From the Executive Director
Nelson Mandela, the late President of South Africa, once stated that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In these trying times throughout the world, it is imperative that we provide the resources and structures to enhance the quality of education for our youth to ensure an improved future for all. At Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), we offer the school programs, professional development, and technical assistance to help students and educators maximize their skill sets to ensure a brighter future.
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 17 districts in our catchment area comprise a public school enrollment in excess of 117,500 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, special education audits, 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, 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.