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Programs & Services 2013-2014

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EASTCONN’s programs, products and services are organized under six main headings: 1. Adult Programs

• Adult Education & High School Completion...........pages 2-3 • Continuing Education......................pages 3-4 • Employment & Training Programs...................pages 4-5 • English Language Learner Services..........................................page 5 • Parent & Family Programs.......................................page 5

2. Early Childhood Initiatives

4. Organizational Support Services

• Administrative Support for Schools.....................................pages 19-20 • Business & Employer Services...........page 20 • Communications Services..................page 21 • Facilities Services.................................pages 21-22 • Human Resources Management........page 22 • Personnel & Staffing Solutions...........page 22 • Program Design & Development......pages 22-23 • Technology Services............................page 23 • Transportation Services......................page 23

• Early Childhood Consultation .......pages 6-7 • Early Childhood Materials & Products...................page 7 • Programs for Young Children & Families....................................pages 7-8

5. Teaching & Learning Services

3. K-12 Student Services

6. Technology Solutions

• Academic Enrichment......................pages 9-12 • Assistive Technology........................pages 12-13 • Magnet Schools & Other Options for Students..................................pages 13-14 • Professional Learning & Support for Special Education Professionals ...............................page 14 • Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities........pages 14-15 • School-to-Career...............................page 15 • Schools for Non-Traditional Learners.........................................page 15 • Schools for Students with Behavioral Challenges.................pages 15-16 • Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental Disabilities........page 16 • Summer, Vacation, After-School Programs................ pages 16-17 • Other Student Services..................... pages 17-18

• Educational Leadership.......................page 24 • Professional Learning & Coaching......................................pages 25-28 • School Improvement...........................pages 29-32

• Data Solutions Support & Training........................................page 33 • Educational Technology Integration.......................................pages 34 • Technology Infrastructure Support...page 34 • Technology Products...........................page 35

Program Contacts..........................................pages 36-37 Program Index................................................pages 38-39 EASTCONN Facility Locations....................page 40 EASTCONN Administration.......................page 41

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From the Executive Director

We hope that you’ll use this new 2013-2014 Programs & Services catalog as a starting point for identifying the many ways in which EASTCONN can assist you. EASTCONN staff, whose expertise spans a broad variety of specialties in both education and related fields, would welcome the chance to work with you. Their enthusiasm and know-how can help you meet your greatest professional challenges with innovative ideas and customized, cost-effective solutions.

Paula M. Colen, Executive Director

You can also search EASTCONN’s Web site at www.eastconn.org, where you’ll find a list of our programs, services and staff.

As always, it starts with a conversation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Paula M. Colen Executive Director 860-455-1565 pcolen@eastconn.org

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.

MISSION: 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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ADULT PROGRAMS EASTCONN promotes and supports lifelong learning for parents, workers and citizens of northeastern Connecticut. Whether it’s high school completion, job training, or parenting support, our Adult Programs are designed to develop interests, increase abilities and expand options. The following program and service descriptions are only a sampling of the many ways in which we can help you address your adult-student programming needs. Contact any of our staff, or call Rich Tariff, Director of EASTCONN Adult Programs, at 860-455-1562, to begin the conversation.

Adult Education & High School Completion

g 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). Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 (Danielson) Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 (Willimantic) g Education Refresher at CTWorks Offered at CTWorks East in Danielson, New London, Norwich and Willimantic, the Education Refresher is a short-term program that helps prepare adults to enter the job market or to meet entry requirements for training programs and post-secondary education opportunities. Each student is assessed and receives an individualized plan of study, as well as appropriate referrals to free-of-charge adult education classes. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Families in need of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes are targeted for this program. Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 g High School Completion Adult Education offers three options for completing a high school education. Our counselors can help you determine which is the best option for you. Choose from among the GED, the Adult High School Credit Diploma and the National External Diploma Program. As of July 1, 2011, to enroll in adult education, an individual must be 17 years of age or older. Individuals who are 16 years of age and withdrew from school with parental consent prior to July 1, 2011, may also be eligible to enroll in adult education. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 (Danielson) Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 (Willimantic)

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I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training)

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Eduction Skills Training) is an innovative education model integrating basic skills with technical instruction. The curriculum is designed jointly by certified adult education instructors and specialists in the technical field. Furthermore, classes are co-taught by adult education and technical training instructors. EASTCONN’s I-BEST program helps students earn both their GED and nationally recognized software credentials such as: Microsoft Office Specialist; Quickbooks Certified User; and Adobe Certified Associate. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g JFES Intensive Customer Service Training This intensive program prepares JFES (Jobs First Employment Services) participants with intensive training in employability and customer service skills, as well as GED preparation. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g 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 and writing 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 www.eastconn.org


Adult Programs students obtain a high school diploma and choose a vocation. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 (Danielson) Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 (Willimantic) g Non-Traditional Learner Program EASTCONN provides United Services clients with classes to improve their English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) skills and to prepare them for the GED exam. Participants also develop problem-solving, decision-making and other critical-thinking skills. Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 g Out-of-School Youth: Get with the B.E.A.T. Get with the B.E.A.T. (Better Education Always Triumphs) is a program for out-of-school youth, ages 17-21, that provides opportunities for completing high school, obtaining post-secondary education and/or securing job training. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g 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. Rich Tariff................................... 860-455-1584

g Transitions to Post-Secondary Education This program helps guide students who will be completing one of EASTCONN’s high school programs (the GED diploma, the Adult High School Credit Diploma or the National External Diploma program), as they transition into a variety of post-secondary education and training programs. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593

g 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, as well as adult students who are in need of tutoring services, are encouraged to apply. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g Workplace Education & Training Local businesses and non-profit agencies can customize a costeffective package of literacy and English-as-­a-Second-Language (ESL) training components that meet their workforce development needs. Training can be provided in the workplace or at a convenient EASTCONN adult education site. Rich Tariff................................... 860-455-1584

Continuing Education

g Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) Created for northeastern Connecticut residents of all ages and taught by some of Connecticut’s finest arts professionals, CTAA classes explore disciplines like dance, theater, cartooning, creative writing and individual music lessons. Classes are offered in fall and spring sessions at the beautiful Art Deco-era Capitol Theater, which houses CTAA in busy downtown Willimantic. Rachel Roccoberton Griffin........ 860-465-5636 g Continuing Education Non-credit, recreational, personal improvement and career advancement courses are offered at nearby community sites for learners of all ages. A selection of reasonably priced courses is offered year-round, including summer programs for youth (kindergarten through age 17). Enrichment trips with coach bus transportation are offered with multiple, convenient pick-up sites throughout the region. Andrea Messenger...................... 860-455-1618 g Driver Education Taught by state-certified driver-education professionals, these classes prepare teens and adults, through in-class instruction and behind-the-wheel training, to obtain their Connecticut state driver’s licenses. EASTCONN’s driving schools are in two convenient locations: Willimantic and Danielson. Lynn Galovich............................ 860-428-7455

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Adult Programs g EASTCONN Adventure Program for Adults EASTCONN Adventure designs customized, experientially based programs for team-building, leadership training and professional development. The activities, adapted for participants of all ages and fitness levels, are designed to explore both positive communication and collaboration skills, and identify new strategies for building effective teams. EASTCONN offers both indoor and outdoor Adventure options, all specifically designed to create a safe environment for learning. Francine Piela............................. 860-455-1545

Employment & Training Programs

job experience for qualified eastern Connecticut adults, 18 and older, who are interested in both improving their employability skills and working in Connecticut State Parks. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g Education Refresher at CTWorks Offered at CTWorks East in Danielson, New London, Norwich and Willimantic, the Education Refresher is a short-term program that helps prepare adults to enter the job market or to meet entry requirements for training programs and post-secondary education opportunities. Each student is assessed and receives an individualized plan of study, as well as appropriate referrals to free-of-charge adult education classes. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

NEW 21st Century Customer Service Offered at CTWorks in both Danielson and Willimantic, this 15hour, free workshop teaches important skills that will help you interact more positively with both co-workers and customers. Participants who complete all workshop sessions will qualify for an EASTCONN Certificate of Completion in Customer Service Skills. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

NEW CTWorks Workshops EASTCONN, along with other agencies, provides free workshops at CTWorks East centers. These free workshops are available to any Connecticut resident and include Surviving Tough Times, 21st Century Customer Service and Math Skills Workshop. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g EASTCONN Trail Blazers This July-through-October program, funded by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB), provides on-the-

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I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training)

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Eduction Skills Training) is an innovative education model integrating basic skills with technical instruction. The curriculum is designed jointly by certified adult education instructors and specialists in the technical field. Furthermore, classes are co-taught by adult education and technical training instructors. EASTCONN’s I-BEST program helps students earn both their GED and nationally recognized software credentials such as: Microsoft Office Specialist; Quickbooks Certified User; and Adobe Certified Associate. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 g JFES (Jobs First Employment Services) Case Management EASTCONN Adult Programs is responsible for the case management services for Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) clients at the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s four CTWorks locations. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

NEW Math Skills Workshop This free series is designed to help dislocated and/or unemployed workers develop the important, basic math skills they need to enter training programs or pass employer entrance exams. Classes are offered at CTWorks East, with convenient northeastern Connecticut locations in Danielson, Willimantic, Norwich and New London. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596 NEW Surviving Tough Times This free workshop is offered for adults who are unemployed or underemployed, and who are seeking strategies that can help them maintain or repair their credit, keep their home and maintain their health and lifestyle. Sessions are conveniently offered at CTWorks East sites in Danielson, Willimantic and New London. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

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Adult Programs g English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Instruction Our Adult Education-certified instructors provide free instruction for non-English-speaking adults who are 17 years of age and older. Beginner-to-intermediate-level classes are available. Daytime and evening classes are offered at convenient locations throughout northeastern Connecticut. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 (Danielson) Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 (Willimantic)

g Transitions to Post-Secondary Education This program helps guide students who will be completing one of EASTCONN’s high school programs (the GED diploma, the Adult High School Credit Diploma or the National External Diploma program), as they transition into a variety of post-secondary education and training programs. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 g Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult

Parent & Family Programs

g Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting Workshops Workshops on a range of topics are available to support parents in increasing their parenting skills, improving their knowledge of children’s growth and development and learning how to support learning. Early childhood specialists are available to provide regional or on-site training. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 g English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Families in need of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes are targeted for this program. Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601

and Dislocated Worker Program at CTWorks

With a focus on getting participants back to work, this program provides employment assistance for low-income adults and laidoff workers. Assistance includes outreach, recruitment, intake and eligibility determination, case management, job-search assistance and follow-up, and retention services. Convenient locations in both Danielson and Willimantic. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

English Language Learner Services

g Education Refresher at CTWorks Offered at CTWorks East in Danielson, New London, Norwich and Willimantic, the Education Refresher is a short-term program that helps prepare adults to enter the job market or to meet entry requirements for training programs and post-secondary education opportunities. Each student is assessed and receives an individualized plan of study, as well as appropriate referrals to free-of-charge adult education classes. Suzanne Cimochowski............... 860-455-1596

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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.

The following program and services descriptions are only a sampling of the many ways in which we can help you address your early childhood programming needs. Contact any of our staff, or call Elizabeth Aschenbrenner, Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, at 860-455-1518, to begin the conversation.

