Donald Briere works as an Education Consultant for the CT State Department of Education (CSDE) within the Bureau of Special Education. At the CSDE, Dr. Briere is involved in the following activities: (a) Project Director of CT's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), (b) Project Director of CT's School Climate Transformation grant (SCTG), (c) complaint investigations, (d) implementation of CT's SRBI Framework, (e) State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), and (f) Bureau of Special Education monitoring activities. Dr. Briere has worked in the Bureau of Special Education for approximately 4 years and formerly served as an educational researcher, independent consultant, and special education teacher in CT public schools.
Kim Traverso is the program manager for professional school counseling, providing leadership, technical assistance, and consultative services for the CT State Department of Education. She designs and offers professional development programs for school personnel concerning guidelines, best practices, and effective delivery of the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CCSP) accountability model as well as aligning the CCSP to SRBI Framework, College and Career Readiness Standard, and the educator evaluation. Ms. Traverso is the program manager for the State Performance Plan for the Bureau of Special Education. She assures that procedural safeguards and standards are followed and that the quality of the programming for students with disabilities is achieved regarding suspension and expulsion. In addition, she is the grant manager for two grants: Leadership, Education, Athletics and Partnership (LEAP) and the Yale University Child Study School Development, and is the Assistant Project Manager on the School Climate Transformation Grant.
Assistant Director for Program Development & LEA Services
Alice Henley serves as the Assistant Director for Program Development and LEA Services at the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in CT. She is responsible for the coordination and oversight of the School Reform Resource Center at SERC whose central focus is to assist schools in assessing and establishing the structures needed to transform and sustain effective instructional practices. Dr. Henley is a member of CT’s SPDG Management Team, Internal Leadership Team, State Leadership Team, and the PBIS Training and TA Design Team. In this role, she directly supervises a number of consultants working on the grant and serves as the liaison with several grant partners.
Sarah L. Jones
SCTG Project Officer
Sarah L. Jones joined the State Education Resource Center in early 2015 as Project Officer for the School Climate Transformation Grant. She is responsible for the coordination of a variety of work within the grant in collaboration with the CT State Department of Education, Glen Martin Associates, and the Center for Behavioral Education & Research at the University of Connecticut. Other professional work experiences include serving as a high school activities director, statewide executive director of student councils, director of residential life at a private boarding school and program manager for school improvement and bullying prevention at a local non-profit.
Lauren Johns is a Project Specialist for the State Education Resource Center and is currently supporting the numerous organizational and logistical demands of CT's School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG), Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center (CT PIRC) and several other initiatives.