Kimberly Traverso is a core team member of the Next Generation Student Supports Team. Her work is grounded in statewide systems of support for the reduction and elimination of punitive discipline, specifically PreK-2 and disproportionality. She works closely on the SBE Five-year Comprehensive Plan and the CT Next Generation Accountability System regarding social emotional learning and college and career readiness (school counseling). Additionally, she is a cross-divisional team member for school climate, discipline and the Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative. Kim is the Bureau of Special Education program manager for the State Performance Indicator 4. 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 Project Manager on the School Climate Transformation Grant.
Sarah L. Jones
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, the grant evaluation team, and the Center for Behavioral Education & Research at the University of Connecticut. In May 2019, Sarah transitioned to a permanent role of consultant at SERC. 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.