Early Childhood Consultation

g Child-Specific Consultation & Assessment Comprehensive evaluation and on-site observation are available to districts to assist teachers in selecting the most appropriate instructional or behavioral management strategies for individual children. We offer a full range of specialists, from those in early childhood to professionals across the entire spectrum of special needs, preK to grade 12. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 (Early Childhood) Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 (K-12 Services) g Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) The Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) 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. AFP 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. Debra Stipe................................. 860-455-1559

g Early Childhood Training, Consultation & Coaching Early childhood specialists provide a range of professional development services customized to meet your program and district needs. Professional development related to curriculum, teaching and assessment is directly connected with state and national standards. On-site training and coaching is aimed at accomplishing program improvement goals that lead to improved child outcomes. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518

g Early Childhood Council Facilitation EASTCONN staff with experience in community collaboration, early childhood policy and practice, and comprehensive services, will work with your community to support the development and implementation of an Early Childhood Council. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518

NEW Language & Literacy Assessment Practices EASTCONN staff will work with a school district to review its current practices in language and literacy assessments so that they align with those skills that are critical for reading on grade level as well as align with the Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through second grade. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518

g 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. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518

g NAEYC Accreditation Consultation Information, consultation and training are available to preschool and kindergarten programs that want to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Debra Stipe................................. 860-455-1559

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Early Childhood Materials & Products

g Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework

(CTPAF) Web-Based Software

This reasonably priced, Web-based application is available for teachers and program directors who use the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework (CTPAF). Teacher-friendly and secure, this database eliminates the need for handwritten reports and allows teachers and administrators to view individual, classroom and program results. Joanne Sisco-Mazzei.................. 860-455-1518

NEW

PreK-Grade 3 Alignment

Programs for Young Children & Families

EASTCONN staff facilitate the review of components of aligned preK-grade 3 structures and components that address the alignment of standards, instruction and assessment, as well as family engagement and transitions, using a research-based tool with schools, districts and communities; staff will work with the local team to develop an improvement plan. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 g Preschool Curriculum Assessment & Learning Training and consultation are available to your staff on curriculum and assessment (with an emphasis on linking teaching to curriculum and assessment) and aligning the preschool curriculum with that of the primary grades, including the Common Core State Standards. Training on the Connecticut Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks is also available. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 g Strategic Data-Driven Planning

for Early Childhood Programs & Services

EASTCONN can help communities or programs create longrange or short-term plans for the development, implementation, or improvement of comprehensive, quality programs and services for children and their families. Collaboration within and across communities and service providers is emphasized. Assistance with grant-writing is also available. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner............ 860-455-1518 g Transition Planning: Birth-to-Three

& 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. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 www.eastconn.org

g Birth-to-Three Program Early intervention services are provided in the home for young children, birth to age 3, who have been identified with disabilities, and their families; services include parenting support and collaboration with early-intervention providers. Maribeth Stearns........................ 860-455-1557

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Early Childhood Initiatives

g Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting Workshops Workshops on a range of topics are available to support parents in increasing their parenting skills, improving their knowledge of children’s growth and development and learning how to support learning. Early childhood specialists are available to provide regional or on-site training. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner............ 860-455-1518 g Early Head Start EASTCONN administers the Early Head Start program in Windham County. This program serves income-eligible pregnant women and children, birth to age 3, and their families, in home-visiting and center-based programs. EASTCONN offers Early Head Start in northeastern Connecticut, while Windham Public Schools provides the 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. Diane Gozemba.......................... 860-455-1532 g English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Family Literacy EASTCONN Adult Programs partners with Head Start to provide Family Literacy classes to eligible Windham families. Families in need of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes are targeted for this program. Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601

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g 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, Stafford, Vernon and Windham. The home-visiting program, combined with a play group, is available for families in the Putnam, Killingly, Plainfield and Windham areas. Stafford and Windham Public Schools provide the Head Start programs in their respective regions. Benefits of Head Start include strong family involvement and support with health, dental, nutrition and mental health needs. Diane Gozemba.......................... 860-455-1532 g Multi-Disciplinary Consultative, Assessment

& Support Services

Access our in-house team, which specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, to build internal capacity through training and support in an optimal, inclusive, educational environment. Let us complement your inhouse team and support your individualized programming for students in their home school. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1518 (Birth to 5) Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 (K-12)

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K-12 STUDENT SERVICES EASTCONN works with local school districts to ensure that all the children in our region, from kindergarten through high school and beyond, have access to a rich variety of learning opportunities. From in-district support services to regional schools, EASTCONN is a valuable, additional resource for students, parents and educators. These programs and services descriptions are only a sampling of the many ways in which we can help you address your K-12 student programming needs. Contact any of our staff, or call Thomas Cronin, Director of Education Services, at 860-455-1512, to begin the conversation.

Academic Enrichment

g Arts in the Afternoon Students from the Windham community, in grades 4-8, work in diverse teams during school, after school and over the summer. Students participate in EASTCONN Adventure activities to promote self-esteem, build confidence and to increase group problem-solving abilities, in addition to building their visual and performing arts skills by working with guest artists. Noel Cherubino.......................... 860-455-1508 g Creating Community Builders Fifth-graders from participating districts integrate art, science and technology in the service of others through community projects. Interdistrict teams of students collaborate to plan, design, coordinate and present their finished products to community members. Through literature, students explore the concept of character and the ways in which it defines and creates community, while also improving their academic skills and increasing their understanding of diversity. Cathy Smith-Carolan................. 860-455-1556 Donna Drasch............................ 860-455-1516 NEW Elementary Connections Students in grades 3-6 investigate the human food cycle, which ranges from selecting which seeds and crops to grow and how to sustain them, to harvesting, preparing and eating meals with family and friends. Supported by guest presenters, environmental specialists, academic-based activities, team projects and fieldbased experiences, students from participating schools study the real farms and waterways of northeastern Connecticut, as they collaboratively learn about food choices and human interactions with the environment. This interdistrict, multidisciplinary program improves students’ understanding and appreciation of diversity, while helping them improve their academic skills. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

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g Energy for the Future Students enrolled in Energy for the Future are engaged in a sustained investigation of evolving energy sources. Energy for the Future brings interdistrict teams together to explore energy myths, nuclear power technology/controversy, solar photovoltaics, wind turbines and other emerging technologies, while they design and construct their own energy models — such as solar ovens and cars that must meet certain performance criteria. Students connect with diverse groups of peers from other districts, while improving their academic skills. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 g Faces of Culture Students in grades 8-12 from a variety of districts meet and interact throughout the school year as they collaborate to create history-related, meaningful art projects and performances that reflect different aspects of culture. Viewed through the lenses of several different historical periods, this engaging, interdisciplinary study of culture culminates in student art projects and performances that are showcased at an annual arts symposium. Interdistrict Grant programs like this are aimed at increasing academic performance and increasing student awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

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K-12 Student Services their understanding and appreciation of diversity. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

g Farming the Land and Sea Why do Connecticut farmers and fishermen grow and harvest the products they do? Second-and 3rd-graders from participating schools learn how to answer that question as they explore the intriguing facts surrounding state agriculture and aquaculture. Students in 2nd grade focus on foods that come from the land, with activities that allow them to explore the life cycles of plants, as well as balanced nutrition, while 3rd-graders focus on adaptations that allow certain plants and animals to thrive in local aquatic environments. This interdisciplinary, yearlong program focuses on improving academic outcomes and students’ understanding and appreciation of diversity. Esther Soffer Roberts.................. 860-455-1577 g Growing Green Ideas This interdisciplinary, yearlong program brings together interdistrict teams of high school students from participating districts to focus on the differences and similarities across customs and communities, while collaborating to explore food cycles, Connecticut farming, the food industry and healthy eating. Diverse guests like scientists, researchers, farmers, writers and nutritionists will conduct collaborative, hands–on workshops as students improve both their academics and their understanding of diversity. Karen Neville.............................. 860-455-1542 g Healthy Youth, Mind and Body “How do I stop a bully?” Students in grades 6 and 7 explore this question and other school climate concepts as they engage in a sustained exploration of health, physical and cyber-safety issues. This interdisciplinary, yearlong program introduces students from participating schools to peers from other districts and communities, helping hone their academic skills, while increasing their understanding and appreciation of diversity. Francine Piela............................. 860-455-1545 g Heroes & Heroines “Who is my hero?” Third-graders explore this question and other concepts through fiction and non-fiction as they engage in a sustained exploration of heroic figures, both past and present. During this yearlong program, students get to know peers from other participating districts, increase their academic skills and improve page 10

g Imagination Connection Using literacy and creative writing as a foundation for multicultural understanding, 300 second-graders from five schools read multicultural stories, folktales and poems and create a collaborative folktale or a collection of poetry. Students exchange pen-pal letters with their interdistrict peers, participate in EASTCONN Adventure team-building and illustrate their poems and folktales. This grant includes a bilingual class. The program culminates with a celebration of books and Adventure activities. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 g Interdistrict Program Design & Management Every two years, 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 experience of diversity. If selected for funding, programs are limited to districts that have signed on to participate in that funding cycle. Contact us for more information about currently funded programs or new grant opportunities. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

g Learning Lands: Stewardship & Conservation

in Northeastern CT

Students in grades 5-8 meet several times over the course of the school year to explore the concept of diversity through the study of our natural environments, conservation and biodiversity. Students focus on investigating flora and fauna, as well as vernal pools and the value of biodiversity on Joshua Trust properties in northeastern Connecticut. Joshua’s Trust properties provide a natural classroom where students can conduct scientific research in a living laboratory. Workshops focus students’ attention on regional ecosystems and habitats, biodiversity, invasive species and the ways in which human development is impacting local wetlands. Students also conduct field research to identify vernal pools and to understand their value as amphibian breeding habitats. Use of global positioning systems is integral to mapping natural resources on Trust properties. Dan Mullins ............................... 860-455-0707 www.eastconn.org


K-12 Student Services g Legacy Explorations Middle-school students meet throughout the year to examine human rights, civil rights and diversity. Youngsters in grades 5-8 from participating schools read literature related to their own rights, contribute a piece of writing to a program anthology, attend speeches given by advocates of civil rights and civil liberties organizations, take part in numerous EASTCONN Adventure activities to enhance team-building skills and visit a local history museum. Their overall focus is on acquiring a better understanding of human rights and the importance of diversity. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 NEW Making Waves: Optics and Acoustics Investigating the principles of mathematics and the physics of sound and light waves, students in grades 3-5 integrate science and art, collaborate with new friends and develop a richer appreciation of diverse perspectives and cultures in this yearlong, multidisciplinary program. Working in cross-district teams on academic and art-infused projects, students from participating districts explore the scientific properties of color, examine the math and science connections in children’s literature, as well as learn about sound waves created by musical instruments. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536

g MAPPS: Matching Areas and People Project Students learn about much more than simple geography during this interdisciplinary, multicultural, Interdistrict Grant-funded program; they make new friends from other participating school districts, increase their understanding of diversity and improve their academic skills as they employ spatial patterns, estimation, scale, fractions and geographic concepts. Orienteering, mapmaking and technology tools, such as compasses and hand-held data collectors, enhance students’ understanding of geography. Cathy Smith-Carolan................. 860-455-1556 g Minds in Motion Students from participating schools in grades 5-12 explore science content areas, including forces/motion, astronomy and optics/photonics, using real-life explorations and inquiry activities. www.eastconn.org

Using sky quality meters, students measure the brightness of the nighttime sky to learn about light pollution and use temperature probes to learn how to construct a better globe. Working in teams and with partner schools, students gain a better understanding of diversity in this focused, interdisciplinary program. Throughout their hands-on team investigations, students improve their academic skills as they study the big questions in science, including humanity’s relationship with the natural world. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536 g Mosaic This experientially based leadership training program focuses on student’s team-building and community engagement as students from participating districts in grades 6-12 grapple with real-world service-learning projects. These projects meet the needs of other students, schools and communities as they improve students’ academic skills and increase their appreciation for and understanding of diversity. Students work in teams with the Center for Community Engagement at Eastern Connecticut State University. Karen Neville.............................. 860-455-1542 g New Images: CT Youth Learn Together Students in grades 7-12 explore digital photography and creative writing, sharing their own views of the world. Students focus on composition and theme by examining artistic images at the Lyman Allyn Museum, the Florence Griswold Museum and the New Britain Museum of American Art, and then recreate those images in their own photographs. This interdisciplinary, yearlong program for participating districts not only helps create lasting friendships by introducing students to peers from other schools, it also improves students’ understanding of diversity, while helping them increase their academic skills. Karen Neville.............................. 860-455-1542 g Our Changing Earth, Our Connected World Students in grades 5-7 engage in a sustained exploration of the geosciences as they explore the relevance and impact that geology has on their lives and on the world around them. Through this focused, interdisciplinary program, students from participating schools improve their academic skills, while developing a better understanding of diversity and making new friends with peers from different districts. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 g Skills for Success Students in grades 9-12 benefit from team-building activities as they work to master both personal and interpersonal skills for the workplace and post-secondary educational settings. Career development workshops focus on career acquisition and retention skills, and technical writing and reading skills. Participating schools help students improve their understanding and appreciation of diversity as they increase their academic success. Cyndi Wells ............................... 860-455-1572

