STAMFORD business outlook
SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
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The Business of Education
In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate
• Early Childhood Education ROI • CMT Gains
• New Initiatives at NCC • Lifelong Learning
• Stamford’s Achievement Gap • And Much More!
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Childcare Learning Center Offers a ROI That is Hard to Beat Stamford Public Schools Show Gains in Connecticut Mastery Tests The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) Launches 2006 Programs and Services Norwalk Community College Rolls Out New Initiatives Lifelong Learning—A Win-Win Strategy Company Recogniation Adult and Continuing Education Stamford Education Association Identiﬁes District Challenges Theresa Magistro, President The Year Ahead at UConn Stamford JM Wright Offers New Programs Members Making News Welcome New Members Stamford’s Education Achievement Gap… A Glass Half Empty or Half Full? Community Corner Stamford Public Schools New Initiatives Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent How University College Opens the Path to a Better Life for Hispanic Students Experiential learning programs give UConn MBAs a competitive edge
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A New Year for Education
But what about the achievement gap?
Now that Labor Day is behind us, it signals the start of a new school year. It is the time of year to renew old friendships, meet new students and make new friends. It is an exciting time to say the least. Exciting, but the bottom line is the challenge of educating our youth. Recently the Hartford Courant published an op-ed piece by Rich Green, a reporter who covered education in the state capital. The op-ed was a result of the recently released mastery test scores. He explains his own frustration and that of other people who are feeling and have felt for many years with the education process and the achievement gap. Mr. Green demonstrates his own personal outrage as a result of only one child, out of a class of 50 students, in one predominantly minority school in Hartford meeting the state’s goal for reading. Yet four miles away in West Hartford in an almost all white school, five out of six students have reached the state’s goal. Mr. Green doesn’t understand why more people are not outraged. The entire op-ed piece can read on the Stamford Achieves website www.StamfordAchieves.org under the commentary link. The lack of awareness of the achievement gap was substantiated by the Stamford Advocate when they did their education survey earlier this year. The survey showed that there is a large majority of people who do not know about the achievement gap and a percentage that don’t care. This is astonishing considering the time and energy and all the press coverage that has happened since Mayor Malloy first appointed the Stamford Achieves Commission four years ago to help address the achievement gap. As recently reported in the Stamford Advocate, several Stamford schools are not meeting standards as a result of the state’s mastery test. Under the No Child Left Behind law they are now put on notice to improve or risk further consequences. Although these schools have made progress since last year, they are deficient in meeting the new standards under No Child Left Behind. People have expressed concern, but is there outrage? It is easy to understand Mr. Green’s emotions and become discouraged, especially since so many people have worked for a long time to narrow the gap in the state and especially in Stamford. But yet this battle has to be won. Failure should not be an option. The Advocate is doing a program on the Achievement Gap on Thursday September 7th at Norwalk Community College. For further information log on to their web site www. stamfordadvocate.com to register.
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John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce
Childcare Learning Center Offers a ROI That is Hard to Beat
S A N D R A TE S T A N I , CEO, Childcare Learning Center
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) Launches 2006 Programs and Services
New Training Programs Designed to Help Create Jobs in Connecticut
With the state of Connecticut ranking 50th in job growth, people from every walk of life are looking for ways to find meaningful employment, stabilize their financial future and increase income. Many have turned to self employment as a viable and reachable alternative to traditional employment and many Connecticut residents have turned to WBDC for help. WBDC’s proactive entrepreneurial approach to entrepreneurial training is receiving national attention as a vehicle to job creation. In April the New York Times featured WBDC and its clients in an article discussing the growing number of women in business creating jobs throughout the country. There are nearly 119,000 women owned businesses in Connecticut employing over 153,000 workers. WBDC’s programs are designed to mitigate the risks associated with small business start up. To date in 2006 WBDC has provided services to over 400 women from all over the state of Connecticut. Through WBDC’s Entrepreneurial Training Programs and Professional Development Services, women and men from all over Connecticut attended a myriad of high quality innovative programs. For the Fall 2006 Program Schedule, please visit the WBDC website at CTWBDC.org or call 203-353-1750.
