Equity & Inclusion Newsletter

Edition 4: December 2020

Watch our December read aloud video with your families!

This month's read aloud features a student in third grade, a member of our Equity & Inclusion Council and parent of Region 15 graduates, and a Region 15 school psychologist! The intent for this month's read aloud is to continue communicating around the importance of ever-deepening learning and inclusivity specifically when it comes to religions, and in this case, particularly our Jewish families and staff members. Jeremy's Dreidel is a compelling story about Hanukkah, playing dreidel, and people who are blind, as Jeremy's dad is in the story. We sincerely hope you share this video together as a family!

Note: This read aloud is displayed with the permission of Kar-Ben Publishing, “Jeremy's Dreidel” by Ellie Gellman, illustrated by Maria Mola. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

December Read Aloud Video: Jeremy's Dreidel

Recent Work: Elementary Spotlight

CREC Teacher Residency Program

Pending budget approval, Region 15 will be seeking 2 candidates for CREC's Teacher Residency Program for right here in our schools! What is this program? See below:

Do you hold a Bachelor's degree?

Do you demonstrate a commitment to diversity in the field of education?

Do you have experience working with marginalized populations?

The CREC Teacher Residency Program is an alternate route to elementary certification focused on increasing teachers of color across the state of Connecticut. Resident candidates will be enrolled in rigorous coursework for 18 months and serve in a paid residency position in a mentor teacher’s classroom for the school year. Residents will work in a partnering district and attend classes virtually and on-site in one of our cohort locations.

· Resident selection prioritizes potential to work with diverse students and minimizes barriers to traditional certification program admission

· Residents participate in courses for 18 months at little to no cost

· Coursework is designed by practicing educators and prioritizes skills necessary to be successful in a diverse classroom

· Residents work for one year in a partner district under a mentor teacher while receiving pay and benefits

· Residents are guaranteed a full-time teaching position in the partner district upon completion of the certification requirements

· Residents are eligible to earn CT certification after fourteen months and 90 days of successful teaching in their own classroom

Join us at one of our virtual information sessions

Reserve a spot today by clicking here: Information Session Registration Form

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Monday, January 11, 2021, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 4:30 – 5:00 pm

Monday, February 1, 2021, 3:30 – 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 8:00 – 8:30 am

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