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K-12 Student Services g Successful Journeys Ninth-grade students meet throughout the school year to explore diversity and multiculturalism, and to focus on the importance of respecting other cultures and perspectives. A variety of carefully crafted field trips challenge students to collaborate with studentpeers from other participating towns. Success requires effective communication and leadership skills, trust and respect, as students develop positive friendships and team-building skills. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

g Waves of History High school students develop increased diversity awareness through activities focused on the history of immigration and the many ways in which immigration affects our society. Participants in grades 9-12 take part in reading and writing workshops, and attend a conference during which they hear from speakers who have immigrated to the United States. Students from participating schools explore their own families’ immigration history, and become involved in a variety of other activities that include EASTCONN Adventure team-building exercises. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 NEW What Does It Mean To Be Green? Students in grades 2-6 engage in interdisciplinary learning activities that focus on relationships between the environment, energy and human systems, civic engagement and their connections to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In collaborative teams, students from different, participating school districts undertake challenges that support the Connecticut Green Leaf Schools initiative, which promotes leading, educating, achieving and fostering healthy, green choices for the betterment of all people. Students not only improve their academic skills as they work with new friends, they also develop a better understanding of diversity. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

g The 4th R: Robotics Students in grades 4-8 are introduced to the world of robotics through this engaging program. While working in diverse engineering teams, students use problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help them understand the role of robotics in today’s manufacturing environment. This program culminates with the annual EASTCONN Robotics Challenge. During the Challenge, students showcase their understanding of robotics by solving a unique engineering/manufacturing challenge that requires computer programming, engineering design and Lego parts. Students improve their academics and increase their appreciation of diversity as they make new friends from different, participating schools. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536 g Water, Wildlife & People (WWP) This yearlong, multicultural, interdisciplinary program focuses on ecosystems and man’s impact on water resources and wildlife habitats, as 4th-graders from participating schools explore the concept of diversity through the study of natural environments — from local, aquatic, freshwater streams to the estuaries of eastern Long Island Sound. Students also improve their academic skills as they create a variety of team projects with new friends from other schools. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

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Assistive Technology

g Assistive Technology Consortium The Consortium is the result of continued collaboration efforts between EASTCONN and the Connecticut Tech Act Project. Consortium membership provides districts with customized and flexible support and services to meet the needs of students and staff. Through the support of the Connecticut Tech Act, Consortium Members can access an expanded library of assistive technology tools for use in professional learning, student assessment and trial use of devices within their school districts. Consortium membership includes priority scheduling of services and participation in Consortium trainings. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Assistive Technology Consultation EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology (AT) team works directly with staff and students in the classroom to support the effective use of AT, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), to support student learning. Consultative services include maximizing the use of a district’s existing AT resources and identifying new and emerging resources to complement a district’s curriculum and students’ educational programs. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

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K-12 Student Services g Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

& Lending Library

Housed at EASTCONN’s Commerce Drive facility in Columbia, our expanded Lending Library is supported through an award from the Connecticut Tech Act Project, as well as through the support of vendors, software developers and manufacturers. The Lending Library contains devices in the following major categories: Communication Devices, Tools for Computer Access, Technologies for Access to Print, Writing and Organizational Tools, Low-Vision Technologies, and Adapted Toys and Environmental Control Devices. Consortium member districts can try devices from the Lending Library, enabling staff to become familiar with new devices and use new tools on a trial basis with students in their customary learning environment. Alicia Dinda............................... 860-228-3240

g Assistive Technology Training Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions are constantly changing as the world of online applications, portable electronics and wireless access continues to make devices more commonly used and affordable. Staying current has become increasingly difficult. EASTCONN’s AT specialists have established partnerships with a number of AT manufacturers and distributors to ensure that the most up-to-date information can be shared. Districts can participate in an EASTCONN workshop or arrange for a customized AT training to meet the needs of district staff. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology (AT) team can provide a range of services for students with communication needs. Services include evaluation of appropriate communication solutions from low-to high-tech; assistance with documentation for funding; training regarding implementation of communication technology, including device programming; and use and integration into the educational program. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Wheelchair & Adaptive Equipment Consultation EASTCONN’s certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) are available to consult with school district teams regarding students’ positioning and mobility needs. Services include assistance with evaluation, design and acquisition of equipment, such as customized power and manual wheelchairs, and positioning and mobility devices. EASTCONN’s ATPs are also available for trainings and follow-up consultation. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

g Assistive Technology Student Assessment EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology (AT) specialists are available to assess your students’ needs and identify potential AT and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions, from low-to high-tech, to provide students with access, support their progress in the general curriculum and support their independence in achieving learning outcomes. Assessment is on-site and includes review of the EASTCONN Student Information Guide, review of relevant education records, consultation with the student’s educational team, trial use of potential AT solutions and a final assessment report. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

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Magnet Schools & Other Options for Students

g ACT Arts Magnet High School ACT (Arts at the Capitol Theater) is a full-day, comprehensive, arts magnet high school located in the Capitol Theater in downtown Willimantic. The 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 about 35 students, making this an intimate, focused, artistic learning environment for 140 students, grades 9-12. Tracy Pelletier............................. 860-465-5636

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K-12 Student Services g School Nurse & Health-Related Consultative Services EASTCONN is available to help with a broad range of training options for your nursing staff, your administrators and other educational personnel who require OSHA-mandated training. Take advantage of a wide variety of health-related trainings for nurses and other certified and non-certified staff, including quality-ofservice evaluations. Tom Cronin ............................... 860-455-1512

Programs for Students with Developmental Disabilities

g Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) This regional magnet high school offers an innovative educational experience to non-traditional learners who are capable students, but who are also disengaged from the more traditional high school environment. Located on the Quinebaug Valley Community College campus in Danielson, QMC provides students with the individual support they need to succeed, while they complete their high school education, attend college classes and earn college credits. Community service, internships and student engagement are essential educational components of this unique high school/college experience. Currently open to grades 10-12, with a small, grade-9 pilot program this year. Gino LoRicco.............................. 860-412-7400 g Virtual High School Access more than 160 full-semester, online, high school and some middle school courses through a statewide consortium program. Courses are available in all content areas, including a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

Professional Learning & Support for Special Education Professionals

g Assistive Technology Training Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions are constantly changing as the world of online applications, portable electronics and wireless access continues to make devices more commonly used and affordable. Staying current has become increasingly difficult. EASTCONN’s AT specialists have established partnerships with a number of AT manufacturers and distributors to ensure that the most up-to-date information can be shared. Districts can participate in an EASTCONN workshop or arrange for a customized AT training to meet the needs of district staff. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

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g Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental

Disabilities Program, PreK through 8

Located at EASTCONN’s Commerce Drive facility in Columbia, our program provides a highly structured, intensive and individualized classroom experience for children in grades preK-8 with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Students are supported 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 schoolbased consultation services are also provided. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240

g Woodstock Academy: Cooperative Program This collaborative program between Woodstock Academy and EASTCONN provides services for high-school-­ age students (grades 9-12) with intellectual/developmental disabilities. EASTCONN special education personnel and Woodstock Academy www.eastconn.org


K-12 Student Services educators work together with LEAs, individual students and their families to facilitate growth in identified educational areas and transition planning. Denise Resonina......................... 860-455-0707

g Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) This regional magnet high school offers an innovative educational experience to non-traditional learners who are capable students, but who are also disengaged from the more traditional high school environment. Located on the Quinebaug Valley Community College campus in Danielson, QMC provides students with the individual support they need to succeed, while they complete their high school education, attend college classes and earn college credits. Community service, internships and student engagement are essential educational components of this unique high school/college experience. Currently open to grades 10-12, with a small, grade-9 pilot program this year. Gino LoRicco.............................. 860-412-7400

Schools for Students with Behavioral Challenges

g Young Adult Programming & Services Young adult students with developmental disabilities, ages 18-21, are provided with a continuum of transition services that address the activities of daily living, develop community and vocational/ work skills, and prepare them for adult responsibilities. Denise Resonina......................... 860-455-0707

School-to-Career

g Cool Directions This is a year-round, in-school, youth initiative for students, ages 14-21 (grades 9-12), who participate in team-building, portfolio development and employment activities. The program also offers a summer component with paid jobs. Cyndi Wells................................. 860-455-1572

Schools for Non-Traditional Learners

g High School Completion Adult Education offers three alternatives to complete a high school education. Our counselors can help you determine which program is the best option for you. Choose from among the GED, the Adult High School Credit Diploma and the National External Diploma Program. As of July 1, 2011, to enroll in adult education, an individual must be 17 years of age or older. Individuals who are 16 years of age and withdrew from school with parent consent prior to July 1, 2011 may also be eligible to enroll in adult education. Phyllis Bonneau.......................... 860-455-1593 (Danielson) Braulio Santiago......................... 860-455-1601 (Willimantic) www.eastconn.org

g Educational & Vocational Center (EVC) The EASTCONN Educational and Vocational Center (EVC) addresses the special educational needs of students, grades K-12, with behavioral challenges. Conveniently located on Route 66 in Columbia, EVC merges best practice in academic and clinical programming to meet the needs of students with social, emotional and behavioral issues. EVC offers an integrated, hands-on, day-treatment program with both on-site clinical support and a highly successful, comprehensive vocational program. Heather Cymbala....................... 860-228-4317 g Interim Diagnostic Placement EASTCONN offers short-term, flexible placement for up to 45 days for students who need to be educated outside the publicschool setting while individual diagnostic and/or programmatic assessment is provided. Call for availability. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240

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K-12 Student Services cal 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. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 g Interim Diagnostic Placement EASTCONN offers short-term, flexible placement for up to 45 days for students who need to be educated outside the publicschool setting while individual diagnostic and/or programmatic assessment is provided. Call for availability. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 g Northeast Regional Program This highly regarded K-12 program addresses the educational needs of non-traditional students with behavioral challenges. Located in a spacious facility in Putnam, Northeast Regional Program merges best practice in academic and clinical programming to meet the needs of elementary, middle-and high school students who have social, emotional and behavioral issues. The program offers an integrated, hands-on, day-treatment program with both on-site clinical support and a highly successful, comprehensive vocational program. Lower and upper grades are taught in separate wings. Heather Cymbala....................... 860-228-4317

NEW Southeast Regional Program Southeast Regional Program addresses special educational needs of students with behavioral challenges, grades K-12. Conveniently located near I-395 in Plainfield, Southeast Regional Program merges best practice in academic and clinical programming to meet the needs of students with social, emotional and behavioral issues. Southeast Regional Program offers an integrated, handson, day-treatment program with both on-site clinical support and a highly successful, comprehensive vocational component. Heather Cymbala....................... 860-634-7429

Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental Disabilities

g Multi-Disciplinary Consultative, Assessment

& Support Services

Access our in-house team, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, to build your internal capacity through training and support in an optimal, inclusive, educational environment. Let us complement your inhouse team and support your individualized programming for students in their home school. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 g Psychological/Behavioral Services Psychology support services are provided to schools for comprehensive evaluation and consultation for low-incidence learners, behavioral consultation and training (SRBI, PBIS, FBA), and student-specific program consultation. Interim school psychology assignments are based on psychologist availability. Studentspecific consultation, overall program assessment and staff training are key components of these services. EASTCONN is staffed with a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, school psychologist/behaviorist and school psychologists. Ravit Stein.................................. 860-228-3240

Summer, Vacation, After-School Programs

g Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental

Disabilities Program, PreK through 8

Located at EASTCONN’s Commerce Drive facility in Columbia, our program provides a highly structured, intensive and individualized classroom experience for children in grades preK-8 with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Students are supported by a multidisciplinary team, which includes a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a physipage 16

