Fellow Spotlight

Shawn McClory, Manchester High School, Manchester Public Schools


Shawn McClory teaches statistics, geometry and AP Statistics at Manchester High School. Stepping into some new leadership roles, Shawn is hosting a UConn master’s intern this year. Together they are exploring how to help students find more meaning in math class and connect it to their future endeavors. Shawn will continue to improve his own teacher practice while mentoring a future classroom teacher. Shawn is also a TEAM Mentor this year for a second-year math teacher. Extending beyond his classroom, Shawn hosted UConn’s senior math education cohort for a session, leading them in activities and discussion about implementing problem solving tasks and supporting high engagement. He facilitated a similarly focused district back-to-school professional development session. In October, he presented Launching Problem Solving Tasks to Maximize Engagement at his first regional conference, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE), in Portland, Maine. Shawn is extensively involved in other aspects of the school and community. He is currently the treasurer of the local teachers union, the Manchester Education Association (MEA); coaches basketball and golf; and serves on Climate Committee and as the advisor to LINK- a student leadership and mentor group that organizes events and programs to build camaraderie between student leaders and the ninth graders.

CCLM Winter Roundtable Event

CCLM would like to invite you to register for our Winter Roundtable Event. Please see details below:

EVENT:  CCLM Winter 2024 Panel & Roundtable Event

WHEN:  Friday February 2, 2024 9:00-2:30

WHERE: Albertus Magnus College


Discussion Focus: The Essential Conditions identified in the Equity in Mathematics Education: A Joint Position Statement for Connecticut which was fully endorsed by the State Board of Education September 6, 2023.

Math Research Partnership Opportunity

In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Research and Reform in Education, The Math Learning Center (MLC) is seeking district partners for a research project involving our newest edition of Bridges in Mathematics Third Edition. As you may have heard,the latest edition of Bridges in Mathematics is designed to promote deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. During Bridges instruction, students are actively engaged as capable mathematical sensemakers, drawing upon their knowledge bases to support learning. Bridges also supports teachers in delivering engaging, rigorous, standards-based instruction while incorporating equitable and effective teaching practices.

The goals of the research project are to:

  • Examine short-term and long-term program impacts of Bridges on student learning
  • Understand educator implementation of Bridges
  • Refine professional learning experiences for Bridges educators 

Benefits of the project include:

  • Bridges curriculum kits for participating K-5 classrooms at no cost 
  • Professional learning workshops at no cost
  • Stipends for teacher participating in research activities
  • Opportunities to give input on data collection instruments
  • Sharing of findings through reports or presentations

To be eligible, districts must:

  • Serve a diverse student population
  • Have at least 13 elementary schools
  • Are not currently using Bridges or Number Corner

Interested districts can learn more about the research project by completing the form at bit.ly/B3Research_Interest or by contacting MLC’s Director of Research, Emily Saxton, at emilys@mathlearningcenter.org.

Free Workshop Coming Soon (Middle School)

Grades 6 & 7 mathematics teachers are invited to join a free online workshop about Visual Access to Mathematics, a professional learning course with a focus on English learners/multilingual learners (Els/MLs). This will take place on Monday, December 4, 2023 from 3:15 – 4:45 pm. This workshop will provide a sneak peak into the Visual Access to Mathematics professional learning course that will be offered starting in 2024. For more details and information on how to register, see the attached flyer.

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Defined Professional Learning Opportunities in Fairfield County

Defined Learning

The CSDE, in partnership with Defined, is providing an immersive and collaborative professional learning opportunity to engage educators in Defined Learning on December 6th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at Ponus Ridge STEAM Academy. Click here for more information and to register.

Defined Learning is one of three components of the Defined ecosystem available to all CT districts at no cost. This immersive and collaborative experience brings together educators to introduce the Defined Learning resources and discuss best practices to utilize them in the classroom. Please bring a personal electronic device such as a laptop. All inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Tokarski at Cheryl.Tokarski@ct.gov.