Now in its 104th year, Childcare Learning Centers continues to build on its strengths. CLC has more than a century of providing comprehensive, developmentally appropriate early education and care for children between six weeks and five years of age. Its programs are strong because CLC focuses on the whole child, including families and caregivers. Research shows that pre-K education is an important investment and Stamford’s best chance to close the achievement gap in its public schools. For every $1.00 invested in early education between $10.00 and $16.00 is returned in reduced remedial, special and bilingual education, drug abuse and incarceration costs. There is also an increased rate of high school graduation. This results in young adults attending advanced education or entering the workforce as contributors to the community. This non-profit organization serves 1,100 children and their families five days a week at 16 locations throughout Greater Stamford. Fees are paid on a sliding scale for programs that include infant, toddler and pre-k children. CLC differentiates itself from other early childhood providers by offering comprehensive services, including health maintenance and referrals, nutritionally balanced meals, nutrition education, family social services and parent participation programs. All CLC classrooms utilize a state-of-the-art
curriculum focusing on education and socialemotional development, and are accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is the highest standard by which early education classrooms are judged. This commitment strengthens CLC’s programs. CLC has a history of strong community partnerships with the City of Stamford, other nonprofit agencies, donors, and corporate and foundation supporters. CLC would not have been able to grow six fold in the past 20 years without its help and commitment to Stamford’s families.
CLC prepares 3,000 nutritional meals a day to students like Nicholas, who are taught to make healthy eating choices.
Stamford Public Schools Show Gains in Connecticut Mastery Tests
Greatest Improvement at Stark Elementary School
More than 70% of Stamford students in grades 3 – 8 met proficiency standards in math, reading, and writing, according to Spring 2006 Connecticut Mastery Test results. In nearly every tested grade and subject, Stamford students reached “goal” or “advanced” levels, the highest performance standards on the CMT’s. According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joshua P. Starr, “These gains reflect the commitment that Stamford’s teachers, staff, and administrators have to the success of all of our children.” Highlights of student per4 formance on the fourth generation CMT (CMT4) include the following: Large proportions of Stamford Public School students perform at high levels. At the goal and advanced levels, Stamford’s elementary students scored as well as students statewide. Students at Stark Elementary School made large strides in math. Whereas 49% of Stark’s 4th graders achieved at the proficiency level on the Fall 2004 CMT’s, 75% reached proficiency in the Spring 2006 test, a gain of 29 points. A comparison of CMT performance of 8th graders on the Fall
2004 CMT’s and Spring 2006 CMT’s shows growth in math. Sizeable gains were achieved by all students, particularly English Language Learners, who posted a 16 point gain. Seven out of 12 elementary schools made gains with the same group of students over a year of instruction in math; 8 out of 12 elementary schools made those same gains in reading. Four out of 5 middle schools made gains with the same group of students over a year of instruction in reading. Despite solid gains, achievement gaps persist at all grade levels between Black, Hispanic, English Language Learners, economically
disadvantaged, and students with disabilities and their white and Asian counterparts. The achievement gaps range from 30-point differences in math to 40 percent differences in reading. “The recent results show us where we’re making gains and what hills we still need to climb. But I know the consistent hard work of our teachers, staff, and administrators will continue to support the progress our children are capable of making,” said Dr. Starr, who added, “We will address persistent achievement gaps by increasing our use of student achievement data and meeting the needs of all students.”
The CMT4 provides information regarding the mastery of important skills in math, reading, and writing. Five levels of performance—below basic, basic, proficient, goal, and advanced—have been established in the three content areas. The Spring 2006 test is a new generation of the CMT, which is designed to align more closely with state standards. More open ended questions were included, raising the rigor of the test. This Spring for the first time, students in grades 3-8 were tested, as required by the NCLB. In past years, only students in grades 4, 6, and 8 were required to participate.
