Governor Lamont visits Norwalk school that’s setting example with holistic approach

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A new report on education prompted a gubernatorial visit to a local elementary school Wednesday morning.

Governor Ned Lamont crashed a classroom to find out why test scores at Tracey Elementary School in Norwalk have been steadily on the rise.

This report supports what they call a holistic approach to education, meaning teachers focus not only on reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also making sure students are aware of their emotions.

So far, the principal says this approach has done wonders at Tracey Elementary School.

“So, if they’re doing a math problem getting frustrated and they need to relax and they can go color if they want…” Principal Teresa Rengel explained.

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Once inside, Gov. Lamont got a personal tour by a 5th grader.

They’ve got some bragging rights there. In the last three years, this school has shown the highest growth in Norwalk on standardized tests.

All of this is why the Governor stopped there. This team of educators plan to discuss the findings of a new report released by the National Commission on Social Emotional and Academic Development.

It focused on the impact of social and emotional education on academics.

News 8’s Stephanie Simoni asked the governor how he thinks the state can help duplicate what’s happening here at other schools.

“Take it up to the State Department of Education. I work with other educators around and you learn from best practices. We have folks who can learn a lot from the Tracey example here,” he said.

He didn’t lay out any specific plans on how to implement this at other schools.

Right now, the Gov. Lamont says they’re hammering out the budget and it should be released in five weeks.

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