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Coaching Letter #57

Good morning, I hope you are having a good week.  I’m writing this between days one and two of the Center’s annual Equity Institute, which is fabulous and a total emotional overload.  Yesterday morning we spent time in the galleries at the Wadsworth, where we hold the institute in partnership with the Amistad Center.  Last [...]

2018-10-18T13:12:36+00:00October 16th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Leadership at the Center Post #1

Over two decades ago, the Graustein Memorial Fund founded the Connecticut Center for School Change to help spearhead efforts to support K12 education across the state. The Connecticut Center for School Change is an educational non-profit that exists to ensure (1) each and every student experiences intellectually engaging and cognitively challenging learning and reaches [...]

2018-10-31T12:41:42+00:00October 16th, 2018|Leadership at the Center|

Coaching Letter #56

Good evening, I hope you are doing well.  I love fall, it’s my favorite season, so it makes me happy to see the leaves starting to change color and know that we are in for a visual treat over the next few weeks. Thank you for the feedback on the Coaching Letter I sent [...]

2018-10-10T12:58:34+00:00October 9th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #55

Good evening, I hope you’re well.  There’s a terrific storm right over my house as I write this, and the rain is bucketing down. This Coaching Letter is about the Portrait of the Graduate work that I’ve been involved in under CAPSS’ leadership.  The Nellie Mae Education Foundation supports many education projects in the [...]

2018-10-04T16:43:05+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Center’s Deep Bench Helps Enhance District Improvement

Joe Macary has been superintendent of schools in Vernon, Connecticut since 2015, after serving as superintendent in Wolcott. In May 2016, he worked with the Center to conduct a district coherence audit and, based on those results, decided to partner with the Center for professional learning and to strengthen district performance in three key [...]

2018-10-12T10:01:22+00:00September 27th, 2018|Case Studies|

The Proof is in the Numbers

Sharon Locke, superintendent in Naugatuck, doesn’t want to talk about equity – she wants to create equity! Locke has been consulting with the Center for several years, and the results, she says, have been remarkable, especially in improved math scores and in growth with the district’s highest-needs students. Locke said that when she arrived [...]

2018-10-02T10:24:09+00:00September 27th, 2018|Case Studies|

Putting Instruction and Student Learning First

Elizabeth Feser first worked with the Center for School Change when she was Superintendent in Windsor, CT, prior to becoming Superintendent in Milford.  In Windsor, she was invited to join the Superintendents’ Network.  In doing so, the Center helped her introduce Instructional Rounds. Rounds, she said, helped building principals and central office leaders focus [...]

2018-10-12T10:02:50+00:00September 27th, 2018|Case Studies|

Coaching Letter #54

Hi, I hope this finds you well.  I have had a terrific few days, with the participants at the CAPSS/UCONN Women in District Office series, and the Center’s Coaching Institute.  Regarding the former, we’re starting a mailing list for current and aspiring district leaders.  We will add the names of everyone who came on [...]

2018-10-04T16:57:51+00:00September 27th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #53

A couple of years ago, I was sitting in a high school principal’s office, and she was bemoaning the state of instruction in her school.  “The problem,” she said, “is that teachers don’t plan.”  First decision point: I did not ask her to clarify how she knew that that was the problem.  “So I’m [...]

2018-10-04T16:58:53+00:00September 18th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|

Coaching Letter #52

Hello!  Thanks for all the messages about learning goals as they can be leveraged in organizations.  I have enjoyed the exchanges and I’m glad so many people found the ideas useful. Sometime last spring I decided that we should have a summer book club, and I chose Humble Inquiry, by Ed Schein.  I had [...]

2018-10-04T16:59:28+00:00September 12th, 2018|Stevenson Coaching Letter|