The school year has officially begun as teachers are back in their respected buildings for professional development and their staff as well as some city officials attended the annual convocation ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Shelton Intermediate School.
Shelton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Clouet said the annual ceremony was a positive experience for him and he used it as an opportunity to get all of the staff “pumped” about the upcoming school year.
Clouet emphasized the importance of teamwork that goes into continuing to improve the city’s school system.
“I hope they understand I feel very strongly that we’re in this together and that together we will design a pathway for how students learn and meet certain learning goals in the 21st Century,” said Clouet.
With technology constantly advancing, Clouet said it’s important for the city to adopt new practices to help prepare the students for the real world.
“The world is changing and we need to recognize how we need to integrate and blend technology into our curriculum, it doesn’t need to replace anyone but it does need to be blended in,” said Clouet. “As well as think about what we teach. When do we teach coding, when do we teach things like conversation because believe it or not kids are losing the ability to hold a conversation.”
Clouet said he feels positive coming into the 2016-2017 school year because of his staff. He also said along with some potential curriculum changes, the responsibilities of teachers is also changing as time goes on.
“We have the capacity to start the strategic redesign of how we deliver education for the 21st Century,” said Clouet. “We need to be cognizant of the fact that most of the designs we have now have come out of the 19th Century. We need to anticipate more of the changes that have yet to come because it’s the world that our kids will be living in.”
Clouet also announced that at the last Board of Education meeting the board voted unanimously to extend his contract to the standard and maximum of three years. Over the course of the next three years, Clouet said he has high hopes for the direction the city’s school system is headed in.
“I’m hoping that this gives people some comfort in knowing that I will be staying around,” said Clouet.
He said his main goals for the next three years include getting the high school’s SAT math score up into the top quartile, which are currently ranked in the middle of the third quartile, and continuing to combat against the city’s battle with opioids.
“We’re going to continue to work hard and work together,” said Clouet.