Educational Champion Award

April 3, 2017

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz with Connecticut Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell at NESSC’s Annual School Redesign in Action Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin/Southington) received a 2017 Educational Champion Award from the New England Secondary School Consortium for his strong support for career and technical education.

“Connecticut is a national leader in advanced manufacturing and our Technical High School System is a key part of the pipeline for the growing industries that are critical to our economy,” said Aresimowicz. “That is why I have worked hard over the past few years to bring businesses, educators, and government leaders together in support of our technical schools and to improve our workforce training programs in order to strengthen our skilled workforce and meet the demands of employers.”

Aresimowicz was one of six state champions recognized this year for their extraordinary commitment to ensuring that public school students across New England have a chance to succeed in school, live a fulfilled and meaningful life, and make a positive contribution to the world.

"This year's Champions are invaluable leaders in the regional effort to ensure equity and opportunity for all New England students," said David Ruff, executive director of the Great Schools Partnership and the New England Secondary School Consortium. "Through their exemplary leadership and steadfast commitment to improving New England's public schools, each of these Champions embodies the core mission of the Consortium—to close achievement gaps, to provide learning that is student-centered, and to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship."

The awards were given out on Monday, March 27, at the annual School Redesign in Action conference, which is hosted by the New England Secondary School Consortium in collaboration with the departments and agencies of education in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Now in its eighth year, the conference attracted 1,200 educators, students, policy makers, and community members representing 11 states.

The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership working to advance forward-thinking innovations in secondary education that will empower the next generation of citizens, workers, and leaders. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century.