Trumbull, CT — Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) honored seven area individuals and organizations with the Success Through Educational Partnerships (STEP) award in a breakfast ceremony on Friday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Regional Center for the Arts, 23 Oakview Drive in Trumbull.
The STEP Awards were created by the leadership team at C.E.S. to honor individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to support the agency in its mission to identify and provide quality educational opportunities for educators, students, families and communities.
Among the recipients of the honor was State Representative Terrie Wood (Darien/Norwalk) for her commitment to educating legislators about the Beginning Educator Support Training program for new teachers. She served on the Education and Appropriations Committees and was an advocate at the state level for new teacher mentoring support.
United Way of Coastal Fairfield County was honored for their support of C.E.S. School Readiness by providing preschool students and their families with children’s books and literacy workshops to promote reading and literacy in the classroom and at home.
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk was honored for their work with Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School to provide on and off site professional development for teachers and experiential learning for students to help the Six to Six transform into a math, science and technology focused magnet school.
The Trumbull Police Department and Trumbull Emergency Medical Services both received a STEP Award for their continued assistance and support onsite at the C.E.S. Special Education school on Oakview Drive in Trumbull.
POPS: Parents of Performing Students, which is the parent organization for families with students enrolled at C.E.S. Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull, received an award for providing scholarships to graduating seniors who intend to pursue a degree in a field within the performance arts industry.
Sacred Heart University was honored as the agency-wide recipient of the Success Through Educational Partnerships award for their commitment and collaboration across several divisions of C.E.S. including professional development and teacher training, grant writing and implementation, special education programs and a variety of other support services.
The STEP Award is slated to become an annual honor given by C.E.S. to acknowledge individuals and organizations that collaborate with the educational community to contribute to the success of education in Fairfield County.
Cooperative Educational Services is one of six regional educational service centers in Connecticut. It was created almost 40 years ago by legislative mandate to help districts to communicate, cooperate and collaborate. C.E.S. is governed by the Representative Council, with each district represented by a Board of Education member from that town.