FALL CONFERENCE 2014 ON COMMON CORE AND CONNECTICUT:  WHAT'S NEXT?
Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
Woodbridge, Connecticut
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9am - 12:30pm
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WATCH IT HERE AT LINKS BELOW
Editing of video done - below links to online version of FALL CONFERENCE 2014:  COMMON CORE:  WHAT'S NEXT?

A video of the LWVCT Fall Conference 2014, “Common Core and Connecticut:  What’s Next?,” can be watched via the links provided below.  The video is presented in two formats.  Windows Media Player format (.wmv) is recommended for Windows users, and is best viewed via Internet Explorer, which will automatically open Windows Media Player and begin playback without waiting for the entire file to download.  MP4 format (.mp4) is recommended for Apple users.  Depending on the software that is being used, playback may not begin until the entire file has downloaded, which may take several minutes or more depending on the speed of your Internet connection.  It will be possible to scroll to arbitrary points within the program once the entire file has downloaded.

Windows Media Player format:    http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVCT10-25-14.wmv   (2 hours 28 minutes 35 seconds; 367 megaBytes)

 

MP4 format:    http://www.lwvweston.org/LWVCT10-25-14.mp4   (2 hours 28 minutes 35 seconds; 643 megaBytes)

 

 


 

BRAVO TO JCC OF GREATER NEW HAVEN LOUDSPEAKERS/SOUND SYSTEM!  NO PROBLEMS WITH MICROPHONES!!!



Excellent breakfast spread!  Congrats, LWVCT Fall Conference Committee!
It was a beautiful day in early fall, and LWVCT Fall Conference was all about education this year!  Specifically, "Common Core" and the terms of its implementation, stakeholder buy-in and public awareness of what this could mean in Connecticut.  Links on this page from an Internet search, not those links provided in the excellent printed program for Fall Conference...


The answer to entry level students of the subject here...



2014 Topic
LWVCT Fall Conference always explores a subject of specific interest to Leagues in Connecticut, and the roll-out of "Common Core" was inspiration, during Q&A, for a suggestion that our state consider a new way to pay for education - rather than having 169 ways of doing this task.



PANEL: Moderator getting unpacked, prior to being introduced, as Co-President opens the event announcing location of rest rooms, warning about turning off cell phones.
The State Department of Education was represented ably by Stephen Armstrong, Curriculum Specialist (l).  He was outnumbered but gamely contributed and made a case for changes to Common Core already made to accommodate districts and especially interpretations of what would be demanded of teachers.  He is a former Social Studies teacher now employed by the S.D.A.



Who spoke up for "Common Core?" 
The Superintendent of East Hartford public schools Nathan Quesnel, who Co-Chairs. the Educators' Common Core Implementation Task Force.  After decrying using education lingo, etc. he proceeded to show a power point presentation, one slide below illustrating where the most stressed school districts and schools are - at least, those being helped by grants strengthening alternative ways to organize school governance.  How are these changes in methods working?  Stay tuned!



Common Core Task Force
Superintendent Quesnel was an excellent speaker, providing insight into the difficulties of meeting the needs of students in districts where educational success is not the norm at home.  He is an enthusiastic supporter of current efforts to make Common Core and the task force recommendations succeed thru use of Federal funds and programs (as we heard it).




Had we mentioned that this conference was about implementation of Common Core in CT?
Who are those engaged in trying to do this?  There are 1)administrators, 2)teachers unions, 3)Boards of Education, 4)parents and 5)boards of finance in 169 towns...not to mention kids.  Right out of the starting gate, someone asked, during question time, whether the problem was the property tax, since everyone on the panel agreed that the issue is all about the gap between poor cities and rich suburbs (our words)?
But we digress...and something tells me the Property Tax might be a topic for a future Fall Conference!




Not shown here, the modest Weston League sat in the back, taking copious notes!  And I'll bet the first question may have came from their table, too!!! 

A familiar face to Westonites (l)!  And LWV of Weston had 5 members present - not bad for a small League on a nice Saturday;  Woodbridge (45 minute drive) near New Haven.
Dr. Tom Scarice, who was Assistant Superintendent in Weston before moving up to his present position as Superintendent of the excellent Madison CT schools, was brilliant in his critique of Common Core.




Dr. Anne Dichele

Reality
A breath of fresh air, educator of teachers, Dr. Anne Dichele of Quinnipiac University, remarked that the teaching profession was losing half its graduates after 5 years on the job - one might ask if this is "burn out" of those disillusioned by the profession.  And as a matter of fact, Connecticut does not, or may not, treat its teachers with the respect they deserve - and we could go on, but you'll have to wait for the video to catch all of this!


 MORE...
This event will be produced as a long video including Q&A. with links from the LWVCT website.  For use as a teaching tool, DVDs will be produced which can be used to focus on specific sections of the program. 



Stephen Armstrong
Our final speaker, Stephen Armstrong, as we mentioned, was outnumbered but game to the end!  He gave me confidence that we would work things out...and inquired if men could join the League, because he wanted to join!

STAY TUNED FOR THE VIDEO!!!




Note: link not to official LWV of Weston website, but provides unofficial background.


ENTRY LEVEL QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE: 



COMMON CORE PANEL TAKES A CHANGE IN TONE...PERHAPS?  BRING YOUR EDUCATION LINGO DICTIONARY!!!

It was with some surprise that we note the change in individual speakers and number of same - but the newest panel member is none other than our well thought-of former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, who spearheaded work with Columbia University Teachers' College and the Weston Public Schools!!!.




Hartford Courant report in full:   http://www.courant.com/hc-peter-j-lewandowskis-letter-in-response-to-vincent-loffredos-inquiry-20141124-story.html

The C.E.A. Building is across the street from the Capitol...

Outgoing Senate President heads to a teachers union - must "sit out" for a year before he can lobby - like a basketball transfer from another D1 team...see rules.
Hartford Courant report in full:  http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-don-williams-cea-1125-20141124-story.html




New York Times article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/states-listen-as-parents-give-rampant-testing-an-f.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0