Norwalk Community College Rolls Out New Initiatives
D R. D A V I D L. L E V I N S O N , P R E S I D E N T Norwalk Community College The 2006-2007 Norwalk Community College academic orientation to graduation. Throughout the past year, we’ve year, which begins September 5th, promises to be an out- been exploring the building blocks of success. NCC standing one—with new courses like Mandarin Chinese will open a Student Success Center this fall to provide a and new initiatives to benefit both students and local busi- highly individualized approach to counseling and advising. NCC has partnered with local nesses and organizations. school superintendents and agenAt 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Norwalk NCC will open a Student cies to explore the achievement gap Community College will host its secamong students in grades K-12 . ond biennial Access to Education dinSuccess Center this fall We are debuting a new Accelerated ner at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich featuring Xerox Corp. Chairman/CEO Degree program for working adult to provide a highly Anne M. Mulcahy as keynote speaker. learners who’ve begun, but never individualized approach to completed, a college degree. And Expected to draw more than 600 NCC has partnered with Stamfordcorporate leaders, this scholarship counseling and advising. based CTE to provide early college benefit is a vehicle for raising awarereadiness and English as a Second ness of the critical role NCC plays in Language courses to students. the business life of our region. NCC has much to celebrate. Last year, the college was NCC is committed to student success, whether it’s providing the tuition assistance to make college study named one of 35 Achieve the Dream colleges nationwide possible or the support services to nurture students from and received a $400,000 grant to improve student success
Named one of 35 Achieve the Dream colleges nationwide and received a $400,000 grant to improve student success
among low-income students and students of color. We have established a new Division of Institutional Effectiveness and are creating a culture of excellence and accountability based on data-driven decision making. As we look to the future, plans are underway to break ground for a new Allied Health and Science Center in 2007. NCC faces the challenge of keeping curricula relevant to workforce needs, especially in the areas of financial services, healthcare, and the sciences. And we are committed to educating an ever-growing immigrant population with special needs for Englishas-a Second Language and enrichment services. David L. Levinson
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Dr. Tabitha B. Fortt opens new practice
Tabitha B. Fortt, M.D. has just opened an ofﬁce in Stamford, after ﬁve years of serving families at the Stamford Community Health Center. A graduate of Fairﬁeld University and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Fortt ﬁnished her residency at Stamford Hospital, where she is still aﬃliated. In her private practice, she will oﬀer patients a wider range of services, including preventative care for the entire family. Patients with families appreciate the convenience of having one place to go for most of their medical care needs. By seeing entire families, Dr. Fortt can better understand illnesses and issues. She oﬀers newborn care, well child care, annual physicals, gynecological exams, and geriatric care. In addition to preventative care, she encourages early detection for hereditary diseases. Also important to Dr. Fortt is that her oﬃce staﬀ is friendly and helpful. “Hospitality is key,” she says. The staﬀ must “be a door to assistance, not a wall of resistance.” People should feel comfortable from the moment they call for an appointment through the time they see Dr. Fortt. Dr. Fortt spends a lot of time listening to patients and discussing their concerns. “We don’t have an answer or cure for every disease,” she notes. “Every patient is looking for help. The worst thing you can do is not listen.” Originally from Bridgeport, Dr. Fortt has been in Stamford for 10 years. Her private practice allows her more time to spend with her husband and three children and to volunteer in various community organizations. Dr. Fortt’s oﬃce is at 37 Glenbrook Road #3 in Stamford. 674-0774.
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ROSLYN NESIN, ADMINISTRATOR Stamford Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education THERESA MAGISTRO, PRESIDENT Stamford Education Association
Adult and Continuing Education Stamford Education Association Lifelong Learning in Stamford Identiﬁes District Challenges
Education helps an indi- English as a Second Language/ vidual gain or improve employ- Workforce Development class ment, earn a high school diplo- and ESL/Family Literacy classma or enrich his/her life. The es in elementary schools for Stamford Public Schools Adult parents of pre-kindergarten to and Continuing Education pro- fifth grade children. Citizenship gram offers the opportunity for classes prepare adults for the all adult residents to continue exam to become a United States to learn. citizen. There are more than 100 courses in our Fall 2006 brochure. Adults can learn a language, new computer program, to take photographs, to start their own business, public speaking, local history, yoga and much more. Two routes to high school graduation are available. The Roslyn Nesin High School Credit Diploma program has the same requirements Stamford Adult Education is for graduation and awards the able to offer classes for employsame diploma as any other ees at their business site. We Stamford public school. Classes can customize a program to are given to assist individuals meet an employer’s need. in preparing for the GED State Our Fall 2006 brochure Examination. has been sent to every home Adult Basic Education is for in Stamford and is available people who need to improve at the library branches, mall their reading, writing and math and Government Center. The skills before they can enter a brochure is available on the high school program, job train- Internet at www.stamfordadulting or employment. ed.com. Additional information During the 2005-2006 is available by calling the Adult school year, there were 2,354 Education office at 977-4209. enrollments in English as a Second Language programs. These Roslyn Nesin, classes teach resiAdministrator for dents who are Stamford Public new to our counSchools Adult and Continuing try to understand, Education, addressspeak, read and es graduates, honwrite English in orees and guests the context of life at the 2006 Adult skills. In addition Education graduato our standard ESL tion ceremony. classes, we offer an
When we as Stamford teachers are asked what we understand to be the challenges faced by the school district and where the community needs to focus attention and resources, the response is clear and unambiguous: ■ Teacher retention—in 2005, district data (teacher longevity from 0–21 years) show more than 75% of teachers hired choose not to spend their careers here. ■ Closing the achievement gaps—this national problem also exists in Stamford, Connecticut’s fifth largest school system. ■ Diminished resources at the classroom level—the 2006-07 Operating Budget increase is the lowest since 1999 resulting in growing class sizes, especially in the early grades, a fact that undermines our goal to close the achievement gaps. ■ Meeting the diverse needs of a changing student population—district data show enrollment growth of English Language Learners from 445 students in 1995 to 2132 by 2005. An increase of nearly 400%. Stamford’s ability to retain its excellent teachers is seriously weakened. This challenge must be addressed immediately. The problem of teacher retention affects everyone. Students, parents and educators are negatively impacted, educational programs are diminished, resources are squandered and the community is hurt by the revolving door of changing staff. The Stamford Education Association compiles exit surveys for members who have resigned to work in other districts. The problems they identify can be addressed through an open and realistic assessment of this trend. Research shows, and common sense confirms, that students learn more from teachers with strong academic skills and classroom teaching experience in smaller settings. The effect of wellprepared teachers on student achievement can be stronger than the influences of student background factors, such as poverty and language according to Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University. This situation should concern Stamford’s citizens. Stamford finds itself at a time when critical decisions demand courageous action. We as teachers are confident that our community leaders will respond. We invite dialogue, embrace collaborative decision making, encourage meaningful school reform and look forward to a future in which ALL students in Stamford will be successful.
