34

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EASTCONN Programs & Services Index Regional Management of Mandated Adult IET (Integrated Education & Training)........................ 4, 7

Education Programs................................................... 5, 31

Interdistrict Program Design & Management............. 14

Regional Staff Development Council......................... 27

Information Technology Support Services.................. 35, 40

Regional Transition Services....................................... 16 Related Services......................................................... .19

JET (Jobs, Education & Training)

Restorative Practices.................................................. 25

for 17-24-year-olds..................................................... 4, 7 JFES Case Management............................................ 7

School Lottery & Admissions Mgmnt.........................31, 38, 41 Science Council.......................................................... 27

Language Arts & Social Studies Council.................... 26

Science/STEM/NGSS Professional Learning &

Language & Literacy Assessment Practices................ 11

Curriculum Alignment................................................ 23

Leadership Development........................................... 22

Shared Staffing........................................................... 35

LEAP Alternative High School.................................... 15

Social, Emotional & Academic Development............ 22, 25

Life Skills & Basic Skills Instruction............................. 5

Spanish Translation Services....................................... 33

Literacy Professional Learning.................................... 24

Speech-Language Services........................................ 19 State & Federal Reporting Compliance..................... 31

Marketing & Graphic Design Services........................ 33

Strategic Planning for School Communities............... 23, 28

Math Council.............................................................. 26

Student Data Analysis & Consultation........................ 31, 38

Mathematics Professional Learning............................ 25

Student Data Privacy.................................................. 42

Media & Communications Support............................ 33

Student Information Systems Management............... 38, 40

Mindful Transformations............................................. 15

Summer Youth Employment & Training..................... 7, 20 Survey Deployment & Analysis..................................... 39

NAEYC Accreditation Consultation............................ 11, 28 Network Management............................................... 28, 40

Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) ............... 25, 42

Neuropsychology Services......................................... 16

Technology Council......................................................... 27, 39

Non-Traditional Learner Program............................... 5

Technology Lunch ‘n’ Learn: Google Apps.........................26, 36, 39 Technology Professional Development................................40

Occupational Therapy Services.................................. 18

Technology Strategic Planning..............................................28, 40 Transition Planning: Preschool-to-Kindergarten......... 11

Personalized, Competency-Based Instruction............ 23

Transitions for 21st Century Careers:

Personalized, Student-Centered Learning................. 22

Workforce Readiness.................................................. 5

Personnel Recruitment Assistance.............................. 35

Transitions to Post-Secondary Education................... 5, 8

Physical Therapy Services........................................... 19

Transportation Services.............................................. 20, 36

Principals’ Community of Practice.............................. 22 PreK-Grade 3 Alignment............................................ 11

Video Production Services.......................................... 42

Psychological & Behavioral

Virtual High School..................................................... 16, 42

Consultation Services................................................. 17

Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program.......................... 6, 8

QMC Quinebaug Middle College.............................. 16

Web Application Development.................................. 36, 39, 42 Woodstock Academy Cooperative Program.............. 16

Radon Measurement Service Provider....................... 34 Reading & Writing Workshop Services....................... 25 www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services

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EASTCONN Program Locations ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES Central Administration & Conference Center 376 Hartford Tpke., Hampton, CT 06247 • 860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-8026 Adult Programs, Assistive Technology, Conference & Food Services, Early Childhood Initiatives, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources K-12 Student Services, Leading & Learning Services, Marketing & Communications, Organizational Support Services, Technology Solutions

ADULT AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Community Learning Center Tyler Square, 1320 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06226 • 860-423-2591; Fax: 860-450-0853 Hampton, Central Administration 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247 • 860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-8026 Northeast Learning Center 562 Westcott Rd., Danielson, CT 06239 • 860-779-3770; Fax: 860-779-3384

EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVES Killingly Early Head Start & Head Start 562 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT 06239 • 860-779-0410; Fax: 860-779-1377 Killingly Head Start at Killingly High School 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville, CT 06241 • 860-779-6793; Fax: 860-774-0846 Plainfield Early Head Start & Head Start 651 Norwich Road, Plainfield, CT 06374 • 860-564-7787; Fax: 860-564-6409 Plainfield Early Head Start & Head Start at Moosup Gardens

