MDE Clinic (Multidisciplinary Examinations)
The Polaris Center has been providing multidisciplinary examinations (MDE) of children entering DCF care since 2005. These services include medical examinations, mental health assessments, developmental assessments, educational assessments, and dental screenings.
Performance Task Rubric Development
Support for educators in developing reliable and valid performance-based measures of student achievement.
Data-Driven Decision Making and Data Team Facilitation
Data teams provide a structure for analyzing data in order to inform decisions regarding instruction and impact on student achievement. CREC's knowledgeable staff provide training, coaching, and data team facilitation.
Staff work with teachers and curriculum coordinators in K-12 to ensure a strong alignment between curriculum and the state math frameworks.
Using Data in a Changing Landscape
This training explores how the practice of data teams/data-driven decision making and the setting of SMART goals for student performance intersects with the requirements of the new teacher evaluation model and the new state accountability system.
Student Learning Objectives Audit
CREC can assist districts in reviewing student learning objectives, to ensure they result in fair and valid evaluations of student performance and teacher efficacy.
Assessment Data Collection and Analysis
CREC offers a wide range of support for analyzing assessment data, using a variety of technological platforms and data analysis techniques to help ground decision-making in evidence and data.
Professional, trained bus monitors ensure the safety of students to and from school. Bus monitors available to districts for special accommodations.
Smarter Balanced Digital Library Consortium
CREC is seeking districts interested in developing a regional consortium to learn collaboratively about Smarter Balanced formative assessment tools.
Online Assessment Readiness
CREC has developed a set of consulting services to address critical needs in the areas of technology readiness, including district- and building-level infrastructure audits, student preparation, teacher and proctor supports, and digital assessment design.
Effective Instructional Strategies
Specialists provide on-site professional development programs, facilitate professional learning communities, analyze data, select appropriate strategies, and provide coaching support in classroom/planning sessions with teachers in order to support high-quality education.
Comprehensive Educational Evaluations
Soundbridge offers full-scale educational assessments of children with hearing loss. These assessments are performed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists with expertise in education of the hearing impaired.
Connecticut Core Standards Workshops
Professional development workshops and coaching to assist districts with transitioning to the Connecticut Core Standards as the foundation for curriculum, assessment, rubrics, and instruction.
Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning
A model evaluation system aligned to the CT Guidelines for Educator Evaluation (core requirements), adopted by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council, to inform implementation of teacher/administrator evaluation and support systems.
Van Transportation Services
Well-trained CREC van drivers, trained by a DMV certified safety instructor, are available to provide transportation in newer-model vans.