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Professional Development Services
 
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 see that the future of professional learning is highly dependent on the ability to connect learning technologies with lifelong learning in the 21st Century. We believe the national standards from Learning Forward offer us the opportunity to direct standards-based adult learning toward key district goals. With many national, state and local initiatives being launched, we are able to assist districts with planning for effective implementation and solid outcomes.
 
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.
 
 
 

Workshop Photo Galleries

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).

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.

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.

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.

Director of PDS Esther Bobowick
Esther Bobowick
Director of Professional
Development Services
203-365-8850
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