• 05/22/2013 8:51 AM | Anonymous
    Be part of Connecticut’s State Network of Educators! As a member of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the Connecticut State Department of Education invites educators who have significant experience in formative assessment and deep knowledge of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to join Connecticut’s State Network of Educators and help review professional learning resources for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library.

    Smarter Balanced is committed to providing resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities for educators, so that they can tailor instruction to student needs based on information from a coherent, balanced assessment system. The heart of the formative practice resources is the Digital Library. The Digital Library is an online, user-friendly, searchable library for educators that will contain only high-quality, vetted resources. It is interactive and allows educators from member states to use and rate resources and collaborate.

    The State Network of Educators will be comprised of qualified K-12 teachers and administrators and higher education professionals with experience with the following student populations: general education, gifted and talented, English language learners, and students with disabilities.

    You are invited to be part of this opportunity where you will collaborate with educators from other Smarter Balanced states. Selected team members should be available to commit to days between September 2013 and September 2014. For more information, visit the Connecticut State Department of Education Web site ( The link to the online application will be available through Monday, June 3, 2013.

    Direct questions to Joseph Di Garbo, Connecticut’s Teacher Involvement Coordinator, at 860-713-6863 or
  • 05/22/2013 7:40 AM | Anonymous
    Dr. Shelbi Cole was our guest on May 16th for a Dine & Discuss on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Dr. Cole's PowerPoint presentations are now available on our Members-Only page.
  • 05/19/2013 8:01 PM | Anonymous
    It is clear that we need to collaborate to help us prepare our kids for this sea change (we hope) in education. There are many resources out there, and it's hard to sift through them to find the good ones. Here is a list of inexpensive memberships to sites with rich problems, as recommended by a 23-year veteran teacher and admired blogger. Hope it helps!
  • 05/19/2013 11:25 AM | Anonymous
    The world of social media is rapidly expanding to include valuable resources for educators. Here are a few tips for beginners on some of the web's most influential sites.

    Max Ray introduces Twitter far better than I can! This is from NCSM in Denver last month. 
  • 05/18/2013 10:42 PM | Anonymous
    The world of social media is rapidly expanding to include valuable resources for educators. Here are a few tips for beginners on some of the web's most influential sites.

    LinkedIn is a site for professional connections - no stories of that great dinner or your cute puppy belong here. The power of this site for professional growth is in the Groups. There you can post a comment or question, or respond to someone else's post. Some lively discussion/debate often ensues, especially in groups that span a wide range of people, like the first one on my list. You will often get an international perspective as well, since this is truly a global network. (I have a favorite connection in Northern Ireland and a new connection - a preservice teacher from Nigeria!) 

    To help you get started, here's a sample list of groups:

    Next up: Twitter!

  • 04/28/2013 7:26 PM | Anonymous

    Have your students registered yet for CAMPY on Campus at Southern Connecticut State University on May 14, 2013? The program is awesome! There is scholarship money available!

    CAMPY on Campus
    May 14, 2013
    email or call Judy Dailey at 860 443 6163
  • 04/07/2013 7:56 PM | Anonymous
    Don't miss out on your chance to hear the latest news on SBAC assessments from Dr. Shelbi Cole. 

    Space is very limited. 

  • 04/04/2013 9:23 PM | Anonymous
    We are happy to partner with CTEEA and CCSU at an upcoming STEM Conference at Central Connecticut State University.

  • 04/02/2013 10:36 AM | Anonymous
    Former ATOMIC President, Albina (Bean) Cannavaciolo has been selected as a recipient of a Gold Ring Award by the Boys & Girls Alumni. The other recipients this year are Michael Freda and Albert Carbone. The presentations will be made on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at the Foxon Country House.

    As you may know, Albina has been involved in many volunteer activities over the years, some of which include co-chairing high school and college class reunions since graduating, serving as class correspondent for both high school and college classes, serving as President of the Albertus Magnus College Alumnae Association, and Chair of the College's Annual Fund. She is currently a member of the Education Advisory Panel of Albertus Magnus College.

    She was the President of the Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut (ATOMIC) and Chairman of several statewide Mathematics Conferences. She serves as a consultant on the ATOMIC Board of Directors and has been named General Chair of its 2013 Fall Conference.

    She was the Northeast Representative on the Committee on Affiliated Groups and then Chairman of the Committee. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) for a 3-year term, during which time she also helped organize regional math conferences. She has made over 400 presentations throughout the United States and three provinces of Canada on ways to help motivate math students.

    Albina is a Past President of the Hospital of Saint Raphael Auxiliary, has been a member of its Board of Directors since 1998, and is currently a member of the committee for the 2013 Yale New Haven Hospital Golf Classic. She also serves as a member of the Ethics Panel for the Sister Anne Virginie Grimes Healthcare Center.

    The presentation dinner and ad book are the major fund-raisers of the Alumni as they help support the activities of the Boys & Girls Club.

    Congratulations, Albina!
  • 03/30/2013 7:05 AM | Anonymous
    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2013 – 

    Lorrie Quirk, a teacher from Clinton Ave School, has been selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team. More than 3,000 teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators from across the country applied, and only 200 were chosen to the highly selective Dream Team. These teachers were chosen based on their understanding of the Common Core State Standards and their ability to create high-quality, highly conceptual lessons that are easily understood by students.

    As a member of the Dream Team, Lorrie will receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco in May for TeachFest, through the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. TeachFest is an intensive professional development conference that kicks off the Dream Team experience. Based on the “hack fest” model popularized by computer programmers who spend weekends coding and trading tips, teachers will spend 3 days at TeachFest working with Common Core experts, content specialists and other Dream Team teachers to better understand the new standards and the best ways to teach them. LearnZillion provides teachers with the technology and support they need to translate their classroom expertise into screencasts, a sophisticated but simple use of the computer screen for teaching.

    After TeachFest, Dream Team teachers will capture their proven approaches and teaching methods in concise lessons that will then be made available for free to every student, teacher and parent through LearnZillion’s online platform at More than 100,000 teachers are registered for the free site as well as 1.5 million students. More than 400,000 teachers and students view LearnZillion lessons each month from hundreds of countries around the world. Throughout the process, Dream Team teachers are motivated by the concept of “scaling their impact” beyond the walls of their own classrooms and schools. By sharing their lessons online, all students and teachers can benefit from the expertise of the Dream Team teachers.

    About LearnZillion

    LearnZillion was founded by two former teachers who met at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business: Eric Westendorf and Alix Guerrier. Eric incubated LearnZillion as the Chief Academic Officer at E.L. Haynes, a top performing school in Washington D.C. After a successful test at E.L. Haynes, LearnZillion received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NewSchools Venture Fund, and the Achievement Network to seed high-quality content and develop a web-based platform.For more information, please visit or contact Director of Partnerships and Outreach, Nick Lewis, at

The ATOMIC Mission is to ensure that every Connecticut student receives world-class education in mathematics by providing vision, leadership and support to the K-16 mathematics community and by providing every teacher of mathematics the opportunity to grow professionally.

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