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K-12 Student Services g Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) Created for northeastern Connecticut residents of all ages and taught by some of Connecticut’s finest arts professionals, CTAA classes explore disciplines like dance, theater, cartooning, creative writing and individual music lessons. Classes are offered in fall and spring sessions at the beautiful Art Deco-era Capitol Theater, which houses CTAA in busy downtown Willimantic. Rachel Roccoberton Griffin........ 860-465-5636

ty-based experiences. For grades 9-12, the program is community-based with a vocational component, enabling students to build work-related skills and earn a summer paycheck. Students may also earn high school credit. Heather Cymbala....................... 860-228-4317

g Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA)

Each summer, northeastern Connecticut students who will be entering grades 4-12 may perform onstage or work behind the scenes in this exciting, Broadway-style, musical theater experience through EASTCONN’s Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA). This highly regarded summer program, which culminates in a fully staged show, takes place at the Capitol Theater, a state-of-the-art theatrical and teaching facility in bustling, downtown Willimantic. Rachel Roccoberton Griffin........ 860-465-5636

g Child-Specific Consultation & Assessment Comprehensive evaluation and on-site observation are available to districts to assist teachers in selecting the most appropriate instructional or behavioral management strategies for individual children. We offer a full range of specialists, from those in early childhood to professionals across the entire spectrum of special needs, preK to grade 12. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner............ 860-455-1518 (Early Childhood) Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240 (K-12 Services)

Summer Musical Theater Program

Other Student Services

g Continuing Education Non-credit, recreational, personal improvement and career advancement courses are offered at nearby community sites for learners of all ages. A selection of reasonably priced courses is offered year-round, including summer programs for youth (kindergarten through age 17). Enrichment trips with coach bus transportation are offered with multiple, convenient pick-up sites throughout the region. Andrea Messenger...................... 860-455-1618 g Cool Directions: Summer Component The summer component is a continuation of the year-round, in-school youth program, Cool Directions. Youth have the opportunity to participate in paid, project-based learning projects, as well as team-building, ropes-course activities and/or work at individual sites. Cyndi Wells................................. 860-455-1572 g Driver Education Taught by state-certified driver-education professionals, these classes prepare teens and adults, through in-class instruction and behind-the-wheel training, to obtain their Connecticut state driver’s licenses. EASTCONN’s driving schools are in two convenient locations: Willimantic and Danielson. Lynn Galovich............................ 860-428-7455 g Northeast Regional Summer Program–Grades K-12 This comprehensive, individualized summer school program helps students maintain basic academic skills and build effective social skills through small-group activities and community-based experiences. For grades K-8, the program is facility-based, providing lively and engaging small-group activities and communiwww.eastconn.org

g EASTCONN Adventure Program for Students The EASTCONN Adventure Program can fast-track your student group into a cohesive and high-performing team. Plan a single or multi-day Adventure Program for your class, group, or team at your site or our facility in Hampton. Through our experiential activities, participants learn strategies to increase trust and develop communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. Francine Piela............................. 860-455-1545

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K-12 Student Services g Related Services Our staff members are available for assessment and treatment of student needs, as well as for staff learning and training to support students and school systems, including Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) initiatives. Service delivery is designed with student and curricular needs combined, ranging from direct student therapy to collaboration and consultation. Full-time or parttime staffing assignments are accepted for ongoing involvement; student-specific evaluations are also available. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Multi-Disciplinary Consultative, Assessment

& Support Services

Access our in-house team, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, to build your internal capacity through training and support in an optimal, inclusive, educational environment. Let us complement your inhouse team and support your individualized programming for students in their home school. Ron Morin.................................. 860-228-3240

g Occupational Therapy Services Our occupational therapists will address all your student needs related to fine motor skills, visual perceptual motor skills, adaptive skills and sensory processing. Our highly regarded professionals will provide direct special education services, as well as consultation services, as a member of the educational team in the school to which they are assigned. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Physical Therapy Services Physical therapists support the gross motor, sensorimotor and mobility needs of individual students and systems. Specific student services include screening, evaluation, development and implementation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans, adaptive equipment services and wheelchair evaluations. Consultation and training services focus on motor development, positioning and handling, as well as body mechanics. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Psychological/Behavioral Services Psychology support services are provided to schools in the area of comprehensive evaluation and consultation for low-incidence learners, behavioral consultation and training (SRBI, PBIS, FBA), and student-specific program consultation. Interim school psychology assignments are based on psychologist availability. Student-specific consultation, overall program assessment and staff training are key components of these services. EASTCONN is staffed with a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, school psychologist/behaviorist and school psychologists. Ravit Stein.................................. 860-228-3240

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g Speech & Language Services Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) are available for full or partial caseloads and/or for individual students (including diagnostic evaluations, consultation and treatment). Speech-language pathologists are integral to school-wide Scientific Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) initiatives, providing universal screening, progress monitoring and intervention services across the tiers. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 g Student Transportation Services With a fleet of 100-plus vehicles that include GPS tracking and cell phones, EASTCONN offers day-to-day mini-van 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 students and students with behavioral challenges. Other services include employment and training transportation, consultation about current transportation vendor contract efficiency and transportation to special events. Colin Johnson............................. 860-228-6751

NEW Truancy & Residency Services EASTCONN’s Truancy and Residency Services are designed to help districts lower their overall truancy numbers and raise student attendance rates. This service is also designed to provide support to districts throughout the legal processes that accompany truancy. Residency Services are designed to assist districts in determining whether or not a student legally resides within their school district, allowing for more accurate enrollment and per-pupil cost projections; Residency Services are often used in conjunction with our Truancy Services. Don Skewes................................. 860-576-1763 g Wheelchair & Adaptive Equipment Consultation EASTCONN’s certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) are available to consult with school district teams regarding students’ positioning and mobility needs. Services include assistance with evaluation, design and acquisition of equipment, such as customized power and manual wheelchairs, and positioning and mobility devices. EASTCONN’s ATPs are also available for trainings and follow-up consultation. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483 www.eastconn.org


ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES EASTCONN is committed to facilitating collaborative, regional approaches to school operations. From cooperative purchasing to back-office support and regional staff recruitment, we work to find more costeffective ways of using your resources. The descriptions of services that follow are only a sampling of the many ways in which we can help you address your organizational support needs. Contact any of our staff, or call Paula M. Colen, Executive Director, at 860-455-1565, to begin the conversation.

Administrative Support for Schools

NEW Back-Office Support Smaller organizations with limited resources often struggle to provide back-office, financial services in a cost-effective manner. Now, EASTCONN’s Finance Office can provide the affordable support and expertise needed, saving you both time and money. EASTCONN Finance Office staff can: assess your finance department needs and develop a plan of support; supervise current staff; provide business management support to administrators; assist with ED001 preparation; manage end-of-year fiscal close-outs; and more. Kristine Lynes............................. 860-455-1534 g Conference & Event Management Professional conference staff will 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 support, such as online and on-site registration, sourcing facilitators and presenters, materials production and mailing, registrant fee and event fiscal management, sourcing and supplying support materials, catering and vendor exhibit management. Jennifer Etheridge....................... 860-455-1558 www.eastconn.org

g 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 and rebate incentives. Current contracts exist for custodial supplies, food service items, office supplies, copy paper, photocopier and printer units, service and supplies, and fuel oil. Members save their school districts time and money. Sandra Garcia............................ 860-455-1584 g Grants Development & Management Whether your grant is local, statewide, federal or applies to a private foundation, 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. Additionally, we provide grant development workshops. We have more than 30 years of experience and demonstrated expertise in obtaining and managing significant grant dollars. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513 g 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. Rich Tariff................................... 860-455-1584 g Technology Planning & Evaluation This service provides assistance for districts interested in creating or implementing a systemic and long-term technology plan that meets Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements. Facilitation and support are available for all types of planning, from small projects to community-wide initiatives. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation support are also available. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

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Organizational Support Services NEW Truancy & Residency Services EASTCONN’s Truancy and Residency Services are designed to help districts lower their overall truancy numbers and raise student attendance rates. This service is also designed to provide support to districts throughout the legal processes that accompany truancy. Residency Services are designed to assist districts in determining whether or not a student legally resides within their school district, allowing for more accurate enrollment and per-pupil cost projections; Residency Services are often used in conjunction with our Truancy Services. Don Skewes................................. 860-576-1763

Business & Employer Services

NEW Back-Office Support Smaller organizations with limited resources often struggle to provide back-office, financial services in a cost-effective manner. Now, EASTCONN’s Finance Office can provide the affordable support and expertise needed, saving you both time and money. EASTCONN Finance Office staff can: assess your finance department needs and develop a plan of support; supervise current staff; provide business management support to administrators; assist with ED001 preparation; manage end-of-year fiscal close-outs; and more. Kristine Lynes............................. 860-455-1534

g 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 and rebate incentives. Current contracts exist for custodial supplies, food service items, office supplies, copy paper, photocopier and printer units, service and supplies, and fuel oil. Members save their school districts time and money. Sandra Garcia............................ 860-455-1584 g EASTCONN Adventure Program for Adults EASTCONN Adventure designs customized, experientially based programs for team-building, leadership training and professional learning. The activities, adapted for participants of all ages and fitness levels, are designed to explore both positive communication and collaboration skills, and identify new strategies for building effective teams. EASTCONN offers both indoor and outdoor Adventure options, all specifically designed to create a safe environment for learning. Francine Piela............................. 860-455-1545

g Conference & Event Management Professional conference staff will 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 support, such as online and on-site registration, sourcing facilitators and presenters, materials production and mailing, registrant fee and event fiscal management, sourcing and supplying support materials, catering and vendor exhibit management. Jennifer Etheridge....................... 860-455-1558

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g 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 g Workplace Education & Training Local businesses and non-profit agencies can customize a costeffective package of literacy and English-as-­a-Second-Language (ESL) training components that meet their workforce development needs. Training can be provided in the workplace or at a convenient EASTCONN adult education site. Rich Tariff................................... 860-455-1584 www.eastconn.org


Organizational Support Services

Communications Services

g Communications Training & Support Our in-house staff can help you increase positive media coverage or enhance your written, graphic, or digital communications through newsletters, press releases, Web sites, online surveys and multi-media presentations. We can provide direct service, training, or on-site support and coaching. Dotty Budnick............................ 860-455-1506 g Desktop Publishing Services We can design and deliver finished projects or provide on-site coaching to your administrative support staff. From newsletters to posters to presentations, we can improve your capacity to communicate with all your audiences through effective graphic design. Our staff have won state and national recognition for Web and publication design. Cindy Laurendeau...................... 860-455-1530

NEW Media & Crisis Communications Support We can help you manage and increase your positive press, whether as part of your day-to-day operations, or as a result of a crisis situation. In general, our staff can help you choose newsworthy topics, write successful press releases, and/or distribute your press releases to appropriate media outlets. They can also assist your organization with media relations during an unexpected event. We maintain a current list of education reporters and local and state media outlets. Our staff can edit and distribute releases for you, or teach you how to do it yourself. Teddie Sleight.............................. 860-455-1553

g 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, including inspections, three-year re-inspections, training and management-plan development. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543 g Facilities Audit Services EASTCONN supports school districts that do not have the onstaff expertise necessary to make determinations about longrange facilities needs, including maintenance and overall improvement planning. Call us to explore your options. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543 g Facilities Forum This regional council meets quarterly and focuses on sharing solutions to common issues for both facilities directors and those whose work involves the maintenance and management of school buildings. Forum members have an opportunity to discuss regulatory and fiscal challenges, while connecting with peers and sharing useful strategies and resources. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543

g 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

g 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 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........................... 860-455-1543 www.eastconn.org

g 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 be trained with a two-hour asbestos awareness training class within 60 days from date of hire. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543

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Organizational Support Services g Radon Measurement Service Provider Use the expertise of our nationally certified Radon Measurement Technician to test your school or day care facility for radon. We will determine whether your building(s) meets mandated State of Connecticut Department of Public Health codes. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543

Human Resources Management

g CT REAP: Web-Based Employment System Reach across the global marketplace with Connecticut’s statewide, Web-based, employment system for recruiting teachers and other certified administrators. Steven Wapen............................. 860-455-1554

NEW

Eastern Connecticut Health Insurance Program (ECHIP)

