Education Matters

Here, You Drive

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 8, 2017

Here, You Drive   On a Saturday no less, the third annual Hartford ROOTS Youth Leadership Conference last month brought nearly 300 students from 28 Hartford high and middle schools to get beyond common, cute cliché photo ops and identify real neighborhood needs and solutions.  If helping develop leadership skills is the transmission, youth organizing…

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Stage Set for Action at Board Retreat

By Achieve Hartford | Jun 8, 2017

Stage Set for Action at Board of Ed Retreat   The June 2nd Hartford Board of Education “retreat” reiterated the importance of raising expectations and creating conditions for continuous school improvement in the era of the landmark (albeit complicated) Sheff region-wide integration experiment.  All five appointed, and all four elected Board members attended (the full…

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Sixth-Grade Teacher Sonia Turner is Hartford’s Teacher of the Year

By Achieve Hartford | May 26, 2017

Sonia Turner from the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School was honored last night as Hartford’s Teacher of the Year.  But even as she celebrated with her husband Corey and Principal Sheri Tanner, Ms. Turner applauded her colleagues and even more so her students, saying she felt it was her duty to give back, to teach…

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How Will Hartford Care for the Whole Child?

By Achieve Hartford | May 26, 2017

For too long, teachers have been told to simply do the best they can with what they have, untrained and under-resourced to address the sometimes serious mental, social and emotional health issues of their students.  Finally, education and health leaders have begun to come together to address trauma, violence, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)…

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On Again, Off Again?

By Achieve Hartford | May 26, 2017

On Again, Off Again?   As if pulling a rabbit out of a hat, the District Tuesday unveiled a plan to put the renovation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. School back on the table, after the City could not come up with a 20 percent match on an earlier $68 million plan.  With a…

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Familiar Budget Pressures: Desperation … Instead of Innovation

By Achieve Hartford | May 12, 2017

Over the past decade of Hartford school financing, little change has occurred in the available resources. The District remains flat funded by the city, the availability of special funds has decreased over time, while costs have risen each year.  It’s a depressing situation, but it’s also the exact problem our public leaders have signed up to…

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Mismanagement on Display in Another Scandal

By Achieve Hartford | May 12, 2017

The unfolding choice lottery scandal, focusing on Hartford’s Capital Prep, and coming on the heels of the Office of Child Advocate report on child abuse and neglect in the Hartford schools, strikes another blow both to community trust and to the regional confidence (or lack thereof) in Hartford’s ability to manage itself.  Very bad timing…

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Hartford Promise Scholars for 2017: Demonstrating How to Get Ahead

By Achieve Hartford | May 12, 2017

For Hartford high school students, having no money and staring at the prospect of life-changing debt can mean not even attempting (much less going on to finish) college.  Many students consider just leaving when the pressures mount midstream.  The work of the Hartford Promise Scholars program is all about guaranteeing students with a 3.0 GPA and…

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State, City, and District Budgets Are Under the Microscope

By Achieve Hartford | Apr 27, 2017

In the red … or in the black, the Fiscal 2018 District budget puts Hartford at a crucial crossroads.  Jobs certainly will be lost as positions get cut, but many always are preserved because (through natural moves) attrition opens up staff opportunities for those who otherwise might be cut loose.  The numbers will constantly adjust. …

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