DIVERSITY & EQUITY IN EDUCATION
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The Bethel Community
The small New England town of Bethel named by the Hartford Courant as “The Quintessential Connecticut Town” is located in the Housatonic Valley of northern Fairfield County. Bethel lies sixty miles northeast of New York City and fifty miles southwest of Hartford. Its neighboring towns are Redding, Danbury, Brookfield, and Newtown. Bethel is a town of more than 18,000 people spread over 17 square miles. The educational campus is located only a mile from downtown Bethel, which is popular for its quaint shops, restaurants, and movie-theater. Bethel merchants continuously provide support for our schools.
“Our Primary Purpose is to Improve Student Achievement.”
Bethel Public Schools Mission Statement
The mission of the Bethel Public Schools, in partnership with families and the community, is to foster a culture of excellence and achievement accomplished by challenging curricula, committed teaching and optimized learning opportunities for all students. Our graduates will be resilient and perseverant, passionate self-directed learners, critical thinkers, college or career ready, considerate ethical citizens and globally competitive.
Our Culture, Diversity & Equity
- To ensure that all of our students reach their growth potential, particularly students who are approaching or at goal
- To ensure that our students’ social-emotional well-being is ready to meet the academic demands of the learning environment
- To foster a district culture which respects and celebrates diversity
Bethel teachers work in a professional, supportive atmosphere that is marked by collegiality. As part of a professional learning community in their discipline or grade level, they share student work, discuss curriculum, and collect and analyze data. In addition, teachers have the opportunity to participate in vertical teams. The Bethel School System sets aside five days each year for professional development. While there is a system wide committee that plans the programs, teachers in each building have a voice in suggesting topics or identifying areas of need. Bethel has recently adopted a teacher observation / evaluation process that is based on Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching. In this model teachers are empowered to identify areas of focus for observations and to discuss their lessons in both pre and post conferences. Throughout the system there are leadership opportunities available for those teachers who wish to pursue them.
Why Teach in Bethel CT Public School District?
The Bethel Public School System offers excellent opportunities for both new and experienced teachers. It is a system that fosters growth in its professionals and empowers them to challenge themselves and to take risks in the classroom. Bethel hosts a young, energetic staff committed to providing students with a rigorous and comprehensive education.
The Bethel Public Schools do not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. The Bethel Public Schools provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
1 School Street, P.O. Box 253, Bethel, CT 06801 | Phone 203.794.8601 | Fax 203.794.8723