Hartford Public Schools Awarded $150,000 by Barr Foundation
HPS Named As Grantee in Doing High School Differently Initiative to Bolster Success of High School High-tech Students
On June 27, 2018, Hartford Public Schools was named one of five grantees in the Barr Foundation Education Program’s Engage New England: Doing high school differently initiative. Together, they form the second group of educators participating in a multi-year initiative to open doors to rigorous, personalized education so that more young people have real opportunities to thrive. Hartford Public Schools received a planning grant of $150,000 over one year.
The Barr Foundation’s Engage New England: Doing high school differently initiative is a $30 million investment over five years to help New England innovators redesign existing high schools and bring new school models to life in their communities. Participants receive one-year planning grants and technical assistance with design and planning, with the potential to be invited to apply for implementation grants of up to $750,000 over two years. Participants also become partners in a learning community, to share and learn from like-minded peers across the region. Together, they are doing high school differently by building a diverse set of school models that expand student success.
“As Hartford Public Schools Superintendent, I am very pleased for our district to be selected for Barr Foundation’s Cohort II. This grant supports our work in designing innovative school models, within the models of Personalized & Mastery Based Learning and in our High School Centers of Innovation work. This is critical because, in addition to giving students ownership of their learning in our Student-Centered Learning model, it will help our students and teachers collaborate on tools and practices for student success,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.
As an example of one High School Center of Innovation, at Hartford Public High School, the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology is designed for students who plan to continue their education beyond high school with a special focus on pre-engineering, engineering technologies, and green technologies, connecting the work with other schools.
Intentionally designed around the principles of positive youth development theory, schools supported under this initiative will be as rigorous as they are flexible in developing content knowledge, successful habits, creative know-how and navigation abilities—the integrated elements that are essential for today’s students to connect to success in high school, college, career and community.
“This partnership brings together a diverse group of educators who share the belief that all students can meet high expectations when their schools engage their interests, empower their potential and fully prepare them for success in life,” said Leah Hamilton, the Barr Foundation’s Director of Education. “We are thrilled to include Hartford Public Schools in our second cohort of Engage New England: Doing high school differently grantees, and to support them in a planning process to refine their vision for a cohesive school model that address the unique needs of their students and community.”
New England’s schools have done a good job for many students. Engage New England: Doing high school differently is one of the Barr Foundation’s many efforts to make sure we do a great job for all.
About the Barr Foundation
The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.7 billion, and has contributed more than $837 million to charitable causes. For more information, visit barrfoundation.org.