Increasing Educator Diversity

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Virtual Pre-Recruitment Fair

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The CSDE-RESC Alliance Increasing Educator Diversity Virtual Pre-Recruitment Fair held on April 28, 2022 provided a professional development opportunity to school administrators and hiring managers to attend panel discussions and workshops to learn more about current efforts, strategies, policies and research to increase the diversity of the educator workforce in Connecticut. Please view the recorded sessions below


Welcome Remarks  

Dr. Shuana Tucker, Chief Talent Officer of the Connecticut State Department of Education 

Kim King, a PK-4 art teacher in Mansfield and Connecticut’s 2022 Teacher of the Year 

Session I – Equitable Hiring Practices: How to Recruit and Retain Diverse Staff  

This session will provide school staff with strategies to assist them in hiring and to inform candidates about hiring practices and prepare them for interview questions. 

Moderator: Dr. Gerald Hairston; Equity and Inclusion Specialist at Newington Public Schools 

  • Panelists

    • Vonetta Romeo-Rivers, Director of Teaching & Learning Regional School District #10

    • Yvonne Temple; Supervisor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Stratford Board of Education

    • Dr. Anne E. Carabillo, Deputy Superintendent; Greenwich Public

    • Dr. Roszena Haskins; Director of Equity Advancement; West Hartford Public Schools

Session II – Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What You Need To Know About Teacher Certification and Flexibility in Hiring 

This session will focus on changes in requirements for certification that districts and candidates will need to know and a discussion of the teacher shortage areas in CT to inform candidates of important opportunities as well as other opportunities for cross-endorsements.

Moderator: ​​Anna Forlenza-Bailey, Ph.D. Director of Talent Development, District Facilitator at EASTCONN  

  • Panelists

    • Julianne Frost, Education Consultant, Bureau of Educator Standards & Certification

    • Wendy Harwin, Education Consultant, Bureau of Educator Standards & Certification

    • Dr. Rebecca Good, Vice Provost of Teacher Preparation, Relay Graduate School of Education

    • Carla Silva, Relay CT Director, Relay Graduate School of Education

    • Melissa Sieffert; Director of Alternate Route to Certification, Office of Higher Education Board of Education

Session III – Resources Available to Support Educators of Color in Connecticut  

This session will include a panel discussion highlighting resources available to educators of color and how to create a school environment that helps to retain those educators. 

Moderator: Devonna Dionne, MBA; Director of Marketing & Communications at EdAdvance 

  • Panelists

    • Jeanette W. Weldon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA).  

    • Dr. Thomas McBryde, Norwalk PS Deputy Superintendent of Excellence, Equity, and Inclusion

    • Kevin Walton Sr., ACES Director of Equity and Inclusion

    • Michele O’Neil from CEA

    • Dr. Madeline Negron, the Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents(CALAS)

    • Sam Galloway, Ed.D.; Director of Talent Management’ Bristol Board of Education

For more information, please contact CREC Resource Group at 860-524-4040, or services@crec.org.