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Monday, December 21, 2015

Goodbye to a Leader at LEARN

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One of the great things about LEARN is that our employees stay here for a long time. In many cases, they choose to live out their careers here because of our mission and the people we serve. Over the past few months, there have been a few people that have retired from LEARN that we would like to specifically recognize. Linda Dadona, Principal of CTRA. Paul Carolan, Principal of RMMS. Julie Leis, Developmental Educator. Patricia “Pip” Fritzsche and Linda Spencer, both Developmental...

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Assistant Director Enjoying First Few Weeks

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Dr. Tina Mannarino, Assistant Director of Young Children and Families is getting settled with LEARN after officially being with the company for 2 weeks. She was appointed to the position on November 19th and started on November 30th. She takes on a role which has recently been moved into the Student Support Services division at LEARN. Mannarino has experience that helps in her new role, including serving as the Supervisor of Early Childhood Education for New Haven Public Schools since 2003. She...

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Big Win for Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School

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On Saturday, November 14th, two Lego Robotics teams from Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School placed first in their specific team projects categories and moved onto the next round of the competition. The annual “Bash @ The Beach” regional Lego Robotics competition was held at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and had eighteen teams all competing for the honor to advance to the statewide championships held in December. Fini McGlinchy has been the Robotics coach since the team was formed...

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

CT River Academy - Committed to Serving the Community

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A huge Shout Out! To Kiley Testa and CT River Academy Students for choosing Coram Deo Recovery – Sarah’s House – for your summer community service project. In July, approximately forty students and staff built a community garden and painted a fence for the Coram Deo Recovery organization. The project took about three hours and the work that was done was beautiful! Far beyond the garden and fence was the bridge that was built between the two organizations. CT River Academy...

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Magnet High School “Awesome-ness”!

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As the LEARN Student Recruitment and Marketing Specialist I spend time working with our magnet school principals and staff on student recruitment and marketing.  Across the agency I cover a plethora of events, classroom activities, staff stories, workshops, and meetings.  As part of our magnet school recruiting process, we host information sessions and tours allowing for an inside look at our magnet schools, their themes and their “awesome-ness”. 

My colleagues and I in the Development Department have been called upon to lay the groundwork for LEARN magnet schools. Did you know Three Rivers Middle College opened summer of 2012 in just six weeks?  Doreen Marvin, Development Director announced to our team we had six weeks to collaborate with Three Rivers Community College and open the first middle college model in southeastern Connecticut with thirty students (by the way we did it! ). We held information sessions for Marine Science Magnet School and The Friendship School in libraries or town facilities before our schools were even built.  Our development team continues to be called upon to help with guided tours and school orientations.  Whatever the need, we answer the call to action, leave “the hill” and report directly to our school or program to support the request. This is one of the favorite parts of my job, being where the action is, and I am always blown away by the amazing stories I observe and experience.  It is with this lens, I created LEARN Stories Worth Sharing.  It was and is my intention to share the “awesome-ness” I am fortunate enough to observe with all of you throughout the agency.

This week I was called upon to cover our three LEARN high school graduations.  The first ceremony was Tuesday morning at Three Rivers Middle College.  The Connecticut River Academy graduation was that same evening on the Goodwin College campus, and the final high school graduation was held Wednesday night on the campus of UCONN Avery Point for Marine Science Magnet High School.  There is something pretty neat about having discussed magnet school options with a family just two or four years ago (which feels like yesterday) and then, “Poof,  four years later the student is walking across the stage accepting their high school diploma. And talk about walking across the stage, the high school magnet school students walk tall.  They carry themselves with confidence, they walk with a purpose and they speak and present as if they have been doing it their whole life.  LEARN magnet high school graduates are simply impressive!

