31 05, 2022

June 2nd Race for Planet Day from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. at CELC Middle School is open to the public – all ages are welcome!

2022-05-31T09:40:33-04:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements, Thematic Studies|

Project Green Schools is proud to announce CELC Middle School has been selected to participate in Race for the Planet, a program by Project Green Schools to engage school/organization/community groups in environmental action. CELC joins K-12 students around the U.S. who are hosting Race for the Planet this school year. The public is invited to attend [...]

24 03, 2022

Experience Summer: Educational Coaching and Academic Tutoring with CELC

2022-03-24T10:34:38-04:00March 24th, 2022|Categories: Academics, Blog, Home Page Announcements|

Has your student missed something because of COVID? Are you worried about learning loss, academic fall behind, or a drop in self-esteem? CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) now offers Academic Tutoring & Educational Coaching Kindergarten through College, year round Our philosophy is always “learner-centered”. The individual student’s needs and capabilities are central to all CELC’s [...]

2 03, 2022

April Open House to Feature Author Presentation on Memoir About ADHD

2022-05-31T09:14:48-04:00March 2nd, 2022|Categories: Blog|

Join CELC for the 9 April Open House at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation by author, Jill Laudati, M.S., CCC-SLP, where Jill talks about her self-published memoir: Itchy Brain: A Family's Perspective and Positive Outlook on ADHD. With over six million diagnosed cases of ADHD in children 17 and younger, it is more common than one would [...]

28 02, 2022

Join CELC Middle School’s Leadership Team

2022-03-24T10:03:00-04:00February 28th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

CELC seeks dynamic and inspired educators and administrators to join CELC’s leadership team Since 2009 CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides transformative education for ages 10 – 14 (grades 5 – 8, with selected 4th graders).  In today’s world, education takes a new shape.  CELC continues to be at the forefront as a [...]

19 02, 2022

CELC Partners with LifeCatalyst Therapy and Coaching!

2022-02-19T08:50:23-04:00February 19th, 2022|Categories: Academics, Blog, Home Page Announcements|

Since 2009 CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) successfully addresses the critical and pivotal middle school years, allowing them to be transformational ones, leading to sturdiness and accomplishment in high school and beyond. CELC now expands its services, in partnership with LifeCatalyst Therapy and Coaching, offering Educational Coaching and Academic Tutoring for ages Kindergarten through College. 

19 02, 2022

CELC Educator Awarded Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship

2022-02-28T17:24:56-04:00February 19th, 2022|Categories: Academics, Blog|

As one of only 50 educators selected from across the U.S. and Canada, CT Experiential Learning Center’s (CELC) Digital Storytelling teacher, Michael Hernandez, was chosen for an exciting professional development opportunity that will allow him to bring geographic awareness to students at CELC in Branford, CT. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions [...]

19 02, 2022

CELC Announces New Educational Coaching and Academic Tutoring Services

2022-03-02T14:58:54-04:00February 19th, 2022|Categories: Academics, Blog|

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) is now offering additional services to help build confident and competent students from kindergarten through college. Are you among the millions of people who lately have been struggling to help their children get homework done? Do you feel that helping your child with schoolwork has become a second job?   [...]

7 12, 2021

Life and Learning at CELC Middle School of Branford

2021-12-07T17:08:37-04:00December 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|Tags: , |

CELC Middle School (pronounced /selk/) offers experientially-based teaching as a way for students to involve themselves in learning beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. Learners are invited to participate in a strategically-designed format which integrates the student’s academic study with field experiences. Students explore the essential questions that unite broad areas of knowledge, relate [...]

21 10, 2021

Middle School Starts with an Expedition!

2021-10-21T22:58:26-04:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Home Page Announcements, Travel and Field Experiences|

Traveling is an integral part of CELC Middle School’s curriculum, having no fewer than two extended travel components during each academic year.  This year for CELC’s beginning-of-the-year adventure students spend a week at Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, New Hampshire.             The idea that “life happens outside of one’s comfort zone” matches CELC’s experience-based program, as [...]