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The role of a public landgrant university is to develop a synergy to address issues related to globalization, business, science and technology, public policy, social, health and human services, P-12 education, the arts, and government. The University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus is actively involved with the City of Stamford and the Fairfield County community in ongoing dialogue and discussion to meet this role. During the next few months, the UConn Stamford Campus will shape a strategic plan that will be inclusive and responsive. Faculty, staff and students, along with alumni and key community and business leaders, will participate in creating a plan that will guide the campus for the next decade and beyond. While the campus crafts the strategic plan, there will be concurrent academic and community initiatives that will be implemented during the 200607 academic year. First, to complement the establishment of the UConn Center for Globalization and Commerce, the campus will introduce additional foreign languages as part of the curriculum. In Spring 2007, Beginning Mandarin Chinese will be offered to matriculating students, as other languages including Arabic,
Hindi and Japanese will be considered for the future. Exploratory discussions have begun with community and business leaders to offer new academic programs at the Stamford Campus. The School of Social Work has met with members of the social work professional community, to consider the offer-
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ing of the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the Stamford Campus. Preliminary discussions will begin soon with the health care systems in Fairfield County to determine the feasibility of offering the “Accelerated Pre-Licensure Program” with the School of Nursing. Also, the potential of an undergraduate program in “Finance and Risk Management” will be assessed
by the School of Business, in collaboration with the Fairfield County business and corporate community. With initial grant funding from the First County Bank Foundation, the Stamford Campus will begin the University Pals Program in July 2007. This program will enable 150 middle school students from the Stamford Public Schools and the Norwalk Public Schools to participate in a four-week college simulation experience, which will include a rotating curriculum consisting of math, science, writing, business, communications, family studies, social sciences, arts and humanities, and other academic areas. The focus of the program is to prepare 6th, 7th and 8th grade middle school students, who will potentially be the first in their family to seek higher education opportunities, to start the journey towards entering college. The program includes a parent/caregiver component. These are a sample of the initiatives that will be undertaken at the UConn Stamford Campus during the coming academic year. For information about current academic programs and student activities, please see the campus website: www.stamford. uconn.edu
Last year was a pivotal year medical technology units have in the rich tradition of J.M. been added as well. Wright Technical High School. The blueprints for Rumors of the school closing our planned renovation have been replaced with opti- ($41,000,000) are at the 70% mism about the new educa- mark, and will be completed tional programs that will be this fall with construction bids added as the school transitions ready for release shortly thereitself for its role in preparing after. A tremendous amount students for employment in the of excitement has been gener21st century. ated by our partnership with The new leadership, new Norwalk Community College focus and new direction have and we will be increasing stumade a tremendous differdent and teachence in a very er participation short period with the Techof time caus- … the Tech-Prep Prep Program ing Dr. Abigail that allows for Program allows Hughes, the our students to for our students Superintendent receive college for the CT credit while to receive college Technical High still enrolled School System in high school. credit while still (CTHSS) to Plans are being enrolled in high congratulate made to expand the school on that partnerschool. recent gains in ship to include the Connecticut our Automotive A c a d e m i c Technology and Performance Test (CAPT). “The Culinary Arts and Health and improvement in your students’ Medical Technology programs CAPT performance is a signifi- as well. cant achievement and worthy Why Wright Tech? J.M. of recognition, especially in the Wright Technical High School light of the progress our schools is a serious school for students made last year.” serious about a career or colIt is important that we not lege. It maintains a small learnrest on our laurels. We must ing environment that promotes: continue to build upon our civility and respect, self-discisuccesses during the 2006- pline, teamwork and commu2007 school year. Increased nity & school spirit. It’s advanenrollment in our Health and tage over other schools is that Medical Technology program it: trains students for careers necessitated the hiring of an in job categories relevant to additional instructor. The new our local economy, maintains curriculum includes units of close ties with local employstudy with clinical experi- ers and institutions of higher ence to certify participants as learning, focuses on specific job Certified Nursing Assistants and life skills, and provides its (CNA). Home healthcare, den- graduates with more options in tal, pharmacology, respiratory life—from direct employment physical therapy and office to further education.