This health insurance collaborative enables its municipal and public school members to 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. Larisa Carr................................. 860-455-1546

g Nursing Staff Support Services We can help you with all aspects of school nursing, from staffing and support with hiring details, to training and supervision. Steven Wapen............................. 860-455-1554 g Personnel Recruitment Assistance We offer a range of strategies to help you recruit and hire educational personnel, including cooperative advertising and access to our Web-based employment system. Steven Wapen............................. 860-455-1554

Personnel & Staffing Solutions

g 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 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........................... 860-455-1543 g IT (Information Technology) Staff Support Services We can provide you with trained IT staff on a temporary, full-or part-time basis, or you can contract with us for short-term projects. Call us to discuss your IT needs. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543 g Shared Staffing Use EASTCONN to recruit, interview and hire qualified full-time or part-time staff to fill district positions that include paraprofessionals with specialized training, as well as hard-to-fill certified and administrative support positions. Steven Wapen............................. 860-455-1554

g 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. Natasha Feliciano....................... 860-455-1550 Janet Smith................................. 860-455-1554 page 22

Program Design & Development

g Collaborative Initiatives Across Districts EASTCONN facilitates collaboration among school districts around a variety of topics like common curriculum development, staff learning, grant-writing and the design of programs and services for students. Regional collaborations maximize local dollars and expand program options. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513 g Grant Development Council This facilitated council promotes a collaborative culture and helps increase the potential for attracting increased resources to local and collective school districts. Led by a professional, proven grant-writer, members build grant-writing skills, share informawww.eastconn.org


Organizational Support Services tion, both online and at group meetings, and work together to identify and more effectively leverage funding sources for new programs and services. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513

Technology Services

g Computer Support Services Our technical support team can help you with all your computer desktop needs, from set-up to preventive maintenance to diagnostics and repair. Services are delivered on-site. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566 g Data Systems Product Development Our experts will design or customize an online data management system to meet your unique needs within the budget that you have available. Our services include consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that the systems we develop are user-friendly and deliver the reports you require. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

g Interdistrict Program Design & Management Every two years, 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 experience of diversity. If selected for funding, programs are limited to districts that have signed on to participate in that funding cycle. Contact us for more information about currently funded programs or new grant opportunities. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568

g Technology Infrastructure Network Management Supplement your in-house staff with our technology infrastructure experts. We can help you with your infrastructure project, network support, product development or technology audits. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

Transportation Services

g Program Evaluation We can help you respond to local, regional, federal, private foundations and grantor questions about how your program design results in benefits to students; how it aligns with program goals; and its degree of effectiveness as compared to other strategies. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513 g Program Planning, Design & Development We can assist program, service and school representatives in designing and developing innovative educational and professional development programs, including designing and conducting needs assessments, developing new and improving existing service models, identifying funding sources, preparing grant proposals, developing action/implementation plans and facilitating the development process. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513 g Strategic Data-Driven Planning for Early

Childhood Programs & Services

EASTCONN can help communities or programs create longrange or short-term plans for the development, implementation, or improvement of comprehensive, quality programs and services for children and their families. Collaboration within and across communities and service providers is emphasized. Assistance with grant-writing is also available. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1501 www.eastconn.org

g Student Transportation Services With a fleet of 100-plus vehicles that include GPS tracking and cell phones, EASTCONN offers day-to-day mini-van 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 students and students with behavioral challenges. Other services include employment and training transportation, consultation about current transportation vendor contract efficiency and transportation to special events. Colin Johnson............................. 860-228-6751

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TEACHING & LEARNING 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 professional learning to data-driven school improvement, our specialists offer a broad range of expertise. The descriptions that follow are only a sampling of the ways in which we can help you address your teaching and learning needs. Contact any staff listed below, or call Jim Huggins, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology, at 860-455-1569, to begin the conversation.

Educational Leadership

g Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT) EASTCONN manages this administrator testing program for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Individuals applying for their Connecticut Administration Certification must take and pass the Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT), which is administered at convenient sites around the state. Nancy Jagaczewski..................... 860-455-1527 (Admin. Support) Debbie Siegel............................... 860-455-1551 (Project Coord.)

NEW Education Leadership EASTCONN offers professional learning opportunities to district administrators and teacher leaders. The Connecticut Standards for School Leaders and Standards for Teacher Leaders are the foundation for all professional learning. EASTCONN provides support to district administrators in developing leadership capacity within their learning community. Through various administrator Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), teacher leader cohorts and leadership online learning, EASTCONN supports effective leadership in all schools. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

g SRBI & School Climate: Preventing & Addressing

Barriers to Learning

Districts receive training and technical assistance in assessing and improving school climates that support student achievement through a focus on relevance and relationships, two essential aspects of teaching that engage students in learning. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

NEW

Surveys for Educator Evaluation & School Climate

EASTCONN has partnered with Victoria Bernhardt, Education for the Future, to provide valid and reliable surveys to districts that meet the requirements of the new educator evaluation system. These surveys also meet the legislative requirement to collect School Climate data. We offer customized design, hosting and data-analysis support for your online survey and 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544

g PreK-8 Principals’ Consortium EASTCONN offers a consortium for preK-8 principals in the EASTCONN region to plan for the unique needs and challenges of preK-8 school leaders. Specific areas for collaboration and sharing of resources are addressed throughout the year. The Connecticut Standards for School Leaders provide a forum for collegial conversations around performance expectations within small district leadership. Debbie Siegel............................... 860-455-1551 (Co-Facilitator) Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 (Co-Facilitator) g Professional Learning EASTCONN staff will work with you to customize professional learning at the school or district level. We are able to offer quality presentations at your site or one of ours. Our trained consultants can design an effective professional learning plan that can includes ongoing support and follow-up coaching. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 page 24

g Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) Program When you hired your new teachers, you made an investment in their potential. By providing mentoring and comprehensive induction, you can help novice teachers and students reach their potential. EASTCONN provides regional and in-district training and technical assistance to districts implementing Connecticut’s Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program. TEAM is a www.eastconn.org


Teaching & Learning Services state-wide program that provides support for beginning teachers and mentors. In addition to training and technical assistance for mentors, beginning teachers, administrators and TEAM Coordinating Committees members, our staff can assist your district in the development of a comprehensive induction system and provide coaching and resources tailored to meet your unique needs. Nancy Celentano........................ 860-455-1507

Professional Learning & Coaching

g Advanced Placement (AP)—

Professional Learning Program

Access our professional learning and support to understand how you can increase not only the number of AP courses offered in your school or district, but also the number of students enrolled in AP courses, and their passing rate on AP exams. Helen Weingart.......................... 860-455-1571 g Assessment Strategies/Smarter Balanced

Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

g Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) The Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP) 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. AFP 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. Debra Stipe................................. 860-455-1559 g Curriculum Development & Design Our expert staff can help you to research, design and/or develop curricula in any academic area using a variety of strategies, including project-based instruction, differentiated instruction and school-to-career organizers. Our staff, who have extensive experience with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), can assist you in the development of a quality, comprehensive curriculum aligned to CCSS and other Connecticut standards. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

EASTCONN offers formative and summative assessment strategies aligned to Common Core and other state/national standards. The SBAC Assessment Café, offered by EASTCONN, gives administrators and teacher leaders an opportunity to participate in collegial conversations around the challenges of implementing computer adaptive assessment for students required by SBAC. Kelly Doubleday Bush................ 860-455-1514

g Assistive Technology Training Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) solutions are constantly changing as the world of online applications, portable electronics and wireless access continues to make devices more commonly used and affordable. Staying current has become increasingly difficult. EASTCONN’s AT specialists have established partnerships with a number of AT manufacturers and distributors to ensure that the most up-to-date information can be shared. Districts can participate in an EASTCONN workshop or arrange for a customized AT training to meet the needs of district staff. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

NEW Common Core State Standards (CCSS) The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define the rigorous skills and knowledge in English language arts and mathematics that need to be effectively taught to and learned by students, so they can succeed academically in credit-bearing, college-entry courses and in workforce training programs. EASTCONN supports the implementation and development of the CCSS through consortiums, unit development teams, full-day and in-district professional learning opportunities and CCSS-aligned products Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 www.eastconn.org

g Data Analysis Training & Support EASTCONN staff can provide data analysis support and training to school districts. Whether it’s providing on-site coaching to administrators and data coaches in using technology to analyze data, or providing reports, EASTCONN’s experienced consultants can assist with all of your data analysis needs. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 g Data Team Facilitation EASTCONN data team facilitators can provide on-site assistance with the planning, development and implementation of district, school and instructional data teams. Our consultants have worked with national experts such as Victoria Bernhardt and Nancy Love and have the expertise to develop your capacity for creating highperforming teams. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 page 25


Teaching & Learning Services g EASTCONN Adventure Program for Adults EASTCONN Adventure designs customized, experientially based programs for team-building, leadership training and professional learning. The activities, adapted for participants of all ages and fitness levels, are designed to explore both positive communication and collaboration skills, and identify new strategies for building effective teams. EASTCONN offers both indoor and outdoor Adventure options, all specifically designed to create a safe environment for learning. Francine Piela............................. 860-455-1545

NEW Education Leadership EASTCONN offers professional learning opportunities to district administrators and teacher leaders. The Connecticut Standards for School Leaders and Standards for Teacher Leaders are the foundation for all professional learning. EASTCONN provides support to district administrators in developing leadership capacity within their learning community. Through various administrator Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), teacher leader cohorts and leadership online learning, EASTCONN supports effective leadership in all schools. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

NEW Educator Evaluation EASTCONN staff are prepared to provide training and embedded support to districts implementing educator evaluation. We can provide teacher orientations, work with teams of teachers or individuals to develop quality Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and Indicators of Academic Growth and Development (IAGDs), analyze stakeholder and parent feedback data to develop school goals, and provide assistance for teachers and administrators in understanding the new Common Core of Teaching (CCT) rubric for evaluation of teacher performance and practice. EASTCONN staff are also prepared to support administrators in understanding the Common Core of Leading Performance Expectations for evaluation of administrator performance and practice. EASTCONN staff are trained in using My Learning Plan and page 26

Bloomboard and can provide assistance in the use of these data management platforms. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g English Language Learner (ELL)

Professional Learning

Training and technical assistance are available to school districts with low-incidence English language learners, including ELL Consortium members receiving Title III funding. Services include policy development, program design and development, NCLB and CSDE testing requirements, identification, testing support and professional learning. Elaine Rothenberg...................... 860-455-1547 g English Language Learners (ELL) Title III Consortium EASTCONN’s English Language Learners (ELL) Title III Consortium provides a forum for area ELL educators to come together around emerging trends and practices in ELL. Practitioners share best practices and EASTCONN 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. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

g Grant Development Council This facilitated council promotes a collaborative culture and helps increase the potential for attracting increased resources to local and collective school districts. Led by a professional, proven grant-writer, members build grant-writing skills, share information, both online and at group meetings, and work together to identify and more effectively leverage funding sources for new programs and services. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513 g 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 be trained with a two-hour asbestos awareness training class within 60 days from date of hire. Michael Akana........................... 860-455-1543 www.eastconn.org


Teaching & Learning Services NEW Instructional Strategies for CCSS EASTCONN can provide training, coaching and consultation to help expand the repertoire of effective instructional strategies used by your classroom teachers as they begin the implementation of Common Core State Standards. EASTCONN staff will help administrators or faculty groups select or consider the most effective strategies to include in their written curricula, based on research-tested strategies and school/district data. Specific methods include project-based learning, brain-based learning and differentiated instruction. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g Language Arts Council EASTCONN’s Language Arts Council provides a forum for area language arts teachers to come together around emerging trends and practices in language arts. Participants and guest speakers share best practices and EASTCONN staff provide miniworkshops on curriculum, assessment and instruction topics of interest. Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) consultants also attend and share information on the latest developments in education. Donna Drasch............................ 860-455-1516 (Co-Facilitator) Cathy Smith-Carolan................. 860-455-1556 (Co-Facilitator) g Literacy Professional Learning EASTCONN provides training and technical assistance to schools that seek to align their literacy curriculum with the Common Core State Standards, strengthen their literacy program to best meet the needs of all learners, implement best practices, administer and analyze literacy assessments and use data to inform instruction. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

