CTThis school year, Christopher Poulos has split his time between teaching at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut, and serving as the Teacher-Leader in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education. At the Department, he provides the voice of a practicing classroom teacher, explaining the impact of proposals on students and teachers. Among myriad projects, his favorite is Recognition 2.0, an initiative to build bridges between policy makers and educators. Teachers’ perspectives are recognized as they are brought to the Department to engage in workgroups that profit from teacher expertise. The recognition is two way as Chris also brings policy makers into schools. Mr. Poulos says, “Teachers are thirsting for opportunities that allow them to remain in the classroom while assuming leadership roles that acknowledge their strengths and ability to improve teaching and learning beyond the walls of their classrooms.”

Bridging the gap between policy makers and educators

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