August/September 2018

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72 n AudioFile/ Dr. Tamu Lucero is a woman on the go. As deputy superintendent for Stamford Public Schools, she's responsible for 14 elementary school sites, and she's committed to visiting two of them a day. Because they're all over Stamford, she figured that all that drive time would be a good opportunity to listen to audiobooks related to her job. "I consider it job-em- bedded professional development. We're always in our cars—it's such an appropriate Dr. Tamu Lucero Deputy Superintendent, Stamford Public Schools Stamford, Connecticut Photo by Michael Cummo/ Hearst Connecticut Media way for professionals to keep learning. Having that time to listen has been wonder- ful." She's also a fan of using audiobooks in the classroom, and she's working on a partnership with the local library that will let students have books and audiobooks deliv- ered to their classrooms—or their Kindles. "It allows them to have access to texts that they might not otherwise have. You want stu- dents to feel like you're creating environments to meet their needs."—Jennifer M. Dowell Dr. Tamu Lucero cuts the ribbon to one of the classrooms at the new Strawberry Hill School in Stamford. Listening With . . .

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