State Department of Education (CSDE) guest speakers, who share information on current education trends and developments. Kelly Doubleday Bush................ 860-455-1514 g PreK-8 Principals’ Consortium EASTCONN offers a consortium for preK-8 principals in the EASTCONN region to plan for the unique needs and challenges of preK-8 school leaders. Specific areas for collaboration and sharing of resources are addressed throughout the year. The Connecticut Standards for School Leaders provide a forum for collegial conversations around performance expectations within small district leadership. Debbie Siegel............................... 860-455-1551 (Co-Facilitator) Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 (Co-Facilitator) g Professional Learning EASTCONN staff will work with you to customize professional learning at the school or district level. We are able to offer quality presentations at your site or one of ours. Our trained consultants can design an effective professional learning plan that can includes ongoing support and follow-up coaching. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g Regional Staff Development Council The Regional Staff Development Council at EASTCONN brings district and school leaders together in a collegial forum to dialogue around current educational issues in Connecticut. Topics include curriculum, assessment, professional learning, legislation and other relevant educational topics. Speakers from the Connecticut State Department of Education regularly attend sessions to discuss new developments in education, both statewide and nationally. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g School Nurse & Health-Related Consultative Services EASTCONN is available to help with a broad range of training options for your nursing staff, your administrators and other educational personnel who require OSHA-mandated training. Take advantage of a wide variety of health-related trainings for nurses and other certified and non-certified staff, including quality-ofservice evaluations. Thomas Cronin........................... 860-455-1512

g Math Council EASTCONN’s Math Council provides a forum for area math teachers to come together around 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 Connecticut www.eastconn.org

g Science Council EASTCONN’s 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. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536

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Teaching & Learning Services g Science Professional Learning EASTCONN’s Science Cadre can provide you with a variety of science trainings and support, including curriculum alignment, instructional strategies, assessment and analysis of Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results. Cadre members will customize their services to meet your district’s needs. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536

mentors, beginning teachers, administrators and TEAM Coordinating Committees members, our staff can assist your district in the development of a comprehensive induction system and provide coaching and resources tailored to meet your unique needs. Nancy Celentano........................ 860-455-1507

g SRBI & School Climate: Preventing & Addressing

Barriers to Learning

Districts receive training and technical assistance in assessing and improving school climates that support student achievement through a focus on relevance and relationships, two essential aspects of teaching that engage students in learning. As part of your School Climate Plan, EASTCONN can help you identify and implement strategies and interventions to address your students’ social, emotional and behavioral challenges in ways that allow you to improve student learning and that align with a Scientific Research-Based Interventions/Response to Interventions (SRBI/ RtI) approach. Consultation, training and technical assistance are available. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

NEW

Surveys for Educator Evaluation & School Climate

EASTCONN has partnered with Victoria Bernhardt, Education for the Future, to provide valid and reliable surveys to districts that meet the requirements of the new educator evaluation system. These surveys also meet the legislative requirement to collect School Climate data. We offer customized design, hosting and data-analysis support for your online survey and 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544

g Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) Program When you hired your new teachers, you made an investment in their potential. By providing mentoring and comprehensive induction, you can help novice teachers and students reach their potential. EASTCONN provides regional and in-district training and technical assistance to districts implementing Connecticut’s Teacher Education and Mentoring (TEAM) Program. TEAM is a state-wide program that provides support for beginning teachers and mentors. In addition to training and technical assistance for page 28

g Teaching American History Curricula & Support Access our free, nationally recognized and locally developed curricula for teaching American history. Created by a professional learning community of American-history teachers from across northeastern Connecticut, these vetted history lessons for grades 5-12 focus on the use of primary sources and local resources, including those found at local museums and historical sites. Customization and on-site curriculum integration support are available. Access the free lessons at www.eastconn.org/tah. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Technology Council EASTCONN’s Technology Council provides a forum for technology educators to network with peers in a collegial environment, while learning about the latest trends and best practices in technology. Experts in the field and Connecticut State Department of Education consultants regularly attend meetings and provide invaluable insights into the latest developments. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Technology Professional Learning & Coaching Our highly qualified educational technology specialists, who have expertise in curriculum and technology, train and coach teachers, administrators and support staff to integrate technology tools into their educational settings. Four broad areas of training are available that are aligned with the Connecticut Teacher Technology Competencies: educational technology concepts and operations; creating learning experiences; productivity and professional practice; and social, legal, ethical and human issues. Trainings can be held at your school, using your equipment, or at an EASTCONN facility. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 www.eastconn.org


Teaching & Learning Services

School Improvement

g Advanced Placement (AP)—Professional

Learning Program

Access our professional learning and support to understand how you can increase not only the number of AP courses offered in your school or district, but also the number of students enrolled in AP courses, and their passing rate on AP exams. Helen Weingart.......................... 860-455-1571

courses and in workforce training programs. EASTCONN supports the implementation and development of the CCSS through consortiums, unit development teams, full-day and in-district professional learning opportunities and CCSS-aligned products Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g Curriculum Development & Design Our expert staff can help you to research, design and/or develop curricula in any academic area using a variety of strategies, including project-based instruction, differentiated instruction and school-to-career organizers. Our staff, who have extensive experience with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), can assist you in the development of a quality, comprehensive curriculum aligned to CCSS and other Connecticut standards. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g Data Analysis Training & Support EASTCONN staff can provide data analysis support and training to school districts. Whether it’s providing on-site coaching to administrators and data coaches in using technology to analyze data, or providing reports, EASTCONN’s experienced consultants can assist with all of your data analysis needs. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544

g Assessment Strategies/Smarter Balanced

Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

g Data Systems Product Development Our experts will design or customize an online data management system to meet your unique needs within the budget that you have available. Our services include consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that the systems we develop are user-friendly and deliver the reports you require. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

EASTCONN offers formative and summative assessment strategies aligned to Common Core and other state/national standards. The SBAC Assessment Café, offered by EASTCONN, gives administrators and teacher leaders an opportunity to participate in collegial conversations around the challenges of implementing computer adaptive assessment for students required by SBAC. Kelly Doubleday Bush................ 860-455-1514

g Collaborative Initiatives Across Districts EASTCONN facilitates collaboration among school districts around a variety of topics like common curriculum development, staff learning, grant-writing and the design of programs and services for students. Regional collaborations maximize local dollars and expand program options. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513

NEW Common Core State Standards (CCSS) The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define the rigorous skills and knowledge in English language arts and mathematics that need to be effectively taught to and learned by students, so they can succeed academically in credit-bearing, college-entry www.eastconn.org

g Data Team Facilitation EASTCONN data team facilitators can provide on-site assistance with the planning, development and implementation of district, school and instructional data teams. Our consultants have worked with national experts such as Victoria Bernhardt and Nancy Love and have the expertise to develop your capacity for creating highperforming data teams. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 page 29


Teaching & Learning Services g 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544

istrators in understanding the new Common Core of Teaching (CCT) rubric for evaluation of teacher performance and practice. EASTCONN staff are also prepared to support administrators in understanding the Common Core of Leading Performance Expectations for evaluation of administrator performance and practice. EASTCONN staff are trained in using My Learning Plan and Bloomboard and can provide assistance in the use of these data management platforms. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g English Language Learner (ELL)

Professional Learning

Training and technical assistance are available to school districts with low-incidence English language learners, including ELL Consortium members receiving Title III funding. Services include policy development, program design and development, NCLB and CSDE testing requirements, identification, testing support and professional learning. Elaine Rothenberg...................... 860-455-1547

g 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. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner............ 860-455-1501 g Education Leadership EASTCONN offers professional learning opportunities to district administrators and teacher leaders. The Connecticut Standards for School Leaders and Standards for Teacher Leaders are the foundation for all professional learning. EASTCONN provides support to district administrators in developing leadership capacity within their learning community. Through various administrator Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), teacher leader cohorts and leadership online learning, EASTCONN supports effective leadership in all schools. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

NEW Educator Evaluation EASTCONN staff are prepared to provide training and embedded support to districts implementing educator evaluation. We can provide teacher orientations, work with teams of teachers or individuals to develop quality Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) and Indicators of Academic Growth and Development (IAGDs), analyze stakeholder and parent feedback data to develop school goals, and provide assistance for teachers and adminpage 30

g English Language Learners (ELL) Title III Consortium EASTCONN’s English Language Learners (ELL) Title III Consortium provides a forum for area ELL educators to come together around emerging trends and practices in ELL. Practitioners share best practices and EASTCONN 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. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Grant Development Council This facilitated council promotes a collaborative culture and helps increase the potential for attracting increased resources to local and collective school districts. Led by a professional, proven grant-writer, members build grant-writing skills, share information, both online and at group meetings, and work together to identify and more effectively leverage funding sources for new programs and services. Maureen Crowley....................... 860-455-1513

NEW Instructional Strategies for CCSS EASTCONN can provide training, coaching and consultation to help expand the repertoire of effective instructional strategies used by your classroom teachers as they begin the implementation of Common Core State Standards. EASTCONN staff will help administrators or faculty groups select or consider the most effective strategies to include in their written curricula, based on research-tested strategies and school/district data. Specific methods include project-based learning, brain-based learning and differentiated instruction. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

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Teaching & Learning Services in mathematics. Practitioners share best practices and EASTCONN staff provide current information on curriculum, assessment and effective instruction. Often featured are Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) guest speakers, who share information on current education trends and developments. Kelly Doubleday Bush................ 860-455-1514 g NAEYC Accreditation Consultation Information, consultation and training are available to preschool and kindergarten programs that want to pursue accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Debra Stipe................................. .860-455-1559

g Interdistrict Program Design & Management Every two years, 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 experience of diversity. If selected for funding, programs are limited to districts that have signed on to participate in that funding cycle. Contact us for more information about currently funded programs or new grant opportunities. Nancy Vitale............................... 860-455-1568 g Language Arts Council EASTCONN’s Language Arts Council provides a forum for area language arts teachers to come together around emerging trends and practices in language arts. Participants and guest speakers share best practices and EASTCONN staff provide miniworkshops on curriculum, assessment and instruction topics of interest. Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) consultants also attend and share information on the latest developments in education. Donna Drasch............................ 860-455-1516 (Co-Facilitator) Cathy Smith-Carolan................. 860-455-1556 (Co-Facilitator) g Literacy Professional Learning EASTCONN provides training and technical assistance to schools that seek to align their literacy curriculum with the Common Core State Standards, strengthen their literacy program to best meet the needs of all learners, implement best practices, administer and analyze literacy assessments and use data to inform instruction. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

g Professional Learning EASTCONN staff will work with you to customize professional learning at the school or district level. We are able to offer quality presentations at your site or one of ours. Our trained consultants can design an effective professional learning plan that can includes ongoing support and follow-up coaching. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591 g Regional Staff Development Council The Regional Staff Development Council at EASTCONN brings district and school leaders together in a collegial forum to dialogue around current educational issues in Connecticut. Topics include curriculum, assessment, professional learning, legislation and other relevant educational topics. Speakers from the Connecticut State Department of Education regularly attend sessions to discuss new developments in education, both statewide and nationally. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Science Council 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. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536 g Science Professional Learning EASTCONN’s Science Cadre can provide you with a variety of science trainings and support, including curriculum alignment, instructional strategies, assessment and analysis of Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results. Cadre members will customize their services to meet your district’s needs. Nancy Magnani.......................... 860-455-1536

g Math Council EASTCONN’s Math Council provides a forum for area math teachers to come together around emerging trends and practices www.eastconn.org

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Teaching & Learning Services g SRBI & School Climate: Preventing & Addressing

Barriers to Learning

Districts receive training and technical assistance in assessing and improving school climates that support student achievement through a focus on relevance and relationships, two essential aspects of teaching that engage students in learning. As part of your School Climate Plan, EASTCONN can help you identify and implement strategies and interventions to address your students’ social, emotional and behavioral challenges in ways that allow you to improve student learning and that align with a Scientific Research-Based Interventions/Response to Interventions (SRBI/ RtI) approach. Consultation, training and technical assistance are available. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Strategic Data-Driven Planning for Early Childhood

