Job Opportunity: Part-time Teaching Position in Simsbury, CT

Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut will have a part-time position
open to replace a faculty member who will be on maternity leave during the
upcoming winter term (December 3, 2013 to March 7, 2014).  This position
consists of teaching two United States History sections.  The classes meet
between 11 AM and 1 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.   Teaching
experience is preferred.   For more information or to apply, please
contact Nancy L. Spencer, Associate Head, at:

Westminster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in its hiring, educational policies, admissions policies,
scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs

EdConnect Student Spotlight: Clara Peretz ’14

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Name: Clara Peretz
Class year: 2014
Major: Sociology and French
Summer work: Curriculum development intern at Ascend Learning

This summer, I am working as an intern in curriculum development with Ascend Learning . Ascend is a Brooklyn-based network of charter schools and will be opening up two new schools for the 13-14 school year, which will bring the total number of schools in the network to six. Ascend’s mission is college readiness for all of its students, which it seeks to achieve by holding students to high standards both behaviorally and academically.

The team I am working with is focused on developing the Humanities and Social Studies programs. The work began with my providing support in the sixth grade classrooms, along with a few other interns, throughout the month of June, while students were still in school. We would come around to students’ desks to offer one-on-one support for their end-of-the-year writing assignments. There was also a lot of grading, proofreading, and writing comments for writing portfolios that was done to help the teachers with the final push during the last couple weeks of school. Being in the classroom was a great opportunity to gain a sense of the culture of Ascend’s classrooms, see the level of work students were producing, and get to know some great kids. Now, as part of the curriculum team, I am helping to prepare materials – lesson plans, flip charts, unit guides, etc. – for the upcoming school year, specifically for the seventh grade, since this coming year will be the first year seventh grade will be offered. This is because the students that began with Ascend in its first year will now be entering seventh grade.

I have observed a lot of detail-oriented planning, such as going over the academic calendar to decide which lessons will be taught on which days. However, there is also a lot of bigger-picture strategizing that I have become involved in. Examples of this include discussion about how to draw connections across disciplines and research about different approaches to developing strong writers.

As a sociology major, I became particularly interested in issues surrounding education and explored them further by choosing courses oriented towards education and doing research about current education policy issues while at Wesleyan. My internship with Ascend has definitely provided me with an opportunity to learn more about charter schools and observe first-hand certain aspects of the discussion surrounding charter schools that I have been reading about for the past few years

Student Spotlight is a new feature on EdConnect where we highlight current Wesleyan students who are doing work in education over the summer. If you are a current Wes student doing something cool in education this summer and want to be featured on EdConnect, email us at!

Job opportunity – Common Grounds Part-Time College Counselor

From the Engaged University blog:

Job-hunting? Common Grounds Charter High School in New Haven, CT is looking for a part-time college counselor! They are hoping to find a “courageous, creative, collaborative, results-oriented” individual who is passionate about helping first-generation students gain college admission.  If you are ready to start working to fight for access to higher education, consider this opportunity and visit here for more information.

EdConnect Student Spotlight: Shivani Kochhar ’14


Name: Shivani Kochhar
Class year: 2014
Major: Economics and Sociology
Summer work: Contractor for the National Center for Education Statistics at the American Institutes for Research

I became interested in education because of several classes I took at Wesleyan, particularly Schooling and Scarcity and the Sociology of Education. In particular, I am interested in combining my interest in education with my interest in statistics to work in education research in the future.

This summer, I applied to the Joint Program in Survey Methodology Junior Fellows program, which is a great opportunity for those interested in statistics and potentially pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. Once you are accepted to the fellowship, you are placed at an internship at a federal statistical agency.  I’m working at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a contractor for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which means I get to experience work both at AIR and NCES. AIR is a private research organization with a variety of program areas, such as education and international development. NCES is part of the Department of Education and the branch of the federal statistical system that collects and disseminates data dealing with education both in the U.S. and internationally.

Primarily, I am working with the National Household Education Survey (NHES), which is actually a group of questionnaires administered at the household level to provide descriptive information about family’s opinions of education in the U.S. My team is working on redesigning an NHES questionnaire on after-school activities, and I am currently using 2012 NHES data to create a descriptive report looking at school choice (traditional public vs. charter school, did the student choose the public school they currently attend, etc.) by various student and family demographic characteristics.

Through my work this summer, I have been exposed to the field of survey methodology, which includes designing samples from the population and constructing questionnaires. Essentially, education research requires using existing data datasets to answer research questions, while survey methodology provides the background that is necessary to create these datasets. While I am not sure if this field is for me, I’m very glad that through my work this summer, I became more aware of the time and work that goes into designing samples and surveys that eventually become data sets used by researchers to influence policy decisions.

Student Spotlight is a new feature on EdConnect where we highlight current Wesleyan students who are doing work in education over the summer. If you are a current Wes student doing something cool in education this summer and want to be featured on EdConnect, email us at!