10B Gorman Street, Moosup, CT 06354 • 860-564-7199; Fax: 860-584-2630

Putnam Head Start 33 Wicker Street, Putnam, CT 06260 • 860-928-0004; Fax: 860-963-6922 Tolland County Head Start Home-Based 860-455-1586 • Fax: 860-455-1005 Windham Early Head Start Home-Based 860-455-1586 • Fax: 860-455-1005

K-12 STUDENT SERVICES SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS ACT (Arts At The Capitol Theater) 896 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06226 • 860-465-5636; Fax: 860-465-8115 Autism Program, Related Services, 10 Commerce Dr., Columbia, CT 06237 • 860-228-3240; Fax: 860-228-3206 Clinical Day Treatment Programs Director, 860-786-2253 EVC (Educational & Vocational Center) 14 Route 66, Columbia, CT 06237 • 860-228-4317; Fax: 860-228-1147 NRP (Northeast Regional Program) 79 Westfield Ave., Danielson, CT 06239 • 860-779-6794 EASTCONN Educational Services (Autism Program, Psych. & Behavioral, Related Services) 10 Commerce Drive, Columbia, CT 06237 • 860-228-3240; Fax: 860-228-3206

LEAP (Learners Empowered to Achieve their Potential) 729 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06226 • 860-931-0250; Fax: 860-786-7844 QMC (Quinebaug Middle College) 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson, CT 06239 • 860-932-4100; Fax: 860-932-4950 Transportation 109 Route 6, Columbia, CT 06237 • 860-228-6751; Fax: 860-228-6756 Woodstock Academy Cooperative Services 57 Academy Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281• 860-928-1132; Fax: 860-963-4931

Please check the EASTCONN website for map links. at https://www.eastconn.org/aboutus/directions

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Regional Groups & EASTCONN Councils ALL REGIONAL GROUPS & EASTCONN COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE FREE OF CHARGE EASTCONN regional groups and councils bring together educators from across the region who are interested in a similar content area. These meetings are free of charge (unless noted). NOTE: For virtual links or information about a group or council, please contact the facilitator. Names are listed below.

COUNCIL/GROUPS FACILITATOR FORMAT TIME/DATE ConnCASE Carol Magliocco Virtual 8:30 a.m-12:00 p.m., 11/20, cmagliocco@eastconn.org 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21 DIVERSITY EDUCATOR CONSORTIUM

Anna Forlenza-Bailey aforlenza-bailey@eastconn.org

Virtual

10:30 a.m-12 p.m., 5/13

ENGLISH LEARNERS CONSORTIUM ROUNDTABLE

Beth Brunet ffisher@eastconn.org

Virtual

1-3 p.m., 2/10, 5/12

LANGUAGE ARTS & SOCIAL STUDIES COUNCIL

Gary Petersen gpetersen@eastconn.org

Virtual

1-3 p.m., 1/14, 3/18, 5/27

MATH COUNCIL

Anna Forlenza-Bailey aforlenza-bailey@eastconn.org

Virtual

1:30-3:00 p.m., 1/12, 3/2, 5/4

REGIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Diane Dugas Virtual ddugas@eastconn.org

10-11:00 a.m., 1/14, 2/11 3/11, 4/15, 5/20

SCIENCE COUNCIL

Kelly Francis kfrancis@eastconn.org

1-3 p.m., 1/27, 4/7, 5/26

TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

Andrew DePalma Virtual adepalma@eastconn.org

URSA/NASA

Carol Klemyk cklemyk@eastconn.org

Virtual

3:00-4:30 p.m., 1/21, 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20

TBD

TBD

Please Note: All EASTCONN council dates are subject to change throughout the year. Please check the EASTCONN events calendar for the latest information, at https://events.dudesolutions.com/eastconn www.eastconn.org • Programs & Services Celebrating 40 Years 1980~2020

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EASTCONN will initiate, support and facilitate partnerships, collaborations and regional solutions that are responsive to the needs of all learners through exemplary programs, products and services.

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