Programs & Services

EASTCONN can help communities or programs create longrange or short-term plans for the development, implementation, or improvement of comprehensive, quality programs and services for children and their families. Collaboration within and across communities and service providers is emphasized. Assistance with grant-writing is also available. Elizabeth Aschenbrenner........... 860-455-1501

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Surveys for Educator Evaluation & School Climate

while learning about the latest trends and best practices in technology. Experts in the field and Connecticut State Department of Education consultants regularly attend meetings and provide invaluable insights into the latest developments. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Technology Planning & Evaluation This service provides assistance for districts interested in creating or implementing a systemic and long-term technology plan that meets Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements. Facilitation and support are available for all types of planning, from small projects to community-wide initiatives. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation support are also available. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Technology Professional Learning & Coaching Our highly qualified educational technology specialists, who have expertise in curriculum and technology, train and coach teachers, administrators and support staff to integrate technology tools into their educational settings. Four broad areas of training are available that are aligned with the Connecticut Teacher Technology Competencies: educational technology concepts and operations; creating learning experiences; productivity and professional practice; and social, legal, ethical and human issues. Trainings can be held at your school, using your equipment, or at an EASTCONN facility. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

EASTCONN has partnered with Victoria Bernhardt, Education for the Future, to provide valid and reliable surveys to districts that meet the requirements of the new educator evaluation system. These surveys also meet the legislative requirement to collect School Climate data. We offer customized design, hosting and data-analysis support for your online survey and 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 g Teaching American History Curricula & Support Access our free, nationally recognized and locally developed curricula for teaching American history. Created by a professional learning community of American-history teachers from across northeastern Connecticut, these vetted history lessons for grades 5-12 focus on the use of primary sources and local resources, including those found at local museums and historical sites. Customization and on-site curriculum integration support are available. Access the free lessons at www.eastconn.org/tah. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 g Technology Council EASTCONN’s Technology Council provides a forum for technology educators to network with peers in a collegial environment,

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g Virtual High School Access more than 160 full-semester, online, high school and some middle school courses through a statewide consortium program. Courses are available in all content areas, including a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 www.eastconn.org


TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS EASTCONN helps schools envision, acquire and maintain technology systems that enhance student learning. From on-site technology integration training to customized database development, we are committed to ensuring that schools keep pace with the accelerating demand for the effective use of technology. The descriptions of services that follow are only a sampling of the many ways in which we can help you address your technology needs. Contact any of our program staff, or call Jim Huggins, Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology, at 860-455-1569, to begin the conversation.

Data Solutions Support & Training

g Data Analysis Training & Support EASTCONN staff can provide data analysis support and training to school districts. Whether it’s providing on-site coaching to administrators and data coaches in using technology to analyze data, or providing reports, EASTCONN’s experienced consultants can assist with all of your data analysis needs. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 g Data Management Training & Support EASTCONN staff provide training and support to key district personnel who are responsible for managing and supporting district data systems. Available tools include student information systems, locally developed online applications and assessment systems. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

g Data Team Facilitation EASTCONN data team facilitators can provide on-site assistance with the planning, development and implementation of district, school and instructional data teams. Our consultants have worked with national experts such as Victoria Bernhardt and Nancy Love and have the expertise to develop your capacity for creating highperforming data teams. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 g 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544

g Data Systems Product Development Our experts will design or customize an online data management system to meet your unique needs within the budget that you have available. Our services include consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that the systems we develop are user-friendly and deliver the reports you require. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566 www.eastconn.org

g Technology Council EASTCONN’s Technology Council provides a forum for technology educators to network with peers in a collegial environment, while learning about the latest trends and best practices in technology. Experts in the field and Connecticut State Department of Education consultants regularly attend meetings and provide invaluable insights into the latest developments. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569 page 33


Technology Solutions Educational Technology Integration

g Assistive Technology Consultation EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology (AT) team works directly with staff and students in the classroom to support the effective use of AT, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), to support student learning. Consultative services include maximizing the use of a district’s existing AT resources and identifying new and emerging resources to complement a district’s curriculum and students’ educational programs. Carol Magliocco.......................... 860-228-3483

g Technology Professional Learning & Coaching Our highly qualified educational technology specialists, who have expertise in curriculum and technology, train and coach teachers, administrators and support staff to integrate technology tools into their educational settings. Four broad areas of training are available that are aligned with the Connecticut Teacher Technology Competencies: educational technology concepts and operations; creating learning experiences; productivity and professional practice; and social, legal, ethical and human issues. Trainings can be held at your school, using your equipment, or at an EASTCONN facility. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

Technology Infrastructure Support

g IT (Information Technology) Staff Support Services We can provide you with trained IT staff on a temporary, full-or part-time basis, or you can contract with us for short-term projects. Call us to discuss your IT needs. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566 g Technology Infrastructure Network Management Supplement your in-house staff with our technology infrastructure experts. We can help you with your infrastructure project, network support, product development or technology audits. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

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Instructional Strategies for CCSS

EASTCONN can provide training, coaching and consultation to help expand the repertoire of effective instructional strategies used by your classroom teachers as they begin the implementation of Common Core State Standards. EASTCONN staff will help administrators or faculty groups select or consider the most effective strategies to include in their written curricula, based on research-tested strategies and school/district data. Specific methods include project-based learning, brain-based learning and differentiated instruction. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

g Technology Planning & Evaluation This service provides assistance for districts interested in creating or implementing a systemic and long-term technology plan that meets Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requirements. Facilitation and support are available for all types of planning, from small projects to community-wide initiatives. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation support are also available. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

g Professional Learning EASTCONN staff will work with you to customize professional learning at the school or district level. We are able to offer quality presentations at your site or one of ours. Our trained consultants can design an effective professional learning plan that can includes ongoing support and follow-up coaching. Amy Drowne.............................. 860-455-1591

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Technology Solutions

Technology Products

g Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework (CTPAF)

Web-Based Software

This reasonably priced, Web-based application is available for teachers and program directors who use the Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework (CTPAF). Teacher-friendly and secure, this database eliminates the need for handwritten reports and allows teachers and administrators to view individual, classroom and program results. Joanne Sisco-Mazzei.................. 860-455-1518 g Data Systems Product Development Our experts will design or customize an online data management system to meet your unique needs within the budget that you have available. Our services include consultation with all stakeholders to ensure that the systems we develop are user-friendly and deliver the reports you require. Susan Mostowy........................... 860-455-1566

www.eastconn.org

NEW

Surveys for Educator Evaluation & School Climate

EASTCONN has partnered with Victoria Bernhardt, Education for the Future, to provide valid and reliable surveys to districts that meet the requirements of the new educator evaluation system. These surveys also meet the legislative requirement to collect School Climate data. We offer customized design, hosting and data-analysis support for your online survey and 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. Beth McCaffery........................... 860-455-1544 g Virtual High School Access more than 160 full-semester, online, high school and some middle school courses through a statewide consortium program. Courses are available in all content areas, including a selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Carol Klemyk.............................. 860-455-1569

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Program Contacts Akana, Michael Facilities, Hampton 860-455-1543 makana@eastconn.org

Colen, Paula M. Organizational Support, Hampton 860-455-1565 pcolen@eastconn.org

Garcia, Sandra Cooperative Purchasing, Hampton 860-455-1584 sgarcia@eastconn.org

Aschenbrenner, Elizabeth Early Childhood Initiatives, Hampton 860-455-1518 easchenbrenner@eastconn.org

Crowley, Maureen Planning & Development, Hampton 860-455-1513 mcrowley@eastconn.org

Bonneau, Phyllis Adult Programs Northeast Learning Center, Danielson 860-779-3770 pbonneau@eastconn.org

Cymbala, Heather Educational & Vocational Center, Columbia Northeast Regional Program, Putnam Southeast Regional Program, Plainfield 860-634-7429 (cell) hcymbala@eastconn.org

Galovich, Lynn Driver Education Danielson/Willimantic 860-428-7455 lgalovich@eastconn.org

Budnick, Dotty Communications, Hampton 860-455-1584 dbudnick@eastconn.org Carr, Larisa ECHIP, Hampton 860-455-1546 lcarr@eastconn.org Celentano, Nancy Mentoring & Induction, Hampton 860-455-1507 ncelentano@eastconn.org Cherubino, Noel Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1508 ncherubino@eastconn.org Cronin, Thomas K-12 Student Services 860-455-1512 tcronin@eastconn.org Cimochowski, Suzanne Adult Programs Northeast Learning Center, Danielson 860-779-3770 scimochowski@eastconn.org

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Dinda, Alicia Assistive Technology Commerce Drive, Columbia 860-228-3240 adinda@eastconn.org Doubleday Bush, Kelly Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1514 kdoubleday@eastconn.org Drasch, Donna Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1516 ddrasch@eastconn.org Drowne, Amy Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1591 adrowne@eastconn.org Etheridge, Jennifer Conference Services, Hampton 860-455-1558 jetheridge@eastconn.org Feliciano, Natasha Human Resources, Hampton 860-455-1550 nfeliciano@eastconn.org

Gozemba, Diane Early Childhood Initiatives, Hampton 860-455-1532 dgozemba@eastconn.org Griffin, Rachel Roccoberton CTAA, Capitol Theater, Willimantic 860-465-5636 rgriffin@eastconn.org Jagaczewski, Nancy Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1527 njagaczewski@eastconn.org Johnson, Colin Transportation, Columbia 860-228-6751 cjohnson@eastconn.org Klemyk, Carol Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1569 cklemyk@eastconn.org Laurendeau, Cindy Communications, Hampton 860-455-1530 claurendeau@eastconn.org LoRicco, Gino Student Services, QMC, Danielson 860-412-7400 gloricco@eastconn.org Lynes, Kristine Finance, Hampton 860-455-1534 klynes@eastconn.org www.eastconn.org


Magliocco, Carol Assistive Technology Commerce Drive, Columbia 860-228-3483 cmagliocco@eastconn.org

Piela, Francine Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1545 fpiela@eastconn.org

Smith, Janet Human Resources, Hampton 860-455-1554 jsmith@eastconn.org

Magnani, Nancy Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1536 nmagnani@eastconn.org

Resonina, Denise Woodstock Academy/Young Adult Program, Hampton 860-455-0707 dresonina@eastconn.org

Esther Soffer Roberts Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1577 esofferroberts@eastconn.org

McCaffery, Beth Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1544 bmccaffery@eastconn.org

Rothenberg, Elaine Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1547 erothenberg@eastconn.org

Messenger, Andrea Continuing Education Northeast Learning Center, Danielson 860-455-1618 amessenger@eastconn.org

Santiago, Braulio Adult Education Community Learning Center Willimantic 860-423-2591 bsantiago@eastconn.org

Morin, Ron Student Services Commerce Drive, Columbia 860-933-7371 (cell) rmorin@eastconn.org Mostowy, Susan Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1566 smostowy@eastconn.org Mullins, Dan Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1539 dmullins@eastconn.org Neville, Karen Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1542 kneville@eastconn.org Pelletier, Tracy ACT, Capitol Theater, Willimantic 860-465-5636 tpelletier@eastconn.org

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Siegel, Debbie Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1551 dsiegel@eastconn.org Sisco-Mazzei, Joanne Early Childhood Initiatives, Hampton 860-455-1518 jsiscomazzei@eastconn.org Skewes, Don Truancy & Residency Services Commerce Dr., Columbia 860-576-1763 dskewes@eastconn.org Sleight, Teddie Communications, Hampton 860-455-1553 tsleight@eastconn.org Smith-Carolan, Cathy Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1556 ccarolan@eastconn.org

Stearns, Maribeth Birth-to-Three, Hampton 860-456-1557 mstearns@eastconn.org Stein, Ravit Student Services, Columbia 860-228-3240 rstein@eastconn.org Stipe, Debra Early Childhood, Hampton 860-455-1559 dstipe@eastconn.org Tariff, Rich Adult Programs, Hampton 860-455-1562 rtariff@eastconn.org Vitale, Nancy Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1522 nvitale@eastconn.org Wapen, Steven Human Resources, Hampton 860-455-1554 swapen@eastconn.org Weingart, Helen Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1571 hweingart@eastconn.org Wells, Cyndi Teaching & Learning, Hampton 860-455-1572 cwells@eastconn.org

