Gaining Greater Educational Skills and Increasing School Effectiveness

The ACES Professional Development & School Improvement (PD/SI) Department works with our member districts to improve teaching and learning by delivering high quality programs, services, and resources. ACES PD/SI is committed to delivering tailored responses to meet the most pressing needs of schools. Below is a brief description of the wide array of offerings available.

CURRENT TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR WORKSHOPS

Acquire New Educational Skills and Career Advancements

ACES offers a long list of courses for teachers and administrators to acquire new skills or advance in the education profession. Regional and local courses are offered in: specific subject areas, instructional practices, and technology skills. For more information, please contact Mary Lou Woods, 203-407-4403, or mwoods@aces.org.

 ACES OFFERS TWO ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

The Alternate Route to Certification for Teachers of English Language Learners
(ARCTELL) is an innovative program developed for the Connecticut State Department of Education, approved by the Department of Higher Education, and administered by Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) to attract talented, successful Connecticut teachers to new teaching careers as TESOL or Bilingual teachers.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

Gain Technical Expertise to Enhance School Success
ACES provides a staff of experienced educators to tailor technical assistance to the specific needs of schools and districts. ACES Educational Specialists offers expertise in a variety of specialties including: curriculum development, instructional strategies, technology integration, data analysis, assessment, facilitation of district planning processes and more.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Develop Leaders and Continuous Improvement Practices

ACES provides training for educators in the most current and effective leadership practices and processes related to continuous improvement in the areas of teaching-learning, capacity building, community building and policy management. CT Education Policy Fellowship Program.

CURRICULUM COUNCILS

Explore Best Practices
ACES facilitates regional and content specific curriculum councils. District leaders and department heads in Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Technology, as well as Principals, convene to share needs and explore best practices throughout the school year.

CURRICULUM CONSORTIUM

ACES PDSI offers a suite of services to build district capacity for transitioning to full implementation of the Core Standards and provide the most up-to-date information about developments regarding the Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

INTERDISTRICT COOPERATIVE GRANT PROGRAMS

Address Issues of Ethnic and Economic Isolation

ACES collaborates with member districts to plan, write, and implement programs to address issues of racial/ethnic and economic isolation through Connecticut’s Interdistrict Cooperative Grant Programs.

EDUCATOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Attract and Retain Top Educators

ACES works with a range of partners to attract, certify and retain the best and the brightest to the education field. We coordinate the Teacher Education and Mentor (TEAM) program and we offer training and test preparation support for educator licensure requirements.

CONFERENCES

ACES will Plan, Manage and Host

ACES can plan, organize and manage your conference in our state-of-the-art conference rooms. Our facilities accommodate up to eighty participants and include food services, audio visual equipment, and the latest in computer and projection technology. Computer labs are also available.For more information, please contact Mary Lou Woods, 203-407-4403, or mwoods@aces.org.