My goal of sharing this LEARN Story is to bring the three stories together and showcase the LEARN’s high school “magnetism.”  Our LEARN Executive Director, Dr. Eileen S. Howley attended each of the ceremonies and accompanied the principals during the awarding of the diplomas.  Dr. Howley welcomed all guests and tailored her presentation to each school community.  At Marine Science Magnet High School Doctor Howley said, “Members of the Class of 2015, I am proud to join your principal Dr. Spera in presenting you the class of 2015 to this assembly.  Tonight, first and foremost is really a celebration of your accomplishments. It is my personal honor and privilege to confirm that you have successfully  achieved all of the standards and expectations required to achieve a Marine Science Magnet High School diploma.  Congratulations!”

The LEARN high school graduation ceremonies all demonstrated the LEARN Core Values: Student Success, Diversity, Integrity, Service, Communication, Innovation, Relationships, and Creativity.   The school Principals led the ceremonies with precision and grace.  It was clear to me that they, along with their staff, put their heart into preparing for these memorable culminating events. Each LEARN magnet school Principal expressed praise and gratitude for their staff, the supporting families and graduating seniors.  A comfortable feeling and strong sense of community were palpable at each ceremony. All the graduation ceremonies had moments of inspiration -  talented performances,  inspiring student speeches - which at times brought tears to my eyes and goose bumps of awe.  To share these stories, I have created a slide show of my favorite photos. I hope this slide show visually demonstrates for you the LEARN Magnet High School Graduation “Awesome-ness”! Click here to view the 5 minute video. 

Warmly,

Cindy 

Cindy Hersom
LEARN's Student Recruitment & Marketing Specialist
chersom@learn.k12.ct.us

 


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Gov. Malloy Selects Dr. Dianna Wentzell as Commissioner of The Department of Education

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he is selecting Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell to serve as Commissioner of the State Department of Education. Dr. Wentzell, a former teacher with over 25 years of experience as an educator in Connecticut, has been serving as the department's Interim Commissioner since January.

Read the full press release here.

 


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tectonic Fury at LEARN

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From mines and minerals to earthquakes and volcanoes, 15 educators from around the state participated in a JASON Learning professional development workshop in the geology learning module, Tectonic Fury at LEARN on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

In the featured photograph, teachers explore convection and plate movement, trying to simulate divergent, convergent, and transform boundaries, using cooking oil, a heat source, spices, and small foam pieces. JASON Learning is a non-profit organization that connects students, in the classroom and out, to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Thanks to the Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development, public school educators in CT have free online access to  JASON’s digital platform, host to a wide array of standards-based lessons, digital simulations, videos, and other educational resources focused on STEM and role model Scientists through 2017.  Visit http://www.jason.org/roll-outs/ct-statewide to sign up for a free account!

Article submitted by: Amy O'Neal Regional Director of Eductional partnerships at the Mystic Aquarium Ocean Exploration Center.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Bee Magnet Showcase was a great success.  Check out the video highlights of the event by clicking here.  

Bee Magnet Showcase Video

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The Bee Magnet Showcase was a great success.  To view a short video highlight of the event click here.


Friday, March 20, 2015


Monday, March 16, 2015

Staff and Parents from Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School attended Sheff Advocacy Day

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On Thursday, March 12, 2015, representatives from Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School in East Hartford, CT, attended an organized Sheff Advocacy Day at the Legislative Office Building.  The morning began with a formal program which was organized by John Humphries from Sheff Movement Coalition.  Mr. Humphries prepped the group on how to approach legislators and advocate on behalf of magnet schools.  Participants were given a folder of information, starter/opening questions, and then were pointed in the right direction for their respective representatives.

The group discussed the impact and importance of magnet schools and the diversity, opportunities, and connections that are a large part of the school culture.  Family engagement and efforts to connect with families from different communities was also discussed.  The legislative aides were pleased to hear that Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School has held family activities in different communities including Hartford.  Staff and parents were able to attend this advocacy day together and speak on behalf of the programs offered at Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School.

Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, a Reggio
Emilia-inspired program for students in pre-kindergarten through grade3, is a collaborative effort between Goodwin College and LEARN.  The curriculum is aligned with Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards as well as the Common Core.  Developmental domains include: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy and Mathematics.  Units of study follow the project-based approach in which children’s interests are taken into account and long-term studies evolve, encompassing social studies, science, technology, literacy and mathematical skills.

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