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Dr. Maria Maldonado was appointed associate chair of the department of medicine, associate program director of the residence program in internal medicine and medical director of ambulatory practice at Stamford Hospital.
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Stamford Hospital received a $500,000 donation from Betsy Levinson, president of the William and Sylvia Silberstein Foundation. The gift has been allocated for the hospital’s new heart and vascular center.
The Stamford Symphony announced the following individuals were elected to the SSO Board of Directors. Juanita James, Vice President for Direct Marketing Strategy and Business Development at Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Nicole Tuman, an associate at the Stamford law offices of Murtha Cullina LLP. Steven P. Oster, executive director of ambulatory services at Stamford Hospital and Beth Anne Andrews, a sales, solutions and marking coordinator at Pitney Bowes, Inc. joined the board of directors of Liberation Programs.
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra was awarded a $20,000 grant from the city of Stamford. ARC, a provider of program and services to individuals with special needs, received a $10,000 grant from the First County Bank Foundation in support of ARC’s parent support groups for families of children with special needs.
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Pitney Bowes, Inc., a provider of integrated mail and document management systems, services and solutions, received the first-place “2006 Gold Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Innovation Prize.” Pitney Bowes was honored for its biohazard isolation and screening system.
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Please join The Advocate and Greenwich Time at a forum on the Achievement Gap. Hear what experts and area school superintendents have to say on the steps being taken in our schools to address this pivotal issue facing students in our area.
Joshua Starr | Stamford Superintendent of Public Schools Betty Sternberg | Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Corda | Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Alex Johnston | Executive Director of ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Larry Leverett | Executive Director Panasonic Foundation, Former Greenwich Superintendent of Schools
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A personal view by Art Harper 8/06
During the past 3 years the members of Stamford Achieves and I have been on a quest to find the best ideas, models, resources, approaches, and strategies that will help all of us in Stamford to eliminate the education achievement gap for all of Stamford’s students. It has not been an easy journey! While there hasn’t been any blood, we have experienced our unfair share of sweat, and yes, even a few tears have been shed as we’ve struggled to find the silver bullet solutions to eliminate what we strongly believe is an urgent issue both here Stamford and across America. Art Harper Along the way, while we’ve been able to raise our voices to highlight this issue in Stamford, we’ve also been frustrated by our inability to move further and faster in implementing more ideas, strategies, and approaches to tackle this issue. After three years with Stamford Achieves, we’ve learned that there are no easy silver bullet solutions to eliminating the education achievement gap. There also is no one right solution! We’ve also learned that we are not alone in our journey as many other states, communities, local school districts, and concerned citizens across America are also struggling with the same question—how can we eliminate the education achievement gap? My former corporate career taught me that when a large group of very dedicated, smart people struggle for a long time to find a solution to a problem, it‘s usually because the problem is a much tougher nut to crack than anyone first imagined. So what does it mean? Is the education achievement gap in Stamford an issue that’s a glass half empty or half full? While many naysayers may see it differently, I see the glass as half full. Here’s why: ■ More and more ordinary Americans across our country are speaking out to voice their views on the importance of eliminating the achievement gap for all our kids. ■ In addition, celebrities like Bill Cosby have stepped up and are boldly speaking out on the issues that they believe are contributing to, and perpetuating, the education gap. As a result, personal and family accountability, currently accepted cultural norms, and the very definitions of success and excellence are now being hotly debated in many communities across the country. ■ Some very recently published national data suggests that public school systems are making progress and in some areas may be performing as well as or better than many charter schools in the education of our kids. ■ Concerned citizen’s groups, many like Stamford Achieves, are being formed in many other communities to begin their own journeys to find ways to attack the education gap in their communities. ■ In Stamford we’re blessed with political leadership that is enlightened and engaged on this issue, an engaged Board of Education, a great new Superintendent of Schools in Josh Starr who is bringing new ideas, fresh energy, and dedicating more focused resources to address this issue. ■ In Stamford we also have many dedicated people working outside the traditional approach to build and highlight charter schools as new examples of what is possible. ■ And finally, after 3 years, Stamford Achieves is now
Stamford’s Education Achievement Gap… A Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
finalizing plans for programs to be rolled out in the 2007 school year The enormity of the task ahead on this journey to eliminate the education achievement gap in Stamford is not lost on me. The stakes are dangerously high for all of us if we fail and a painful price of failure will be paid in the future by all of us as a country, as a community, and as individuals. Yet the strength of America and the Stamford community has always been its people and our ability to always somehow find a way to pull together in every crisis and bring our resources, our ideas, our energy, and our collective will to solve every issue that’s threatened us. Because of my belief in this spirit and that it will happen again here in Stamford that I still see the glass as half full. But maybe I’m just too much of an optimist! How do you see Stamford’s Education Achievement Gap— a glass half empty or half full?
