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A Look Back and Forward

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Several days ago, Jen Alexander announced that after eight years of service at ConnCAN, she’ll be stepping down later this year.  As ConnCAN’s founding CEO, I was fortunate to work with Jen when she first joined the team as our Research and Policy Director, and I was excited and proud…

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Thank You, Jen

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For eight years, Jen Alexander has served as a guiding light for me and countless others through her tireless leadership taking on the big education issues of the day. Yesterday, she shared the news that this year will be her last at the helm of ConnCAN. While we still have some time left before having to say a formal goodbye, I thought it would be fitting to share a few moments from her many years leading the way forward.

Ideas have always been at the center of Jen’s work as an advocate. It’s fitting then that she first joined ConnCAN as the leader of our policy and research work, bringing new depth to our efforts. She pioneered projects like our Teacher & Administrator Contract Database, which is now visited more than 20,000 times a year, and the Field Guide to Education in Connecticut, which has reached more than 10,000 readers across the state. Her report “Measuring Teacher Effectiveness” won the PIE Network research report of the year and paved the way for the policy reforms that followed.

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A Year of Transitions

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2018 will be a critical year for our state. We will be electing a new governor and legislature, taking us into a new era to solve our state’s most pressing problems. After a lot of reflection, I have decided that it is also the right year for me to make…

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A Seat at the Table

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I’ve worked in the education reform space for over a decade, so ensuring that all of Connecticut’s kids have access to a quality education is important to me.  Quality education is not only a civil right, but it is also how we advance as a country, a society, and within…

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Understanding the Smarter Balanced Assessment

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The SBAC annual assessment provides one important measurement of whether Connecticut’s children are on track to be college and career ready. Understanding these results is a critical step in holding our state’s education system accountable for ensuring that all children have access to an excellent education. To assist in this…

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A Journey Through Advocacy

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Today, I am extremely honored to announce that I have been elected to the Bridgeport Board of Education. I am eager for the opportunity to represent all parents and students in Bridgeport, and I hope to be an advocate for our community as we move the district forward. In Bridgeport,…

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Funding Equality in Public Education

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Widespread consensus exists that Connecticut’s method for funding public schools is arbitrary and dysfunctional. We are one of only four states that has not used a formula for determining school funding, and our achievement gaps are among the worst in the United States. Last year’s landmark CCJEF v. Rell ruling…

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Let’s lift our kids up, not hold them back

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On August 28th, my colleagues and I stood outside Booker T. Washington Academy waiting for those familiar yellow school buses to arrive. As each bus opened its doors, new and familiar children  began to file out, some smiling with excitement, others timid with uncertainty. No matter what their hesitations are,…

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The Importance of Early Childhood Education In Eliminating Opportunity Gaps Christie Huck, City Garden Montessori School

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In April, ConnCAN released its Early Childhood Report, “Lessons from the Field.” The report highlighted early childhood providers with proven track records of success from across the country. We asked each of the providers to pen blog posts for us on various topics. The following post was written by Christie Huck,…

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