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Dec 8

Open Choice Discusses Implicit Bias with Local Educators

More than 60 education professionals, including teachers, principals, and superintendents, attended the Hartford Region Open Choice Program’s recent Dine & Discuss event, which focused on how educators can counteract the impact of implicit bias by shaping their expectations of students of difference races. The event was hosted by the Berlin and Granby school districts and allowed participants to reflect on how their perspectives, developed through multiple social influences, affect how the...

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Nov 28

CT PRIME Offers Connecticut Towns and School Districts a Way to Save

CREC, in partnership with 12 towns and school districts, launched Connecticut’s first municipal insurance captive in July. The purpose of the captive—called CT PRIME, Inc. —is to stabilize costs for medical stop loss insurance for self-insured employee benefit plans. It also allows municipalities and school districts to collaborate to develop longer-term risk management strategies that promote employee health and wellness. CT PRIME offers its member towns and school districts medical stop l...

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Nov 9

Discovery Design Lab Offers Opportunity for Hands-On Learning

Deciding what materials to use when building a boat is not an easy task. Thankfully, CREC Discovery Academy second-grader Evan Vernali had the opportunity to determine whether fabric, tin foil, and other items would float before designing his blueprint. Vernali, of Colchester, is learning about the engineering design process in his school’s Design Lab. Similar to art and gym, all 483 CREC Discovery Academy students take Design Lab, a weekly class that is being offered for the first time this ...

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Oct 25

CREC and CCMC Team Up to Help Student-Athletes Prevent Injury

Twice each week, several members of the CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering basketball team perform several drills, stopping only to catch their breath and grab some water. Their season hasn’t started yet, but they are working hard to strengthen their skills—and to make sure they stay injury free. The intense workouts are run by the division of sports physical therapy at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and the goal is to help the student-athletes learn to decrease the risk of ...

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Oct 25

CREC Soundbridge Celebrates Golden Anniversary

Seven-year-old Sadie Palker, of Stamford, stood before a large crowd at CREC Soundbridge’s recent 50th anniversary celebration and read her two-page speech in a confident, clear voice, pausing for jokes and eliciting laughter and applause. If it wasn’t for the text of her speech, audience members would never know how far she has come—how hard she and her parents had to work to get to this moment. Palker wears both a cochlear implant and a hearing aid, and she’s received services from C...

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Oct 21

Cultivating Teacher Leaders is Crucial

Exemplary teacher leaders are skilled at matching instructional practices to students’ learning, utilizing cutting-edge curriculum and thought-provoking content and resources and collaborating with and leading their colleagues. They also engage in continuous improvement to engender student learning and work closely with principals to enrich student learning and increase achievement. Charlotte Danielson, an internationally-recognized expert in the area of teacher effectiveness, says teacher lea...

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Oct 19

Trinity Professor Bands Birds at CREC Two Rivers for 14 Years

Using nets barely visible to the eye, sixth-grade students at CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School recently worked with Trinity College professor Joan Morrison to capture birds and then identify, weigh, measure, and band them before releasing them back into their environment. “It was cool,” said Alyssa Dipini, of Windsor, explaining that she was given the task of briefly holding a bird in a bag. “I didn’t want to drop it. ”The partnership between the Trinity professor and the environme...

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