23 09, 2021

When Middle School Works – Impressions from a Middle School Specialist

2021-09-23T17:56:14-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Home Page Announcements|

So often the middle school years are considered awful.  Reasons for this can vary, but most adults associate that time in their lives with a sense of precariousness, and for some, even extreme anxiety.  When stating during conversation that I am a middle school teacher, it often is met with ‘oh, you must be a [...]

31 08, 2021

Middle School Specialist Report: What “Middle School” Education Includes

2021-09-23T17:55:40-04:00August 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|

There is a curriculum containing general subject areas such as Math, Language Arts, Science - you know the drill.  Completing regular homework, learning time management during these middle school years is when to home in on all of this.   All the above is delivered to an ever-changing adolescent brain and body, one in the midst [...]

26 07, 2021

CELC Students Sail Connecticut to Maine Aboard 46-foot Ketch, Boundless!

2021-10-21T22:59:25-04:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Monday, 28 June five CELC Middle School students along with CELC Co-founder/Educator Melinda Alcosser arrive in Stony Creek Harbor to begin their adventure and set sail from Branford, Connecticut to Portland, Maine!  First, a short dinghy ride to get aboard the Morgan 46-foot Ketch sailboat Boundless! with Captain Jeff and his wife Liz who run [...]

16 06, 2021

Highlights From CELC’s 2021 Honoring Ceremony

2021-07-26T10:14:39-04:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog, Spanish|

Each year we at CELC hold an Honoring Ceremony in celebration of our academic year of learning and growth.  We recognize, honor, and reflect upon the time spent together and also give send-off to those moving on to high school and the next parts of their lives. Click on this link to view and listen [...]

14 06, 2021

2021 Ancient to Modern Civilizations Theme Explainer Video Projects

2021-08-23T11:46:18-04:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog|

Kudos and a big thank you goes to  Professor Michael Hernandez for his work with CELC students during this year to learn the process of creating their own videos, from the idea stage to the use of Keynote and other digital media platforms.

5 06, 2021

Make the Most of Summer with CELC Middle School Explorers’ Summer Program ages 9 -12

2021-07-30T11:54:38-04:00June 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Restore learning from a “lost” academic year in a fun and meaningful way!   CELC Middle School teams up with Mathnasium of Guilford for The Arithmetic of Architecture! and Debunking Billiard Math!   Work with Colombian-born Instructor for Tell Your Story in Spanish to discover the world of native characters by learning about their countries [...]

23 05, 2021

Transformative Middle School Education at CELC – Open House Saturday, 12 June 2021

2021-06-14T11:59:50-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog|

With many parents who feel their children may have "lost" another part of a school year by being remote or hybrid, CELC has much to offer - a place where students receive personalized attention to rebuild engagement and have solid and joyful middle school experiences that offer growth of the person, academically/socially/emotionally, towards preparedness for [...]

14 04, 2021

In the Shadows – A CELC-student publication

2021-05-24T11:42:40-04:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Music and The Arts, Students Write|

About this book - a note from CELC: The creation of this book takes place during a multi-week Digital Storytelling class that is designed to provide digital literacy skills and empower students to create positive change in their communities.  Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, including composition and lightning, digital image editing, and making [...]

3 03, 2021

CELC Middle School Faculty Receives Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society

2021-06-16T12:29:54-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Academics, Blog, Geography, Language Arts|Tags: , |

As one of only 50 educators selected from across the U.S. and Canada, CELC’s Digital Storytelling teacher Michael Hernandez was chosen for an exciting professional development opportunity that will allow him to bring geographic awareness to students at CELC Middle School of Branford, CT.

15 01, 2021

A Community of Learners Create Connection

2021-02-16T16:49:45-04:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Establishment of community values, inscribed into an artistically done “hand circle” begins a CELC year.  This symbolic circle of words then can be utilized throughout the year as a guide.  Students are asked to think about the type of community they want to create, to be a part of, and then determine what we all [...]

8 12, 2020

Winter Clothing Drive for Parkville Community School Happening Now at CELC Middle School in Branford!

2020-12-08T12:27:00-04:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Blog|

Do you have gently used winter clothing to offer to keep warm the students at Parkville Community School this winter? If so, contributions including jackets, hats, and gloves in children’s sizes can be delivered to the bins that are located in the front lobby at 28 School Street, Branford, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., [...]

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