Hartford Public Schools Hosts Student-Centered Learning Showcase

Hartford Public Schools Hosts Student-Centered Learning Showcase

Hartford Public Schools hosted a Student-Centered Learning Showcase on March 26, 2019 at CPBN in Hartford, CT.  Students & teachers from Hartford Public Schools’ High School Centers of Innovation guided participants through experiences in Technology, Portfolio Projects, Discourse, Making SCL Public, Media Production, Student News, Internships, and Education & Devices.

Participants socialized at dinner.

Supported by a partnership with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, the High School Centers of Innovation work takes place at high schools in the Hartford Public Schools district, including: Journalism and Media Academy, Bulkeley High School, Hartford Public High School, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, and Sport and Medical Sciences Academy.

Students, teachers, mentors and the principal from Pathways Academy of Technology and Design.

High School Centers of Innovation are designed to promote innovation and support efforts to transform Hartford Public Schools into a student-centered learning system. The Centers of Innovation, which partner magnet and neighborhood schools side-by-side, work together to learn and refine student-centered learning strategies and help close the equity gaps between magnet and neighborhood schools.

Pathways students, Dzenita Guster, Shayla Harrison, and Robert Tavarez present their Student News channel.

Serving as laboratories of innovation, the partnerships are intentionally designed to cultivate collaboration among schools and develop teacher and leader capacity with a focus on student-centered learning practices.

Hartford Public High School students, Frances Reyes and D’Ziyah Mitchell before their engaging presentation, BRINGING THE LAW TO LIFE: STUDENT COURT.

Student Centered-Learning is about meeting students where they are in their learning. Different learning and engagement strategies work for different students. While an internship may provide a student with the opportunity for practical application of what they learned in the classroom and experience developing real world job readiness skills, a hands-on project in the classroom may provide independent or collaborative time to deepen understanding of a particular concept. Student-centered Learning recognizes that students learn in different ways and that educators must adapt to meet those needs.

Bulkeley High School students, Marilexis Abreu, Shiloh Barnes, Zaida Cotto, Shakir
Stephens, and Fabiola Torres present MAKING STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING PUBLIC.

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools states, “Student-Centered Learning is at the core of the District Model for Excellence Strategic Operating Plan and supporting the Whole Student. It helps to advance our mission to inspire and prepare all students to meet success in and beyond school. It also aligns with our District Model for Excellence Priority on Teaching & Learning: To provide rigorous instruction and social emotional support for the development of skills, knowledge, and voice students need to graduate ready for college and life.”

Student D’Ziyah Mitchell whose goal it is to become a judge, presents BRINGING THE LAW TO LIFE: STUDENT COURT .

Teacher-in-Residence Justin Taylor, who organized the event, states, “The evening represented a special opportunity to bring attention to the innovative and forward-thinking instructional practices some teachers are using in our High School Centers of Innovation. Hopefully, we can continue elevating student voices and highlighting even more of these student-centered practices in future showcases.”


Journalism and Media Academy students, Raegan Byrd and Tim Gibson present their original multimedia in MEDIA PRODUCTION session.

Scroll down to see all of the sessions presented by students and teachers.

Cafetorium Board
Screening Room
Room 414
Room 415


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