Education Matters

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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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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