New England Secondary School Consortium Recognizes Kathleen C. Greider with State Champion Award

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Farmington Public Schools Superintendent and CAPSS Member Honored for Efforts to Redesign Farmington High School

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization which represents public school superintendents, is pleased to announce that Association member Kathleen C. Greider has been recognized by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) with the 2014 State Champion Award.

“Ensuring a high-quality education for every student is absolutely essential both on an individual level and collectively for every state and community in New England,” said David Ruff, executive director of the Great Schools Partnership and the New England Secondary School Consortium. “This year’s Champion Award winners stand out as leaders and community members dedicated to giving our young people the education they deserve.”

Kathleen C. Greider has served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Farmington Public Schools since 2009. Superintendent Greider's collaborative work with the Board of Education, administration, faculty, students, and community initiated innovative improvement efforts aligned to Farmington's Vision of the Graduate a new core improvement strategy, The Framework for Teaching and Learning (FTL). As the Farmington community developed and implemented the Vision of the Graduate and the FTL, they became aware of and then very involved in the work of NESSC. Farmington High School has been a member of the League of Innovative Schools since 2009, when Connecticut joined the NESSC. In late 2013, under Superintendent Greider's leadership, Farmington Public Schools was recognized nationally by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a National P-21 Exemplar School District. This recognition is a reflection of Farmington's commitment to innovative and forward-thinking practices aligned to their Vision of the Graduate.

“Ms. Greider is an exemplary leader and has led Farmington High School through an effective transformation that ensures all students are engaged in learning and mastering the skills necessary to succeed beyond the classroom,” said Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS). “We are pleased that the New England Secondary School Consortium has recognized her outstanding work and to have Ms. Greider as a fellow State Champion honoree.”

Prior to her role in Farmington, Ms. Greider served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools, leading the district’s Teaching and Learning initiative. As a tireless advocate for transforming classroom practice, she focused upon advancing data driven decision-making, enhancing observation of classroom instruction, streamlining organizational systems, and providing clear expectations and goal-setting processes to inform school and district improvement. As Lead Principal for the Hartford Public Schools from August 2005 until her appointment in Greenwich in 2007, she initiated an innovative Leadership Development process to promote instructional leadership. Prior to becoming Lead Principal, she was Principal of Dwight Elementary School in Hartford, a high poverty urban school recognized for significantly raising student achievement receiving the NCLB Blue Ribbon Award and the Connecticut Vanguard School Award in 2004-2005.

The NESSC State Champion Award is given annually to one organization in each the Consortium’s member states. The Award recognizes a commitment to the goals, objectives and strategies of the NESSC; a unique contribution to moving state policy, practice, or public will within the state; public demonstration(s) of support for the state and for NESSC; and, a history of connections to the state and NESSC that indicates ongoing support in the future. In 2013, CAPSS was recognized with the State Champion Award.

About The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents:
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), based in West Hartford, CT, has been the voice of superintendents of schools in Connecticut for 104 years. The mission of the CAPSS is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders. To learn more, visit

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