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Educators in several states are transforming learning with Project Child, an approach to education which promotes stability in elementary instruction. “We’ve transformed the culture with Project Child,” said Principal Jane Perez while giving a tour of Chamberlain Elementary School to the state’s commissioner of education and other education professionals.

 
Chamberlain is one of 10 schools in the Northeast — and the only one in Connecticut — to implement the Project Child model, which entails having one math teacher, one reading teacher and one writing teacher instruct students for three consecutive years in an effort to bring stability to their learning process. The model also encourages more hands-on instruction in small-group work stations and more independent learning instruction.
 
Among those joining Perez and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor on the tour were Frank Gargiulo, superintendent of the Hudson County, N.J., schools of technology; James Simo
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nic, president of the Innovative Education Program, the New Jersey-based company that in May 2013 bought the rights to the Project Child model and oversees Project Child models throughout the country; Carl Czaplicki Jr., a history teacher in the Hudson County school district; Superintendent of Schools Kelt L. Cooper and school board Chairwoman Sharon Beloin-Saavedra.

 
Czaplicki, who knew Pryor when the commissioner was working in New Jersey, saw the success of Project Child in two elementary schools in Hudson County and had heard of the success at Chamberlain. Czaplicki spoke to Pryor and convinced him to visit Chamberlain to get a better understanding of the model.
 
Pryor, who had never visited Chamberlain before, said after the one-hour tour of several classrooms that he was impressed with what he saw.
 
Pryor, who interacted with numerous students who were learning in their work stations, said, “What I’ve seen is highly encouraging. I’d like to see it in other schools (in the state). I am very impressed with the progress here in New Britain. The progress here is palpable.”

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