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Cooperative Educational Services and EdAdvance will work together, in partnership with our representative school districts and municipalities, to build a vibrant community of learning dedicated to preparing all students for success beyond school. Through our collaborative use of the WorkspaceCT facility, we strive to provide learners of all ages and neurodiverse thinkers personal and professional educational experiences that support growth, value creativity, and inspire innovation, self-direction, and meaningful engagement.  

Our focus is to foster connection, nurturing a culture of inclusivity, and offering teaching and learning customization educational solutions to meet the unique needs of every learner. 


We believe:


  • Learning should develop and honor the student’s voice – encouraging courageous choices, authentic learning, and personal ownership of learning.

  • ​Students and adults can benefit from WorkspaceCT learning opportunities and we will work to make them available to anyone who wants to engage and grow.

  • ​We will celebrate successes, learn from failures, and work everyday to increase our capacity to support learning.


Chip Dumais, CES, Executive Director

Jeff Kitching, EdAdvance, Executive Director

Chris Labelle, CES Associate, Executive Director

Jonathan Costa, EdAdvance, Assistant Executive Director

Chris Hocker, Region 9, former BOE member

Christine Sapala, Bethel Public Schools, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

Kate Conetta, Danbury Public Schools, BOE member

Debby Low, Wilton Public Schools, former BOE member

Mary Ellen Flaherty-Ludwig, Norwalk Public Schools, BOE member

Michelle Embree-Ku, Newtown Public Schools, BOE member

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