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Chosen randomly from reader mail: Chosen randomly from reader mail: Question: “In the City of Stamford school system there is a new Superintendent, completing his first year, who is crafting a strategic plan for three years and five years out. I assume you approve of this method. At the same time, he is handling the today issues and hiring new staff. I have heard you speak at local engagements and I read your columns. You refer to mentors and mentor groups. How do we create these in the Public Education sector and will this model be helpful to us?” Allow me to respond first to your embedded question. The superintendent is to be applauded for his forward thinking approach in addressing a strategic plan. I have not been involved in the current Stamford Public School’s Strategic Planning process or the methodology being utilized to create this Strategic Plan.
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No matter how many times the month of September rolls around, none of us ever quite gets over the excitement of the first day of school. Each new year is an opportunity to build on our strengths, whether as students, educators, parents, or community partners. I share that excitement, and feel privileged and proud to be entering my second year as Superintendent of the Stamford Public Schools. I am confident we are well positioned this year to build on our strengths in a significant way and that in the near future, our district will become a model for the nation. Last year, we created the foundation that will make this growth possible. With the enthusiastic support of the community, I started a conversation about Stamford’s collective vision for our schools. Across our city, I heard from business leaders, parents, educators, and students themselves that young people need to develop 21st century skills in order to meet the
demands of the workplace and life in general. Through groups such as the District Leadership Team, Best Practices Task Force, Social Emotional Learning Study Group, High School Reform Think Tank, and Community Forums, we came together to discuss the significant issues we are facing and to talk about solutions. We used the information gleaned from these groups to begin revamping the curriculum, revise policies, and develop new programs. We also started the Middle School Readiness Academy, which works with families to help students learn the skills and habits they need to be successful in middle school. In short, there is enthusiasm from all quarters to ensure that all of our students receive a high quality, rigorous, standards-based education and that is heartening. With a strong foundation in place, we are ready to embark on many important initiatives. I will briefly highlight a few. One of the most intensive is our commit-
ment to differentiated instruction. DI is an approach to teaching and learning that enables teachers to meet the individual needs of every child, by giving them multiple options for taking in information and making sense of ideas. This school year, we will give teachers ongoing professional development in this area so that they have the resources and strategies to help students of all ability levels to improve their competencies in all areas. We are starting to revise all curricula from kindergarten through grade 12, beginning with Math and Science. We expect this effort will be generously funded through a multi million dollar, five-year grant from the GE Foundation and we are optimistic about the positive impact this will have on student achievement. You will also notice a focus throughout the district on social emotional learning. SEL is the ability for children to be independent, to persevere, to get along with others, and to have a
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Stamford Chamber Summer Social
Marilyn Esposito of MCC Worldwide talks with Steve Havelka of Connecticut Magazine at the Stamford Chamber’s Summer Social held at the Stamford Yacht Club.
▼ People enjoyed the warm balmy breezes.
Dave Demarest of PMG Ad Group (center), Stamford Chamber members and guests enjoyed the beautiful evening at the Stamford Yacht Club.
Junior Achievement Salutes Our Teachers
Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut, Inc. salutes the over 400 teachers who have opened their doors to our programs and volunteers, enabling us to reach 12,500 students in the 2005-2006 school year. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks for their dedication and professionalism.
Pictured: Howard Levy (second from left), a Teacher at Stamford High School, the 2005-2006 recipient of the Junior Achievement “Outstanding Education Partner Award”, celebrating with his family.
