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In 2005-2006, the per-pupil expenditure in Connecticut elementary and secondary schools was $13,072, the third highest in the nation, according to the Digest of Educational Statistics.

Education Managers in Connecticut

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the estimated mean annual salary for the 3,150 elementary and secondary administrators in Connecticut in May 2008 was $105,800, which was the highest in the nation. The mean annual salary for administrators in childcare and preschool centers was $46,890, the fifth highest in the country.

Recent changes to Connecticut's process for certifying educators will make it easier for teachers and administrators who are certified in other states to become certified in Connecticut.

Working as a Teacher's Aide in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Education defines paraprofessionals as employees who assist educators in the delivery of instructional and related services to students.

The initiative Paraprofessionals as Partners seeks to improve the skills of paraprofessionals who give direct instructional assistance to students in educational settings, including students with disabilities. The initiative sponsors an annual statewide conference for paraprofessionals as well as training for administrators and professional development opportunities. The School Paraprofessional Advisory Council advises the Commissioner of Education on the training needs of school paraprofessionals. Practicing and aspiring paraprofessionals have the opportunity to take the following credit-bearing courses to help them strengthen their skills and/or obtain a college degree:

  • Introduction to Paraprofessionalism (3 credits)
  • Paraprofessional Internship (2 credits)
  • Advanced Behavior Strategies (3 credits)
  • Autistic Leaner and Assistive Technology (3 credit)

Districts may reimburse employees for tuition for these courses, which take place after working hours.

According to BLS, teacher assistants in Connecticut had a mean annual wage of $28,210 in May 2080, the second highest in the country.

Curriculum and Instruction

In Connecticut, curriculum development occurs at the district level. The Connecticut Department of Education supports this work with Tools for Curriculum and Instruction, which includes a curriculum development guide. Professional development opportunities, content area support programs, supplementary resources, and Bureau of Teaching and Learning staff are available to help educators with curriculum development.

Curricular content areas are:

  • Arts
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Health
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Literacy/English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages

The mean annual wage for instructional coordinators in Connecticut schools in May 2008 was $74,010, the highest in the country, according to BLS.

Educational Technology

Technology education was a teacher shortage area for the 2008-2009 school year. Mortgage and other financial assistance are available for teachers who teach in a shortage area.

Connecticut has a pre K-12 technology plan that is integrated across all content areas and incorporates 21st century skills. Statewide technological literacy assessments for students and educators, professional development that uses various types of technology, and opportunities for students to pursue careers in technology fields support this plan.

The Connecticut Principals' Center sponsors programs to help administrators integrate technology into the curriculum in their schools.

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