Staff Update

EASTCONN Adult Programs

April 27- May 2, 2015

1. I-BEST Class Rocks!

Shelly Leduke shared the following about her I-BEST class: While I was proctoring the MOS test in the big lab today, the rest of the class was in Room 10 doing their work. When the test was over, I went into Room 10 and found that (below), projected on the ENO board!

Isn't this just what we want to see all of our student achieve? What a great example of students taking responsibility for their own education! Kudos for the students!

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2. Student Surveys

It's very exciting to share a quick summary of the results of our student survey, which were very positive! What this tells us is that the students with us now are generally satisfied with our services. One of our next steps is to reach out to students who have stopped out. What can we do differently to retain them and support them in reaching their goals? This past Friday I listened to a team of Community College students share what has helped them in their success at the colleges. They were "our" students as they all attended remedial classes first. What was consistent and shared over and over again? When a staff member cared about their students- through positive remarks and going the extra mile to offer extra/alternative academic support- that's what made the difference of staying or quitting when things got tough. See the results of our survey below:

95.8% agree/strongly agree — The teacher treats students with respect.

95.8% agree/strongly agree — My teacher explains things clearly.

91.7% agree/strongly agree — I look forward to going to this class

90.8% agree/strongly agree — I know what I need to do to improve my work in this class.

89.6% agree/strongly agree – I feel comfortable asking my teacher for extra help.

88% agree/strongly agree —I am learning things that will help me in the workplace.

85.1% agree/strongly agree — My teacher challenges me to think.

79.3 agree/strongly agree — my teacher encourages me to succeed outside of class.

Congratulations Team!

3. Free Smoke Alarms- please share

Don W. Skewes, Coordinator of Security and Investigations for EASTCONN, shared the following information:

The American Red Cross and its community partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Campaign.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

Our Red Cross teams are ready to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information. You do not need to own your home to be eligible. If you need smoke alarms and fire preparedness information, request a visit at

The presence of working smoke alarms in your home could cut the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half. Fire takes everything. It takes security. It takes safety, dignity and routine. Help the Red Cross give back what fire takes - the items that provide safety and comfort. You can also give a gift that enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.

* * * Please share this information with your students. Unfortunately, we have witnessed on several occasions, some of our own students experiencing tragic losses due to fire. * * *

4. Math for Science and Social Studies- May 1, 2015

As you know, Connecticut has adopted the College and Career Readiness Standards to be integrated into our adult education curriculum. Register now for the last workshop in the College and Career Readiness Workshop Series: Math for Science and Social Studies on May 1, 2015 in CREC-Coltsville from 9:00am–1:00 pm.

Register at:

Just as students draw on their literacy skills to understand science and social studies matter, students need numeracy skills to interpret science and social studies material. During this session, teachers can expect to experience activities they can use in classes. These activities will help students access non-textual information and reason from data.

According to the GED Testing Service, the GED® Science Test features questions that are based on science-related passages, graphs, tables, charts, and diagrams. More than half of the science test may include visuals, which means a test taker may spend as much time studying a chart or graph as they will reading a question.

Additionally, the GED® Social Studies Test includes approximately 50 percent of test items that are based on scenarios in which a single stimulus (textual, graphic or a combination of both) serves to inform two or three items.

5. New staff member at CLC

Please welcome Deborah Kopetz! Deb will be joining us starting 4/27 as our new CLC secretary. She comes to us with a wealth of experience and is eager to join our staff.

6. Health Risk Assessment from EASTCONN's HR

Complete the confidential, online Health Risk Assessment (HRA) by Friday May 1st

to be entered into a raffle taking place at each site for:



A health risk assessment (HRA) is a confidential health questionnaire, to provide individuals with feedback on their level of health. The HRA can be used to motivate behavior change in an effort to reduce health risks. Register and take your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) on our employee wellness portal at

7. Copy Center Information

There is no one covering in the copy center for this week. If you have a job that needs to get done, it will not be done until staff returns. Also note that a two week time frame, start to finish, should be kept in mind when using the copy center. Please plan accordingly.

8. Reminder- Bring a friend to CLC

On Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 29th, for all CLC classes all day, it's bring a friend to class with you. The student and friend will be eligible for prizes. Please share this with your students and encourage them to bring a friend . . . or two!

9. Plainfield Covered Bridge

Thanks to Diane Smith-Sanders for her photo contribution used as this week's background. She reports that this is taken in Plainfield. Diane has taken the challenge- please forward your photos!

10. Hourly Staff

It's your week. Please be sure to have your hours posted in Time Clock Plus by Thursday evening. Thanks for your help in making sure we are reporting hours accurately and on time.

May is upon us! Hurrah for warmer weather. Have a good week.