Three New London teachers named to state "Dream Team"

New London — Three New London teachers were named Wednesday to the Connecticut Dream Team, a group of 97 teachers from 86 schools who will develop resources to help other teachers implement the new Common Core State Standards.

The three New London teachers are: Michelle Combs, an eighth-grade math teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School; Laury LaMarche, a second-grade teacher at C.B. Jennings Elementary School; and Katherine Brodaski, a reading instructor at New London High School.

Teachers from Groton, Montville and Stonington were also named to the Dream Team.

Teachers were selected from more than a thousand applications by the state Department of Education and LearnZillion, a Common Core-aligned digital curriculum and professional development provider.

“This is a new and exciting element of our growing array of Common Core supports for teachers and school leaders,” state education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said in a statement.

As members of the Dream Team, the three New London teachers will participate later this month in TeachFest Connecticut, a two-and-a-half day professional development conference intended to provide support to school districts as they implement the new Common Core State Standards.

In July, the state’s Dream Team teachers will instruct others at Common Core Fest, a hands-on day of Common Core training for hundreds of Connecticut teachers.

The Common Core standards, a new set of academic standards in English language arts and mathematics, were adopted unanimously by the State Board of Education in July 2010. So far, 45 states have adopted the uniform set of benchmarks. Previously, each state developed its own set of academic criteria.

c.young@theday.com

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