The Friendship School Principal Andrea Simmons has spent the past 10 months working to complete the Neag School of Education PK-3 Leadership Program at the University of Connecticut.
On May 11th, 2016 she completed the course and is now considered to be a PreK-3rd Grade Leadership Fellow.
The program had three main modules to focus on. The first module was developing curriculum and instruction, with emphasis on the importance of social and emotional learning. The second module was assessments of children, teachers and programs, which discussed appropriate ways to assess children today. The 3rd module was becoming a leader for equity and cultural competence.
“What I really liked about the program was how it allowed leaders across the state to come together and discuss our educational visions,” said Simmons.
Principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents and directors from districts all over the state joined Simmons in the program.
“While taking this course I thought a lot about how much it helped me put supports in place for teachers in regards to the families of their students,” Simmons said. “We need to get families on board early, and constantly be in communication with them.”
In the photo from left to right: Roszena Haskins, Director of Continuing and Summer Education, Diversity Advancement for West Hartford Public Schools; Kerry Jones, Director of Elementary Education for West Hartford Public Schools; Dr. Andrea Brinnel, CT Office of Early Childhood; Andrea Simmons, Principal of The Friendship School; Dr. Karen List, Program Director.