Education Matters

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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Are School Governance Councils Fake News?

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 15, 2017

Are School Governance Councils Fake News?   The Hartford Board of Education Parent and Community Engagement Committee Tuesday dove into the issue of School Governance Council (SGC) functionality and came up with good guidance on this crucial topic.   Committee Chair Julio Flores, who has served as a parent on SGCs at two schools, did…

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Did a New and Better School Consolidation Process Just Start?

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 15, 2017

Did a New and Better School Consolidation Process Just Start?   It appeared that way this past Monday night at the Artists’ Collective, where roughly 200 stakeholders gathered to learn about and discuss school quality and redesign, given Hartford’s declining enrollments and the statewide fiscal crises afoot.  The question of the night:  What makes a…

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Pinching Pennies Sends a Signal about How We Value Education

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 15, 2017

Pinching Pennies Sends a Signal About How We Value Education   The Hartford Board of Education Friday voted 7-1 to back Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’s amended Fiscal 2018 budget, which goes forward without a City increase for the ninth consecutive year.  The minus-$12.6 million, or 3 percent decrease from the past year takes into account the…

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Hartford Parent University Graduates Another 49 Parents Plus Eight Facilitators

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 8, 2017

  The Hartford Parent University (HPU) graduation of 49 parents at The Lyceum Monday brought forward eight newly trained facilitators, coaches, mentors and college students along with City leaders to exhort them to take stands, stick to their goals, and never give up.  It was a significant step forward for Hartford parent engagement.   HPU…

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Still Up In the Air

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 8, 2017

Still Up in the Air   The District’s annual celebratory School Governance Council (SGC) forum Tuesday evening was coupled with a suddenly-called Board of Education Finance Committee meeting immediately afterward.  At both sessions, un-finalized school and District budgets were still up in the air at this late date … just like those of the City…

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