A Message from Dr. Evan Pitkoff...
In the book, The Zen of Teaching, author Dane R. Pascoe wrote, "We don't teach flowers to bloom; we ensure that they have the best conditions in which to do so." At Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), we offer the programs, professional development and technical assistance to create the optimal environments to help both birth - age 21 students and adult learners excel.
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 117,000 students.
We fulfill our mission 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 audiological 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 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 interdistrict magnet schools (Six to Six Magnet 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.