Professional Development for the Month of December


State Education Resource Center:

SERC in collaboration with the CSDE will develop and present bi-weekly Talk Tuesday sessions. Talk Tuesdays are a “drop-in” networking opportunity that provides district and school staff an opportunity to learn about “what’s new”, hear from topic area experts and support each other and their work to improve student attendance and engagement. Virtual sessions are held bi-weekly and engage state agency, district and school staff in an open dialogue around student attendance and engagement.


The Vulnerable Child and Family Series: Children in an Anxious World – (Virtual)

 Wednesday, December 06, 2023 from 6pm-7:30pm

The COVID pandemic has removed structure, consistency and predictability in the lives of children and families around the world. Humans are more likely to thrive with these three elements, so when they are missing, the stress of everyday living rises. This online session will provide an overview of how stress affects the human brain and present some family-based strategies for helping children from birth to age 12 deal with stress.

Presenter: Dr. Ira Chasnoff, NTI Upstream
Location: Virtual Session

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Attendance & Engagement System of Support & Professional Communities- Talk Tuesdays

Tuesday, December 12th, 10:00-11:00 AM (ET)

The objectives of Talk Tuesdays are to share lessons learned, trouble-shoot common concerns and provide overall support to each other.  Participants help identify the topics for future meetings, present problems of practice, and spend time together in small group discussions

Target Audience: Open to all in education (PreK-12) and education related agencies. Participants often include: district, school and community leaders and staff working to improve attendance and engagement; especially school administrators, special education staff, student support staff, bi-lingual educators, home visitors, family engagement specialists, and many others.

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CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) 

December 14th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Connecticut has created the CT Transition Community of Practice (CoP) to centralize all activities, resources, and initiatives related to secondary transition and to provide information and support to students, families, and professionals. The CoP is comprised of multiple stakeholder groups that have come together with a single focus: enhancing the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Come learn what we are all about! See how your ideas fit into Connecticut’s overall plans and help us plot our course for improving student outcomes.

Location: Virtual Session

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Women Business Development Council:

Financial Foundations: Quickbooks Online Office Hours

Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:00- 9:00 AM 

Do you have a question about Quickbooks Online? Join Sherry Konwerski, Business Advisor and QuickBooks Pro to get your questions answered and discover simple techniques to manage your business finances.

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Marketing Made Simple: Digital Marketing Strategies That Will Launch Your Brand

Thursday, December 7, 2:00PM- 3:00 PM 

Digital marketing and social media are common terms that are widely used. Many businesses are looking at ways to implement and adopt digital marketing and social media – and feel they are “must dos” for success.

However, for small businesses what is the value of digital marketing and social media? What is the right mix of media and which channels will prove most effective? What is clear is that “one size” might not fit all businesses and there might be different approaches depending on the customer’s demographics.

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Financial Foundations: Credit Score 101

Thursday, December 7, 12:00PM- 1:00 PM

Whether you’re starting a business or already operating one, this session will help you understand the effects of personal finances on business finances, and give you practical tips for improving your credit score. Join WBDC’s Business Advisor, Samantha Cross, as she explains personal credit scores and the steps you can take to get your financial house in order.

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Stamford Youth Mental Health Alliance:

How Community Providers can be More Effective Advocates for Students

Tuesday, December 12th, 12:00PM- 1:00 PM

  • Learn what various terms mean regarding support services available to students.
  • Understand how you in your role as a non-school staff member can help advocate for the services your student needs to be successful.


  • Advocating for students                              11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Networking/resource sharing – lunch      12:30 to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. Register/RSVP by 12/7/2023: