From the Executive Director
Author Scott Hayden once stated that “teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners and the love of bringing the first two loves together.” It is the essence of the Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) mission to offer school programs, professional development and technical assistance to help educators maximize their skill sets to ensure these loves are brought together for the benefit of all children in our region.
C.E.S. is the capacity-building partner for school districts in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut, and our goal is 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 17 districts in our catchment area comprise a public school enrollment in excess of 116,000 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 have the capacity to assist school districts with short-term or one-time projects such as enrollment studies, executive searches, special education program reviews, and any other projects that arise. Furthermore, our Professional Development Services (PDS) team is a district resource for grant coordination, interdistrict summer school programs, and 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, 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. It is critical that all school districts 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.
Executive Director, C.E.S.