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Norwalk School District Appoints New Chief Academic Officer

Michael Conner
Michael Conner Photo Credit: LinkedIn

NORWALK, Conn. -- Michael T. Conner has been appointed chief academic officer for Norwalk Public Schools.

In his new role, Conner will develop, implement and coordinate Norwalk’s Pre K-12 curricula and educational programs and services, including curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development.

Conner joins Norwalk from Windham Public Schools, where he was an assistant Superintendent of teaching, learning and leadership. His responsibilities there included leading district teams in the development of the district’s five-year Strategic Plan, coordinating Windham’s professional development plan and designing and implementing the district’s instructional framework.

In addition, he was the lead coordinator and facilitator charged with designing the PreK-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum, as well as aligning instructional programs to Connecticut State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

During his tenure in Windham, Conner was also responsible for analyzing achievement data to improve district and school-based instructional decisions, as well as designing and implementing district, school and grade-level data teams. His work for Windham Public Schools included supervising content area directors, plus overseeing various grants and external partnerships.

Before his work in Windham, Conner served as Principal of the Augusta Lewis Troup School in New Haven, where he was responsible for overseeing instructional programming and building operations for 545 students and 83 staff members.

His previous experience includes positions with the Celentano Museum Academy in New Haven as Assistant Principal, as a Curriculum Specialist in Literacy at the John C. Clark Elementary School in Hartford and as a fourth grade teacher at the Roberto Clemente School in New Haven.

He completed the Executive Leadership program at the University of Connecticut in 2014. He earned his doctorate in education from Cambridge College in 2010. He earned a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University. He also holds a Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lasell College, where he majored in elementary education.

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