Curriculum & Instruction

Curriculum writing is much more than unwrapping standards, creating assessments, establishing essential questions and big ideas. It is a process for teachers to determine vital transferable learning.  As Marzano's research indicates, the number one impact on student achievement is the TEACHER.  Teachers must be at the center of this work.  This requires collaborative, rich dialogue and a deep understanding of what students need to be able to do.  This process includes:

  • Leading colleagues in the development of standards-based, rigorous curriculum and instruction
  • Providing colleagues with up-to-date national and state curricular information
  • Supporting colleagues in the development of relevant, high-level learning opportunities
  • Supporting colleagues in the formative assessment process
  • Ensuring purposeful professional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers 
  • Sustaining reflective growth opportunities
  • Providing relevant information to families, community and educators


Connecticut State Department of Education Family Resources , PK-12, in all disciplines, development and administration of internal and state-mandated assessments, instructional practice, and professional learning.  The success of the office is dependent on a truly collaborative model focused on improving learning experiences for our students.  State Department of Education Standards

Connecticut State Department of Education Parent Guides, Grades 4-9


Photo of Teresa with students

                   Dr. Teresa DeBrito


My world would not be complete if I were not an educator. This was fortified for me when I first began my career as a mathematics teacher.

My goal was always to make students believe they could learn math, and to ensure that they did!  Giving up was never an option.  I carry that commitment with me in every position I have had. 

I am honored to work alongside outstanding colleagues who devote every day to providing  high caliber learning for our students.   A highlight of my day is seeing this learning in action.  I very much enjoy visiting classrooms and interacting with students.  It is a privilege for me to serve Region 12 children and families.


Name Contact Information
Dr. Teresa DeBrito 
Director of Curriculum & Instruction