Hindley Elementary School
Gina Pellerito Kimberly Romero
Jefferson Elementary School
Greenwich High School
North Street Elementary School
Karen Hamilton Vicki Morrison Ilene Rietsch Susan Zerman
Elene Aaron Chris Boyer Rose Cubelli Gail Gans Marianne Jean Monique Leone Amy Luciana Joann Minoff Amy Nastu Tricia Opper Bernadette Pavlowski Patricia Spinola
Colleen Rumsey Joan Smith Alvena Watkins
Norwalk School To Career
Denise Evon Lisa Rivieccio
Silvermine Elementary School
Mileissa Almonte Karen Canal Damaris Cruz Monica Dutcher Heather Maloney Jennifer Morris Lisa Page Sulma Sabbagh
Martha Bakes Cynthia Huppert Lauren Kinzler Maura Lawson William Margiotta Karen Parker Kristen Shea Katie Welsh Pam Woodside
Jeanne Scanlan Jackie Shanahan Susan Stoogenke Elyssa Walker
Northeast Elementary School
Susan Boccuzzi Dana Origi
Dolan Middle School
Sarah Benedict Joy Bodnar Nancy Bonardi Jennifer Bray Missy Cole Reina Constanza Lauren D’Andrea Brendon Fox Karen Francis-Barnes Scott Lerner Linda Lessin Phil Nobile Rosanne Nuzzo Toni Palumbo Toni Peterson Cheryl Poltrack Barbara Ryan Jessica Scoﬁeld
Our Lady Star of the Sea School
Kendall Elementary School
New Canaan High School
All Saints Catholic School
Phyllis Antos Mary Butler Ginny Colabella Maureen Fahey Jeanne Fuller Sharon Gerne Mary Gordon Kathy Iannazzo Rachel Inzitari Brenda Jacobson Julie Maciejewski Gloria Rigalado Sheila Samuelson Katherine Simoes Elizabeth Williams
Jennifer Calvo Deborah Cimminello Sue Corey Kelly Dominick Martha Franco Kellee George Melissa Giandurco Elaine Hamilton Mary Mason
Courtney Calabrese Michelle DeRubeis Kristy Kozlowski Megan Meehan Heather Tully Debbie Yergeau
West Rocks Middle School
Rippowam Middle School
Marvin Elementary School
Paul Ceglia Katie Chase Nancy Couzelis Vida Ekstrom Priscilla Falcone Melissa Ford-Colin Sharlia Gilman Kathi Hughes Nancy Lamb Jason Lee Lindsay Mumbach Barbara Murawski Mary Oster Tara Palmer Debbie Schneider Marianne Schulz Pam Serlin Stephanie Stelly Michell Suda Sharon Thawley Cathy Vaughn Lisa West Jane Wilkins
Elizabeth Amaral Kate Botty Rich Bubbico Anita Chauvin Andrea Consiglio Keesha Daniel Joe DeVellis Pat Festa Kelly Hibbard Christine Martenson Katy Maty Lee Modugno James Petropoulos Rebecca Sabol Raphael Tejada Miguel Thompson Laura Wax Louis Weinberg Martha Zombar
Miriam LaRusso MaryAnn Maguire
Rogers Magnet Elementary School
Michael Argenio Diana Armstrong Deanna Blasko Kathleen Brennan Stacey Buraczynski Atara Capalbo Dawn Castango Anne Chakravarti Michael Cody Jennifer Costello Susan Devine Kristin Duffy Gayle Fentin Julia Finneran Joan Flannery Timothy Foley Kelly Fox Douglas Hamm Caryn Harvey Kristina Karamanis Siobhan Kilcoyne Eve Madigan Danielle Pasqua Fabian Reino Samantha Sheridan Rebecca Siwicki Vendette Thomas Sharlene Turner Bonnie Underwood Jacqueline Waters Gina Wilson
Janet Landon Kim Lapolla Kathy Lyndon Luciana Machado Marisa Marquis Melissa McGovern Melissa Melchionne Jennifer Melchionne Michael Nguyen Diana Palmer Christina Parra Diane Phanos Karen Plomitallo Tami Raymer Marissa Rich Madeline Rosenbluth Mary Schoen Vicki Scott Kim Shurak Sandra Stephenson Jim Stuart Carolyn Tschinkel Lynne Weinberg
Stamford Board of Education
Toquam Magnet Elementary School
Stamford High School
Howard Levy Dorothea Mackey Ellen Steele
Julia A. Stark Elementary School
Susan Conner Lou-Ann Finch Laura Lynam Shira Mandel Debby Onorato Sarah Porco Geraldine Rio Janet Samperi Patricia Strayer Linda Tobitsch Bettina Vaccaro Maylise West Leni Wilder Cyndal Wilmot Stacey Wood
