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Connecticut Coordinators

Leslie Abbatiello
Professional Development and School Improvement
Area Cooperative Educational Services
205 Skiff St.
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 407-4402
FAX (203) 407-4590


Leslie Abbatiello is currently the Director of Professional Development and School Improvement for Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) in Hamden, CT, a regional education service agency serving school districts in south-central Connecticut.  Leslie’s work includes designing, implementing and evaluating initiatives related to instructional leadership, talent management and organizational systems, always with intentional focus on cultural competence, social justice and inclusive practice for all.


Leslie has extensive experience with: designing and facilitating systems and processes to support organizational change, managing grants and special programs with federal and state agency partners, including a recent NEH award, and collaborating with education leaders to address problems of practice related to curriculum, instruction and assessment. She has facilitated the development and implementation of curriculum for k-12 instruction through large-scale workshops and small group and individual coaching, and has designed and implemented programming related to educational leadership development and policy internationally, regionally and at the local level, with a wide range of collaborative partners and stakeholder groups. Some of this work includes developing and providing training to educators in Abu Dhabi, UAE; coordinating Connecticut’s Education Policy Fellowship Program; facilitating long-term strategic planning with school districts; managing two ongoing alternate certification pathways for teachers, and being a curriculum designer and faculty member for Advance Innovative Education leadership training program, RLRP, in Baton Rouge, LA.  In addition to her work with adults in the education sector, Leslie is a trained Critical Friends Group (CFG) facilitator through the National School Reform Faculty, and has taught English and related subjects to a diverse population of students in urban and suburban high schools.. Some of her other professional experience includes teaching in Quinnipiac University's MAT program as an adjunct instructor, and consulting with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, the Bard College Institutes for Writing and Thinking, and the New Jersey Public Schools.  

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