Education Matters

A Pathway to Equity: Remaking HPS

By Achieve Hartford | Dec 22, 2017

Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’s school consolidation plan reflects a comprehensive, research -based recommendation reflecting input from teachers, parents and guardians, students, faith leaders and community leaders, say school board leaders. Unlike an earlier plan proposed by the prior superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez’s approach is comprehensive and based on multiple factors, notes parent Tiffany Glanville, vice chair of…

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What Happens When the Community Shares the Lead on School Design?

By Achieve Hartford | Dec 22, 2017

On the surface nothing in particular stands out for those arriving at a recent meeting in the atrium of Journalism & Media Academy. Walking into the building, one would have found a typical meeting space—rows of chairs and tables assembled in circles. The 20-people assembled on this cold December evening are taking part in a…

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Issue 03 – The New Way for Achieve Hartford!

By Achieve Hartford | Nov 21, 2017

Pursuing Educational Equity Why Education Matters: “Despite our city’s challenges, we need more than ever to intensely focus on activities that will advance student achievement. I am eager to help invigorate the next era of opportunity in our capital city.” Phil Waldeck Chair of the Achieve Hartford! Board of Directors When Phil Waldeck became chairperson…

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Issue 02 – Partnerships We Love and Performance We Can’t Ignore

By Achieve Hartford | Oct 27, 2017

In This Edition Today, we take another look at the recently released SBAC scores for grades 3-8 and see how Hartford students are faring on what is a much more rigorous battery of tests than the CMT of years past.  The results are sobering, and urgency is high.  In addition, we take a look at…

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Issue 01 – Introducing the New Education Matters!

By Achieve Hartford | Oct 6, 2017

Welcome to the New Education Matters Our Education Matters! newsletter has been keeping you informed on the progress and challenges in the Hartford Public School District for the past seven years.  Providing a window into so many of Hartford’s reform efforts, we have largely been in the position of reacting to board of education and…

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From Harvard to Hartford: Welcoming Our New Team Member Daiana

By Achieve Hartford | Aug 15, 2017

For Achieve Hartford’s newest staff member Daiana Lambrecht, the long road to Connecticut’s capital started in her native Argentina and continued with educational and professional experiences across five U.S. states and a year in China. Whether it was teaching 5th graders as a Teach For America Corps Member in San Antonio, Texas, coaching teachers to…

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Becoming a Trauma Informed Community: Post Screening Discussion

By Achieve Hartford | Aug 15, 2017

Over 70 supporters jammed into the Chrysalis Center on July 26 to attend a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. The award-winning documentary revealed how toxic levels of stress in the form of abuse and neglect during childhood can have long-term health consequences on the brains and…

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Being Accepted to College is Not Enough

By Achieve Hartford | Aug 15, 2017

Thousands of recent high school graduates across the U.S. are now enjoying their last summer before beginning college in the fall. While many will diligently complete the enrollment process by submitting deposits, selecting courses, and preparing for a move potentially far away from home, significant numbers of students from low-income communities who have been accepted…

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Saying Goodbye to a Giant

By Achieve Hartford | Jul 21, 2017

A former journalist who covered civil rights and school finance cases in the federal and state courts, Kent Ashworth was an incredible find for Achieve Hartford! back in 2010. In honoring his departure from Achieve Hartford!, we start by recognizing that we could not have become what we have without the incredible contributions of Kent…

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