Renae Boothroyd Sarah Corsilia Melissa Courtright Mary Cummins Josephine Cuozzo Donna Haynes Monica Lloyd Maureen McLaughlin Doreen O’Leary Monica Peterson Katie Philippopoulos Jennifer Rinaldi Ann Robertson Susan Rubeck Norma Stella Marialisa Valendra
Turn of River Middle School
Theresa Circelli Typhanie Jackson Jacquelyn Simmons
Scoﬁeld Magnet Middle School
Westhill High School
Joyce Brennan Pat Brown Susan Cutolo Alyce Loesch
K.T. Murphy Elementary School
Springdale Elementary School
Stillmeadow Elementary School
Meredith Andrews Angela Asaro Carolyn Beck Janis Bender Ellen Bobka Claire Brenner Kathleen Budzelek Lisa Cammarota Ann Marie Christie Jennifer Deng Jaclyn Eberhart Helen Exias Gracie Faineli Diane Frattaroli Cara Garzancich Julie Hall Kathi Holbert Reena Jones Kathleen Kelley Jodi Nathanson Cristina Papadopol Roxanne Reidy Jennifer Ritch Julie Rizzi Iuliana Roata Dan Silva Melissa Strazza Jill Thompson Jamie Watson Mark Woodward Joe Zaremski
Brookside Elementary School
Wolfpit Elementary School
Liz Guzman Teri Scatamacchia Cathy Scinto Shawn Sullivan Lavonne Williams
Mia Allman Karen Camaratta Lisa Caporrino Jenna Chrzanowski Susan Gilroy Fawinia Henneghan Jan Jagling Dolores Kemp Alison Kesney Alma Samuel Marilyn Smith Tracey Sutton Imma Trofa Linda Walker
Nicole Carpenter Susan Cassidy Viviana Cruz Shanna Esposito Lauren Ferraris Jaime Fuller Kristen Hibbert Sean Hutchinson Lauryn Margerum Jill McDonnell Jennifer Mullin Lauren Pappalardo Kim Potochney Frank Rodriguez Maria Sosa Antoinetta Tamburro
Academy of Information Technology & Engineering
Fran Galasso Ray Milo
King & Low-Heywood Thomas School
Anne Henderson Lise Leist Ben Schwartz
Melody Barnes Kim Cassette Mary Ann Choquette Gail Clear Darlene Coppola Michelle Davis Susan Debrisco Sandy Deﬁlippis Alice Hallowell Carol Hoegemann Jaime Janda Caroline Kinahan Susan Lathrop Margaret Miller Ellynne Plotnick Marianne Robushi Jim Sapia Denise Scott Dori Walker
J.M. Wright Technical High School
Sid Abramowitz Gail Sirko Edison Sanchez
Coleytown Elementary School
Jane Gerard Stephanie Schock
Greens Farms Elementary School
Mary Ellen Barry Nicole Fieschel Lisa Lewis
St. Cecilia School
Naramake Elementary School
Allison Aymerich Joan Black Sarah Carmody Suzanne Coridan Susan Daignault Roslyn Dobey Kathleen Durkin Sandy Fisher Matt Hepfer Lori Huber Mary Ann Lockhart Dan Lucia Matina Panagiotidis Cindy Rosso Jane Rossomando
Newﬁeld Elementary School
Kim Andrade Karen Breault Marcy Briggs Katie Elumba Erin Ferrone Nancy Ann Hicks Brenda Kugeman Lesley Levenson Angela Leydon Terri Lipscomb Laurie Plavnick Genelle Rabita Dawn Reynolds Karyn Richmond Shelley Romano
Cranbury Elementary School
Marilynn Aymar Cathy Bartone Ken D’Arinzo Linda Donahue Colleen Fitzgerald Sue Masse Maria Quattrocchi Linda Skowronski John Turchick Frank Yulo
Cloonan Middle School
Roxbury Elementary School
Maureen Cacace Joseph Claps Allyson Clark Denise DiBlasi Brenda Diedrickson Joni Gaines Karen Gasparrini Naomi Goldman Donna Hughes Mia Iuso Elaine Kelemen Pat Kellogg
Ruth Haendler Sue Kelly Jim McDonald Melissa Moulketis Tom Moulketis Michelle Scott Tracey Shannonhouse Corlis Ward
Jude Baldwin Maureen Belford Sister Marie Buckley Bea Kelly Dale Malloy Mary Jane Mashe Katherine Maskowski Daria Sawkiw Sheila Teig Bonita York
Long Lots Elementary School
Jennifer Ackerman Erica Belden Beverly Garon Cecilie Schachte
Saugatuck Elementary School
Kristin Kain Wendy Montei
Davenport Ridge Elementary School
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