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Professional Development Services
 

Join us for a future driven focus on Curiosity, Culture, Coaching, and Capacity Building

Professional Development Services has a continuing legacy of focusing on services that assist educators to implement best practices that meet the needs of all learners.
We have seen significant changes in the last 10 years that have created needs in areas where educators want to build their knowledge base in order to increase their effectiveness. Curriculum standards are becoming aligned and inquiry based emphasizing curiosity.  Understanding the cultural needs of a diverse student body and school community is a necessity. Embedded support through coaching has shown high levels of results for changing practice. Shrinking dollars have propelled school leaders to build internal capacity and expand leaders’ roles.
 
We see that the future of professional learning is highly dependent on providing professional learning opportunities that address essential practices that are both regional (cost effective) as well as customized in order to closely align with district goals and measured results.
 
The Professional Development Services team of experienced curriculum- and staff-development specialists is committed to supporting a wide range of professional learning needs and interests through a variety of professional development formats. The very nature of our mission means that, as an agency department, we are constantly changing and updating to put the best of educational research into action. Our professional development team includes onsite staff as well as a highly respected group of consultants from both within as well as outside Connecticut. Together we believe we are here to serve.

 

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Area superintendents gather to share wisdom

School superintendents from around the C.E.S. region were here Sept. 20, 2019, for a program that is held every fall to welcome participants in the New Administrator Induction program sponsored by the Leadership Institute at C.E.S. The program participants, who are new to their roles as school administrators this year, had the opportunity to hear superintendents share their knowledge about being an educational leader. During the year, they will meet several times for workshops organized by C.E.S. Professional Development Services that cover a range of topics they will deal with as administrators. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a Year 2 program after this year. ... Click here to learn more about Professional Development Services opportunities.
From left, C.E.S. Director of Special Education Dr. Michael McGrath, C.E.S. Associate Executive Director Christopher La Belle

From left, C.E.S. Director of Special Education Dr. Michael McGrath, C.E.S. Associate Executive Director Christopher La Belle, and Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi.

Ken Saranich (left), a new assistant superintendent in Shelton, talks to Monroe Superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary.

Ken Saranich (left), a new assistant superintendent in Shelton, talks to Monroe Superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary.

Kirsten Grady and Dan Katz are new Program Administrators at C.E.S.

Kirsten Grady and Dan Katz are new Program Administrators at C.E.S.

Linda Hartzer (left) talks to Arlette Johnson, a new assistant principal at Franklin Elementary in Stratford.

Linda Hartzer (left) talks to Arlette Johnson, a new assistant principal at Franklin Elementary in Stratford.

Esther Bobowick (left) is director of Professional Development Services at C.E.S. Ginger Vail (right) is the new assistant pr

Esther Bobowick (left) is director of Professional Development Services at C.E.S. Ginger Vail (right) is a new assistant principal at the C.E.S. magnet school in Bridgeport, Six to Six.

Samantha Rosenberg is the STEM Coordinator K-6 in Stratford.
Samantha Rosenberg is STEM Coordinator K-6 in Stratford.
Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi

Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi

A team of administrators from Stratford

A team of administrators from Stratford

A table of C.E.S. administrators

A table of C.E.S. administrators

C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais

C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais welcomes the group at the start of the program.

Linda Hartzer

Linda Hartzer is one of the leaders of the New Administrator Induction program sponsored by the Leadership Institute at C.E.S.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

New administrators introduced themselves at the beginning of the program.

From left, New Canaan Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi, C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais, and Monroe Superintenden

From left, New Canaan Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi, C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais, and Monroe Superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary.

Stratford Superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson

Stratford Superintendent Dr. Janet Robinson shares knowledge about school leadership

Linda Hartzer leads the panel of superintendents

Linda Hartzer leads the panel of superintendents

Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi

Trumbull Superintendent Dr. Gary Cialfi

Monroe Superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary

Monroe Superintendent Dr. Jack Zamary.

C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais

C.E.S. Executive Director Dr. Charles Dumais

Stamford Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero.

Stamford Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero.

