October 09, 2017 Issue 01
Introducing the new Education Matters!
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 district decisions and commenting on the impact to student achievement. But, upon reflecting on the impact of this reporting, it’s time to do things differently. As we move in a new organizational direction, to be announced publicly at our annual meeting on October 31st , Education Matters! is moving in a new direction as well. 

The new format will deliver stories at multiple times and in multiple mediums aimed at proactively bringing you deeper into systemic change work, through stories of leadership and best practice, words of truth, narratives of hope, and invitations to participate. You’ll still get an email from us every two weeks, but now it will contain summary links to articles, videos, podcasts and posts, all meant to accelerate our efforts to directly impact student outcomes, with you right beside us.

We invite you to “like” our new Education Matters! Facebook page and to comment and discuss education issues with our “tribe” of education champions in Hartford.
Together, as real partners, we will reshape the future of education in Hartford. Let us know what you think of the new format below, and all of our new communications as you experience them! Send a note to Nyesha, our storyteller and communication lead, anytime at [email protected] .

Thanks for all you do for Hartford children and families, and for our great city.
Paul Diego Holzer

Executive Director of Achieve Hartford!
Are you All IN?
As the demographics of the State shift drastically over the next 10 years with more and more baby boomers retiring and more and more young people concentrated in our cities, the fierce competition for talent will only intensify. Our state’s success in keeping businesses here while keeping costs down is directly correlated to our ability to cultivate a strong – and homegrown – talent pipeline.  

The All IN! coalition was formed to support and energize existing groups of inspired stakeholders in the city who took the first steps in planning interventions to support Hartford youth advance through the education-to-workforce pipeline.
2nd Annual All In! Stakeholder Caucus
Join us as we share our year one results and discuss how to build a talent hub ecosystem that supports students to & through college completion. 

October 17 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT

Many #students are not being served effectively by “one size fits all” #highschools . What can we do to fix this? http://gadf.ly/2xkl4Ke
Fordham Institute @educationgadfly - O ct 6
Designing a SuperSchool? - There’s a class for that!
In September 2015, Laurene Powell Jobs and the nonprofit Emerson Collective challenged the country to redesign the American high school with the launch of the XQ: Super School Project.

As part of the Weaver High School visioning sessions, we participated in the Super School Project when it initially launched last year and, although our proposal wasn’t selected, we are all still moving forward as a team rethinking Weaver High with ambition and optimism. 
EcO15 Joins Lumina Foundation to Dramatically Increase Higher Education Attainment by 2025
Published Dec 4, 2013
We’re moving in a new direction and relaunching the organization. 

Education is Everything  and there's not a moment to lose, so please plan to join us. 

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