A lot of positivity in Norwalk Friday as Norwalk Community College hosted Senator Bob Duff, Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manuel Rivera, NCC President David Levinson and Connecticut's commissioner of education Stefan Pryor.
The four anchored an education panel aimed at outlining what strides the city and state are making in education reform.
Most of the audience was comprised of Norwalk educational leaders. So it made sense for Rivera to offer up the most in-depth look at his plan since coming to Norwalk in July.
"We have to have a plan," he said. "Where do we want to go? Where do we want to be three years from now, five years from now?"
Rivera stressed Norwalk's cradle-to-career approach is the right long-term solution.
"Most people think K-12. We're talking about supporting children from birth right through college and careers," he said.
That starts with early literacy, and could even mean drastic changes with technology, Rivera said.
The superintendent suggested thanks to technological advances, there are a multitude of ways students can stay active in education without sitting in a classroom.
"Maybe the eleventh and twelfth graders of 2016, 2017 might have only half their time spent in a typical school building," he said.
Rivera also suggested a shift in how teachers and schools assess students: not just reading scores, but who the children are -- their interests and their strengths.
Rivera said all of that can only happen with everyone on board.
"This is why we're all here. We're all here to make sure that our children, from day one, are getting the kind of nurturing, caring and support they need," he said.