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Ingrid Canady speaking at podium

Ingrid M. Canady, who has championed educational and racial equity and social justice as executive director of Connecticut’s State Education Resource Center (SERC), received the Asa G. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Achievement in Racial Equity October 3 in Washington, D.C.

The Pacific Educational Group (PEG) honored Ingrid with the most prestigious recognition at its annual National Summit for Courageous Conversation®. The award, named for influential educational psychologist Asa G. Hilliard III (1933-2007), pays tribute to those who confront and challenge racism, are “passionate” and “revolutionary,” and who understand themselves and nurture greatness in others.

“The award is presented to a leader whose racial equity achievements have had an immense impact on the cultural, social, and academic development of underserved student of color populations,” according to PEG.

Under Ingrid’s leadership, SERC has continued to work with school districts across Connecticut on addressing racial equity, drawn hundreds to its annual Dismantling Systemic Racism conference, and led the development and implementation of the state’s first statewide African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies in partnership with the CT State Department of Education. The curriculum has offered every Connecticut high school student the opportunity to access the rich history, culture, and influence of populations historically left out of traditional narratives taught in school.

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Ingrid migrated to the United States from Costa Rica in 1989 and became a U.S. citizen in 1997. She was a Head Start educator in Waterbury before joining SERC in 2003. From her start on the SERC consulting team, Ingrid was among those with an instrumental role in guiding the agency’s journey to examine the hidden realities of institutionalized racism and its impact in today’s classrooms, leading to the release of SERC’s major report “Equity in Education: A Transformational Approach” (2011).

Ingrid became in high demand locally and nationally as a facilitator and speaker on social justice and racial equity and SERC’s educational equity blueprint. She served as an assistant director and interim executive director before the SERC Board appointed her executive director in 2016.

Dr. Hilliard, also known as Nana Baffour Amankwatia II, believed there was no more important mission than the healthy socialization of children. His teaching is instrumental to PEG’s Courageous Conversation® framework, which guides SERC’s racial equity work. SERC Consultants are presenting at the summit on Connecticut’s Black and Latino curriculum and co-presenting on civil disobedience in literacy instruction.


The State Education Resource Center (SERC) ( is a quasi-public agency created to assist the Connecticut State Board of Education in promoting educational equity and excellence. SERC provides resources, professional learning, and a centralized library to educators, families, and community members in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and other public and private partners.

Nine free, self-paced modules in this series on Specific Learning Disability (SLD) and SLD/Dyslexia, have officially returned for the 2022-23 school year! Offered in partnership between the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC), the professional learning opportunities are presented on the Canvas Learning Management System. The modules may be joined and accessed at any time.

For more information, Visit SERC's SLD/Dyslexia page.

SERC RFP Number:  Audit092022
State Education Resource Center (SERC)
Contact Person: Michelle Weaver, General Counsel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Overview and Purpose

The State Education Resource Center (“SERC”) is seeking Proposals from qualified public accounting firms to perform audit functions for all of fiscal years 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Proposal Schedule (Eastern Time)

Release of RFP by electronic means on the SERC website at (this page), and CTsource by:

4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Receipt of questions until:

4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Answers to questions will be posted as an Addendum on the SERC website on this page, and CTsource by:

4:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2022

Proposal due date:

4:00 pm on Friday, October 14, 2022

Award announcement:

4:00 pm on Monday, October 31, 2022


For more information including deliverables and proposal submission instructions, download the full Request for Proposals .
For examples of past completed audit reports, please visit this page.

When you are ready to submit your Proposal, Use this form to upload your PDF submission .


The State Education Resource Center (SERC) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. SERC does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. SERC does not unlawfully discriminate in employment against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding SERC’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

Michelle Weaver
General Counsel, SERC
100 Roscommon Drive,
Suite 110
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 632-1485, ext. 364
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