Defined Careers

The CSDE, in partnership with Defined, is providing an immersive and collaborative professional learning opportunity to engage educators in Defined Careers on December 7th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST at Stamford Public Schools. Click here for more information and to register.

Defined Careers is one of three components of the Defined ecosystem available to all CT districts at no cost. This immersive and collaborative professional learning experience brings together school counselors and educators to deepen their understanding of how to utilize Defined Careers in the classroom, in advisory, and for career guidance. Please bring a personal electronic device such as a laptop. All inquiries can be sent to Cheryl Tokarski at Cheryl.Tokarski@ct.gov.

Technology Education Cross Endorsement Opportunity

We are reaching out to current certified educators.  Starting in mid November, we will be offering weekly study / test preparation sessions for those of you interested in taking the Technology Education cross endorsement praxis test (5051).  We will accept only 20 participants.  Please consider your schedule, and commitments, and make sure you can fully participate.

Below are some important details:

Meeting Times:

The virtual study sessions will take place on these Tuesdays via Google Meet Link.

11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5*

From 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Participants will be expected to study independently between these sessions, participate in the *12/5 asynchronous session and complete a *12/5 asynchronous exit slip.

Fee Reimbursement and Stipend

These fees are to be paid, upfront, by the participant. Upon providing a test registration receipt, the program will reimburse each participant:

  • $200 stipend upon full participation in the program.
  • $140 which includes funding to cover the majority of test preparation and test fees.
  • $50 towards the cross endorsement application
  • $50 towards the endorsement fee upon passing the test

These amounts will be issued with a w-9 on file.  We will clearly explain the timeline for stipend/reimbursements during our first workshop.

All receipts should be submitted in PDF format before March 15, 2023. No participant  requests will be processed after this date.

Test Information

The Technology Education 5051 test is available as an:

  • AT HOME TEST.  Please see this LINK
  • IN PERSON TEST.  Please see this LINK

Cross endorsement application and test scheduling will be the responsibility of the participant. Please do not schedule a test until your participation in the program is confirmed.


If interested, please apply here or copy and paste into your browser: https://forms.gle/2ahai8p37SUgFPzu6

A confirmation will be issued by Thursday evening, November 9, 2023. 

Any questions, please contact CT STEM Academy at info@ctstemacademy.org

Battelle Climate Challenge

Calling all 9th-12th grade students! Join the Battelle Climate Challenge and be a catalyst for change. This is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and innovation and learn about climate change and resilience. Not only will you make a genuine impact, but you’ll also have the chance to learn from experts at our free Climate Resilience Webinar, score exciting prizes, and form connections with fellow sustainability enthusiasts. Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the solution. Sign up now and make a difference for our planet’s future! 

Challenge Info: If you are a 9-12th grade student in the United States, your challenge is to research past and future impacts of climate-related hazards in your community, including drought, wildfire, flooding, and extreme heat, then develop a proposed action to help build a more resilient community. Your entry must be original and include a written explanation of your proposed climate action (200 words max) and an image (max 3GB) of a “poster” that supports your climate action. The poster can be a digital design or a photo of a hand-made poster. Your climate action should explain at least one way your community can prevent, withstand, respond to, or recover from a climate-related event. The grand prize winner will present their poster at the Innovations in Climate Resilience Conference in Washington, D.C., and receive a $5,000 STEM grant for a U.S. nonprofit organization, public library, or public school. The 2nd – 5th place finalists will receive a $1,500 STEM grant for a U.S. nonprofit organization, public library, or public school.

Elementary Master Computer Science Teacher Academy

The Elementary Master Computer Science Teacher Academy (EMTA) has been successful in CT schools for helping content K-5 teachers leverage CS concepts in their literacy, SEL, math etc. lessons. These teachers then go on to work with teachers in their buildings bridging concepts together to make learning fun and engaging for their students. Sacred Heart University’s CS-PLAN will by holding a hybrid workshop to help districts identify and develop teachers to become Master CS Coaches.  The first session begins November 10, 2023, and Scholarships are available. Attached please find the flyer and reach out to Susan Auchincloss atauchinclosss@sacredheart.edu