For Students

Technology Masters

This program is intended to enrich the education of 2nd through 4th grade students by teaching them a variety of topics related to technology and academic subjects.

Learning Math After School Can Be Fun

This is a 5-week summer program that is designed to improve the math literacy of under performing 3rd through 5th grade students who need intervention in improving their math knowledge and skills.

How to Start Your Own Business

This is a 5-week summer program that is designed to teach 13 to 17 year old students how to start their own business.

For Teachers

Integrating Technology in Teaching

While technology is not a panacea for all educational ills, today’s technologies are essential tools of the teaching profession. To use these tools effectively, teachers need insight into the technologies’ potential, opportunities to apply them, training and just-in-time support, and time to experiment. Only then can teachers be informed and fearless in their use of new technologies. –Teachers and Technology: Making the Connection (OTA, 1995, p.1)

The Integrating Technology In Teaching program is designed to teach educators how to effectively integrate software programs and computers in their teaching methodology. Popular software programs and titles: PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, SchoolNet, and such names as, Kidspiration, Digital Curriculum, Breakthrough To Literacy, Word Processing, PowerPoint, Internet, Email and Learning Village are examples of tools that can easily be integrated in a classroom setting. The program facilitates learning software tools and integrating them as part of a daily teaching methodology. Program components include:

  • Observe in a classroom setting current teaching methodology
  • Analyze current teaching methodology for potential technology integration
  • Recommend areas for potential technology integration
  • Review recommendations with the teacher and develop a custom training plan
  • Implement training plans and monitor results
  • Provide support, (call 203-410-3679), for questions and consults
  • Solicit feedback and assess impact via a questionnaire
  • Share Program results with Teachers and Administration
  • Refine, on a continuous basis, integrating technology training curriculum

For Parents

Technology Cascade & Training Program

Can you imagine life without a computer to do school work? Students in impoverished urban neighborhoods, who do not have access to a computer at home, are at a distinct disadvantage, making it much more difficult to compete and succeed in school and in life! Their parents often lack computer knowledge to be able to help their children with learning at home. Yet, for many low-income school children living in impoverished urban communities, owning a computer has only been a dream. They are part of the “digital divide”, the gap between their more affluent classmates who possess regular access to technology, namely computers and access to the internet, and those who do not.

Concepts for Adaptive Learning‘s solution is called the Technology Cascade & Training Program. The program gives computer training, a gently used computer and technical support to disadvantaged parents of public school students living in Hamden, Meriden and New Haven. The goals of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom, increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education at home ,and eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families.

Since computers and the Internet have assumed such a central role in our schools, workplaces and homes, computer literacy has become perhaps the most important skill for adults and children alike. A working knowledge of computers is the key to accessing advanced educational opportunities and higher paying jobs.

Components of the program include:

  • Acquiring gently used working computers from Connecticut companies and universities
  • Installing the same software on these computers as the children use at school
  • Installing computers in homes of underserved parents who complete 10 hours of training
  • Training parents how to use the computer to help their children with education at home
  • Providing on-going technical support
  • Providing a bi-lingual instructor for parents who do not speak English
  • On-going assessment as to the impact the computer is having on helping the parents with their children’s education


Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” (DLEL)

Why Do We Need the DLEL Program?

The DLEL program starts with a basic premise that “All Parents Want Their Children to be Successful”, and parenting is the single most important determinant of a child’s school readiness and success in kindergarten and all grade levels thereafter.

Unfortunately, Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the country and this gap is most pervasive in CT’s largest cities with a large number of low-income and poor families. Too many of the parents in these families do not understand the risk of their not being engaged, the benefits of their engagement, and resources available via libraries and technology to help them educate their early learners.

The ages from birth to five are the most critical in the growth and development of young children.  From early brain development to pre-kindergarten, these earliest years lay the foundation for future academic success.  Exposing children to positive learning environments and increased parental involvement contributes to their ability to learn and succeed in school and life.

To help parents close the school readiness and achievement gap in Connecticut, CfAL works with schools, libraries and other collaborative partners to deliver the Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” program. The program is a 4-part workshops series that focuses on child development, the use of library resources and important early learner websites. There is strong emphasis on reading to the parent’s child and the benefit of having the child enrolled in preK education.

The goal of the program is to ensure children, ages birth to 5, are ready and will be successful when entering kindergarten. The DLEL program will achieve this goal by increasing parents’ engagement in educating their children, ages birth to 5.

What should parents expect?

The Digital Literacy for Early Learners, “A Primer for Parents” (DLEL) program is based on the premise that all parents want their children to be successful.

  • Parents attend 4 two-hour workshops spaced out over the course of 6 weeks
  • Parents will be given the tools needed for their children to start kindergarten with the critical skills they’ll need to learn and succeed in school
  • Childcare is available for some if needed to attend the workshops
  • Workshops are available in English and Spanish
  • A free E-tablet will be raffled off to one lucky workshop series participant
  • Parents are asked for feedback about the workshops to improve it for the future
  • Parents are asked to assess their own children’s strengths and weaknesses
  • All workshops are currently held in New Haven
  • Light refreshments and snacks are served
  • DLEL graduates are given priority for entrance into the Technology Cascade & Training Program
How do I qualify?
  • If you are a parent/guardian of a child or children, age birth to 5 you qualify.
 How do I register for this program?

 There are two ways to enroll:

  • call 888-351-7667


What is the fee for this program?
  • There is no cost to participate this program
When are classes held?
  • When you register you will be informed about upcoming class dates and locations
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If you know of a parent with a child, age birth to 5, that might be interested in participating in the program, please have the parent call 888-351-7667 or send email to