About Colette Bennett

Colette Marie Bennett is the Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Arts, Social Studies, Library Media, and Testing for the West Haven Public School System in West Haven, Connecticut.Previous to this position, she served as the Chief Academic Officer (7-12) for Regional School System #6 in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has 23 years of teaching experience in English Language Arts from grades 6-12, including electives in journalism, drama, and film studies.A graduate of the Alternate Route to Certification, Bennett also has a Masters in English from Western Connecticut State University a 6th year in Advanced Teaching and an 092 Administrative Certificate from Sacred Heart University, and graduate credits from the GLSP in Social Studies at Wesleyan University. She holds a Literacy Certification (102) from Sacred Heart University for grades K-12.She has presented how technology is incorporated in classrooms at the Connecticut Computers in Education Conference (2010, 2012, 2014), the National Council of Teachers Annual Conference (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), and the Advanced Placement Annual Conference (2011) the Literacy for All Conference (2012), and the ICT for Language Learning in Florence, Italy (2014).She blogs about education at Used Books in Class: http://usedbookclassroom.wordpress.com/She tweets at Teachcmb56@twitter.com

“I Wrote You a Sonnet, Instead” at the Intersection of Hip-Hop and Tragedy

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gift to high school social studies teachers is Hamilton, his Pulitzer and Tony award winning play.  Using musical theatre, he rescued history from the mind-numbing facts listed in textbooks and gave students an alternative narrative, a hip-hop lens to view the tumult of America’s creation. His gift to English teachers came on Sunday, June 12, during the Tony [...]

Educators and “The Bully Pulpit”: Election 2016

“dope” “fat” “stupid” Those are “bullying” words that an educator in a school is trained to listen for and respond to in most states by law. In my State of Connecticut the law is specific and: “Requires that school personnel report, in a timely and responsive manner, incidents of bullying they witness or are aware of to [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|Current Events in Education, Featured|0 Comments

The Evolving Creative Non-Fiction

Maybe it has been the influence of the Common Core  State Standards (CCSS) or maybe it has been the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Whatever the reason, one genre has been evolving and gaining popularity with students at all grade levels, and that is the genre of creative nonfiction. Creative non-fiction or the narrative non-fiction genre features the same [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Literacy|0 Comments

The NAEP Chicken and the Common Core Nonfiction Egg

What came first…the NAEP Chicken or the CCSS Egg? In 2009, there were revisions to the reading content in  the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the “largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.” The revisions increased nonfiction reading. In 2009, the development of the the Common [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Haunting Film about Ellis Island

In 14 minutes, social studies and ELA educators can take advantage of a haunting new titled  Ellis about the buildings on the island between New York and New Jersey. Ellis Island served  as a United States immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. The  2015 film is now available on Youtube and stars Robert De Niro. The setting [...]