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Mentor Training / Sept. 18, 2019

Linda Hartzer and Lyn Nevins led a workshop Sept. 18, 2019, for mentors who participate in the New Administrator Induction program sponsored by the Leadership Institute at C.E.S. These mentors meet twice a year for workshops and help their colleagues who are in the New Administrator program navigate the first year of being a school leader. On Sept. 20, those first-year administrators will meet at C.E.S. for a welcome breakfast with school superintendents from the C.E.S. region. The current superintendents share their wisdom about school leadership and answer any questions that the program participants may have.
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
Workshop participants
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Administrator Aspirant begins / Aug. 19, 2019

The 2019 Administrator Aspirant program kicked off this morning with nearly two dozen educators here for the first of four seminars that are held throughout the school year to complement additional days of mentoring and job-shadowing with current school administrators. Facilitating the program again this year are Linda Hartzer, a veteran school administrator in Connecticut, and Gary Kass, the HR Director for New Canaan schools. Good luck to all of the participants!
For more information about programs offered by the C.E.S. Professional Development Services department, visit www.ces.k12.ct.us/pds.
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Mindfulness Practices / July 8, 2019

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy led a Mindfulness Practices workshop for educators that was funded by the generous C.E.S. Foundation and held for the second summer in a row following last year’s popular and helpful event. … Dr. Rivers Murphy, a consultant and educational leader, talked about the importance of compassion in school communities and mindful practices that can help educators stay focused on helping students flourish. Everyone who attended received a copy of Dr. Rivers Murphy’s book, “Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart-Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish.”
Workshop attendees

Educators at the Mindfulness Practices workshop on July 8, 2019.

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaks at workshop

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaks to educators at the Mindfulness Practices workshop on July 8, 2019.

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaking

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaks to educators at the Mindfulness Practices workshop on July 8, 2019.

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaking

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaks to educators at the Mindfulness Practices workshop on July 8, 2019.

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaking

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy speaks to educators at the Mindfulness Practices workshop on July 8, 2019.

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy (right) with C.E.S. PDS Director Esther Bobowick (center) and PDS Administrative Assistant Audrey B

Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy (right) with C.E.S. PDS Director Esther Bobowick (center) and PDS Administrative Assistant Audrey Barbarotta (left).

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Illustrative Math / May 30, 2019

Teachers, coaches and administrators filled two of the training rooms at C.E.S. for the second day of an Illustrative Math program. One room was filled with Norwalk educators while the other represented districts from around the region. The program featured the Illustrative Math curriculum for Grades 6-8 being unpacked as teachers began their understanding of the routines, student expectations, teacher roles, creating norms, and lesson planning. The program was overseen by Erin Barlow, a Math Instructional Specialist in the Professional Development Services department at C.E.S. 
Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Math problems written on paper

An illustration used during the Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

Educators attending an Illustrative Math workshop at C.E.S.

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PBIS Training Graduation / May 30, 2019

Dr. Christine Peck (at left), a psychologist in the C.E.S. Special Education division and PBIS trainer endorsed by the Northeast Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Network, poses with a group of educators who completed a 3-year PBIS training program. The graduating educators are from Stepney Elementary in Monroe and Whitney Elementary in Stratford.
The 3-year team training process allows schools to build lasting, flexible structures to address changing needs. The participating teams increase their capacity to select and monitor practices, effectively use data as a guide for decision-making and build multi-tiered systems of support for all students, staff and families in the school community.
Dr. Christine Peck of C.E.S. (at left) with PBIS Training graduates on May 30, 2019.

Dr. Christine Peck of C.E.S. (at left) with PBIS Training graduates on May 30, 2019.

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Minority Teacher Recruitment / May 21, 2019

The Professional Development Services department hosted a Minority Teacher Recruitment meeting May 21, 2019, with administrators and HR personnel from school districts in our region. In addition to a panel of minority educators who spoke about their experiences, the meeting was attended by George Coleman, the former state Department of Education commissioner who is now a C.E.S. consultant; Kim Wachtelhausen of the DOE Talent Office; and Esther Bobowick, director of the PDS department at C.E.S. The goal of the program is to help school districts build quality plans for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.
Panelists talking

Panelists during the Minority Teacher Recruitment workshop held at C.E.S. on May 21, 2019.

Kim Wachtelhausen of the state Department of Education Talent Office 

Kim Wachtelhausen of the state Department of Education Talent Office 

Group of people in meeting

Administrators and HR personnel from school districts in the C.E.S. region attended the workshop.

Esther Bobowick

Esther Bobowick, director of Professional Development Services at C.E.S., speaks to the group gathered for an MTR workshop.

George Coleman

George Coleman, the former state Department of Education commissioner who is now a C.E.S. consultant, was one of the speakers at the MTR workshop.

Group of people in meeting

Administrators and HR personnel from school districts in the C.E.S. region attended the workshop.

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Director of PDS Esther Bobowick
Esther Bobowick
Director of Professional
Development Services
203-365-8850
bobowice@ces.k12.ct.us
 
 
 

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