CT’s education commissioner hosts superintendents for back to school meeting

Superintendents prepare for first day of school
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 8:39 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT
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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) - Connecticut’s education commissioner met with the state’s school superintendents on Wednesday morning.

Education commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker hosted Connecticut’s superintendents at the state Department of Education’s annual “Commissioner’s Back-to-School Meeting” for the 2022-23 school year.

It streamed live on the WFSB Facebook page.

The goal was to make sure the state’s districts were all on the same page.

“That’s my commitment to you as chair of the state Board [of Education], to do more than pay lip service, to the things that I know we must do together to ensure excellence and equity in our school system,” said Karen Dubois-Walton, chair, Connecticut Board of Education.

The Department of Education said the theme for the event at Berlin High School was “The Sky is NOT the Limit.”

“I ask that when things become particularly challenging [that] we not fail to remember that the sky truly is not the limit,” Russell-Tucker said. “The only limits are those that we place on ourselves and we must be mindful that we do not place those limits on our students or on our staff.”

It said the agenda included a student performance and remarks by Gov. Ned Lamont, Russell-Tucker, state Board of Education chairman Karen Dubois-Walton, and Fran Rabinowitz from the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.

A keynote address by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., former NASA Astronaut and executive director of the National Math and Science Initiative, was also part of it.

Harris had a message of never limiting oneself, even when it comes to the sky.

“In 1969, we landed on the moon and I saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the moon,” he said. “I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to follow in their footsteps.”

Another focus from the speakers was getting students back on track after more than two years of disrupted learning from COVID-19.

School officials want to keep children in the classrooms.

“We’re at the threshold of so many possibilities,” Rabinowitz said. “The sky truly is not the limit and I could talk about all that we’ve been through over the last 2 and a half years, but that gets old. Instead lets really talk about reclaiming our joy.”

A keynote address by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., former NASA Astronaut and executive director of the National Math and Science Initiative, was also part of it.