ctThe Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) provides ongoing strategic planning assistance to leaders in the Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) Talent and Turnaround Offices.

Our state activities consist of:

  • The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has accepted a Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) fellow to examine current teacher certification regulations, identify actual and perceived obstacles for intrastate and interstate certification requirements, and  propose recommendations for modernizing processes and determining certification requirements needed to meet the demands of the education workforce including increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce in Connecticut.
    In this year, the NCC staff will work with the LEE fellow, the CSDE Chief Talent Office, and staff within Bureau of Certification to provide technical assistance, facilitation, guidance, and certification expertise to assist the fellow and the Talent Office to analyze and develop certification recommendations to help ensure that Connecticut students have access to qualified teachers in all academic disciplines.
  • Assisting CSDE in strategic planning by providing technical assistance for the Connecticut Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators. Specifically, the NCC is assisting the CSDE in collaborating with district teams to strengthen their cultural competence and implement strategies to increase their hiring of teachers and administrators of color. Building on this work, NCC will help CSDE identify professional learning resources for a guidance document available to all districts to develop and implement plans to address priority gaps in their talent pipeline.

Our Team

  • Joseph Frey, State Liaison
  • Kathy Dunne
  • Carol Keirstead
  • Jack Schwarz
  • Susan Villani

Contact Joseph Frey, the State Liaison, for more information or support.