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Program Index 21st Century Customer Service.................................... 4 ACT Arts Magnet High School.................................... 13 Advanced Placement—Professional Learning Program...................................................... 25, 29 American Citizenship Preparation.............................. 2 Arts in the Afternoon.................................................... 9 Asbestos-Designated-Person Staffing Services........... 21, 22 Asbestos Inspection & Management........................... 21 Assessment Strategies/Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)............................ 25, 29 Assistive Technology Consortium............................... 12 Assistive Technology Consultation.............................. 12 Assistive Technology Demonstration Center & Lending Library.................................................... 13 Assistive Technology Student Assessment.................. 13 Assistive Technology Training...................................... 13, 14, 25 Augmentative & Alternative Communication Services... 13 Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Developmental Disabilities Program, PreK-8........... 14, 16

Early Childhood Council Facilitation......................... 6 Early Childhood Parent Education/Parenting Workshops................................................................. 5, 8 Early Childhood Program Monitoring & Evaluation.............................................................. 6, 30 Early Childhood Training, Consultation & Coaching................................................................ 6 Early Head Start.............................................................. 8 EASTCONN Adventure Program for Adults............. 4, 20, 26 EASTCONN Adventure Program for Students.................... 17 EASTCONN Trail Blazers............................................. 4 Eastern Connecticut Health Insurance Program (ECHIP)...................................................................... 22 Education Leadership.................................................... 24, 26, 30 Education Refresher (ER) at CTWorks....................... 2, 4, 5 Educational & Vocational Center (EVC).................... 15 Educator Evaluation....................................................... 26, 30 Elementary Connections............................................... 9 Energy for the Future..................................................... 9

Back-Office Support............................................................ 19, 20 Birth-to-Three Program................................................ 7 Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA)...................... 3, 17 Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA) Summer Musical Theater Program......................................... 17 Child-Specific Consultation & Assessment................ 6, 17 Collaborative Initiatives Across Districts.................... 22, 29 Common Core State Standards.................................... 25, 29 Communications Training & Support......................... 21 Computer Support Services.......................................... 23 Conference & Event Management............................... 19, 20 Connecticut Administrator Test (CAT)...................... 24 Connecticut Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP)............................................................. 6, 25 Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework (CTPAF) Web-Based Software................................ 7, 35 Continuing Education................................................... 3, 17 Cool Directions.............................................................. 15 Cool Directions: Summer Component....................... 17

English Language Learner Professional Learning...... 26, 30 English-as-a-Second-Language Family Literacy........ 2, 5, 8 English-as-a-Second-Language Instruction............... 5 English Language Learners Title III Consortium...... 26. 30 Faces of Culture.............................................................. 9 Facilities Audit Services................................................. 21 Facilities Forum.............................................................. 21 Farming the Land & Sea................................................ 10 Fingerprinting Services................................................. 22 Grants Development & Management.......................... 19 Grant Development Council......................................... 22, 26, 30 Growing Green Ideas..................................................... 10 Hazardous Materials Support & Training for Schools.................................................................. 21, 26 Head Start........................................................................ 8 Healthy Youth, Mind & Body....................................... 10

Cooperative Purchasing................................................ 19, 20 Creating Community Builders..................................... 9 CT REAP: Web-Based Employment System.............. 22 CTWorks Workshops..................................................... 4 Curriculum Development & Design............................ 25, 29 Data Analysis Training & Support............................... 25, 29, 33 Data Management Training & Support....................... 33, 35 Data Systems Product Development.......................23, 29, 33, 35 Data Team Facilitation................................................... 25, 29, 33 Desktop Publishing Services......................................... 21 District & School Improvement Planning.................. 30, 33 Driver Education............................................................ 3, 17 page 38

Heroes & Heroines......................................................... 10 High School Completion............................................... 2, 15 I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills Training)..................................................................... 2, 4 Imagination Connection............................................... 10 Instructional Strategies for CCSS................................. 27, 30, 34 Interdistrict Program Design & Management............ 10, 23, 31 Interim Diagnostic Placement...................................... 15, 16 IT Staff Support Services............................................... 22, 34 JFES Case Management................................................. 4 JFES Intensive Customer Service Training................. 2 Language Arts Council.................................................. 27, 31 Language & Literacy Assessment Practices................ 6 Learning Lands: Stewardship & Conservation in Northeastern CT.................................................. 10 www.eastconn.org


Legacy Explorations....................................................... 11 Life Skills & Basic Skills Instruction............................ 2 Literacy Professional Learning..................................... 27, 31 Making Waves: Optics & Acoustics............................. 11 MAPPS (Matching Areas & People Project)............... 11 Math Council.................................................................. 27, 31 Math Skills Workshop.................................................... 4 Media & Crisis Communications Support.................. 21 Minds in Motion............................................................ 11 Mosaic.............................................................................. 11 Multi-Disciplinary Consultative Assessment & Support Services................................................... 8, 16, 18 NAEYC Accreditation Consultation............................ 6, 31 New Images: CT Youth Learn Together...................... 11 Non-Traditional Learner Program............................... 3 Northeast Regional Program........................................ 16 Northeast Regional Summer Program, Grades K-12.. 17 Nursing Staff Support Services..................................... 22 Occupational Therapy Services.................................... 18 Our Changing Earth, Our Connected World............. 11 Out of School Youth: Get with the B.E.A.T................. 3 Personnel Recruitment Assistance............................... 22 Physical Therapy Services.............................................. 18 PreK-8 Principals’ Consortium.................................... 24, 27 PreK-Grade 3 Alignment.............................................. 7 Preschool Curriculum, Assessment & Learning........ 7 Professional Learning..........................................................24, 27, 31, 34 Program Evaluation....................................................... 23 Program Planning, Design & Development............... 23 Psychological/Behavioral Services............................... 16, 18 Quinebaug Middle College (QMC)............................. 14, 15 Radon Measurement Service Provider........................ 22 Regional Management of Mandated Adult Education Programs................................................. 3, 19 Regional Staff Development Council........................... 27, 31 Related Services.............................................................. 18 School Nurse & Health-Related Consultative Services...................................................................... 14, 27 Science Council.............................................................. 27, 31 Science Professional Learning...................................... 28, 31 Shared Staffing................................................................ 22 Skills for Success............................................................. 11

Southeast Regional Program......................................... 16 Spanish Translation Services......................................... 20, 21 Speech & Language Services......................................... 18 SRBI & School Climate: Preventing & Addressing Barriers to Learning............................. 24, 28, 32 Strategic Data-Driven Planning for Early Childhood Programs & Services ........................... 7, 23, 32 Student Transportation Services ................................. 18, 23 Successful Journeys........................................................ 12 Surveys for Educator Evaluation & School Climate...................................................................24, 28, 32, 35 Surviving Tough Times.................................................. 4 Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) Program..................................................................... 24, 28 Teaching American History Curricula & Support....... 28, 32 Technology Council..............................................................28, 32, 33 Technology Infrastructure Network Management....22, 23, 34 Technology Planning & Evaluation............................. 19, 32, 34 Technology Professional Learning & Coaching......... 28, 32, 34 The 4th R: Robotics........................................................ 12 Transition Planning: Birth-to-Three & Preschool to-Kindergarten........................................................ 7 Transitions to Post-Secondary Education................... 3, 5 Truancy & Residency Services...................................... 18, 20 Virtual High School....................................................... 14, 32, 35 Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program......................... 3 Water, Wildlife, People (WWP).................................... 12 Waves of History............................................................. 12 What Does It Mean to Be Green?................................. 12 Wheelchair & Adaptive Equipment Consultation..... 13, 18 Woodstock Academy: Cooperative Resources Program................................................... 14 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult & Dislocated Worker Program at CTWorks.............. 5 Workplace Education & Training................................. 3, 20 Young Adult Programming & Services....................... 15

EASTCONN will provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability or any other classification protected by state or federal law. Further, it is the policy of EASTCONN that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be discriminated against under any program because of race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability or any other classification protected by state or federal law. EASTCONN will neither knowingly use the services of, nor otherwise deal with, any business, contractor, subcontractor, or agency that engages in unlawful discrimination.

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EASTCONN Facility Locations Administrative Offices: Conference Services, Organizational Support Services

Teaching & Learning Services, Technology Solutions

Hampton, Central Administration, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247..........860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-8026

Hampton, Conference Services, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247................860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-0689

Transportation, 65 Willimantic Rd., Columbia, CT 06237.................................................860-228-6751; Fax: 860-228-6756

Adult Programs

Community Learning Center, Windham Mills, 322 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, 111 Connecticut Mills Ave., Danielson, CT 06239................860-779-3770; Fax: 860-779-3384

Early Childhood Initiatives

Hampton, Central Administration, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247..........860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-8026

Early Head Start/Head Start Programs: • Killingly Head Start, 1620 Upper Maple St., Dayville CT 06241, 860-779-0410, Fax: 860-779-1377 • Northeast Learning Center Head Start 111 Connecticut Mills Ave., Danielson, CT 06239 860-779-3770, Fax: 860-779-3384 • Plainfield Head Start — Moosup Gardens 10B Gorman St., Moosup, CT 06354 860-564-7199, Fax: 860-564-2630 • Plainfield Head Start — Plainfield Early Childhood Center, 651 Norwich Rd., Plainfield, CT 06374 860-564-7787, Fax: 860-564-6409

Vernon Early Childhood Programs: • Center Road School, 20 Center Rd. Vernon, CT 06066, 860-870-6300 • Lake Street School, 201 Lake St. Vernon, CT 06066, 860-870-6085 • Maple Street School, 20 Maple St. Vernon, CT 06066, 860-870-6175 • Northeast School, 69 East St. Vernon, CT 06066, 860-870-6080 • Skinner Road School, 90 Skinner Rd. Vernon, CT 06066, 860-870-6180

• Putnam Head Start, 33 Wicker St., Putnam, CT 06260 860-928-0004, Fax: 860-963-5357

K-12 Student Services

Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT), Capitol Theater Arts Academy (CTAA), Capitol Theater, 896 Main St., Willimantic, CT 06226...................................................860-465-5636; Fax: 860-465-8115 Autism Program, Related Services, Assistive Technology, 10 Commerce Dr., Columbia, CT 06237...........................................................................860-228-3240; Fax: 860-228-3206 Driver Education, Danielson & Willimantic..........................................................................860-428-7455 Educational & Vocational Center (EVC), 14 Route 66, Columbia, CT 06237..................860-228-4317; Fax: 860-228-1147 Hampton, Central Administration, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, CT 06247..........860-455-0707; Fax: 860-455-8026 Northeast Regional Program (NRP), 508A Pomfret St., Putnam CT 06260 ....................860-963-3328; Fax: 860-963-3332 Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson, CT 06239............860-412-7400; Fax: 860-412-7388 Southeast Regional Program (SRP), 651 Norwich Rd., Plainfield, CT 06374...................860-634-7429; Fax: TBD Transportation, 65 Willimantic Rd., Columbia, CT 06237.................................................860-228-6751; Fax: 860-228-6756 Woodstock Academy, 57 Academy Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281........................................860-928-1132; Fax: 860-963-4931

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EASTCONN Administration EASTCONN Administration 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton, Connecticut 06247 860-455-0707 ~ Fax: 860-455-8026 ~ E-mail: first-name initial+last name@eastconn.org

Executive Director Paula M. Colen.................................................860-455-1565 Adult Programs Rich Tariff..........................................................860-455-1562 Communications & Marketing Dotty Budnick...................................................860-455-1506 Early Childhood Initiatives Elizabeth Aschenbrenner................................860-455-1518 Facilities & IT Michael Akana..................................................860-455-1543 Finance John Baskowski.................................................860-455-1592 Human Resources Steven Wapen....................................................860-455-1554 Planning & Development Maureen Crowley.............................................860-455-1513 Student Services (K-12) Thomas F. Cronin.............................................860-455-1512 Teaching, Learning & Technology Jim Huggins.......................................................860-455-1525 Transportation Colin Johnson...................................................860-228-6751

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