A Message from Dr. Evan Pitkoff...
The famous American author and poet, Maya Angelou, once stated, "when you know better, you do better." Our goal at Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) is to develop and provide resources and support to help educators, parents and students to "know better" so they can "do better" in their lifelong learning pursuits.
C.E.S. is the capacity-building partner for school districts in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut to provide their educators and leaders with the cutting edge training to best prepare students for the 21st century. Our leadership team, educational specialists and consultants provide the guidance, instruction and technical assistance to further enhance the capacity of school districts to meet their continuous improvement goals in a changing world. The seventeen districts in our catchment area comprise a public school enrollment in excess of 115,000 students.
We fulfill our mission statement, "to identify and provide quality educational opportunities for educators, students, families and communities," by providing a myriad of high quality services to member districts that would be more costly for them to procure on their own. Examples include special educational transportation and audio-logical services. Likewise, we can provide the capacity to assist school districts with short-term or one-time projects such as enrollment studies, executive searches and any other projects that may arise. Furthermore, our Professional Development Services (PDS) team is a district resource for grant coordination, inter-district summer school programs, specialized staff development to reach district goals and training to meet the requirements of state and federal educational initiatives.
C.E.S. also serves as a model for direct educational programs via our School Readiness program, extensive Special Education and related services programs, remedial and enrichment summer programs and our inter-district magnet schools (Six to Six/Thurgood Marshall K-8 school and the Regional Center for the Arts). All told, we have more than a thousand students from the region attending our specialized C.E.S. school programs.
C.E.S. is well regarded throughout the state for its high quality programs and professional development services. Now, more than ever, it is critical that all school districts take action to build internal capacity, find cost efficiencies and maximize the impact of every dollar spent to support student growth and achievement. C.E.S. is the "go to" resource to help area districts achieve these goals.
Evan Pitkoff, Ed.D.