Since 2005, Seedlings Educators Collaborative has provided professional development, ongoing support and resources to Connecticut educators from diverse school environments. In a supportive and actively engaging setting, educators forge ongoing relationships and community connections and leave with tools to support them throughout their careers.
The mission of Seedlings Educators Collaborative is to honor, support, and connect educators from public, parochial, and independent schools by offering ongoing opportunities to share and learn from one another and other experts, to build connections with community resources, and to provide environments to reaffirm their common passion for education.
At the beginning of every summer, a talented and passionate group of seasoned educators gather together to mentor, support, and share their wealth of experience in place-based education and integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) curriculum with New Haven county and surrounding area teachers. The five-day workshop welcomes a diverse group of Pre-K to Grade 7 teachers from public, independent and parochial schools. To learn more about the workshop and the application process, click here.
In 2017, Seedlings Educators Collaborative launched a pilot fellowship program for alums of the workshop who show particular interest and aptitude for full STEAM integration, and a willingness to lead and mentor other teachers in their schools and communities. SEC fellows act as resource liaisons, STEAM mentors, and help with outreach so more teachers, curriculum specialists, and school administration become aware of and excited about the unique offerings SEC provides for educators, and in turn students. The fellows are examples of the return to the passion, skills, and knowledge the program strives to have alums of the program bring back to classrooms and impart into their students.