Education Matters

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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All In!—Transforming Hartford into a Talent Hub

By Achieve Hartford | Jul 21, 2017

Last October we launched the All In! Coalition, a partnership between several public and nonprofit organizations designed to address Hartford’s talent needs by increasing high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment, and post-secondary completion. Martin Estey, Executive Director of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and a member of the All In! Steering Committee, has taken the…

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Weaver Alumni Want Future Students To “Bleed Green” Too

By Achieve Hartford | Jul 21, 2017

Many who have already visited the new website for the Weaver High School redesign www.weaver2019.com come away with a sense of hope and optimism for the future of North Hartford. The redesign process for the new Weaver High School is back on track, and design specs for the building look impressive. But those who already…

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Notes To My Future Self on Childhood Adversity – Will I Be Okay?

By Achieve Hartford | Jul 21, 2017

“For those looking to help  remove the immense barriers stopping our children from succeeding in school and in life, understanding the impact of adverse childhood experiences is the first and most important step” – Paul Holzer It didn’t take long after viewing the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope, for…

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Five New Leaders With Longtime Service

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 22, 2017

The Hartford Board of Education Tuesday evening approved three new principals and two new administrators for key leadership posts in the District.  All have considerably deep experience; all have demonstrated deep commitments to Hartford schools.  What’s interesting is that each one is returning to her or his roots – to do the work at which…

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Can We Keep Our Children In School … And Out of Jail?

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 22, 2017

That question captivated some 200 attendees at the Artists’ Collective Tuesday, when Hartford Board of Education Member (and City Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation) Kim Oliver convened a discussion of the fabled cradle-to-prison pipeline.  Turns out, it’s no fable.  More Black and Brown boys (and girls) disproportionately go down this…

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Is the Heart of Hartford, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., School, Getting Defibrillated?

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 22, 2017

The Hartford Board of Education voted Tuesday evening to approve revised educational specifications that, in conjunction with State and City support, stand to revive the original Weaver High School, now Martin Luther King, Jr., School, as a combination Middle (Grades 6-8) and Pre-K-5 magnet school.  The key developments are a major physical renovation, unattended since…

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