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Dec 13

Stroud is First Dance Educator to Win Excellence in Education Award

CREC’s Kim Stroud recently became the first dance educator to ever receive a Connecticut Department of Education’s Excellence in Education Award. Stroud, who lives in Madison, serves as director of the arts at CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School in Hartford and as general director for the Center for Creative Youth, an internationally-known summer arts program run by CREC and held at Wesleyan University. The Excellence in Education Award recognizes and honors exemplary i...

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Dec 9

CREC Student-Athletes Make All-State Team NEW

Two CREC soccer players have been named all-state athletes, further establishing CREC as a competitive athletic program. Victoria Piechota, a junior at CREC’s Academy of Science and Innovation from New Britain, was recently named to the girls all-state soccer team. Hartford’s Cristhian Zaldivar, a senior at the CREC Public Safety Academy, was named to the boys all-state soccer team. Both are the first student-athletes at their respective schools to receive this honor. Zaldivar is the first ...

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Dec 8

CREC Reauthorized to Administer Advanced Route Special Education Certification Program

Throughout the country, 49 states are reporting a shortage of special education teachers, making the Advanced Route to Certification for Special Education Cross Endorsement program very important. The cross endorsement allows certified teachers to earn an additional certification in comprehensive special education. CREC is pleased to offer this program as a way to help school districts, and it is proud to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education has granted approval for CREC ...

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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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